The Whitlams Black Stump Duo announces a run of Piano Bar performances in May

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The Whitlams Black Stump Duo announces a run of Piano Bar performances in May

Words by Staff Writer

Tim Freedman's alt-country project The Whitlams Black Stump is touring their forthcoming Kookaburra album,

Australian music sensation Tim Freedman, best known as the frontman of The Whitlams, is set to captivate audiences with his latest venture, the debut album ‘Kookaburra’ under The Whitlams Black Stump.

As part of their tour across Australia, Freedman is gearing up for an unforgettable series of performances at Piano Bars throughout May with the Black Stump Duo – Tim Freedman and Ollie Thorpe’s acclaimed piano and pedal steel duo.

The Whitlams Black Stump Piano Bar Performances:

  • Tue 7 May: Bendigo, VIC
  • Wed 8 May: Ballarat, VIC
  • Thu 9 May: Geelong, VIC

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The album, a blend of country-inspired melodies and poignant storytelling, has already garnered critical acclaim, marking a new chapter in Freedman’s illustrious career.

Freedman’s narrative prowess shines through in tracks like ‘Fallen Leaves’, a collaboration with multi award-winning musicians Matt Fell and Rod McCormack, which has been lauded by Country Music Capital News as “exquisite”. The album weaves together tales of Australian life, from Ned Kelly’s sister to local pub encounters, resonating with audiences across the country.


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Reflecting on his creative journey, Freedman shares, “I am a parochial lyric writer, and country music has a strong sense of time and place, so clothing my stories in a country music coat seemed like a natural progression to me. I had to scratch that itch and investigate.”

The album, recorded over four “feverish” days in the studio, features an eclectic mix of classic Whitlams tracks alongside deep cuts and covers, including nods to Australian songwriters Bernie Hayes and Perry Keyes. The collaboration with Fell and McCormack, alongside a talented ensemble of musicians, infuses the album with authenticity and depth.

“One important technical aspect of the album is that when I am redoing a Whitlams song they are now sung in a lower register than they used to be. As you get older your voice lowers, and it’s more natural to be able to convey them now in an age-appropriate key. I can unleash the crooner within!” laughs Tim.

To celebrate the album’s release, The Whitlams Black Stump are embarking on an extensive tour across Australia, bringing their unique blend of storytelling and musical craftsmanship to audiences nationwide. From intimate venues to iconic theatres, the tour promises an unforgettable live experience for fans old and new.

Tickets for The Whitlams Black Stump Piano Bar performances are available now and can be purchased at