Washington to support Rufus Wainright
Posted on 13 Aug 2012
Acclaimed Australian songstress, Megan Washington, has been confirmed to hit the road with Rufus Wainwright for his forthcoming national tour in September.
The invitation to join the tour was warmly received by Washington's camp as she is openly one of Wainwright's biggest fans. "I'm quite comfortable preaching that Rufus Wainwright's songwriting inspired me to begin writing my own songs. I was 19, studying composition at the Queensland Conservatorium, and I heard Poses. The freedom and history on his writing made me reconsider my role as an interpreter, and therefore embark on a journey into a creator. He is the sole reason I began to write songs, and remains one of my greatest inspirations."
Last month at the one-off charity concert special, Voices Reaching Out, Megan's stunning interpretation of Sometimes You Need, from Wainwright's latest album Out Of The Game, roused a staggering response from the audience.
Along with already confirmed support acts, Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren, Washington will perform with Rufus Wainwright at all shows across the country, with the exception of the Melbourne show scheduled for Saturday 15th September. Victorian fans need not worry about missing out though as promoters can proudly confirm a second Melbourne date will be added to the run, to take place at Hamer Hall on Saturday 16th September.
The 2-time ARIA Award winner, Platinum album seller and APRA Breakthrough Songwriter is also the inaugural Vanda & Young Songwriter of The Year and recipient of numerous other industry accolades. The full depth and breadth of Washington's talent however was best signified in the release of the critically acclaimed Insomnia EP and associated live show. Where most artists would have pursued obvious commercial routes, Insomnia presented a darker, more intimate side to Megan's writing. Comfortable as a mentor on The Voice, as she is performing songs from Insomnia with members of the ACO – Washington is the real deal.
These shows are the only chance to see Washington live this year, just before she heads to Europe for a handful of shows and then to record in the UK.