Canadian alternative country/folk rock icons, Cowboy Junkies are returning to Australia after a 20-year absence.
This week the Toronto-based four-piece announced a series of Australian and New Zealand appearances, its first since 1999. The tour’s five-date Australian leg gets underway in May 2020 and includes a Perth performance at the Astor Theatre on May 10.
Formed in Toronto by three siblings – Margo, Michael, and Peter Timmins – along with the trio’s longtime friend – Alan Anton – Cowboy Junkies released its debut album, Whites Off Earth Now!!, in 1986. The band’s 1988 follow up, The Trinity Session that saw the collective first rise to international prominence.
Recorded live with a single microphone in Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity, The Trinity Session featured a mixture of original material and covers including the band’s celebrated version of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane.” Released as single, the song charted in the US Top 10 in both 1989 and 1994.
Over the subsequent years Cowboy Junkies has released a further 15 studio albums, including the four album Nomad Series and a 2007 remake of the The Trinity Session – Trinity Revisited – that featured a collective of guest musicians such as Natalie Merchant, Ryan Adams, and Vic Chesnutt.
Cowboy Junkies’ latest release, 2018’s All That Reckoning, comes after a six-year hiatus between albums. While maintaining songwriter Michael Timmins’ trademark personal introspection, All That Reckoning compellingly frames its narrative within the context of the current sociopolitical climate.
“I didn’t want us to make another album just for the sake of making a new record,” Timmins explained. “So I started to write and the songs began to come. What I found was the personal introspection that’s a hallmark of what I do was being influenced by what’s happening in the outside world. There was a nice duality there which for me was reason enough to make a new record.”
An Evening With Cowboy Junkies takes place at the Astor Theatre on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Tickets on sale now through www.astortheatreperth.com.