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James Thomson & Conor McCamley | The Junkyard

  • The Grand Junction Hotel 88 Church Street maitland Australia (map)

n his short career, Australian musician James Thomson has developed from a promising talent into an artist of rare and unique ability. Thomson's obvious gift for crafting uncomplicated, beautifully realised songs has led both press and fellow artists to cite him as one of the finest young songwriters in the Country. After being ‘discovered’ in 2013 by Stuart Coupe (ex-Paul Kelly/Hoodoo Gurus manager), James was quickly signed to Coupe’s record label and a self-titled debut album released later that same year. The album’s irresistible mix of classic storytelling set against homespun folk and blues melodies gathered high praise from the likes of Peter Jesperson and Bernard Zuel - and soon landed Thomson tours alongside Mark Olson (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers), Robert Ellis and The Gin Club.


Thomson’s second album Cold Moon was released in 2015 and provided a stunning indication of his rapid development as an artist. Ghostly guitars and organs now floated through the mix, while Thomson’s earthy vocals and vivid lyrics drew worthy comparisons to Gene Clark, Neil Young and Bobby Charles. Since the release of Cold Moon, James and his band have toured Nationally and Internationally - their reputation as an exceptional live act further enhanced after turning in stunning performances at Nannup Music Festival, The Gumball Festival, Leaps and Bounds, Bridgetown Blues Festival and Dashville Skyline.

In February 2018 Thomson recorded his third album at Melbourne’s Union Street Studios with Engineer Rodger Bergodaz at the helm. In just six days, Thomson and an all-star band featuring Steve Hadley (Paul Kelly, Tex, Don and Charlie), Shane Reilly (Lost Ragas), Tracy McNeil and Sean McMahon crafted a truly special album and a superbly assured nod to the 1970’s Country-Soul/Rock and Roll sound perfected by artists like The Faces and Neil Young. Thomson’s superb writing and musicianship should have already made him known to a wider audience but the release of his eagerly awaited third album in late 2018 is set to make sure his mark on Australian music is a permanent one.

Joined by Newcastle's Conor McCamley as support, this just tops off a beautiful lineup for your Sunday afternoon.

Later Event: August 7
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