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Katie Noonan and The Captains

Katie Noonan and The Captains bring an intimate dinner show performance to The Brewery!

The Brewery is pleased to announce the 2010 series of intimate winter dinner shows. On Thursday July 8th one of Australia’s brightest musical discoveries of the new millennium; Katie Noonan will take to the stage with her new band, The Captains.

Katie NoonanKatie Noonan needs little introduction to Australian audiences. Born into a family of talented musicians and writers, Katie explored her talents at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying opera and jazz. After graduation, Katie effortlessly made the transition from academia to the big league through her alternative pop-rock group george, which she fronted with her brother Tyrone. In 2002, the group’s debut release Polyserena debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart, instantly establishing Katie as a star. ARIA Awards followed, and the 2004 george follow-up Unity didn’t disappoint either, peaking at No. 5 on the national albums chart. Soon after, the members of george took an open-ended break to pursue their own musical quests.

Since then Katie hasn’t looked back. She performed and recorded with her own jazz group, Elixir, and collaborated with jazz great Paul Grabowsky for Before Time Could Change Us, the 2005 ARIA Award-winner for Best Jazz Album.

The multi-talented artist then ventured deep into the classical genre, recording and touring the No. 1 best-selling classical duets project ‘Two of a Kind’, with her mother Maggie Noonan, a formidable opera singer. Katie emerged in 2007 with ‘Skin’, her gold-certified, top 10-charting debut solo album.

A five-time platinum recording artist, Katie is in fine voice with her recently released album Emperor’s Box, a dynamic piece comprising 13 personal, emotive works. Co-produced by Katie and Grammy Award-winning rock specialist Nick Didia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger), delivering the sound of a confident, accomplished artist, Emperor’s Box marks a return to some familiar territory for Katie. It’s a lush and at times muscular affair, captured in the studio by a tight unit clearly at the peak of form. And of course, Katie’s vocals shine.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” Katie says. “Music is about freedom for me, I’ve always followed my muse and been very lucky to be able go on and make different records. This is definitely the album I’m most proud of.”

This time round, Katie has penned all the songs. As has been the case throughout much of her stellar career, the songstress has teamed with some of the best in the business. The likes of the revered Tim Finn, rising star Sia Furler, Cold Chisel icon Don Walker, pop troubadour Josh Pyke and acclaimed Australian writer/poet Tom Shapcott are some of the big names who share writing credits on the new effort.

Katie met two years ago with her new band-mates The Captains featuring guitarist Cameron Deyell, keyboardist and bass player Stu Hunter, and drummer Declan Kelly. The quartet instantly struck a chord as Katie explains, “It takes a while to find the right combination on many levels. But when we started working on a song, I realised straight away that they could share and contribute to my vision for this record.”

Fans of quality music will find this intimate dinner show at The Brewery a rewarding experience. Tickets for Katie Noonan and The Captains show on Thursday July 8th cost $30.00 per head and are available as pre-sale only from the venue (for booking and enquiries please call The Brewery on Tel: 49 29 6333 for further information).

For more information about Katie Noonan visit her website at

Posted on June 8th, 2010 in Events, Tours

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