Katie Noonan – Songbook – Comes to Matthew Flinders Performance Centre

Katie Noonan Songbook

This Saturday April 27th catch Katie Noonan, our very own Sunshine Coast Songbird, at Matthew Flinders Performance Centre


If you’ve EVER heard a peep out of Katie, you will do what you can to get a ticket for this Saturday night’s show! And if you’re a singer or musician, how lucky are you?! Songbook (The Book) is now available for purchase!



Songbook available to purchase here



‘This is a selection of songs from the last 15 years of my life. It has been really interesting going through these works and seeing my evolution as a musician and my journey from a girl to a young woman through to a wife and mother.’ 


Accompanying the album of the the same name, Songbook (The Book) is a collection of sheet music, rare photos and anecdotes from Katie that explores some of her most popular songs and gives an insight into the history of these songs and her own creative process.


This is the first time that any of Katie’s sheet music has been available.

These are some of my favourite songs in the whole history of the WORLD! HOW EXCITEMENT!


Quiet Day
Breathe In Now
Special Ones
Tip of Memory
Love’s my Song for You
Emperor’s Box


The Herald Sun has released a list of Australia’s top 100 singers of all time compiled by some of the countries finest voices.


It’s no surprise that Katie’s peers voted her into the top 20.

Here is what they had to say…


First seducing the nation as the singer in George, Noonan has embarked on an interesting career path, from jazz to occasional collisions with pop charts. 


“Right from the beginning she has stamped ‘class’ on her career,” Icehouse’s Iva Davies says of Noonan. “Very few people achieve the control, range and dynamic, supported by flawless technique, and among the pantheon of female singers she could easily claim a place next to the great Joni Mitchell in that regard.”
Michael Paynter said Noonan has one of the best jazz voices Australia has ever produced.“Her voice is as smooth as it is ethereally resonant.” Or as Damien Leith points out, “She has the voice of an angel.”
Kate Ceberano said Noonan has her dream voice. “Katie is like the voice I have in my dreams. Soaring and no note too impossible to reach. She makes something so difficult seem so easy. Her voice is the sound of wonder to me.”


Spanning her career to date, Songbook sees Katie Noonan lie intimate, acoustic, re-imaginings of her most-loved songs over lush string arrangements. A limited release through Katie’s website and iTunes, the Songbook album is launched in conjunction with an actual song book featuring sheet music (for the first time ever), rare photographs and the stories behind the songs.


According to Katie, Songbook explores “the last 15 years of my life. It has been really interesting going through these works and seeing my evolution as a musician; my journey from a girl to a young woman to a wife and mother.”


In Songbook, Katie revisits moments that speak less about her career and more about her life and loves. ‘Spawn’ was written by “a 19-year-old girl facing the world and confronting the loss of innocence”; elsewhere, ‘Special Ones’ speaks of “self-respect and empowerment” while ‘Love’s My Song For You’ is a tribute to “then boyfriend, now husband and soul mate Zac,” father of Katie’s sons.


Events inspiring the album’s most passionate moments mark times where words on their own weren’t enough, says Noonan. ‘Time’ was written for “dear friends as they processed their profound grief” at the devastating loss of their child, while ‘Emperor’s Box’ embraces Katie’s “beautiful dad Brian and my stoic mum Maggie as they faced his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease with incredible strength and grace.”


The Songbook tour will show Katie at her most personal and sublime, with each song’s origin and inspiration explored onstage. Fans will delve deeper into the songs they know and understand the background stories that accompany the sheet music in a signature Songbook book of memories.


As Katie writes in the book’s opening pages: “I feel incredibly blessed to be a musician – I really hope you enjoy playing these songs and thank you for taking the time to discover my musical world.”


Katie Noonan possesses one of the most loved, recognisable, and angelic voices in Australia; those who have seen her perform live know the warmth and depth she conveys vocally is mirrored in her on-stage storytelling.


A mother, wife, singer, producer, songwriter, pianist and business woman, the 4 x ARIA Award winning and 6 x platinum selling artist first received widespread praise as the versatile and striking songstress of indie-pop band george and has since taken audiences on sublime excursions through jazz, pop and classical music.


Her folk trio Elixir — featuring the Katie’s saxophonist husband Zac Hurren (winner of the National Jazz Award 2009) and Steven Magnusson, regarded by many as Australia’s finest jazz guitarist — released an eponymous album and a highly anticipated follow up in First Seed Ripening (which spent over 13 weeks at Number 1 on the Australian Jazz Charts and won the ARIA award for best Jazz Album 2011.)


There was the No. 1 selling classical album Two Of A Kind with her mother Maggie; Katie’s gold-selling top ten solo album Skin, and the acclaimed Songs of the Southern Skies with classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, which featured an incredible number of Australia and New Zealand’s music luminaries including Iva Davies, Gurrumul, Maori diva Whirimako Black, Sydney Symphony oboist Diana Doherty, young members of Brisbane’s Voices of Birralee, Clare Bowditch and The Living End’s Chris Cheney.


Katie has also worked with the country’s top orchestras (including her fruitful collaboration with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra) and musicians (revered pianist Paul Grabowsky and iconic jazz players including Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Lewis Nash and John Scofield); the latter group helping to create ARIA- award winning albums Before Time Could Change Us and Blackbird.


As well there was the 2010 release of the widely-acclaimed Emperor’s Box with her band The Captains, yet another showcase for Katie’s trademark stories, where she shared co-writing credits with Tim Finn, Don Walker, Sia Furler, Josh Pyke, Tom Shapcott and her fellow ‘Captains’, as well as co-production credits for Katie and Grammy award winning producer Nick Didia.


Australian Tour Dates


Katie Noonan

Thu 7 Mar, Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe Festival, SA


Below with Special Guest Brian Campeau


Sat 6 Apr – Old Museum – Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD With string quartet http://www.oldmuseum.org


Thu 11 Apr – Heritage Hotel , Bulli, NSW http://www.oztix.com.au


Fri 12 Apr – The Abbey, Canberra, ACT http://www.theabbey.com.au


Sat 13 Apr – The Basement, Sydney, NSW. With string quartet http://www.thebasement.com


Sun 14 Apr – Clarendon Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW http://www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au


Sat 27 Apr – Flinders Performance Centre, Buderim, QLD www.trybooking.com


Thu 2 May – Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW http://www.oztix.com.au


Fri 3 May – Lizottes, Dee Why, NSW http://www.sydney.lizottes.com.au/live


Sat 4 May – Lizottes, Central Coast, NSW http://www.lizottes.com.au/live


Sun 5 May – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW http://www.newcastle.lizottes.com.au/live






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