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Julia Jacklin
Photograph: Supplied Julia Jacklin

Singular Voices at City Recital Hall

Outstanding solo acts perform intimate shows in Sydney’s acoustically sublime concert hall from May

By Time Out in association with City Recital Hall
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City Recital Hall is presenting a series of extraordinary singer-songwriters in concert – one a month from May. The line-up in this series, Singular Voices, ranges from young First Nations performers to veteran songsmiths, but they have one thing in common: the ability to captivate an audience with their lyrics and their vocalising. The chance to hear them perform solo in an acoustically resonant venue is not one to pass up lightly. 

The first four acts in the series have been announced, and tickets are on sale now. More shows in the series are to come later in 2021.

Listen to City Recital Hall's Spotify playlist here.

Book now for these unique concert experiences

New Zealand singer Marlon Willliams
New Zealand singer Marlon Willliams
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Marlon Williams

When: Sun May 30, 7pm
How much: $49-$59 + bf

Kiwi singer Marlon Williams has garnered comparisons with Roy Orbison for his plaintive, quavering vocals. As well as touring with Bruce Springsteen, Florence and the Machine and Lorde he recently sold out a 27-date tour of New Zealand. Did we mention that he’s in Bradley Cooper’s film A Star Is Born? Get ready for some big reverb as Williams takes to the stage at the City Recital Hall to play songs in English and Maori from his albums Marlon Williams, Make Way for Love and Plastic Bouquet – the latter a collaboration with Canadian roots duo Kacy & Clayton.

Sydney-based singer Julia Jacklin
Sydney-based singer Julia Jacklin
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Julia Jacklin

When: Fri Jun 4, 7.30pm
How much: $49-$59 + bf

Speaking of singular voices, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin sure has one – an ethereal, soulful, pure-sounding instrument put to good use on tracks such as ‘Head Alone’, ‘Pool Party’ and ‘Don’t Let the Kids Win’ as well as the topical ‘To Perth: Before the Border Closes’. Expect confessional songs from her most recent album, the ARIA award-nominated Crushing, as well as a few surprises, when she performs at City Recital Hall.

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Robert Forster
Robert Forster
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Robert Forster

When: Sat July 10, 7.30pm
How much: $39-$49 + bf

Australian music doesn’t have too many living legends but Robert Forster is one of them. Half of the songwriting force behind the Go-Betweens and the creator of seven solo albums, Forster is both the most poetic lyricist of his generation and one of the immortal voices of the Australian condition. He’ll perform selections from the Go-Betweens’ back catalogue and recent solo material as well as tracks from his classic albums Calling from a Country Phone (1993) and Danger in the Past (1990). 

Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter Kee'Ahn
Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter Kee'Ahn
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Kee’ahn

When: Sat Aug 21, 7.30pm
How much: $29 + bf

Kee’ahn takes her name from the Wik people of Cape York (it means “to dance, to sing, to play”) and she creates melodic music with a mission to heal and connect. Last year she won the Archie Roach Foundation Award and she has performances at South by Southwest, Homelands, Golden Plains, Splendour, Bigsound, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Laneway Festival and Woodford Folk Festival to her credit. Songs from her upcoming debut album In Full Bloom will feature in her City Recital Hall appearance. 

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