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Wed 25 Jun 2014, 6:30pm

Where: Leadbelly Newtown, 42 King Street, Newtown, New South Wales

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission - presale: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: louise33

Supported by:
Tree (AKA Joshua Swan)

Sophie was first born in 1931. She was raised by suffragettes in the historic town of Haworth. A place where time stands still and the locals live in a dream world of 1940s weekends, spitfires, apothecaries and bon bons from Mrs Beighton’s sweet shop.

She was deemed too modern and progressive to continue in such an idyllic yet unrealistic world and was born again in 1970 and finally was born properly 20 years later in 1990 to become a child of the Manchester mod generation.

With musical influences as diverse as Gershwin, Vera Lynn and Traffic combined with the prose of the Bronte sisters, Sophie began writing her first songs at the tender age of 3. These songs were of course rubbish.

Surrounded by music during her idyllic childhood in the Yorkshire Moors, around the age of 6 she accidentally heard Summer in Siam by The Pogues. This, for Sophie, was the turning point. She began spinning platters of her own accord and was suddenly being swept away by the sounds of Homburg by Procol Harum, Hang On To A Dream by Tim Hardin and Mockingbird by Barclay James Harvest.

She spent her teens visiting music festivals in the UK with her dad, going on to perform at the renowned Glastonbury festival herself when she was just 17 years old.

Sophie is now based in Sydney and has just completed her debut album 'Chemical Girlfriend'. This has been met with considerable enthusiasm, so much so that she is in the top 1% of 19000 entries and a finalist in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition with her song 'My Dark Crusade'.

It is almost impossible to pigeonhole Sophie Hanlon’s songs and musical style. It sounds like something you should have heard but there is no one other artist that she sounds like. For some who believe there must be a point of reference to validate an artist this may be perplexing. Sophie is a truly modern, original artist and an exceptional performer.

'In my view Sophie has unwittingly combined the energy and pop sensibility of the Small faces, the power of Grace Slick, and the soul of Billie Holiday.

The world is ready for an artist like Sophie Hanlon. Her time is now.' -Skeet, David, July 2013, London