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Who: Carus Thompson
Where: Northern Star Hotel
When: Friday March 21, 2003

WHEN you're making an album, it doesn't hurt to count John Butler and Vicky Simpson from The Waifs among your close friends.Butler and Simpson are just two of several well known Australian musicians who found their way on to Melbourne artist Carus Thompson's debut album.``The album has a whole bunch of special guests, it sounds great,'' Thompson said.``Vicky was in the same

studio mixing The Waifs' album so I asked if she wanted to sing a harmony and I rang John to ask if he wanted to do a guitar part.''The result is Thompson's debut album Songs From Martin Street, aptly named after the studio where the album was recorded in Melbourne.

The album follows the release of Carus' Minds Eye EP.``This album is a continuation of the album I guess, it's a bit more groove orientated and has a lot of piano and percussion on it,''Following almost a year of solid touring, including five East and West Coast tours, Carus is back on the road to support the album's release.The seven week tour will take him around the country including a gig at the Northern Star Hotel on Friday night before finishing at the East Coast

Blues and Roots Festival.``I think we missed Newcastle on the last tour so the last time we were in town was September, so I'm looking forward to getting back.''Thompson will be joined

bassist Noel Manyam and new recruit, The John Butler Trio's Jason McGann on drums.Entry is $5 or free with purchase of the CD.Carus will also perform a show at Newcastle

University today from noon.

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