Matt Corby: The Winter Tour

Matt Corby has announced ‘The Winter Tour‘; a national run of theatre shows in June 2012. His recent ‘Into the Flame’ tour saw Matt play 14 shows to over 10,000 fans in 18 days, and with this tour, he hoping to bring something special to the table. Playing in theatre venues across the country, Matt and friends will be performing some old favourites along with a couple of new unheard songs. As the last Australian headline tour before the release of Matt’s debut album later in the year, this will be a tour not to be missed…. I can't wait!

Matt Corby is touring Australia once more in early June. Performing to an over 18s crowd this time, this is one gig by an Australian artist that I would definitely recommend.

I was lucky enough to have attended his last show a couple weeks ago and all I can say is, ‘Wow’. I was seriously blown away by his talent and the power of his voice within the acoustics of the Oxford Art Factory. Here’s a little run down of the night:

The night started with dinner at Grill’d where the artist we were going to see had a table behind us. What are the odds?

An hour later, my friend and I finally decided to go to the venue, and although we missed the first support act, I’ve discovered another new act with the second – Winter People. Too bad, their records are sold out. They couldn’t even leave a handful aside for their live shows. I guess that just indicates how good they actually are. Six talented kids, both vocally and instrumentally. All six could play an instrument, some could play more than one. Violins, drums, bass, guitar, whistling, xylophone, egg shakers… Seriously this band had it all and on every song, not only could you hear every note that was played, but you could also hear every note that was sung. Amazing.

Time for the main act…
First off, points off for being late Mr Corby. But for all those minutes that you kept us waiting, you made up for in that performance. Corby is an artist that you just need to experience live. There should be no camera flashes or iPhone recordings going on. You should just be there to experience the music. And that’s exactly what we did.

The emotion that he puts into every song is rather intense but it was great that he shared with us that piece of himself. As he said in a recent interview with triple j, he’d rather perform every song with an abundance of emotion rather than being good. But the reality is that the honesty and emotion that he puts into each live performance is what makes him so good.

Nothing could be further from what Australian Idol tried to turn Corby into! His performance was raw, vulnerable, and musically and emotionally mature. Delicate, simple yet elegant music accompanying soothing vocals reminiscent of Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver, Matt Corby will uplift your spirits and at the same time make you ponder life and all of its intricacies. Seriously, Matt Corby is an artist to watch out for!

I couldn’t tell you the set list but my favorite tracks were ‘Big Eyes’, his Black Keys’ cover of ‘Lonely Boy’ and of course the favorite (and possibly the only song the kids in the crowd wanted to see) ‘Brother’.

Unfortunately there was no encore either.

But maybe that will be different when he plays the bigger venues and to a crowd that isn’t full of teenage boys heckling and teenage girls admiring his ruggish looks. Maybe. Either way, if you’re over 18 and want to watch a truly unique and talented individual, make sure you grab tickets to his show.

Thu 15 December – The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Tue 20 December – The Toff In Town, Melbourne
Thur 9 February – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (supporting Feist)
Fri 24 February – Amplifier, Perth
Sat 25 February – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Fri 2 March – Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane