Tom Rodwell - Cabaret Session

On March 28, 2020
19:30 - 21:15
Oamaru Opera House
90-94 Thames Street

Revered electric guitarist Tom Rodwell picks up a thread of wry black humour hidden within these songs of memory, loss and lust – subliminal messages from the alternative storehouse of rhythm & blues.

Don’t miss this special concert in a cabaret setting. There are strictly limited seats. Book a table. Book a platter for your table. Enjoy the vibe.

Advance Pre-sales: $20.00
Door Sales: $25.00
Admission and Platter for 2: $70.00
Admission and Platter for 4: $140.00
Admission and Platter for 6: $210.00
Table of 6: $120.00
Antipasto Platters must be pre-booked and purchased with tickets.

Rodwell’s solo set begins in raw minimalist territory, transforming into exotic, hypnotic vamps – a transition that has characterised his diverse but doggedly individualistic career. Harnessing an uncanny guitar style that recalls primitive blues, gospel, funk and even calypso, Rodwell’s songs discard the filigree of rock and pop – presenting instead a stripped-back rhythmic vibe that cuts to the quick.

“For me the only content of a song is the feeling,” says Rodwell. “You can lose the chords, forget half the lyrics, change the melody – but you have to keep that feel and keep that pulse.”

Touring internationally since 2003, Rodwell has been called upon to support the likes of Leon Russell, Derek Trucks and Trinity Roots, and to collaborate with everyone from legendary songwriter Don McGlashan to musicians in the worlds of avant-garde jazz and psychedelia.

Recorded in London on 1″ tape, Rodwell’s critically acclaimed album of 19th century spirituals and work songs, Live Humble, followed the release of a wax cylinder recorded in Sheffield, England. Nearing completion, his new record was tracked entirely on 2″ tape at Auckland’s Roundhead Studios.

Metro: “Soul-probing…raw, avant-garde improvisations.”

NME: “Tom Rodwell is Sheffield’s answer to Lightnin’ Hopkins.”

Derek Trucks: “Beautiful tunes, beautiful groove. You don’t hear that anymore.”

Radio NZ: “There’s a beautiful sort of Yin and Yang at work in Rodwell’s music. His voice and guitar seem to be in a constant dialogue with one another, one taking over as the other steps back, and vice-versa. ”

The Oamaru Opera House TicketDirect box office is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 12pm to 1pm. The box office and the Opera House Cafe & Bar is open 1 hour prior to the show commencing and during interval. Please call 03 433 0770 if you require wheelchair seating.

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