Ondara’s Tour and Music
Australian Tour March 2024
New Single “Winter Depression” Out Now
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ondara has announced he will return to Australia to tour in March 2024.
This follows a successful run of shows in 2023 in Australia, Europe and North America in support of his critically acclaimed album Spanish Villager No. 3 and the release of a new single “Winter Depression” (clip below).
Listening Through The Lens (LTTL) witnessed a highly sublime and delightful set from Ondara a while back at the Station Inn in Nashville (we dubbed it ‘the softest roar’). Now we all have the chance to catch him live in Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, as well as the Port Fairy Folk Festival (LTTL will be covering this event) and the Blue Mountains Folk Festival.
In 2013 Ondara won a Green Card lottery, so from Nairobi, he somehow ended up in one of the coldest places in America, Minnesota. Fast forward a little and his first album Tales Of America led to much acclaim and an Americana Music Association nomination for Emerging Artist.
Spanish Villager No: 3 was predominately produced by Ondara and Mike Viola with contributions from Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes, Sebastian Steinberg, Tim Kuhl and Jeremy Stacey. The new collection of songs features a much fuller, electric sound compared with his previous two releases.
The namesake behind the new album is The Spanish Villager: a mysterious man with a potent message who has proven to be a versatile guy – he’s the subject of a short story Ondara wrote and turned into a graphic novel, and now a new album.
“This collection of work and the work that lies ahead in presenting it to the world, is a metaphor for my spiritual path. There is death and resurrection in it, a peeling of layers, a pursuit of the truest form of the self in the universe. Ironically, the adaptation of the Spanish Villager character has made me more acquainted with myself. By creating an obvious demarcation between the art and the artist, I have charted two paths of maturation. One path is the maturation of the Spanish Villager as a work of art, as a character in a narrative, as a commodity partaking in the mandatory sport of capitalism; The other is my own personal maturation into a spiritual, integrated, and useful member of society.”Ondara
Spanish Villager No: 3 follows his 2020 album Folk N’ Roll Vol 1: Tales of Isolation and his 2019 debut album Tales of America, which was Grammy-nominated for Best Americana Album.
Ondara grew up listening to American alt-rock and making up his songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and was granted a visa through the immigration lottery system. He chose Minneapolis as his home to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter with Dylan in mind. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far removed from his home.
Ondara Tour Dates
FRIDAY MARCH 8
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne | TICKETS
SATURDAY MARCH 9 & SUNDAY MARCH 10
Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC | TICKETS
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13
Lefty’s Music Hall, Brisbane | TICKETS
THURSDAY MARCH 14
Trinity Sessions, Adelaide | TICKETS
FRIDAY MARCH 15
The Great Club, Sydney | TICKETS
SATURDAY MARCH 16 & SUNDAY MARCH 17
Blue Mountains Folk Festival | TICKETS
More Music Adventures Await!
Ondara’s Tour and Music