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Clapton Sound Not Just Distant Thunder

Clapton Sound Not Just Distant Thunder

Who: Richard Clapton
Where: Sydney Junction Hotel
When: Wednesday June 1, 2005

ANOTHER one of Australia's great musicians will take part in Sydney Junction Hotel's next dinner and show event.

Richard Clapton will perform two shows this week: the first tonight and the second tomorrow.

From Glory Road to Distant Thunder , Clapton has been at the forefront of Australian singer-songwriters for the past 30 years.

He began his solo career in 1972 after a five-year sojourn in Britain and Germany where Clapton had travelled in the hope of pursuing a career as a graphic designer.

Instead he became wrapped up in London's music scene and returned to Australia armed with a guitar and a bunch of songs.

His debut album Prussian Blue was released in November, 1973, but it was the hit song Girls On The Avenue, released in 1975, that became his signature tune.

Clapton continues to record steadily and released his latest album Diamond Mine last year.

For his 18th album release, Clapton wrote the songs for Diamond Mine over a period of four years and worked with the cream of the crop to record it.

Mixed by Rick Will, who has worked with everyone from Ben Harper to Cold Chisel, it was recorded in his home studio with a host of top Australian musicians including Mark Lizotte and Ian Moss. He also created layer upon layer of his own tracks, loops and samples on his computer.

``As far as recording at home goes, I can't say there are really any negatives to it,'' Clapton said.

``It's really the best work environment I've ever had, so conducive to creativity.'' Tickets cost $85 per person and include a three-course meal and live entertainment.

Seats are strictly limited so telephone the hotel on 4961 2537 to make a booking.

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