Inspiration in the everyday

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

Full of passion and eager to share his folk-rock music with the world, singer-songwriter Carus Thompson is one the artists set to take the stage at the Albany Entertainment Centre next Thursday as part of the Harbourside Concert series.

Thompson is no stranger to the stage, having spent the past decade touring Australia and Europe, and counts Australian greats like John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray and The Waifs as friends.

His latest album is called Island and Thompson said it was about how he saw Australasia at the moment, with his favourite song, Reza Berat, being about a young asylum seeker killed in the Manus Island riots.

“I was listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp at the time, and I love the way they tell small stories that have a big emotion and reach,” he said.

“I wanted to try and do this but from an Australian perspective.

“All these tunes are stories that I saw or heard around suburban Australia, a lot of the real tales — things like refugees, homelessness, meth addiction.”

Thompson worked with Joel Quartermain from Eskimo Joe to produce this album, and he is extremely proud of the Down Under style his album displays.

“My music is about songs that connect, but I’m a bit of a sucker for a good pub-rock energy vibe too,” he said.

“I’m a songwriter who likes to still get the room moving about.”

Some locals may recognise Thompson from the early 2000s when he toured to Albany regularly.

Punters can expect mainly new material at his show on Thursday, but he welcomes requests from his extensive back catalogue of songs.

To listen to Thompson’s music right now, head to Spotify, iTunes or carusthompson.com.

The Harbourside Concert series kicks off on July 6 at 7.30pm, with tickets available at the box office.

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