This June, Kristin Hersh returns to Australian stages for the first time in seven years for a run of intimate solo Words & Music shows featuring her stories and songs.
“I love touring Australia and New Zealand. Musically literate, critical thinkers and the energy of the audiences is unmatched. Just being there is healing: the air breathes FOR you” says Hersh about the forthcoming tour.
“These shows I’m playing are a hybrid of words and music, meaning that I read stories from my books and intersperse them with songs that I feel inform the text and vice-versa. Some of the stories are poignant, but most are funny given that too many of my songs seem to make people cry and I’ve always felt kind of bad about that.”
In the seven years since she was last in Australia, Hersh – founder of Throwing Muses – has established herself as an author as well, with the publication of the memoir, Paradoxical Undressing (Atlantic Books). The memoir is based on her teenage diary entries from 1985 and ’86, a period during which the young Kristin lived in her car, crashed on friend’s floors and in empty apartments, unable to sleep for hearing the strange songs for which she is now known.
Friday June 6 – Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW
Saturday June 7 – Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday June 8 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday June 10 – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Thursday June 12 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Vic
Tickets on sale now from usual outlets.