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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

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Elvis Costello’s career is legendary, spanning more than four decades and thirty-plus albums, and his songs “Alison”, “Pump It Up”, “Everyday I Write The Book”, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” are classics. 

He has performed worldwide with his bands, The Attractions and his current group, The Imposters – Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, and Davey Faragher - as well as solo concerts and appearance with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras.

In early 2023, Costello played acclaimed ten-night stand at the Gramercy Theatre, NYC, beginning alone and introducing surprise elements to each subsequent show from a musical saw to an eight-piece Broadway vocal chorus with The Imposters and horn section playing the finale. Only one song was repeated nightly and nearly 240 different compositions performed over the engagement.  

Costello has entered songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet and with Allen Toussaint for the album The River In Reverse, the first major label recording project to visit New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and completed there while the city was still under curfew. 

In 2003, Costello acted as lyrical editor of six songs written with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall for her album, The Girl In The Other Room. He has written lyrics for compositions by Charles Mingus, Billy Strayhorn and Oscar Peterson and musical settings for words by W.B. Yeats and Bob Dylan.   

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists, including George Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Georgie Fame, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, June Tabor, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Anne Sofie von Otter, Solomon Burke and Darlene Love.  

During his career, Costello has received numerous prestigious honours, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama series “G.B.H.” and a Grammy for “I Still Have That Other Girl” from his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, Painted From Memory.  

In January 2020, Costello received the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his 2018 studio record Look Now. 

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The same year, Costello was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award. 

In 2016 Elvis Costello was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in the company of Chip Taylor and Tom Petty.

Bluesfest Tours proudly presents Elvis Costello & The Imposters, who will be playing Bluesfest, three shows at the Sydney Opera House and one at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

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