Aussie Singer-songwriter to Make Cleveland Debut


About a year ago, Australian singer-songwriter Irwin Thomas was in town to play with Aaron Hendra, another Australian who was performing a handful of shows in Northeast Ohio. Thomas played with him and made the occasional open mic appearance. But he didn’t have the chance to play a full set. Tonight at Wall Street Tavern in Parma, he’ll make his official Northeast Ohio debut.

Shortly after those shows with Hendra, Thomas started jet setting across the globe. He moved to Sweden where he lived for about a year as he worked on material for a forthcoming studio album. “There’s not a big music scene there but it produces some good music,” he says of the experience. “On the Stockholm side, there are lots of big pop stars.” While there, he did some shows in London and “took the opportunity explore Europe and be inspired.” In November, he toured with the hard rock outfit Electric Mary and played a few gigs with another Aussie outfit, Errin Kelly’s Bottle of Smoke.  

Tonight at the Wall Street Tavern, Thomas, who was inducted into the 'Legends' category in the 2013 MusicOz Awards and has sold millions of records in Australia, performs from 9 to 10:30 p.m. He’ll play an acoustic set that will feature a range of material. “It’s all original songs with a few twisted covers thrown in there,” he says of the set he has planned. “I’ll play some older songs from my career and unrecorded tracks as well. It will be fun. I love the intimate, dynamic experience of performing acoustic. There’s no tricks.”

He says he plans to make Cleveland a regular tour stop and hopes to come back through town every few months. 

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