We’re in for a real treat with UK songman Lloyd Cole currently in Australia for a run of shows. Born in Buxton, Cole studied law for a year before switching to philosophy and English at the University of Glasgow. It was here he would meet other members of what would become the Commotions. Following a run between 1982 and 1989, the band broke up and Cole embarked on a solo journey. As a solo artist, Lloyd Cole released his self-titled debut in 1990. A string of releases have followed, his latest being last year’s Standards. His tenth album under his own name, Standards was apparently inspired by the “energy and vibrancy” of Bob Dylan’s Tempest. The album is notable for its use of electric guitar, a departure from the acoustic Cole. Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – June 28.