Moree open-air venue announced for Sunday Heart Parade CD launch

MOREE singer-songwriters Merri-May Gill and Fi Claus will early next month officially launch Sunday Heart Parade, their much-awaited debut album that has been more than 12 months in the making.

The album features 16 original songs as well as Leonard Cohen’s timeless classic, Hallelujah.

The songs, written about life and the love they have for each other, were penned by Fi and Merri-May last year to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary.

They teamed up with some of the biggest names in the Australian music industry to create Sunday Heart Parade, an album dedicated to Anthony “Chenxy” Lycenko, who sadly died three months ago.SHP003

Lycenko, who lent his touch to albums for artists such as Sinead O’Connor, U2, The Pet Shop Boys, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Pulp and Suede, was a driving force behind Sunday Heart Parade.

The album will be available for pre-order on iTunes on October 23 and fully available – also in iTunes – on Friday, November 3.

There will also be CDs available at the album’s official launch – Fi and Merri-May’s Listening Party – at Mary Brand Park in Moree at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 4.

Sunday Heart Parade is the result of more than 12 months of hard work by some of Australia’s best musicians and vocalists.

The album features vocals by Angie Hart, whose alternative pop group Frente! rose to prominence in 1992 when hit single Accidently Kelly Street rose to No.4 on the Aria charts.

Angie joins Melanie Horsnell on vocals, whose hit Sometimes was featured in the Canadian TV series Flashpoint as well as Something Urban’s lead singer Rachel Holmshaw.SushiWednesday001

Pete Luscombe and Bill McDonald, accompanying musicians to Aussie legend Paul Kelly, feature on drums and bass, with Dan Luscombe, from The Drones, on electric guitar.

Sunday Heart Parade is also accompanied by a violinist and cellist from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Sound engineer-mixer Anthony Lycenko and Los Angeles-based mastering engineer Gavin Lurssen put the unique album together at Melbourne’s celebrated Sing Sing Studios – and now Moree will hear it for the first time on November 4.

The album launch is free to the public, with the ‘All Welcome’ sign ready to light up the Moree skyline.SHP001

And Moree’s own Jacqualyn Drenkhahn will open the evening, planned to be chock-full of local talent.

“We are stoked Jacqualyn will be our support act on the night, performing a full set of her own beautiful songs – rather than covers – live for the first time in Moree,” Fi said.

“We also look forward to announcing some amazing local artists, film-makers and photographers who are giving us their work for people to view on an outdoor screen as the visuals for our Sunday Heart Parade songs.”

Words: Bill Poulos