Sat 16 Jul 2011

“While visiting Brisbane after the terrible floods I was struck by the vision of a flower growing out of the mud. Maybe I only noticed the flame lily as it is the national flower of the country of my birth, Zimbabwe. The flower’s striking red and yellow seemed a symbol of victory in a bed of dirt. The flower was the Gloriosa Superba and I chose to name the album after it.”
Gloriosa sees Catherine Traicos and her new band, The Starry Night offer up a beguiling blend of alt-country, blues, roots and folk, delivered by one of the most delicate and beautiful voices in contemporary music.

Under the direction of 5-time ARIA award winning producer Paul McKercher, The Starry Night; guitarist Darren Nuttall (Tucker B’s), bassist Kasper Kiely (Sketching Cato) and drummer Tim Day (O) bring an assured yet restrained touch, allowing Catherine’s ethereal voice to shine through.

The songs on Gloriosa focus on specifics but touch on big themes: love, life, death and place all feature in Traicos’ organic yet particular lyrical construction. The moods of the album switch deftly, from darkly desolate to playful, tender and melodic, a little like the songstress herself.
“A wise friend once told me that “out of all the mud, chaos and destruction you can always create something beautiful.” Catherine Traicos.

Catherine Traicos & the Starry Night
Saturday 16 July 2011
Evelyn Hotel
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