STORYTELLER: Russell Morris will perform on August 21 at Yeppoon’s Mercure Resort.
STORYTELLER: Russell Morris will perform on August 21 at Yeppoon’s Mercure Resort. Contributed

Poolside sessions with Russell Morris set for festival

IT was always in the back of Russell Morris' mind to return to playing around with the blues and roots sound, but producing an album trilogy based on Australian history was something he didn't foresee.

The iconic Australian singer-songwriter said his past two albums - Sharkmouth and Van Diemen's Land - received a great response from listeners.

The albums tell stories from our history and Russell said he had to do a bit of research to ensure he was getting his facts right during songwriting.

"I know about most of them and wanted to make sure I had some of the facts right, because some were more specific than others," he told the Capricorn Coast Mirror.

"I love it - I've loved doing the new album.

"The next album will focus on the interior of Australia.

"I've always loved the timelessness when you're out in the middle of Australia and you can't see anything.

"It's almost like time has stopped, and I love that feeling so a lot of songs refer to that."

Russell Morris is one of Australia's most enduring singers. He was a major pop star in the late 1960s and went on to become one of the country's first singer-songwriters.

Come August 21, he will perform at the Poolside Sessions at Mercure Resort as part of the Sea Haven Village Festival.

"I love it up there - I've always wanted to live in Queensland," he said.

The festival provides a showcase of local and emerging talents for a vibrant and fun music and arts festival.

This year's entertainment will include a mix of music, visual arts workshops, children's festival, circus, and food and market stalls.

Other acts in the festival line-up include Darren Middleton, Cheap Fakes, Round Mountain Girls, Dan Barnett, Nick Barker, Sahara Beck, The Short Fall and more, playing across several venues in Yeppoon's CBD.

GET TICKETS

Mercure Capricorn Resort is hosting the Poolside Sessions each evening with Russell Morris on Friday, August 21, followed by Kasey Chambers on Saturday, August 22.

Tickets are on sale now at www.thevillagefestival.org.au for $30.



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