Mark Seymour’s 2006 Plans

Mark Seymour writes about his plans for 2006.

Author: Mark Seymour.

Date: 15 February 2006.

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2006 is shaping up to be Mark Seymour’s busiest year. He is currently writing for his next studio recording under the working title of “The Year of the Dog”. Recording will start this month and he will be working with his brother Nick on bass guitar.

Simultaneously there is a theatre production in rehearsal entitled “We built this City” which celebrates the history of union labour in Victoria and the 150th anniversary of the Eight Hour Day. There will be a concert and multi- media display at Scienceworks in Newport from April 26 through to May 6 in which Mark will perform songs specifically written to document trade union history. Mark will be accompanied by the “Human Tide”, a thirteen-piece band made up of workers from a broad variety of industries throughout Melbourne.

One song of particular note will be “Westgate” which tells the story of one man’s ordeal who survived the collapse of the Westgate Bridge in 1972. Some of the songs in this project have been written in collaboration with Adelaide poet Geoffrey Goodfellow and at least two of them will appear on Mark’s next recording.

Over the last two years Mark has ventured into soundtrack music in close association with guitarist/producer Cameron Mackenzie. Last year the Telemovie “Through My Eyes” went to air in September. It was a comprehensive re-telling of the Lindy Chamberlain story over two ninety-minute episodes and featured 118 separate pieces of music. Mark’s voice appeared in songs such as “Salem”, “Flower in the Dark” and “Kapunya.” Two new film ventures are planned for 2006.

Due to the success of “Daytime and the Dark”, 2005 was Mark’s biggest year since the retirement of Hunters and Collectors. Plans are underway to release this recording in Canada around May and Mark will be touring there in the latter half of 2006.

Stay tuned for tour dates towards the end of the year as well. In the mean time Mark will make occasional appearances at various clubs around Australia in an informal capacity so he can knock some of his new material into shape. A small solo acoustic residency is planned for a bar somewhere in Melbourne in the not too distant future.

Look out for two new “Rants” which will hit Mark’s web site this week.