Intimate Shows Mark the Launch of Xavier Rudd’s New Single

Six years is a long time. That’s how long we have been waiting for a new solo album release from legendary Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist, Xavier Rudd. But now the wait is over with the release of a new solo single Walk Away, a new album Storm Boy, set to be released on the 25th May and an Australian tour in August – proving the old proverb good things come to those who wait.

And to celebrate the launch of the new single, Rudd made good on his promise to play some supporting Australian shows with four intimate dates in April. We got to attended the Sydney show at the Factory Theatre this past Friday.

With a full capacity crowd packing the venue, there was a palpable atmosphere of anticipation from those in attendance. The gig showcased work spanning from his nine studio albums, including the forthcoming Storm Boy, and his exceptional talent with the multiple instruments that littered the stage.

But it’s not just the music that the crowd was there for – it’s the enigma that is Rudd. Charming, humble, spiritual and incredibly talented, Rudd shares his heart and his soul through his performance and the audience feel a sense of inclusion like few other gigs.

After a rapturous reception to Food in the Belly, Rudd spoke to the multi-cultural audience in attendance and remonstrated over one of the subjects that he is most passionate about – tolerance in Australia.

“[Australia has had] racist values and oppression all the time but we want to celebrate the positive – all different backgrounds opening up to the idea of change. There’s a change Australia – I see it coming”, said Rudd.

Following the statement, he aptly moved on to Messages much to the delight of the crowd, and set the tone for an evening of entertainment and enlightenment. The main message to take away? It’s time for us to put aside our differences and unite under the banner of solidarity.

Highlights of the evening were undoubtedly Messages, Let me Be and Spirit Bird. While throughout the set, Rudd moved seamlessly from guitars (western and Indian) to his trademark Yidaki and a percussion set.

Despite an encore that was three songs long, including Lioness Eye, from the feeling of the crowd they could have happily stayed there all night, listening to all nine albums.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be having and exclusive chat to Xavier about his new album and the journey it took him on, and his forthcoming shows.

Watch Walk Away now below. Storm Boy, available on the 25th May, is available to pre-order here.

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