On The Road… with Tim Freedman

Best known as the front-man and songwriter of Australian legends The Whitlams, Tim Freedman’s solo performances are a mixture of charming cynicism and delicate piano, and have become as popular as his four-piece band performances. 

We caught up with the man ahead of his tour and Canberra show to hear about this crazy thing called Life.

What do you listen to, or indeed do, when travelling?

I’ll be listening to the finalists of the Australian Music Prize in readiness for the final votes in January. And I might visit Manuka Pool if I’m lucky.

Best travel experience?

New York back in the ‘90s was memorable. I saw lots of music and came back inspired.

Worst travel experience?

[Left blank! What a positive guy! – BOSSMAN AL

Favourite travel snack/drink?

Bouilaibasse and Suave.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

A glass of champagne.

Best way to celebrate a good gig:

Adrenaline and champagne can lead all sorts of places.

What’s a fond gig memory?

The Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London 2003 took off. 

What’s a not-so-fond gig memory?

Warnambool 1996 – I thought ‘this can’t get any sadder’.

Tell us about your latest work, and what you most love about it:

I have four new songs with new themes and weird chords. It’s great having some new jigsaw puzzles.

Thoughts and feeling on destination Canberra (playing there/the place/the people)?

From the early days of 1993 at the ANU Bar, through many gigs at Tilleys, I’ve always felt very welcomed in Canberra. And I love Manuka Pool.

Tim Freedman’s solo show is at The Street Theatre on Friday, 25 October from 8pm. Tix are $49 + bf and are available from thestreet.org.au

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