Sinead 'special guest' on music icon's tour

Posted: 2pm 08 Jun 2021

Sinead Burgess, who was born in Redcliffe and grew up in Beachmere, has been invited to open the only Queensland concert of a national tour by Australian music icon Ian Moss.

Burgess is the ‘special guest’ of Moss, founding member of legendary rock band Cold Chisel, at his One Guitar One Night Only show on June 26.

The gig in Brisbane Powerhouse, is a sell out and will be the final leg of Moss’ national tour which started in Adelaide before taking in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

Australian music icon Ian Moss who is on a short national tour. Picture Daniel Boud

'Thrilled to be playing'

“I’m so excited,” said singer-songwriter Burgess, “gigs have been scarce, but they are coming back. I’m thrilled to be playing again.

“I love these sorts of intimate venues. I’ve never played at the Powerhouse before and of course, Ian’s such a legend.”

Moss helped found Cold Chisel in 1973 and has had a hugely successful solo between Chisel reunions - the most recent being last year.

He has won countless solo awards and is also in the ARIA Hall of Fame through Cold Chisel’s induction in 1993.

Sinead Burgess who was based in the US until COVID hit. Picture Amy Handegard

Making contact

Burgess’ invitation to open Moss’ show came through the manager of Blake O’Connor, with who she toured NSW and Queensland recently on their Silver Linings Tour.

“Apparently, Ian’s manager was trying to find my details and had contacted Blake’s manager,” said Burgess.

“I went to the (Cold) Chisel gigs last year, but I have never met Ian.

“I hope we have a chance to sit down and have a chat, like Don McLean did all those years ago on tour, every day bringing me in for a chat.”

Sinead Burgess and Blake O'Connor

Urban debut

Then 17, Burgess supported McLean, the US singer-songwriter best known for the timeless hit American Pie, on his 2009 Australian tour, which included dates at Sydney Opera House.

Burgess’ career started in Caboolture with her first public performance at the Urban Country Music Festival. She then moved to Sydney and Nashville in the US.

She has toured with some of music's biggest acts such as James Bay, Irish band The Script and The Shires, the first UK country music group to be signed by a Nashville label.

Sinead Burgess and Blake O'Connor during their recent Silver Linings Tour.

Release plans

The former Tullawong State High School student was back in Australia, from the US, when the COVID pandemic struck and has been here ever since.

“I’ve been writing right through COVID,” she said, “I hope to release some songs in the coming months.

“It has been touch-and-go for many people in the industry for some time, but it’s great to see festivals returning.”

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