The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman is performing intimate shows in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo this November

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The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman is performing intimate shows in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo this November

Tim Freedman strips back his Whitlams repertoire and delivers classics like "No Aphrodisiac" from the piano.

Tim Freedman, the lead singer and songwriter of beloved ARIA Award-winning band The Whitlams, is stripping back his popular indie rock repertoire for a run of intimate shows at Piano Bar venues in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

The Australian music industry legend and piano-adept will join forces with acclaimed pedal steel and guitar player Ollie Thorpe, who has been touring with Freedman in the Whitlams’ alt-country offshoot, The Whitlams Black Stump Band, and deliver intimate classics like “No Aphrodisiac” at Piano Bar in Ballarat on Tuesday, November 15, at Piano Bar in Bendigo on Wednesday, November 16 and at Piano Bar in Geelong on Thursday, November 17.

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The Whitlam’s catalogue is embedded into Australian music history. Across three intimate shows, Freedman and Thorpe, perform their emotive new single ‘The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw”‘ and a new poignant version of his 1999 hit “Blow Up the Pokies” commissioned by Wesley Mission, along with other Whitlams favourites, providing a rare opportunity to reacquaint yourself with this powerhouse of Australian music.

Steve Moffatt at The Daily Telegraph wrote of a recent solo show at Sydney’s City Recital Hall, “The tall and gangly frontman charmed and cajoled his 600-strong audience with all the debonair flair of a Bryan Ferry… The stripped-back accompaniment of the piano highlighted just how cleverly constructed his lyrics are – they sound so uncontrived, which is hellish difficult to do as any would-be songwriter will tell you.”

After three sold-out shows earlier in the year, Tim returns to the Piano Bar stage for a wonderful tour that is sure to sell out.

Doors open at 6pm and shows from 8pm. Food and drinks are available at bar prices. All tables must arrive by 7:30pm.

You can purchase tickets here