Shane Hogan will perform at Studio 188 in Ipswich.
Shane Hogan will perform at Studio 188 in Ipswich.

Singer’s comeback to begin in Ipswich

WITH Irish heritage it’s no surprise Ipswich musician Shane Hogan can’t help but love folk.

The father of six said his upcoming live show would be an “honest, working class” gig that would include his newest original tracks.

“I’ve been playing music for a lifetime,” he said.

“I’m also a member of The Life of Reilly Band so I put my solo career on hold for a while. Now it’s kicking off again.

“I’ve been doing a lot of writing over the last two years and hope to have a new album out by summer.”

Three of Hogan’s six daughters will be joining him on the Studio 188 stage in a little more than a week’s time.

“I love performing in Ipswich and grew up in the area,” he said.

“My daughter Sarah has her own band Allurer, my other girl Bonnie is a classical violinist and my youngest Bailey will all be joining me on stage.

“It’s very special. All my kids have a deep love of music and they all have something to do with it one way or another I guess it’s in their genes.”

Ipswich was the inspiration for a lot of the seasoned musician’s early work.

In 1983 Hogan was singing in a Bush Band and had friends who worked the Ipswich underground mines during a ‘sit in’ strike in an attempt to save the industry in Ipswich.

After hearing their concerns Hogan wrote the song West Moreton Revival, he was then taken down the pit to sing it to the miners, they liked it, voted to have it recorded and the record was sent to Hayden Sargent, the 4BC talk back king of the day.

The folk singer also penned the song Underground Miner as a tribute to the men who lost their lives in the Box Flat disaster.

The song received national airplay and critical and popular acclaim.

Now Hogan said he was ready to share his new music with Ipswich.

Shane Hogan and Friends will perform at Studio 188 on Friday, July 15 from 8pm.

Tickets cost $12. Phone 3810 6100 for tickets.



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