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CRH Presents: Singular Voices series invites contemporary artists of the highest calibre to step forth on one of the most visually and sonically beautiful stages in Australia, dissolving the boundary between listener and song with only the barest embellishment to their exceptional voices.

ARTIST LINE-UP

KATIE MELUA

Wednesday 3 April 2024, 8pm

An accomplished songwriter, composer, and arranger, Katie Melua has toured globally, enchanting audiences with her uniquely powerful and captivating voice.

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BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

Thursday 4 April 2024, 8pm

Living legends of gospel music and modern-day innovators, Blind Boys of Alabama's live show is a roof-raising musical experience appealing to all cultures.

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LARAAJI & YU SU 

Friday 5 April 2024, 8pm 

Forerunners of sonic exploration, NYC-based Laraaji and Vancouver-based Yu Su connect to present an evening of live, otherworldly sounds. 

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BETH ORTON

Saturday 27 April 2024, 8pm

Mesmerizing singer-songwriter Beth Orton brings her new album, Weather Alive, one of the most critically acclaimed records released last year, to Singular Voices.

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MARTHA WAINWRIGHT

Friday 10 May 2024, 8pm

Martha Wainwright returns to Australian stages with her band to present new songs, the expanded Love Will Be Reborn studio album and songs from her storied back catalogue. 

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Past Shows

AMANDA PALMER 

Thursday 1 February 2024, 7:30pm

Musician, best-selling author, TED speaker, and community leader Amanda Palmer is paying homage to New Zealand with a very special new EP and tour. With special guests Brendan Maclean and Sarah Belkner

Image: Vitor Duarte

LISA O'NEILL

Friday 19 January 2024, 8pm

Ireland's Lisa O'Neill is one of the most striking folk singers performing today. Renowned for her transporting live shows, don't miss O'Neill as she lets her wild loveliness rip. Supported by Meteor Infant.

Image: Jess Gleeson

LLOYD COLE

Monday 11 December 2023, 8pm

UK icon of literate pop, Lloyd Cole returns to the City Recital Hall in a stripped back solo performance dedicated to his four decades of brilliant songcraft.

Image: Billy Zammit

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT

Tuesday 31 October 2023, 8pm

Experience the brilliance of GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant. Her performance, featuring pieces from her latest albums, folkloric Melusine and soul-stirring Ghost Song, will transport you to another world.

Image: Jess Gleeson

THE MILK CARTON KIDS

Saturday 8 July 2023, 8pm 

Grammy-nominated duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their delicious harmonies and intricate musicianship to City Recital Hall. Strap in for an evening of musical majesty and hilarious action. Supported by Vera Sola.

Image: Jess Gleeson

AMANDA BROWN'S 'EIGHT GUITARS'

Friday 30 June 2023, 8pm

Go-Betweens legend Amanda Brown enlists some of Australia’s most talented artists to help bring together a live performance of her debut solo record, 20 years in the making. Supported by SnarskiCircusLindyBand.

Image: Jess Gleeson

ICHIKO AOBA WITH LEAH SENIOR

Tuesday 6 June 2023, 7pm

Two singular artists known for their strikingly atmospheric music and intimate, powerful lyrics combine in a double bill, performing solo and unaccompanied.

*Leah Senior stepped in for Laura Jean due to unforeseen circumstances.
Images: Jess Gleeson

BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN

Tuesday 7 March 2023, 7:30pm 

Credited as "the king & queen of the banjo,” Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are a one of a kind pairing. The Grammy-award winning duo lend their distinct banjo styles to a diverse repertoire, live on stage.

Image: Jared Leibowitz

ALDOUS HARDING

Saturday 22 October 2022, 8pm 

Heralded as one of Aotearoa’s greatest musical exports, acclaimed singer and songwriter Aldous Harding returns to Australia to perform in the intimate sonic grandeur of City Recital Hall. Supported by H.Hawkline

Image: Jared Leibowitz

PAUL KELLY & PAUL GRABOWSKY

Friday 5 August 2022, 8pm 

Paul Kelly and Paul Grabowsky, humble giants of Australian music, bring their classic ARIA-winning torch song collaboration Please Leave Your Light On to Singular Voices. Supported by Kee'ahn.

Image: Jared Leibowitz

MIDORI TAKADA & ANA ROXANNE

Saturday 11 June 2022, 8pm 

Take a deep dive into the transcendent sounds of two masters of ambient music, Midori Takada (Tokyo) and Ana Roxanne (New York).

Images: Jess Gleeson

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS WITH STRINGS

Friday 6 May 2022, 8pm

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders perform an unmissable concert accompanied by strings at Sydney’s City Recital Hall. Supported by Monica Brooks.

Image: Jess Gleeson

JULIA JACKLIN

Thursday 24 March 2022, 7.30pm

Julia Jacklin’s songs hit hard with a slow-burn intimacy. For this major solo performance, Jacklin embodies the devastating power and vulnerability of her songs, new and old, with nothing more than the warm, aching authenticity of her voice. Supported by Maple Glider.

Image: Jess Gleeson

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS WITH ERIN RAE

Thursday 10 March 2022, 7.30pm

One of Americana's shining stars, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews brings her master storytelling torch songs to the intimate sonic grandeur of City Recital Hall. Supported by Erin Rae.

Images: Jess Gleeson

ROBERT FORSTER

Friday 25 February 2022, 7.30pm 

Warm, wry, eternally romantic. Surveying the splendour of seven solo albums, and the immortal realms he co-created as The Go-Betweens, Robert Forster is a songwriter who chooses words with poetic precision, and sings them with princely nonchalance and delicious wit. Supported by Peter Milton Walsh.

Image: Prudence Upton

MARTHA MARLOW

Friday 14 January 2022, 7.30pm 

Immerse yourself in Martha Marlow’s sumptuous debut album. Deeply moving orchestral pop by a truly singular voice, accompanied by jazz luminaries and a chamber orchestra. Supported by Eric Avery.

Image: Jess Gleeson

MARLON WILLIAMS

Friday 10 December, 2021 8pm

One of the exceptional voices of a generation, dashing Aotearoa song-and-dance-man Marlon Williams dishes out a panorama of heartbreak and hope in exquisite song-sized portions.
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Get a taste of what's to come at the Hall with a collection of exceptional live solo performances and the Singular Voices playlist, a listening companion piece to the series. 

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