TOURING: Kim Churchill is an Australian folk, rock, and blues singer, songwriter, and musician.
TOURING: Kim Churchill is an Australian folk, rock, and blues singer, songwriter, and musician.

Musical bet pays off in Kim Churchill's new release

SINGER songwriter and Northern Rivers favourite Kim Churchill is coming back to the area with new music in two stripped back, intimate shows this month in the Raw Files Tour.

Churchill's new music is part of his fifth album, still unnamed, to be released in April.

This particular album took almost two years to complete, with the first version of the album being dismissed by Churchill in a professional move that was challenging but also a path of professional and personal self-discovery.

"Most of them are songs written in the last 12 months," Churchill said.

"The songwriting process was a very gradual progression towards a climax, but as I was progressing I was thinking that the songs were quite good, but I was continuously replacing them with something that was better.

"I spent a lot of time and money recording and writing a number of songs that I would then, not throw out, but decided wasn't up to scratch.

"It was a pivotal moment when a large amount of the album was finished but I decided to put all that aside and start from scratch with new material. It was incredibly stressful but I knew I could do better than what we had."

The first single off the upcoming album will be released in a few weeks, and the shows are expected to be simple and stripped back.

"The whole point of the tour, and the reason why the tour is called The Raw Files Tour, is to find small venues where people that really care. The part of the fan base that is really eager, to meet up, so I can play the songs with an acoustic guitar," he said.

"Those fans will hear the songs in their most raw, vulnerable form. For me, the best way to introduce people to new material is to be there with them."

Churchill said introducing the new songs to fans was very important.

"I have always been a live performer, first and foremost. The smaller the room and the more intimate the setting the better," he said.

  • At the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Friday, February 17, from 8pm and at the Tintenbar Hall on Saturday, February 18, from 7.30pm.

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