Harry James Angus, the firebrand trumpet-playing vocalist from The Cat Empire, is known both for his thrilling live performances and constant musical reinvention. Expect the unexpected and assume you will be highly entertained with whatever it is Harry chooses to deliver when he appears at Peninsula Grammar’s Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, September 18, at 7pm.
Stories little and large have played a crucial role in Harry’s life. The born-and-bred Melburnian has been telling them, listening to them and reading them his entire life. And when he performs, he likes to weave his own tales for his audience.
“These little stories have provided me with hours of entertainment — just me in the lounge room,” Harry said. “Sometimes my long-suffering wife will patiently listen as I stumble through an idea. But usually it’s just me — laughing at my own jokes, lip trembling at my own tragedies, watching the characters come alive — and the whole story just unfurls, eventually, like a patchwork sail.”
For Harry, music has always been a constant — from his early years as a member of the National Boys’ Choir and forced piano practice as a child to the day he picked up a trumpet as a young schoolboy (because all of the saxophones were taken) and entered the intoxicating world of jazz.
After immersing himself in performing in various school jazz troupes and sneaking into Melbourne’s best live venues, the era of playing in a cafe attached to a furniture store for $70 and free focaccias in his late teens was swiftly exchanged for rapid success in 2001. It was during that year Harry joined forces with five other jazz mates to create the multi-platinum international touring sensation The Cat Empire.
Tickets are $38 (including GST) from www.eventbrite.com.au/e/peninsula-grammar-presents-harry-james-angus-tickets-56406132260
For more information about the Peninsula Grammar concert series, visit http://peninsulagrammarmusic.com/