Canberrans will be treated to an special intimate concert on Sunday May 8th at Smith’s Alternative, with Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette; two of the city’s most successful folk songwriters coming home to play a special one off concert. With a string of fairy lights and guitars in tow, the two will be singing a mix of old and new tunes, maybe even a few duets.
Incapable of tanning or swimming, shade-bound songwriters Vorn Doolette and Julia Johnson have been longing for summer to end and bring on Autumn, the season to snuggle up in lounge rooms across Australia for their nation-wide intimate house concert tour. However when it came to playing in Canberra, the pair were inundated with so many request to play house concerts, they decided it was best to put on a public show instead.
‘Smith’s feels as cosy as a lounge room to me, I’ve whiled away many hours on their couches over the years’ says Johnson, who has also played stages as large at Groovin the Moo. Johnson has shared the stage with the heavyweights of Australian songwriting including Courtney Barnett, Darren Hanlon, and Tim Rogers. Her previous band Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens’ folk-pop radio singles often gained comparisons to Laura Marling & Sarah Blasko.
Similarly Vorn has garnered national attention for his Sinatra-esque voice and intricate storytelling, while playing stages as luxurious and grand as Womadelaide, Woodford Folk Festival and opening for Australian icon Paul Kelly. His first band, One Night Jam was a much-loved presence on the Australian folk festival circuit.
“I love the lilt of Julia’s voice” – Zan Rowe, Triple J
“[Vorn] stands at the forefront of a new wave of Australian folk with a mature approach to songwriting [and] a voice to rival the sorrowful crooning of Rufus Wainwright and Bonny ‘Prince’ Billy’ – Rolling Stone
All presale tickets will go in the draw to win a merch pack, with tickets available from the Smith’s Alternative website: www.smithsalternative.com/