Media Release: Marta Pacek (Australia) and The Jessica Stuart Few (Canada) to tour Australia this Autumn

We are very excited to be working with the incredible Marta Pacek again and the first time with The Jessica Stuart Few on their upcoming Australian Autumn Tour 2015.

Read more about these amazing artists and where you can catch them in March & April along the East Coast of Australia and even WA.

MARTA PACEK & THE JESSICA STUART FEW (CANADA)

2015 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Wafting through the Autumn air this March/April will be the sounds of Alt Folk singer-songwriter MARTA PACEK and Canadian Folk/Jazz power trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW, co-headlining their first Australian tour together.

Over the last few years, Melbournian MARTA PACEK has drifted between North America and Australia with her guitar, the “modern day gypsy” delighting audiences with songs from her debut album Rebel Baby, and 2014’s Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms. ‘Voodoo Dolls…’ features Marta’s heartfelt & wistful Alt folk / country offerings and was produced by Brooklyn’s Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard). Its Australian release saw first single ‘Nothing Going On’ added to DIG/Double J & the Country Music Channel’s ‘Alt Country’ slot, along with community radio airplay & ABC Radio live performances. After beginning her career writing, recording & touring with Mark Seymour, Marta has gone on to win various music awards and secure worldwide TV & film placements. Live, this lady will have you under her spell when she takes to the stage. To coincide with the upcoming tour, Marta will release her new single & video Sometimes You Lose (lifted off her latest album Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms).

 

“(Pacek’s) fine voice will capture you right away, and she has the songs to match up with the best.”

Bob Mersereau (Veteran Canadian Broadcaster/CBC Music)

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If you have never witnessed a Japanese 13-stringed harp (Koto) in action, then let Canada’s award winning Indie Folk/Jazz trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW show you how it’s done. Living in Japan as a child and growing up with a Koto master for a mother, Jessica’s innovative take on the instrument has put traditional Asian sounds next to double bass, drums & three-part harmonies in a compelling contemporary singer-songwriter context. Stuart’s beguiling vocals and signature songwriting (often compared to that of Joni Mitchell), coupled with The JS Few’s upbeat fusion of folk, soul, jazz & rock has seen the trio gain worldwide critical acclaim – garnering rave reviews, international airplay, a Top 40 single (Don’t Ya) in Japan and numerous awards. Renowned for their dynamic live performances, The Jessica Stuart Few have graced the main stages of Festivals in Canada, Japan, Germany & USA, and have performed alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and members of The Barenaked Ladies among others. Be sure to keep an ear out for the exclusive Australian pre-release of their infectious new single What Is It For, a sneak peak of what to expect from their late 2015 album.

“It’s a rare album that comes along that truly sounds unique and independent of the rest. Toronto’s The Jessica Stuart Few gave me one of those WTF moments, stopping me in my tracks for a good, close listen…  Stuart has a gorgeous voice, pure and expressive… All that, and the distinctive koto playing, a blend not heard anywhere else.” Bob Mersereau (CBC Music)

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Don’t miss MARTA PACEK and THE JESSICA STUART FEW at the following shows:

March 18 – The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda VIC

March 19 – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC

March 20 & 21 – Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC **THE JS FEW ONLY – HEADLINERS**

March 22 – Elwood Food & Wine, VIC

March 23 – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick VIC

March 25 – The Music Man, Bendigo VIC

March 26 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC

March 27 – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta VIC

March 28 – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra ACT

March 29 – The Rum Bar (3-6PM), Kingston ACT

April 01 – Shirt Bar (5-8PM), Sydney NSW

April 02 – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle NSW

April 03 – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

April 04 – Django Bar, Marrickville NSW

April 07 – The Ellington, Perth WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**

April 08 – House Concert, Mt Hawthorn WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**

April 09 – Four5Nine Bar (w/Katey Brooks (UK)) North Perth, WA  **THE JS FEW ONLY**

April 10 – 12 Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**

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Press release written by Jo Corbett of Jo Corbett Publicity.

MARTA PACEK – Australian Tour and Album Launch

Very much looking forward to seeing the talented Marta Pacek back in Australia after many years in Canada. She has a fantastic new album and we are happy to be working with TLC Publicity to launch this album and promote the tour.

NEW ALBUM VOODOO DOLLS and FALSE ALARMS FROM

AWARD-WINNING ALT-COUNTRY SONGSTRESS MARTA PACEK

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Armed with a collection of new original songs, Australian Alternative folk-songstress Marta Pacek is set to release her new album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, on Feb 27, 2014. To coincide with the release, Marta will embark on an Australian tour spanning VIC, ACT & NSW, following with an additional 15 Canadian and 11 U.S. shows in May 2014.

 

After spending the past two years touring North America and Australia behind her last album Rebel Baby, Marta Pacek was ready to stretch and grow in the studio. Her new songs caught the interest of producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard) who also brought his bass playing and beats to the project. Albetta harnessed the precision and groove of electronic drumbeats while honoring Marta’s noir folk compositions, giving birth to an even fiercer shade of truth for the confessional songstress (as seen in her latest video for the Sombre track Sometimes You Lose shot in Toronto, Canada).   “I was open to a lot of different ideas this time out”, says Marta, explaining the presence of electronic drumbeats throughout Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms.

 

The new album starts off with the pulsating and haunting feel of The Hunted, while Nothing Going On begins with a surprising hip hop feel, taking the listener on a journey back to 50s rock ‘n’ roll. Favourite Thing veers into Alt Country before pulling at your heartstrings with the sombre Sometimes You Lose and Thar She Blows. Marta nods to Fleetwood Mac in All I Need and Not Leaving Here Alone”would feel right at home on a Tarantino soundtrack. Two standout tracks are Pass Me Over, where Marta channels Joan Baez and One Day, which was written with noted songwriter Todd Clark (Pilot Speed, Philip Phillips, Goo Goo Dolls), there being an additional version of the song to end the album.  Check out Nothing Going On  the first single off the album to get a taste of what to expect.

 

Beginning her career by writing & recording songs with Mark Seymour, front man of Iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors, it’s clear his song crafting secrets were passed onto her. Since Toronto-based management lured her to Toronto in 2008, Marta has had an amazing journey. She won Best International Artist at the Barrie New Music Festival in 2009, her second album Rebel Baby, released in 2012 and produced by Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) was very well received, not only internationally but locally as well, when she was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single A Girl Gets By at the Canberra Country Music Awards.  Her cover of Patty Griffin’s song Nobody’s Crying was featured on the ABC/Global series Rookie Blue, she’s written for the TV series Radio Man and licensed her music for film. All of which she hopes to do more of. And she’s toured. A lot. Bringing her music to her ever-growing fan base in Troubadoria – her live-in touring van. She is a modern-day gypsy. With Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, Marta has harnessed an abundance of experiences into an album of personal confessions and a soundscape perfect for taking that long and reflective drive

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On top of her passion for music, the songstress has a flare for fashion that has developed into a personal style that often channels a vintage aesthetic, with a feminine rebellious edge. She has extended her love of precious things to her growing fan base, and has spent time developing her own unique, handcrafted “Marta Pacek” branded merchandise. Currently her range includes women’s apple pendant necklaces carved from willow wood, baby harmonica necklaces, and willow wood iPhone covers.

 

Last year, Marta had great successes touring internationally, covering more ground in the U.S. Midwest, Eastern Canada, and she is now ready to tour her home country of Australia. Her stunning vocals and roots charm allow Marta to be naked in front of all of us; somehow making us feel a little more human with every story she shares.  The forthcoming Australian tour will see Marta double billing with Canadian artist blueVenus.  Founded in 1998 by singer/songwriter and violinist Andrea de Boer, Toronto’s blueVenus is known for not only their captivating lyrical musings but also for their polished, but highly textured, mélange of sounds. Described as “hypnotic and impressive” by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Germany’s national newspaper, de Boer’s voice is a blend of a sultry, bluesy Janis Joplin with the youthful wariness of Fiona Apple.

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Catch Marta Pacek & Blue Venus (Canada) on the following dates:

 

MARTA PACEK & BLUE VENUS (Canada) – 2014 Australian Tour Dates

27 Feb – Beav’s Bar, Geelong, VIC

28 Feb – Babushka Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

1 March – Pure Pop Records, St Kilda, VIC **ALBUM LAUNCH**

8 Mar – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

9 Mar – Jamberoo Pub, Jamberoo, NSW

12 Mar – The Vanguard, Syd NSW + Luke O’Shea

14 Mar – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW

15 Mar – House concert, Wingham NSW

20 Mar – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC

www.martapacek.com

www.bluevenusmusic.com

For more info contact TLC PUBLICITY :

Jo Corbett – 0417 051 102 / Emma Lovell – 0413 955 970 | tlcpublicityinfo@gmail.com

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