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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Australian songsmith CJ Stanger in Orange and Cowra

Sat 26 Nov Orange. Sun 27 Nov Cowra.  Our Live & Kicking program brings the acclaimed CJ Stanger to stages in the region. Grab a ticket now.

CJ Stanger is a unique songsmith carving out a distinctive place in the Australian music landscape with his unique blend of indie rock and alt-country.

He’ll perform two shows in the NSW Central West this month as part of Arts OutWest’s AusMusic Month focus, with support act Eli Stanford.

Catch him Saturday 26 November at 7pm at The Agrestic Grocer Orange, and Sunday 27 November at 2pm at Cowra Civic Centre.

CJ Stranger (the alter-ego of one of Australia’s busiest session guitarists Cameron Henderson), released critically acclaimed album ‘Hey Stranger’ in 2020 and now returns in 2022 with new music. New track ‘You May Run’ features CJ’s trademark lyrical style combined with a fresh sonic exploration of layered jangly guitars, vocals, synths and massive drums.

“With a promise of a new album on the horizon Stranger continues to keep us engaged with his unique Australian songcraft and constantly searching guitar style,” said Arts OutWest’s music industry officer Patrick Coomey.

He has recently been performing in the Australian and New Zealand 2022 season of Girl from the North Country, the award-winning Broadway musical featuring the music of Bob Dylan.

His previous album ‘Hey Stranger’ received widespread airplay across the country including Triple J and Double J with Nkechi Anele (Roots n’ All) describing the single ‘Outlaw’ as That awesome chilled out friend that you can also talk to and sort the worried of the world out with over a tea—twisted between the whimsical elements of pure serenity and light there are glimpses of anguish that give this tune depth and maturity in a way that I respect deeply.”

Hey Stranger’ charted in the top 10 of the Australian Independent Record Association charts when released and was included in Post to Wire’s ‘Favourite albums of 2020’.

Cameron’s other side gigs and session guitar work includes: Middle Kids 2018-2019, William Crighton, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical 2017 and 2018 seasons, ‘The Great gig in the Sky’ – Pink Floyd show, Angie Who, Lyre Byrdland, Magpie Diaries, Sam Newton, Christine Jane.

Opening the afternoon will be upcoming Orange singer-songwriter Eli Stanford.

“Eli has a soulful voice that shines through on his latest release ‘Perfect Vision’. One of his major influences is Bill Withers and that groove reverberates through what Eli puts into his performance as his music means everything to him,” Mr Coomey said..

Tickets from the venues: The Agrestic Grocer Orange 6360 4604 or Cowra Civic Centre: 6340 2130.

Live & Kicking gigs are supported by the Australian Governments Live Music Australia.