Kav Temperley Live
By Anthony Pancia
It started with a tweet, morphed into a national tour and will end with a well-deserved dip in the ocean off Broome.
But just why Eskimo Joe front man Kav Temperley decided to hit the road with little else than an acoustic guitar and the intention of performing every song of the band’s classic A Song is a City album is much simpler.
“A friend came up to me and said, “You know it’s been 10 years since that album came out,” says Kav, ahead of his performance at The Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on Saturday.
“I knew I needed to do something. First I imagined performing a bunch of covers of songs that inspired that album, but then it became pretty clear I should just perform every song off the album and tell a few stories about how each song came to be.”
And with that, Kav Tweeted his intentions to followers and performed the first show in his beloved Fremantle, the city which serves as the backdrop to the much-lauded album.
“A couple of photos from that gig were uploaded and then people started Tweeting from all over the country asking me to come play here and there,” says Kav.
“The response has just been so, so, satisfying.”
The show quickly evolved into its current form, a three-hour performance whereby Kav explains the genesis of each song before performing then interacting with the audience.
“It gets quite emotional at times,” he says.
“I met one girl whose mother died of cancer. She’d projected all her stories onto the album and took it with her when she went overseas to get away from all the heaviness she was going through.”
But with the national part of the tour almost completed, Kav says the final leg will take in some of his favourite venues and destinations.
“I’m so looking forward to getting down south then finishing the tour off with a swim in Broome. It’s just perfect.”
Catch Kav Temperley performing A Song is a City at the following venues:
August 29, Fly by Night, Fremantle
August 30, Settlers Tavern Margaret River
September 5, Players Bar, Mandurah
September 6, Prince of Wales, Bunbury
September 12, Divers Tavern, Broome