The Black Sorrows new album + tour

7 February 19

“I’m on my 49th album. 21st with the Black Sorrows,” says Joe Camilleri with a sideways glance that dares you to believe it. “So there’s a lot of sins I got to repent.”

For those who came in late, the 48 recordings that arrived before new disc Citizen John range from the ‘70s soul-ska revolution of Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, the peerless FM radio conquest of ‘Hold Onto Me’ and ‘Harley & Rose’ and, from the Drollies circa ’65 to Bakelite Radio and the Revelators, which is probably more soul-fed, sweat-soaked bar bands than he cares to count.

Right now though, it’s all about Citizen John, and as the new album opens onto the rain-soaked black-country panorama of ‘Wednesday’s Child’, it is the only album that matters to Joe. All that came before — six decades’ worth of songs that flow like molten gold through the annals of Australian music — has been leading to this expertly crafted world of soul and intrigue.

A staggering 55 years on, Citizen John drinks from the same bottomless well that made Jo Jo Zep and the Falcon’s Screaming Targets and the late ’80s Black Sorrows blockbuster ‘Hold Onto Me’ indelible landmarks in the history of Australian music. In one sense however, the key is what remains the same: the gut-wrenching stories of lyricist Nick Smith and the deep roots in rhythm & blues of countless shades that sustain long-time touring companions Claude Carranza (guitar), Mark Gray (bass) and Angus Burchall (drums).

And as is the norm, The Black Sorrows take to the highways of Australia to showcase the new album, including a feature performance at Bluesfest in Byron Bay, before heading back to Europe for a string of dates in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

For Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows, the new album is about perpetual change.
“I’m not a heritage act. I’ve never been a heritage act. I’ve always been a constant player. The Sorrows continue to thrive and grow not because we’re an ‘80s band, or a ‘90s band, or any other kind of band.
We exist because of the now. Just treat me like a new act,” he says. “It’s just that this one’s got a very old face.”



Friday 15 February
Bay Central Tavern | Hervey Bay, QLD
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Saturday 16 February              
Anges Waters Blues & Roots Festival | Anges Waters, QLD

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Thursday 21 February              
Garden Of Unearthly Delights | Adelaide, SA

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Friday 22 February              
Old Mill Inn | Hahndorf, SA

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Saturday 23 February              
Coopers Inn | Wallaroo, SA

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Sunday 24 February              
Blues Brews And BBQ | Hobart, TAS

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Sunday 17 March              
By The C at Leura Park Estate | Geelong, VIC

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Sunday 17 March              
John Power Memorial Concert at Memo Music Hall | St Kilda, VIC

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Friday 22 March              
The Star Hotel | Gundagai, NSW

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Saturday 23 March              
Rewind In The Vines | Griffith, NSW

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Friday 29 March              
The Palms At Crown | Melbourne, VIC

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Sunday 31 March              
Royal Hotel | Meredith, VIC

Ph: 03 5286 1100

Friday 5 April
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre | Mandurah, WA

Saturday 6 April
Bridgetown Hotel | Bridgetown, WA

Sunday 7 April
By The C | Cottesloe Beach, WA
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Thursday 11 April
Camelot Lounge | Marrickville, NSW

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Friday 12 April
Dee Why RSL | Dee Why, NSW

Saturday 13 April
Belmont 16s | Belmont, NSW

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Sunday 14 April
By The C | Wollongong, NSW

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Thursday 18 April
Byron Bay Bluesfest | Tyagarah, NSW

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