Image Courtesy of Guinness Australia
Last night this week I found myself at The Rose Hotel in Chippendale, Sydney watching a very exclusive performance from none other than Angus Stone. I was there at the invitation of Guinness Australia who were launching their forth annual “Arthur’s Day” celebration due to take place on the 28th September.
Angus Stone has partnered with Guinness to reinterpret and record his own version of two songs originally by Irish artists – “Dreams” by The Cranberries and “The Blowers Daughter” by Damien Rice. These two songs will be streamed on the Guinness Facebook page from next Monday 3rd September where fans are encouraged to vote for their favourite track. The winner, decided by the “likes” as well as an expert judging panel, will be released as the Australian Arthur’s Day anthem at 17:59 on 28th September in pubs around the country and will be made available for download on iTunes. All proceeds of the single will go to Stone’s charity of choice – SurfAid International.
During the performance Angus Stone treated us to a couple of tracks from his current album Broken Brights before launching into his reinterpretations of “The Blowers Daughter” and “Dreams”. And reinterpret them he had. Under Stone’s guidance “The Blowers Daughter” became a Dylan-esque twelve bar blues while “Dreams” entered psychedelic jam space. These were two very unique takes on two well loved songs – it will be interesting to see how fans react when they hit Facebook on Monday.
The Rose Hotel is one of my favourite pubs in Sydney. Guinness is one of my favourite drinks. And Angus Stone? I can’t think of a better way to spend a Tuesday night.