[singlepic id=414 w=320 h=240 float=right]BRISBANE roots rockers Halfway and country rebel James Blundell are big-hearted performers, on and off centre stage.

Both have earnt fans, and worldwide status, with celebrated live music and recordings. Both the band and Blundell have a raw, honest approach to life and loves. And music.

Now the boys will appear, for the very first time on the one bill – an afternoon of Condamine Rock ‘N Roots at Brisbane’s Irish Club this February. Joined by emerging singer-songwriter Paul Donoughue (aka Big Strong Brute) all the lads are playing for beyondblue:the national depression initiative.

Halfway’s eight-man ensemble has drawn praise from critics around the world, likened to The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown with a hint of early Stones swagger. Blundell continues to be hailed as one of the richest and most original of Australian songwriters.

Halfway’s latest album Outpost of Promise, produced by former Go-Betweens Robert Forster, has been hailed across the globe. “Not only a sublime roots-tinged rock ‘n roll album but Halfway’s finest record by a country mile,” says the UK’s Whisperin’ & Hollerin’.
past ten years, Farewell to the Fainthearted &
As for Blundell’s latest album, Portrait of A Man, Rhythms Magazine calls it “an album rich with credible stories and sounds.”
For this Stanthorpe lad _ who opened the door to a new wave of Australian country music and collected nine Golden Guitars and an ARIA award _ music is a feeling, not a formula. “My music’s based in truth and hard line reality.”

Big Strong Brute’s first six-track album We Can Sleep Under The Trees in the Morning, released in 2010, was lauded by The Courier-Mail’s Noel Mengel. “..these songs will be haunting you for some time yet. Fans of quality writers like Elliott Smith and bands like The National and Grizzly Bear, don’t miss this.” (*Halfway and Big Strong Brute records both made Mengel’s Best of 2010.)

Condamine Rock ‘N Roots, featuring Halfway and James Blundell and introducing Big Strong Brute, plays the Irish Club, 175 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane from 1pm on Sunday, February 6, 2011.

Tickets are $25 @ www.oztix.com.au and Oztik retail outlets. A donation will be made to beyondblue: the national depression initiative following this event.

*The show is also a tribute to music-lover Brett McMahon who died in July, 2010 and all those caring folk of the Condamine district.
(And tickets to the show would make a great Christmas present!)