Premier Artists presents

Grant Lee Phillips

with special guest Matt Joe Gow

Thursday 17 May 2018 (opening 7:30 PM)

at The Wickham Park Hotel ( venue info )
61 Maitland Rd, Islington NSW


Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

18+ $49.50



With Special Guest Matt Joe Gow


Over an extensive career Grant-Lee Phillips has earned a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter - an

artist who can deliver lyrical observations with a dry and evocative sense of time and place.

His gift for reconciling classic touchstones with an adventurous sensibility has distinguished his work

since he first emerged as the front-man of the acclaimed trio Grant Lee Buffalo in the early ‘90s.

At once cinematic in scope and disarmingly intimate, his captivating solo career has explored a variety

of modes. Whether it be the electronic inventiveness of Mobilize, acoustic interplay of Virginia Creeper,

chamber-pop of Little Moon, meditative solemnity of Walking in the Green Corn, Nashville inspired The

Narrows or his latest and most urgent work, Widdershins - Phillips is not one to rest on the accolades of the


He’s a riveting live performer who thrives onstage. Nevertheless, a new generation have discovered

Phillips through his role as the town troubadour on the cult television hit The Gilmore Girls (both in its

original run and the 2016 reunion.)

Speaking of his new album, Widdershins, Phillips sees a kind of parallel with his earliest work with

Grant Lee Buffalo. “That was also a time of intense social anxiety. The Gulf War, the LA riots – everything

became cranked up. Then a few years later there was the earthquake we lived through, which also made

for a time of uneasiness. I was in a heightened state when I wrote that stuff – as I am now.”

As the past and present converge and the journey of Grant-Lee Phillips continues, his craftsmanship

continues to blossom. In times of tumult, he awakens comfort and hope by shining light into darker

corners. “I hope to express my faith in people, my faith in the good ideas we’re capable of, and that

regardless of what opposition we face, the fact that we can surmount these things,” he concludes. “We can

stare them down, laugh at them, belittle them, and drive the darkness back into a hole. Music is a way of

kicking some of these giants out at the knees.”

With his Australian tour around the corner he reflects on his anticipated return.

"After so many years, I am finally returning for a proper tour of Australia this May. I’ll be joined by special

guest Matt Joe Gow. I look forward to these shows and the welcoming spirit of Australia.” — Grant-Lee


This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*