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Shaun Kirk: You Don't Know Me

Young Australian blues musician Shaun Kirk comes with very good credentials -- he's played half a dozen festivals in the past 18 months alongside the likes of Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt and Ben Harper -- and he has an impressive wee discography also.

His latest outing is the Giving EP on which a new song Give to the Needy shows his heart is also in the right place.

In fact a portion of the proceeds from the EP -- which includes three live tracks recordd at Oz Bluesfest -- go to the charity Orphund (see here).

Kirk was due to play some New Zeaand dates a while back but he was solidly booked, but now he is making it (dates below) and will be airing songs from his forthcoming album Steer the Wheel.

Hailed as "one of the most explosive live acts this country has to offer" by Australia's Mixdown magazine, it is time for him to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire. 

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

Silverchair – Freak. I remember waking up every Saturday and Sunday to catch that song on the weekend music shows hoping for it to be at number 1 on the countdown. It stayed there for a while!

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

I have heard stories of how I used to impersonate Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ film clip when I was a youngster.

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

Jagger, Nirvana, Neither & Jacko!

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

Professional golfer or skateboarder. It’s a tough one.

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

I want everyone to hear ALL of my songs haha!

Any interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?

I’m a bit of a record collector. Got some gems in there but one that most people wouldn’t expect in a blues players collection is Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers. I was listening to it today!

The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

Anthony Kiedis’ biography was pretty eye opening. I think it was the first biography I ever read too!

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

Tony Joe White

anchorThe three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

Anchorman, Into the Wild, Cadillac Records

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

I got given a vinyl of Van Morrison’s ‘Into the Music’.

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

It would have been nice to write ‘Thriller’ I guess… haha

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

Maybe a treble clef design of some sort?

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?

I reckon 5 years in Hawaii playing my guitar on the beach sounds pretty good.

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

Because I’m happily donating 10% of sales profits from the EP to a charity called Orphfund! Check them out!!!


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