John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, and talented mates to team up for 'Coming Home' tour
John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins will be hitting the road together for a huge run of shows snaking all over Australia between January and February.
The ‘Coming Home’ tour is named for the title of JBT’s upcoming seventh studio album (out 28 September), which is shaping up to be quite the sonic switch-up from their rootsy past from the sounds of lead cuts 'Home' and 'Just Call'.
“This album is my most personal work yet,” John Butler says “[it] touches on the anxieties and demons I’ve been grappling with since the last album, but it’s also full of joy, hope and redemption, and I’m looking forward to conveying the stories and passion of all of this journey one on one live with fans.”
Expanding to a five-piece for the ‘Coming Home’ tour, John Butler will be showing off their new songs and sound, alongside classics that have made them him one of Australia’s biggest independent music successes.
The early career of ARIA winning songwriter Missy Higgins is closely connected with John Butler Trio. She opened for them in Sydney the night ‘Scar’ went #1 and they even shared their first Rolling Stone cover together.
Reunited for their first joint tour in nearly 15 years, Missy will be backed by John’s five band to bring her esteemed catalogue to life on stage, including songs from latest album, the gorgeous Solastagia.
Following the recent birth of her baby girl, Higgins jokes “it will be so good to get out of the house… I have great memories of all those gigs I did with [John] when I first starting out and it will be great to play some really special venues together again after all these years.”
As if that double-header wasn’t enough of a drawcard, joining John and Missy as special guest at all shows (except Margaret River and Albany) will be 2017 Unearthed Artist of the Year Stella Donnelly.
On record, the Perth songwriter captures the zeitgeist with disarmingly spare, folk-pop indictments like ‘Mechanical Bull’ and ‘Boys Will Be Boys’. On stage, she’s a riot, providing laugh-out loud banter and charming presence with the savage social commentary of her songs.
Also performing at select shows will be a stack of talented friends, including the incomparable Dan Sultan, The Waifs, The Teskey Brothers, Carla Geneve, and - joining the final show of the tour in Hobart - Baker Boy, the National Indigenous Music Award-dominating dynamo behind bilingual bangers like 'Marryuna', 'Mr La Di Da Di', and 'Black Magic'.
Friday 25 January – Wignalls Winery, Albany WA with Carla Geneve
Sunday 27 January – Leeuwin Estate Winery, Margaret River WA with Carla Geneve
Friday 1 February – Kings Park, Perth WA
Thursday 7 February – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (all ages)
Saturday 9 February – A Day On The Green: All Saints Estate, Rutherglen VIC with Dan Sultan
Sunday 10 February – Stage 88, Canberra ACT with The Waifs
Thursday 14 February – Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney (all ages)
Saturday 16 February – A Day On The Green: Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley NSW with Dan Sultan
Sunday 17 February – Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour NSW with The Teskey Brothers
Saturday 23 February – Tolosa Park, Hobart (18+) with Baker Boy
John Butler Trio will also headline a few extra shows without Missy, here’s those dates:
Wednesday 20 February – Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg QLD
Thursday 21 February – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton QLD
Friday 22 February – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Dan Sultan was suppoting at the Melbourne show at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.