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New Directions With Food In Belly

New Directions With Food In Belly

Who: Xavier Rudd
Where: Newcastle Panthers
When: Sunday January 29, 2006

ONE-man-band Xavier Rudd has added more dates to his already extensive summer tour and will now perform in Newcastle.

Rudd will play at Newcastle Panthers on Sunday, January 29.

His tour follows the release of his new album Food In the Belly, recorded in Canada early last year.

Canadian Niel Golden will join Rudd on stage to play the tabla. an Indian instrument that features heavily on his album. Rudd believes the album reflects the next chapter in his career a big change from the sounds heard on his previous studio records To Let and Solace. ``It is different. It's got a lot of flavours. You know, it's just a different space, a different journey. I've been doing a lot of stuff since I recorded the last album,'' Rudd said. ``A lot of connection, a lot of energy, [I've done] a lot of travel so it's a reflection of all that stuff. I've evolved.'' Victorian-born Rudd has become a fixture at music festivals including the Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival and Splendour in the Grass. He has also worked extensively in the US including a support slot for Ani DiFranco, appearances at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and at the Moonshine benefit in California with buddies Jack Johnson and G. Love and Special Sauce. Rudd's show has him performing not only on guitar and didgeridoo, but also stomp box, harmonica, drums, shakers, slide banjo and ankle bells. His first studio album To Let was released in 2002 and was self-produced along with Chris Thompson, who also recorded and mixed it. Solace followed two years later and debuted in the top 20 of the Australian charts, cementing Rudd's status as one of the country's top roots musicians. Tickets cost $30 plus a booking fee and are available online at xavierrudd.com, at the club or by phoning 4926 2700.

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