Byron Bay Bluesfest

Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow


It was his triumphant performance at Bluesfest in 2014 that sparked the recording of Glenn Cardier’s highly acclaimed album Stranger Than Fiction, so it is with great excitement that the festival announces his return in 2017.
In the 70s, Australian singer-songwriter/guitarist Glenn Cardier produced three albums of highly original folk/rock songs. He played the first two Sunbury festivals and worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan, and Fairport Convention. He wrote songs for Olivia Newton-John. He broke through in the tough UK folk circuit. His hard-strumming, quirky onstage persona was always at odds with his recorded work and through the 80s and 90s Cardier became increasingly reclusive. He surfaced occasionally – as front man for the Sydney pub band The Bel-Aires as well as playing rockabilly on his ’59 Gretsch around the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Glenn Cardier’s re-emergence in the 2000s as a songwriter / performer of real distinction has been nothing short of extraordinary. Onstage, there are the trademark flashes of dark humour in his songs of stark beauty and thumping rockabilly/Blues. There’s a touch of Beefheart in his voice, a hint of Cohen in the lyrics, a pinch of Elvis here and there. But underlying it all are the songs. Happy/sad songs. Sweet/crazy songs. Cardier songs.

‘Five albums into a 21st century resurrection that has been as lauded as the original by true roots music fans, Glenn Cardier has again captured that special blend of humour and heart that has won him the well-deserved reputation as the greatest singer/songwriter working in Australia today. Cool Under Fire is a confirmation of his songwriting genius’. - Bernie Howitt

‘A revelation! Imagine an Australian version of Warren Zevon - smart, clever, pithy lyrics and a dry, sardonic delivery.’ - Stuart Coupe

'A tour de force! This is, unmistakably, the inimitable Glenn Cardier...' - Ian Dearden

'Cool Under Fire is a rich helping of what we love about Cardier. The songs are wry and droll, many illuminated with a cinematic glare or dark-street noir...' - John Hardaker

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