Martha Wainwright Tours Australia

Martha Wainwright’s Australian Tour 2024

Martha Wainwright – Photo: Gaëlle Leroyer

Martha Wainwright

Bringing Her Unique Music Vision To Australia

May 2024

Martha Wainwright‘s musical heritage is almost without peer. Her late mother was Kate McGarrigle, her aunt Anna McGarrigle, her father Louden Wainwright III, her brother Rufus Wainwright, not to mention her half-sister Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Wainwright will return to Australia next month on the back of her 2021 (and sixth) studio album Love Will Be Reborn, a restart after the COVID lockdowns and a reintroduction as a mature, divorced mother of two sons finally getting on with life. For all the trauma of the years that led to the album, the new songs have a joy and a new optimism.

In May 2022, Martha published her memoir Stories I Might Regret Telling You in both English and French. To accompany its release, she released a digital deluxe edition of Love Will Be Reborn that includes five new songs that she had written about in the memoir, four of them her interpretations of songs written by her family – her father’s “Thanksgiving”, Rufus’ “Dinner At Eight” and her mother Kate’s “Tell My Sister” and “Go Leave”. The other track is a “reimagined” version of “Love Will Be Reborn”.  

The album’s optimistic title song poured out of her one night at a friend’s home in London “in its entirety within ten or fifteen minutes” she explains. “I was bawling… There were several years where I picked up the guitar, and I was so, so sad and depressed. I would just put it down because it was terrible.”

Here’s a clip for the haunting “Love Will Be Reborn”:

Back in Montreal, using the basement of the café bar Ursa, which she’d opened in 2019 as a studio recording space, Martha enlisted a trio of Toronto musicians and, in a beautiful kind of closing of the circle, producer Pierre Marchand, who had produced several of albums recorded by the McGarrigles, as well as Rufus’s second album poses.

The Australian tour will feature her superb band – pianist Edwin de Goeij, bass player Morgan Moore, drummer Tommy Crane and saxophonist Nicolas Deslis – to present those new songs, the expanded Love Will Be Reborn and the songs from her storied back catalogue that still mean so much to her and her fans.



Wednesday, May 8 – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, May 9 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Friday, May 10 – City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, May 11 – Newcastle City Hall Concert Hall, Newcastle, NSW

Sunday, May 12 – Blue Mountains Theatre, Blue Mountains, NSW

Tuesday, May 14 – The Gov, Adelaide, SA

Thursday, May 16 – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Friday, May 17 – Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Saturday, May 18 – Capital Theatre, Bendigo, VIC





Martha Wainwright – Photo: Gaëlle Leroyer


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