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Songs To Play

Songs To Play album cover

Robert Forster's first album in seven years, Songs To Play, will be released on 18th September 2015 by Tapete Records on vinyl, CD and download.

The album was produced by Robert with Scott Bramley and Luke McDonald of The Luke Steel Singers. Scott and Luke play on the album along with Matt Piele and Karin Baumler.

Tracks on Songs To Play include Learn To Burn, Let Me Imagine You, Songwriters On The Run, I Love Myself (And I Always Have) and Disaster In Motion. Full tracklisting here. Learn To Burn from the album can be heard as a stream from NPR.

The album can be ordered now from Tapete Records, as deluxe vinyl, regular vinyl or 4-panel gatefold limited CD. Both vinyl versions include a copy of the album on CD. The deluxe vinyl version is limited to 500 copies and comes in a special 'Tip-on' style cover. It also includes a postcard signed by Robert Forster and a @I Love Myself (And I Always Have)' sticker. Full details on all versions can be found on the Tapete Records website.

Robert will be appearing live through to the end of the year in support of Songs To Play. Scroll down for dates.

More about Songs To Play in this YouTube video clip:

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Robert Forster live shows

20th August 2015: Adelaide Festival Theatre In conversation with Professor Anthony Elliott and playing live
21st August 2015: Hobart, MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart In conversation with Professor Anthony Elliott and playing live

13th September 2015: Dublin, National Concert Hall Blood and the Moon: A Provocation on Yeats. With Anna Calvi, Sam Amidon, Robert Forster and others
14th September 2015: Dublin, National Concert Hall Blood and the Moon: A Provocation on Yeats. With Anna Calvi, Sam Amidon, Robert Forster and others

21st NOvember 2015: Newstead, The Triffid
22nd November 2015: Mullum Music Festival
25th November 2015: Katoomba, Clarendon Guest House
26th November 2015: Darlinghurst, Oxford Art Factory
27th November 2015: Queenscliff Music Festival
27th November 2015: Thornbury, Thornbury Theatre

7th December 2015: London, Bush Hall
10th December 2015: Köln, Gebäude 9
11th December 2015: Berlin, Monarch
12th December 2015: Hamburg, Knust
14th December 2015: Frankfurt, Zoom
15th December 2015: Erlangen, E-Werk
16th December 2015: St Gallen, Palace
17th December 2015: Schorndorf, Monarch
19th December 2015: Regensburg, Deggingerhaus
20th December 2015: Wien, Theater Akzent

Full details of live performance dates, venues and ticket information


'Danger in the Past: An Evening with Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens'

Robert Forster will be in conversation with Hawke Research Institute Director Professor Anthony Elliott at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide, on Thursday 20th August 2015 and at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, on Friday 21 August 2015. The evening will include an acoustic set from Robert.

More information and tickets via the University of South Australia and MONA websites.
Anthony Elliott previews these shows in the Adelaide Review on 6th August 2015.

Blood And The Moon

Blood and The Moon poster Blood and The Moon - A Provocation On Yeats will be performed at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on 13th and 14th September 2015.

Robert Forster has been invited to contribute, alongside performers including Anna Calvi, Cathal Coughlan, Sam Amidon, Paul Muldoon and others, at the invitation of Thomas Bartlett. Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd May 2015.

More information from the National Concert Hall website.


Big Gold Dream

Robert Forster is the narrator of Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream, a film telling the story of the post-punk and indie scene in Scotland, focusing on the Fast Product and Postcard record labels. Robert's narration was recorded in Brisbane in May 2015.

The film has its debut at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this month; tickets and more information on the
Edinburgh International Film Festival website.

Big Gold Dream was recently reviewed by
Film Pulse.
Big Gold Dream poster

The Apartments The Evening Visits....

Robert Forster has contributed liner notes to a re-release of The Apartments' 1985 album The Evening Visits.....

Leader of The Apartments, Peter Milton Walsh, was in the Go-Betweens alongside Robert Forster and Grant McLennan for a short period in late 1978. The first Apartments single, the Return of The Hypnotist EP, was released on The Go-Betweens' Able Label in May 1979; the three tracks from that single are included among the bonus tracks on the new issue of The Evening Visits...., released by Captured Tracks as a CD or double LP vinyl edition.

The album can be ordered directly from Captured Tracks; in Europe the album is available through Rough Trade.

The Apartments 'The Evening Visits' album cover

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