Rachel Collis is coming back to Humph Hall with her band to perform songs from her upcoming album, Nightlight. With Michael Galeazzi (bass) & Michael Quigley (drums).
In Nightlight, Rachel distills the essence of winter’s dusk into folk-rock and ballad form. Lyrically, the songs could stand alone as poetry: infused with earthy compassion and folk wisdom. Rachel sings about kind words, acceptance, the infinite value of the present moment, and about inextinguishable hope.
Delightfully, Rachel’s live performances are infused with humour, irony, and unexpected turns. Whether she's banging on the piano like Ben Folds, or recounting urban folk story like Joni Mitchell, it’s the same spell: deep, tender, bursting with energy.
“…sheer genius […] the versatility and prodigy of Collis’ songwriting.” (Lloyd Bradford Syke)
“Each song unfolds surprisingly…always holding the audience in its grip… touching, thoughtful, satirical, ironic and downright hilarious.” (Theatre People)
"...refreshingly funny... beautiful piano and the sort of voice that would stop a show..." - Heckler Read
"Not only does [Rachel] possess a linguistic gift, but a profound talent for storytelling, structure (melody, harmony, rhythm) and orchestration. She's a one-off; an original. She's Stephen Sondheim, Groucho Marx and Blossom Dearie. She's the Tower of Pisa. The smile on the Mona Lisa. She's the top." - Australian Stage
"...sheer genius. Imagine the love-child of a ménage à trois between, mmm, I don't know, maybe Sondheim, Midler & Minchin. You're getting close to the unpredictable versatility and prodigy of Collis' songwriting." - Australian Stage
"For this consummate entertainer it is not a challenge to connect complete strangers in the audience with honest, unconventional and humane humour..." - Megaphone Oz
"...all ages will relate to Rachel's emotional life stripped bare..." - Sydney Fringe
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