2023 has been a good year for new music and on November 18th two of Adelaide’s songwriters Jen Lush and Mark Curtis will be bringing their brand-new albums to the loveliest venue in Willunga. Stone Pony co-conspirator Jen Lush and her amazing band released ‘Hum of the mettle’ in August this year and wonder-trio Mark Curtis & The Flannelettes, released their self-titled album in June with much fanfare and critical acclaim.
Saddle up for a beautiful night of folk/pop/folk/rock at Stone Pony, book a table, a cheese platter or two and we’ll see you there!
More info? Read on!
Jen Lush band
Adelaide singer-songwriter Jen Lush is known for her dynamic, intimate and adventurous new music. With influences ranging from Feist, Iron & Wine, Anais Mitchell, these are tender folk songs flung into evocative, experimental rock infused soundscapes with storytelling at the centre taking Jen and her stellar band since to festivals and venues throughout South Australia, Victoria, NSW, WA and Tasmania.
After a decade with folk band Cat Dog Bird, and her debut solo album of poem songs ‘The Night’s Insomnia’, Jen and her band-folk (James Brown, Paul Angas, Sam Cagney and Mark Seddon) released ‘Let Loose The Beating Birds’ (2021) and brand new album ‘Hum of the mettle’ in August this year.
Hum of the mettle’ is a collection of songs that take listeners on a poetic journey through contemporary Australian landscapes, featuring poems by Renee Pettitt-Schipp, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Maria Zajkowski, Graham Kershaw and Kevin Brophy. Commissioned and first performed for the WA Festival of Voice, and since played at the Nanga Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival and Maldon Folk Festival, Jen and the band can’t wait to bring these songs (and others!) to the Stone Pony stage to share with the beloved audiences in this special venue.
“Art rock, dark pop, folk noir and beautifully fragile acoustic indie tones benchmark ‘Hum of the mettle’, a nine-track album that weaves hauntingly potent poetry with emotive rhythms and richly-flavoured melodies.” Scenestr Magazine
“..combining the world of poetry with experimental folk-rock soundscapes to devise what is an enchanting, otherworldly experience for listeners.” Beat Magazine
Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes
Compelling songwriting with quirk, delivered by a fun, alt country, string band
from Adelaide, South Australia Kaurna Yerta
Those moments when a song taps into your psyche, hints at your vulnerability, and makes you smile at the same time you feel seen – Mark Curtis offers them in spades. Drawing influence from artists such as Wilco, Gillian Welch, The Beatles, Finn brothers and Daniel Johnston, he has a gift for communicating the fragility of being human in music that’s both poignant and playful.
Teamed up with his Flannelettes, Bonnie Aué (upright bass), Michael Hutchison (drumkit), and William Jack (cello) he creates quirky songs drenched in harmonies,
cynicism and humour. A little bit alt-country, a lot their own sound.
Indulge yourself and listen to his lyrics closely and alone. Then head to a gig and see them energised by the infectious spirit of passionate and talented performers.
The group has released three singles into the world – Rock n Roll Heaven, Getaway and Kilometres – with the latter getting a spin by Beccy Cole on ABC Country no less.
Bonus fact: Kilometres absolutely includes a nod to Woodie Guthrie’s ‘The Car Song’.
“Mark Curtis and the Flannelettes bring tonnes of witty banter and fun, indie
folk-rock jams to the space. Their songwriting is compelling and clever, and
locals might recognise some favourite spots in the lyrics.” – Scenestr