Wollongong-via-Hobart singer-songwriter Maddy Jane is normally flanked by a full band at live shows, bringing some extra oomph to her jangly, retro-tinged guitar pop. Having gotten into the swing of that, putting her on stage under the solo guise feels like an ill-advised decision – if you’re going to showcase the woman’s talents to a largely-unfamiliar audience, it deserves to be in its complete form. Having said that, Jane fares just fine on her lonesome – her smoky, laconic vocals serve as the centrepiece of tracks like the soulful “Not Human at All” and the tongue-in-cheek “No Other Way,” and the fact she has new converts calling out for more at the end of her set surely means mission accomplished.
The average age at the Enmore Theatre was probably somewhere in the mid-forties, and the under 18 seating was taken up mostly by people who didn’t think they could stand for the whole show. However, the line up of classic Aussie rockers would prove that no matter your age you could still rock out, just maybe with a few breathers.
The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I have been sharing stages for the last 25 years from New York to Nambucca Heads and are joining up to do it again, taking their iconic brand of rock and roll to Perth, Canberra, and regional areas around Australia in July and August.