Health Cullen’s star rising fast

Candelo musician Heath Cullen is playing a solo gig at Nook Cafe this weekend. Photo: Eryca Green.

Candelo musician Heath Cullen is playing a solo gig at Nook Cafe this weekend. Photo: Eryca Green.

CANDELO born and bred singer-songwriter Heath Cullen will be performing a rare solo show at The Nook in Bega this Saturday afternoon.

Raised in the Bega Valley, Cullen made the rare choice not to move to the big smoke rather basing himself in his hometown of Candelo where he cherishes the community and peaceful surrounds. 

Having freshly wrapped up support duties for Australian folk-rock veterans The Waifs, Cullen is on a considerable rise despite his ongoing resistance to “leave the farm”. 

He’s garnered comparisons to the likes of Neil Young and Nick Cave, with his most recent release The Still And The Steep – featuring A-list guests such as drummer Jim Keltner (John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams), guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) and bassist Larry Taylor (Canned Heat) doing much to bolster his profile as one of the country’s most talented performers.

Shortly, Cullen will be packing up his guitar case to tour the East Coast as the supporting act with four-time Grammy winning artist Joe Henry. 

Cullen has begun work on a new album due out later this year with Elvis Costello's legendary backing band The Imposters. 

He will be playing an acoustic set at The Nook, Rixon’s Arcade in Bega from 2.30pm, with entry $20 on the door.

Tea and coffee will be available, BYO everything else. 

He will be performing with Henry at Sydney on September 9 and 10 with tickets sold at www.thebasement.com.au and at Melbourne on September 12 with tickets through www.melbournerecital.com.au.

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