Jamie Hutchings performs at The Newsagency as part of his national tour in support of his fourth solo album, and first in seven years - Bedsit. Bedsit was self recorded by Hutchings live to a 90’s era 16 track tape machine on the outskirts of Bathurst in early 2016. It features little else but Jamie’s voice and guitar, Reuben Wills’ double bass and occasionally Jamie’s younger sister, renowned pianist Sophie Hutchings. The performance will see Jamie draw deep from what is now a deep body of work, from Bluebottle Kiss, Infinity Broke through to his current solo material. He will be ably assisted by Reuben Wills on double bass.
Jamie Hutchings is a Sydney based singer/songwriter/guitarist and sometime producer. He began his career as the frontman for much loved underground favourites Bluebottle Kiss in the 1990’s through to the noughties.
The group released six acclaimed albums and toured many times around Australia as well as North America and the UK where some of their material was also released. Of the band, All Music in the US said “…this is challenging, rugged, dramatic rock with folk tendencies woven intricately into its coarse fabric.” He has released four solo albums, two albums with the percussion heavy quartet Infinity Broke as well as a recent album in collaboration with Peter Fenton called The Tall Grass.
A frequent live performer, Hutchings’ music has seen him tour throughout Europe numerous times, North America and even China. His production work has involved artists such as Peabody, The Maladies and Mark Moldre and he has guested and collaborated with artists such as Paul Dempsey and Peter Garrett. His other interests include literature, surfing and wine. He is quite messy and cooks poorly.
"Jamie Hutchings writes songs that are epic, tender and mean" - THE THOUSANDS
“Jamie [Hutchings'] musical journey is one the most interesting, passionate and singular musical odysseys in Australian music." - John O’Donnell (Author of 100 Best Australian Albums)
“There is no song which doesn't leave you moved, slightly shifted in your own bubble in a way that can’t be quickly remedied. That’s a sign of a very fine songwriter, one of our best." - Bernard Zuel, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Special guest on the night will be Jamie’s sister, acclaimed pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings. Over the past eighteen months Sophie has released two critically acclaimed albums, Wide Asleep and Yonder, completed her first European tour as well as performing at Tasmanian based arts festival Dark Mofo. Her compositions have been described by music bible Mofo Magazine as
Stirring, vigorous,[and] grandly melodic’.