Adrian Thomas

Resonate – Adrian Thomas, Eli, Katie Jay

A fantastic atmosphere at Resonate last Sunday, and the Grand Hotel Resonates to the sounds of original music again this Sunday the 19th of Nov with 3 fantastic acts.

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.

Eli will be playing the 4pm slot this week. Eli grew up in the Daintree & Tablelands and started learning guitar at age 15. In 2007 he relocated to Broome W.A and started the band “Cumulo” with Timothy Delany & Tanya Ransom. They played loads of gig, got nominated for the West Australian Music Industry Award, made it to the finals of the “Next Big Thing” competition out of hundreds of bands from across the stage and released a self titled E.P. The Band then moved to Melbourne for 4 years and according to Eli Melbourne was “Cold and grey, awesome and wonderful but cold and grey”. After 13 years away Eli moved back to North QLD after realising it actually is really beautiful up here.

The always popular Katie Jay returns to play the 5pm set this week. If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out Katies’s recent CD release “You’re A Dreamer”.

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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