Kate Ceberano is coming to Canberra for Anthems

This article was originally published on Her Canberra.

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Saturday 17 November is going to be a big day for Kate Ceberano. For one, it’s her birthday. But the Anthems event at the National Arboretum is going to be even bigger, as her mates John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite and the Black Sorrows kick off a night of iconic hits in one of Canberra’s most recognisable venues.

After a long career spanning soul, jazz and pop releases, Kate is now part of the renaissance of classic Aussie tunes (Horses, anyone?) that put the focus squarely on authentic storytelling.

“When you’re in the business for so long and you see so many different styles of music come and go, you get very fluid with it,” she explains. “What gets me is the narrative in music, when something is really well-crafted and then you add to it a voice with a particular sound, it finds the part of you that needs a voice.”

John Farnham

John Farnham

John Farnham will also be performing at Anthems.

That voice first shone on a song called Brave in 1989 that Kate describes as her own personal anthem.

“I was 17 when I wrote it, and the song has stayed with me throughout the years as a wonderful reference of who I was then and who I am now. I think it still rings true today that if you are going to run away from the pack, you’re going to have to be pretty bloody brave.”

Kate Ceberano

Kate Ceberano

As her career skyrocketed throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Kate stood out in a golden age of Aussie music. The songs of the era are tinged with nostalgia today, as they transport their listeners back in time.

“I had the great fortune in the ‘80s to perform with quite a lot of bands that had anthemic hits, like INXS and the Models, and I had my own hits like Bedroom Eyes and Pash. I still love playing them live because when people instantly recognise a song and go bananas that’s always fun.”

Daryl Braithwaite

Daryl Braithwaite

But that doesn’t mean she’s stuck in the past. She is currently preparing for a tour with her very first band, I’m Talking, alongside Bryan Ferry, and the trip down memory lane has stimulated her creativity.

“At the moment I’m trying to find my way home with my music. I’m Talking was a highly experimental funk band when we started in the ‘80s, actually, in a sea of Aus Rock, so for me to return to something that is dance-based but still with a very strong message is really fun.”

After Anthems, it’s back to the drawing board.

“I’m enjoying just cutting it all up again. I’m not interested in obeying the rules or trying to follow what other people are doing. I think you get to an age where you realise you’re better off being true to yourself. The artists that last are the ones who continue to seek and desire change and evolve.”

the essentials

What: Anthems
When: Saturday 17 November from 4 pm
Where: The National Arboretum, Weston Creek
Cost:Final Release tickets from $124+bf
See Oztix for more information