The New album, Cam Giles -Darker – Songs of Leonard Cohen recorded in celebration of Leonard Cohen’s 86th birthday, will be released worldwide 21st September 2020 on Ambition Records via Sony Music and launched live 3rd October 2020 at Memo Music Hall.
This new album contains 16 classic Cohen songs including some of his most celebrated compositions such as Halleluja, Suzanne and some that veer a little off that well-trodden path.
Cam Giles invites you to join him for the launch of the new album on 3 October 2020 at the Memo Hall.
Cam Giles: Vocals
Ryan Menezes: Drums and percussion
Gavin Pearce: Bass.
Lance Sua: Guitar
Damon Grant: Saxophone and electric horns
Brett Rosenberg (Musical Director): Keys
Cam Giles & his Band:
A Few Words form CAM GILES
“After one of my INXS JAZZ shows, I was approached by a promoter to see if I would be interested in doing a Leonard Cohen tribute show. At that time I was not familiar with Cohen’s songbook other than some of his more commercial successes such as “Hallelujah” and“Suzanne“.
I felt sufficiently intrigued to check out more of his work.
Listening to his albums, I found many songs that I instantaneously fell in love with. It was all there, the darkness, the loneliness, the loss, the love and the humour. There is so much to draw from Leonard’s music, books, poetry and his drawings. It takes a lot of sacrifice to live a life devoted to art. So much depth and courage.
Funny how it always seems to be that music finds you.
Driven to record these songs, I worked like a man possessed, spending over six months in the studio non-stop. throwing out the rulebook and doing what each song needed for his interpretations. Some came out darker and some more pop driven – with translations and transitions along the way.”
The fruits of his labour are contained in the 16 tracks of this superb new album, which is essentially a love letter to the writer of the greatest songs of all time.
Cohen’s line “There is a crack in everything and that’s how the light gets in”
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.
Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry.
Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.