Celebrated songstress Kate Ceberano may be a household name thanks to such hits as Pash and Bedroom Eyes but Newcastle will always hold a special place in her heart.
Speaking to Newcastle Live just prior to her mammoth set at the recent Live At The Foreshore festival, Kate admitted that she had been plying her musical trade in our neck of the woods long before her stint with ’80s popsters I’m Talking.
“I’ve been travelling to Newcastle since I was about 16,’ Kate said. “I remember there was a really huge venue on the main arterial coming into town – The Palais Theatre which was such an amazing venue. And before I was even with I’m Talking, one of the first bands I was in, Expozay, used to head up there a bit.
“Rock and roll lore has always been very strong in Newcastle and I just love it.”
As testament for her affinity with the region, Kate will be back on our soil on June 13, sharing the Civic Theatre stage with Vika and Linda Bull, Brian Cadd, Russell Morris, Ross Wilson and John Paul Young for the APIA Good Times All Stars tour.
“It’s the all stars,’ Kate exclaimed. “This year’s bill is just so delightful everyone appearing is just sensational and it’s going to be a great show. I can’t wait.”
Not one to rest on her laurels, Kate recently rejoined her chart-topping band I’m Talking to open for UK icon Bryan Ferry on his recent Day on the Green run of dates and she said the experience was one that she would not forget in a hurry.
“What was amazing was how reenergised the band were but also how delighted the audiences were,” Kate said,
“They thought it was a joyous experience and really got into it so Zan (Abeyratne, fellow vocalist) and I had absolutely no qualms about dancing around on stage like two farts in a bottle.”
And it seems that the remainder of 2019 will be keeping Kate busy as well.
“There’s so much going on, I’ve got a few projects as a singer songwriter and I’ve written an album for [Church frontman] Steve Kilbey with Steve and Sean Sennett and another album Tryst with Paul Grabowsky and I also plan to celebrate, at some point, the 30th anniversary of Brave [Kate’s breakthrough debut solo album]”
Given that auspicious milestone, does it feel like 30 years since the three-time platinum slab hit the airwaves.
“It definitely doesn’t feel like 30 years, but I’m grateful for those years because i think you become a better person musically,” she said.
“It’s all part of the process to get to where I’m going. Music is like oxygen to me and I will definitely be doing this until I die.
Catch Kate Ceberano on the APIA Good Times All Stars tour which stops off at the Civic Theatre on Thursday June 13.