You may have seen this musical genius on his travels, busking and performing around the Great Southern Land.
The talent that is Kim Churchill started his musical journey in 2009 while by busking and traveling around Australia, entertaining strangers and fans with his musical stylings on his guitar, even performing at Bluesfest Byron Bay since 2010. The passion for the art shows in his writings, drawing inspiration from being constantly on the road, locally and overseas.
His second album Detail of Distance, was recorded in Vancouver, Canada and is presently headlining a 26-date national tour there. Churchill will be returning home to star in his own national summer tour, with some special guests in tow at various shows(Steve Smyth, Kate Miller-Heidke, Half Moon Run) performing his own blended works of blues, country and folk tunes to delight the ear buds of anyone who is kind enough to stop the world turning for a minute to listen.
When did you decide “Yes, I’m going to make music my living”?
Never really. For as long as I can remember I just figured it was what I was going to do.
Did you have nerves when you began busking?
Yeah. I reckon you face more rejection in an hour or two thank many face in there entire lives. Its a little nerve racking.
Do you have a certain process when writing? What are your inspirations?
The ever changing and morphing world around me. Being on the rtoad is my biggest inspiration. The Process is always different. Lately I have been enjoying playing songs before I write them. For example, hitting record and just playing the first melody and words that come to my head. If it works well you listen back to the recording and have the best part of a song. It feels like more of a ‘channelling’ thing and saves a lot of time…
Your album “Detail of Distance” was recorded in Vancouver. How long were you there for and what pros / cons did you experience?
It took about 3 weeks. Lots of good Pho in Vancouver and the lack of nice weather and surf made it easy to focus. Though at the same time I hate being away from the ocean, I find its easy to get dragged down.
What was it like to travel around Australia? Did you discover any areas/locations which blew your mind?
Of course. Most days. I have especially loved exploring Western Australia.
How was it playing at Bluesfest? Did you meet any big names that had you flabbergasted?
John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin.. Best moment of my life without a doubt.
Favourite place to perform in Australia? Where would you love to play that you haven’t performed before?
The Junkyard in Maitland is my favourite place to play. I have always dreamed of playing the Palais (is that the right spelling?) Theatre in Melbourne.
Name three musicians/artists/bands from any era (dead or alive) who you would love to play with on stage, performing one special song.
Neil Young, Nick Drake and Jimmy Page.
You can catch Kim Churchill on his National Summer Tour below:
* With Steve Smyth
** Indica industry showcase with Half Moon Run (CAN)
*** With Kate Miller-Heidke
Wed 2 Jan – ‘Indica Showcase’ @ The Vanguard, Sydney NSW **
Sat 5 Jan – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne VIC *
Sun 6 Jan – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC *
Wed 9 Jan – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW *
Thurs 10 Jan – Cambridge Hotel Side Bar, Newcastle NSW *
Fri 11 Jan – Heritage Hotel, Wollongong NSW *
Sat 12 Jan – The Basement, Sydney NSW *
Fri 18 Jan – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle WA *
Sat 19 Jan – Settler’s Tavern, Margaret River WA *
Sun 20 Jan – Indi Bar, Scarborough WA *
Tues 22 Jan – The Loft, Gold Coast QLD *
Wed 23 Jan – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD *
Thurs 24 Jan – Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD *
Fri 25 Jan – The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW *
Sat 26 Jan – ‘Widgefest’, Jugiong NSW
Thurs 31 Jan – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine VIC***
Fri 1 Feb – Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series, Melbourne VIC ***
Sat 2 Feb – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta VIC
Tues 5 Feb – The Aztec, Forster NSW
Sat 9 Feb – Finnians Irish Pub, Port Macquarie
Thurs 14 – Twyford Hall, Merimbula NSW
Sat 16 Feb – ‘Garden of Unearthly Delights’ @ Paradiso Spiegeltent, Adelaide SA
Sun 17 Feb – ‘Fringe Comes to Birdwood’, Birdwood High School, Birdwood SA
Wed Feb 20 – Transit Bar, Canberra ACT
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Feb – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo NSW
Thurs 28 Feb – Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Fri 1 – Sun 3 March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup WA
Fri 8 – Mon 11 March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy VIC
Fri 15 – Sun 17 March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba NSW
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