Over the years Katy Steele has gotten used to playing big stages all over Australia when she fronted the indie-rock band Little Birdy but now as a solo artist she is playing some of the most intimate and vulnerable shows of her career. It’s been two years since she released her debut album ‘Human’ and after some overseas writing trips she’s back in Australia and ready to share what she’s been working on in a very intimate setting. The Perth based singer-songwriter kicked off her ‘Solo Acoustic Tour’ in Brisbane with 4 sold out shows at The Junk Bar. The cosy and candlelit room offered a unique vibe that was somewhere in-between your grandparents lounge room and a lumberjacks HQ. As Katy took to the stage she thanked the crowd for coming along and launched straight into a new piano ballad that she wrote in New York. She continued the unreleased material with the emotional ‘Feeling Cold’ and ‘One In A Million’ which had the crowd listening intently to every lyric. In between songs her personality shined through with her witty and interesting anecdotes where she discussed songwriting, Little Birdy and her 3 month year old daughter. She admitted that she knew everyone was there to hear the old songs so she gave the crowd what they wanted with fan favourites ‘It’s All My Fault’, ‘Beautiful To Me’, ‘Relapse’ and ‘Baby Blue’. She then performed her personal favourite track from her debut album ‘Rescue Boat’ which was surprisingly the only song she performed from that collection. She followed it up with a Facebook request of ‘Now The Rain is Falling’ before being joined on stage by her husband for a raw performance of a song written by her father called ‘Dianella’. She explained how she never got to really travel and do the backpack thing because she was in Little Birdy at a young age so she performed a cover of Paul Kelly’s ‘Every Fucking City’ which she joked helped made her feel like she’s travelled. Closing the intimate show with ‘Hairdo’ and ‘Brother’ she once again reminded people why they were there and that’s because she’s a powerhouse vocalist. Her distinctive vocals echoed through the room and magically took you to this moody and reflective place full of nostalgia. You left the show feeling like you just witnessed something really special and got to know her personally because it was so raw, intimate and candid.
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