Sheffield date for guitar duo

Jack Carty and Maz O'Connor, playing at the Greystones, Sheffield
Jack Carty and Maz O'Connor, playing at the Greystones, Sheffield

Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Jack Carty and Maz O’Connor appear in Sheffield next week on a joint headline tour of the UK.

Jack and former Papa vs Pretty bassist Gus Gardiner, on cello, perform tracks from their collaborative album Hospital Hill, released last Friday.

Jack said: “Many of the songs on Hospital Hill were born on tour here in the UK, before I made the big move over. It’s exciting to be touring it here in my new home before we head anywhere else!”

It’s been a busy year-and-a-half for Jack Carty following the independent release of his fourth studio album Home State in August 2016. Self-recorded and produced by Carty in a tiny Brisbane apartment, it won lots of plaudits.

Home State was picked up for release in the UK by Gilded Lily/Absolute.

Jack quickly followed suit in 2017, relocating to write, record and tour from his new home in England, and set about releasing Hospital Hill.

The 10-song collection, co-written and produced by Jack and Gus, is performed with a stellar string quartet that includes members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

It explores “the pull of nostalgia, the weight of time and the release of gratitude,” the duo say.

Since his days as a founding member of rock band Papa vs Pretty from 2008-2014, Gus Gardiner has worked as a side-man onstage and in the studio for many of Australia’s best-loved up-and-coming singer-songwriters including Troye Sivan, Montaigne and Jarryd James.

Jack Carty and Maz O’Connor play the Greystones on Wednesday, June 13.

*Sheffield bands Reverend and the Makers, The Sherlocks and the Everly Pregnant Brothers are on the line-up at the Y Not Festival in Pikehall, Derbyshire Dales on July 26-9.

Headliners include The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The impressive line-up also features Seasick Steve, Fat White Family and Buzzcocks.

Website: ynotfestival.com