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FLOOD SUPPORT FUNDRAISER Live & Kicking: CJ Stranger with support act Eli Stanford (Cowra)

Sun 27 November at 2:00 pm

UPDATE: This event is raising funds for individuals and businesses impacted in our community by the floods. Tickets are free but donations are being requested at the door – cash or card. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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

CJ Stranger is rapidly carving out a distinctive place in the Australian music landscape with his unique blend of indie rock and alt-country. He 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, (the alter-ego of one of Australia’s busiest session guitarists Cameron Henderson) continues to keep one engaged with his unique Australian songcraft  and constantly searching guitar style.

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 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 ‘also 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 sideman 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. Surrounded by music all his life. He 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”.

Come celebrate Ausmusic month with original live music made and played in the Central West. You won’t be able to live stream or download it, you’ve gotta be there to experience it.

Arts OutWest is pleased to present in conjunction with The Agrestic Grocer a series of Live & Kicking sessions featuring the Original music of artists from The Central West. Live & Kicking gigs are supported by the Australian Governments Live Music Australia. Grab your tickets now.

CJStranger Press Quotes
“One of the surprise releases of the year that sounded fully-formed with some laidback, effortless songwriting and playing. Catchy as hell!” – Post to Wire

“…it’s Australiana at it’s finest…. Henderson’s vocal, or at the very least the delivery, is reminiscent of several artists. But, equally different and individual enough, for me not to be able to quite put my finger on which ones….” – AU Review

I’m a big fan of CJ Stranger’s album ‘Hey Stranger’” – Stuart Coupe



Sun 27 November
2:00 pm
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02 6338 4657
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Cowra Civic Centre
104 Darling Street
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia
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(02) 6340 2130
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