Acclaimed Australian songwriter Larissa Tandy and PEI’s Dylan Menzie co-headline a special show at The Carleton on Tuesday, April 3rd. Show time is 7:30 PM and tickets are $15 advanced or $20 at the door.
Hailing from rural Australia, Larissa Tandy came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for potent stories and spinning them into songs that made their way onto radio in America, the UK, and Canada where the CBC ordained them as “songs you need to hear”.
Filtering the urgent poetry of Patti Smith and the untamed cool of Liz Phair, while fearlessly laying bare her road worn heart, Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern americana. Her momentum continues to gather, recently making the move to Music City Nashville as the recipient of The Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency.
“as forthright and profound as artists like Janis Ian or Toni Childs.. melodies as accessible as the best of Carole King or Fleetwood Mac” RHYTHMS
“Exquisite… 4 Stars” SPILL
“Larissa Tandy is a gem, a hard cobalt blue crystal, raw and unpolished” BEATROUTE
In 2016, Dylan Menzie was a finalist in CBC’s annual Searchlight competition on the back of his breakout single, Kenya, which then spent two weeks at number one on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20 leading up to the release of his 2016 album Adolescent Nature.
The record, anchored by the strength of songs like the aforementioned Kenya and follow-up single Talk to Me, showcases the pure emotion one can extract from simply a great voice and keen sense of dynamics. Drawing clear influence from the likes of My Morning Jacket, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Joel Plaskett without being derivative of any one, the quality of these songs heavily belies the young artist’s age.
But even as excitement behind his breakthrough continues to mount, Menzie already has his sights set on what’s next – another product of his self-competition and refusal to rest on any laurels. And if he continues on his current trajectory of each new song, each new release eclipsing its predecessor, he’ll soon be impossible to ignore.