ROB SNARSKI & SHANE O’MARA **Thursday 21st July @ 12.30

Searching For The Heart Of It All, the new album from Rob Snarski and His So-Called Friends, marks a fresh approach to previous solo albums. Adding to Snarski’s infamous honey-laden voice, he’s asked some musician friends to loan their vocal talents to these brand new songs : Romy Vager [RVG], Peter Milton Walsh [The Apartments], Rebecca Barnard [Rebecca’s Empire] and Kelly Day [The Broads] all sing lead, giving Rob a chance to gift his songs to some of his favourite Australian voices.

Along with guest singers, there is an array of extraordinary musicians adding to the beauty of this album : Jack Howard [Hunters and Collectors] flugelhorn and trumpet, ‘Evil’ Graham Lee [The Triffids] pedal steel, Kiernan Box [Augie March] piano and organ, Rosie Westbrook on double and electric bass and Ben Wiesner on drums. Co-producing is his long-time collaborator, guitar-maestro, and humble assistant Shane O’Mara, adding a delicate touch to these sprawling soundscapes.

The songs are both bold and intimate, subtle and bombastic, slow and swift. People, places, the past, the present, yesterday’s teardrops reshaped as today’s wonder – a metamorphosis.