Kim Churchill delights a SOLD OUT crowd in Melbourne with his Weight Falls Tour

Kim Churchill

After years of performing as a one-man-band, barefoot, singer-songwriter, KIM CHURCHILL is currently touring Australia with a three-piece band. ‘Weight Falls’ is the name of his fifth and latest album. After spending 18 months painstakingly writing and honing the songs for this album, he threw it all out the window, not happy with the final result. He then sat down and rewrote the entire album in a week. He explained to the crowd that he took a long time working out who he was and what sort of music he wanted to write. He therefore really appreciated that his fans still gave a toss about his music.

Kim Churchill

Last night at The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, a sold-out crowd was treated to most of this album plus several well-known songs from his previous 2014 album, ‘Silence//Win’. Churchill has chosen two drummers, Tom and Mickey, as his support band. One also plays keys and they both contribute golden harmonies whilst Kim plays guitar, kick drum, harmonica and vocals, all seemingly at the same time, taking sips of tea in between songs.

Kim Churchill

Two songs have been released as singles from this album, Second Hand Car and title track, Weight Falls. Second Hand Car has a very catchy beat and chorus. Both have been very well received.  I can see why Kim chose two drummers to back his new works. Many songs from the album have a real tribal beat; A fast, strong rhythm that conjured up a mental image for me of dancing barefoot around a fire on the beach at night. One of the drummers had an up-turned beer bottle strapped to his kit, which gave a delicate glassy sound when tapped. Both of these songs have been very well received.

Kim Churchill

Kim introduced the song Rosemary by telling the story of his late grandmother’s last days in hospital. Another patient, George, declared that he was in love with her and they kept each other company during their final days. It was stories like this, told between songs, which gave the crowd a sense of knowing Kim Churchill more intimately. Not only is Kim a great songwriter, he is also a great story-teller, and this comes through in the lyrics of his songs.

Kim Churchill

The stage was interestingly set with huge retro light bulbs on stands placed among the musicians. At times, these flashed on and off, creating a homely feel, like old-fashioned streetlights.

Kim Churchil

Toward the end of the set, Kim performed his 2014 hit Window To The Sky. This is a real anthem song and was hugely popular with the crowd. He finished with title track Weight Falls, a delicate song with beautiful guitar plucking and harmonies, about being ‘lost in time’ and then the ‘weight falls’. For this song, Kim and the two drummers stood around a retro microphone and performed a moving, unplugged version, completing a truly magical evening.

Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill was supported by the very talented 16-year-old Taj Ralph and songstress, Ayla. Kim is part way through an extensive Australian tour. Check him out if you can.

TOUR DATES

Thursday, 14th September -Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle

Friday, 15th September - Unibar, Wollongong

Saturday, 16th September - Street Theatre, Canberra

Thursday, 21st September - The Jack, Cairns

Friday, 22nd September - The Office, Townsville

Saturday, 23rd September - Timberfest, Mackay

Friday, 29th September -Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday, 30th September - Karova Lounge, Ballarat

Sunday, 1st October - Sooki Lounge, Belgrave

Thursday, 5th October - Fat Controller, Adelaide

Friday, 6th October - Waratah Hotel, Hobart

Saturday, 7th October - Royal Oak, Launceston

Friday, 13th October - Fremantle Arts Centre Front Lawn, Fremantle

Saturday, 14th October - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

Sunday, 15th October - Red Room @ Clancys Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Friday, 20th October - The Factory, Sydney

Thursday, 26th October - Solbar, Sunshine Coast

Friday, 27th October - Soundlounge, Gold Coast

Saturday, 28th October - The Triffid, Brisbane

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Article & Images by Deb Kloeden