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Julia Henning 'Fledgling' Tour - McLaren Vale

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Baby, it maybe cold outside, but we were cosy inside The Singing Gallery having a good time with a wood fire,and the intimacy, warmth and friendly atmosphere created by one of Australia's most promising young performers, Julia Herring. It was the first concert of Julia's 12 date national tour with her band members: Eli Green (Percussion), Mathew Moore (Piano & vocals), Nick Evans (Bass) and Simon Gould (guitar), following the release of 'Fledgling' - her debut album.

JULIA HENNING 'Fledgling Tour - McLaren Vale
Julia Henning and band at The Singing Gallery.

For an original South Australian artist who is an award winning song writer, studied the art of cabaret in New York, has performed to sold out shows in Australia, including the Sydney Opera House Studio, has had an documentary made about her and is about to embark on a busy interstate tour she raised some laughter from her audience with her comment that for the evening's performance she had come all the way from Willunga, which was about 4 km down the road.

Julian Henning in concert. Photo by Writer.

Julia's voice is strong and soulful as she draws you in with her sincere lyrics reflecting her life experiences. Her songs engage with her audience and encourage us to reflect on our lives. As her perfectly pitched voice soars above the heartfelt accompaniment whether it be the resonating tinkling on the piano, or the soothing sounds of the guitar with the rhythmic backing of bass and percussion; it is a constant, perfectly balanced encounter. There are moments when her voice and the music can be so soft, you are aware that the proverbial pin could be heard if dropped, but as she shares her stories with her engaging voice, you remain with her all the way.

JULIA HENNING 'Fledgling Tour - McLaren Vale
Julia Henning - her words resonate with her listener.

Julia's wonderful sense of humour was evident as she entertained us with brief anecdotes about her song writing experiences; such as the time she had forgotten to get a birthday present for her mum. She rushed up to Eli and said, "Get out your guitar and write a song in the next 10 minutes, because we have got to be at mum's and I need a present by then." And in a flash they came up with the beautiful song Tall Trees, which she then performed.

I'm sure you know, but let me say, I couldn't be without you.

You're why I'm who I am today.
I could take notes, watch you all day and never be as amazing.
Grazed knees, tears spilling endlessly down into your lap.
Dark dreams, you kept them away with just a word and your hand.

Her songs can arouse such emotions. Many I heard for the first time during her performance, but I have listened to them repeatedly since. Yes, the good news is, Julia's CD's are on sale at her gigs.

It is not often you can say that you enjoyed all of a performer's songs. Well I enjoyed all of Julia's songs. A couple which are special highlights for me are:

Three Words

What words could be more simple than the ones you keep away from me?

What words could cause such insight, or curse and hurt me?
Just three words, just three words.
Why couldn't you say them?

Yes, you guessed it, you are going to have to listen to her singing this song to learn what are the three words?

Two highlights of the evening for me was Julia's powerful cover version of the song Titanium by David Guetta (Feat. Sia).

I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won't fall
I am titanium

and Julia's original song, If and Only If. For anyone who has loved someone and had to accept the fact it was never going to work.

If I was a boxer or a fighter at all I'd have fought for you.
I'd never have let you fall through my fingers and away from my heart I'd have saved you.
I'd have saved us.

She has a broad love of music as she moves effortlessly from uptempo rock ballads to gentle love songs which makes her album Fledgling unique and defies being categorized to a particular genre stereotype. She is without a doubt one of Australia's most promising young performers.

Avoid disappointment and catch her while you can on this tour. You are bound to find her performances and songs a memorable experience.

***** out of *****


9 th Aug. 10.30 pm LAUNCESTON - Fresh on Charles 178 Charles St.

10 th Aug. 7.00 pm HOBART - The Homestead

22 nd Aug. 8.30 pm - MELBOURNE - The Catfish, 30 Gertrude St.

23rd Aug. 8.00 pm - MELBOURNE - Grump's Green. 125 Smith St.,

27th Aug. 7.30 pm. CANBERRA ACT - Smith's Alternative 76 Alinga St.,

28 th Aug. 8.00 pm. SYDNEY - FBI Social, L2, 248 William St.

29th Aug. 8.00 pm. - NEWCASTLE, NSW, The Small Ballroom, 139 Maitland Rd.

30 th Aug. ARMIDALE NSW, Armidale Club,

31 st Aug. 6.00 pm. BELLINGEN NSW, No 5 Church St.

4th Sept. 8.00 pm. BRISBANE QLD, Beetle Bar, 350 Upper Roma St.

JULIA HENNING 'Fledgling Tour - McLaren Vale
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Why? Julia Henning: You are bound to find her performances and songs a memorable experience.
When: 9 August - 4 Sept. 2014
Where: Tour details for SA, Tas., Vic, NSW, ACT & Qld in article.
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