Glenn Skuthorpe

With six highly-regarded albums and music featured in movies and documentaries such as The Emu Runner and John Pilger’s Utopia, Nhunggabarra, Kooma Man and international touring singer-songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe is a powerful lyricist and composer who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard.

A compelling performer whose playing style is captivating, engaging audiences in the stories behind his journeys. Glenn has performed on stages big and small with some living legends in his career including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Steve Earle, Tex Perkins, Kev Carmody, Archie Roach, Rory McLeod, Michelle Shocked, Buddy Miller and Mary Gauthier. Glenn will be joined on the main stage with Enrico Morena (Drums), Anthony Pak Poy (Bass) and Lainie Jamieson (Keys). Glenn speaks to Hi Fi Way ahead of his show at The Gov this Friday night.

It’s fantastic that you’re playing the home of live music in Adelaide on Friday, how pumped are you for this show?
It’s great to be playing at The Gov this Friday which kicks off a busy month ahead. The band are fired up and looking forward to it. Will be a great evening with special guest Alana Jagt.

Is this show mostly focused on the new album or is there a bit of everything?
This Fridays show is a bit of everything with a range of songs from previous CD’s, however I will be sharing a few new songs from the upcoming CD.

Do you prefer the more intimate shows these days with punters having to remain seated because of restrictions?
It doesn’t bother me having seated venues. It is a little more intimate and people tend to concentrate more on the music which is good thing.

Given people have been starved of live music do you think you’ll feed off that energy a lot more?
Absolutely. We’ve had a few gigs over the past few months and it’s exciting for musicians to see people that want to be amongst live music again. It’s taken on a whole new appreciation.

Are you excited about releasing album number seven?
Really looking forward to releasing the next album. I’m working with a new Adelaide based band so it’s been a fantastic journey so far working together recording. I have at least twenty five songs to record so aiming for a double album this time round.

Were there ever any doubts that with the chaos that this is the right time to release an album?
No not at all. Not being able to travel has given me the opportunity to concentrate solely on writing and recording which has been a positive thing. I have three singles coming out before the end of the year and will release the full album early 2021.

Sonically, how is number seven different from the other six?
The seventh album is with a new band and a whole new sound. Be prepared for an infusion of dirty urban street blues and a lonely dark highway.

Did everything go to plan in the studio?
We are still working with Ian Messenger from Shipwreck Studios, it’s going to be a big album. But so far everything is going to plan and I’m really happy with the outcome so far.

Is there something you’ve learnt this time that you wouldn’t repeat next time?
The beauty about music is its unpredictability when you hit the recording studio. So I always tell myself to go in with an open mind, which is always a lesson in itself.

What’s next for Glenn Skuthorpe?
It’s going to be a busy six months ahead for me. Finalising the new album will be a priority, upcoming gigs, the Fringe and working on a themed regional tour with two other professional First Nation Artists which is going to be a fantastic show, so watch this space!

Interview By Rob Lyon

Glenn Skuthorpe plays The Gov this Friday (2 October) with Alana Jagt. Tickets from The Gov

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