It’s set to be a Resonate to remember this Sunday the 15th of October at the Grand Hotel with a veritable smorgasbord of talent on offer.
Adrian Thomas will be kicking the day off at 3pm when he makes his Resonate debut. On a sweltering 37 degree summer day a man standing on the crossroads had left behind his home, his job, his band to spend 8 months in the bush and the heart of Australia meditating and learning from Indigenous Elders. He sat and reflected on his relinquishing of all the mod cons of city life, no money, no security and no direction just an Acoustic Guitar and a dream of something more. As he plucked the strings on that fateful day he found the rhythm to his rhyme, he found his soul, he found his calling, he found the music!
With beautiful lyrics and stories that arouse hope, empowerment and a strong connection to the land, Adrian synthesizes an earthy, uncomplicated sound and dishes out seductive poetry with his deep, soulful voice. Blending uplifting, lyrically driven songs with sweeping melodies, his versatility in delivery of upbeat songs inspire and challenge, whilst his ballads open the heart strings. Word is Adrian will be joined by Aleta Tulk on Bass and Ricky Rockett on guitar.
Secret Solis will be playing the 4pm set this week. Freshly back in Cairns after recording their debut E.P “Deep Down” in Byron Bay with The Tea Party front man Jeff Martin, we look forward to welcoming Kian and Cally back to the Resonate stage. Secret Solis was formed in 2012 when Cairns based singer/songwriter, Kian Eder met Cally Pysden, a pianist and singer/songwriter from Adelaide. Before meeting Cally, Kian’s music was heavily influenced by bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Tea Party and A Perfect Circle. Collaborating with Cally added a new dimension to Kian’s vision, elevating the music to new heights with her soaring ethereal vocals the likes of Enya, Dido, Sia and Amy-Lee. Enter Jeff Martin as producer and musician using production techniques straight out of Jimmy Page’s playbook, and you have a special magic happening in the mix.
Playing the 5pm slot this week is erstwhile troubadour Jeremiah Johnson. Jeremiah is just about to head off on tour to promote his new album “Head Towards the Sun”. We look forward to hearing some new tunes from JJ, that will no doubt enhance his already formidable original repetoire.
Presented by Pandamonium Records and originally starting in 2003 at the Courthouse Hotel on Thursday nights, and then for several years back and forth between the Grand Hotel and the Courthouse Hotel, Resonate has recently returned to the Grand with a new Sunday afternoon session format. Resonate has become a local institution with Dan Sultan, Emma Louise, Danny Ross, Steve Towson and many more having all played Resonate early in their careers. Resonate is not an open mic night, and all artists are paid to ensure the best quality original artists are attracted and quality control is maintained. Resonate supports a sustainable local music industry.
Resonate kicks off at 3pm every Sunday at the Grand Hotel Cairns. Entry is free.
Resonate is on rain hail or shine with plenty of cover from the elements at the Grand
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