Peter Garrett goes solo with his new version

AFTER nearly 15 years away from the recording studio, Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett has announced his debut solo album, A Version of Now.

As the singer songwriter and former politician explains, this is a particularly personal project.

"As I was finishing my memoir, melodies and lines kept dropping into my head and, big surprise, I ended up writing a few songs. Once these tunes were out in the sunlight I decided I might as well jump into a studio and record what I had along with a few other bits and pieces I'd always liked," he said.

The core band involved in making the album was Martin Rotsey (Midnight Oil) on guitar with Pete Luscombe (RockWiz, Paul Kelly) on drums and Mark Wilson (Jet) on bass. Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) joined in, as did all three of Peter's daughters - Emily, May and Grace - who sang and played on some of the key tracks.

A Version of Now will be released on Friday, July 15, through Sony Music.



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