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Splendour In The Grass have announced the 2020 line-up and Tim’s headlining the GW McLennan tent on Saturday 25th July!.

Tickets will be on sale 9am AEDT Thursday 27th February 2020 online from Moshtix or phone: 1300 GET TIX (438 849).

You’ll find the full line-up and more information at splendourinthegrass.com #SITG2020

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Stream/download ‘Carry You’: MissyHiggins.lnk.to/CarryYou

‘Carry You’ Official VIDEO and lyrics

Tim wrote ‘Carry You’ for the television series UPRIGHT. Co-written and starring Tim, UPRIGHT follows two misfits thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, as they forge an unlikely bond in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other. Tim asked Missy Higgins to record the song, in her distinctive style, for the closing credits. UPRIGHT is available in Australia on FOXTEL, on NOW TV in the UK and on Super Channel Fuse for viewers in Canada. More details and a teaser here.

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Tim has been honoured with the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the performing arts, and to the community, on the 2020 Australia Day Honours list.

Quoted in The Standard, Tim said: “I found it a genuinely – though the word makes me squirm – humbling experience.” Speaking of the “quiet achievers”, the people whose names are not well known, he added: “People from different backgrounds working in different fields being acknowledged for doing extraordinary things. It’s truly an honour to be amongst them,”

The full list of Australia Day Honours 2020 recipients can be found here.
#honours2020

UPDATE 03/02/20: ABC News have just released this video of Tim talking about being recognised in the Australia Day Honours:

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Here, finally, is the promised release of Carry You. It is the version from the credits of the final episode of UPRIGHT, performed by the completely frickin wonderful Missy Higgins. Man, I love her voice. (Actually, I love her in general). It’s produced by Sarah and Richie Belkner. Other credits and details below. Hope you like it as much as I do. Xx

Stream/download: MissyHiggins.lnk.to/CarryYou
On sale 12am January 24th (local time) in each territory worldwide.

UPDATE (04/02/20): For those who’ve been asking; ‘Carry You’ is now available everywhere. Links to Apple Music, iTunes & Amazon Music have been added and it can be found for download on Amazon too.

‘Carry You’ – Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Vocals – Missy Higgins
Piano/Rhodes/Synths – Sarah Belkner
Drums – Evan Mannell
Flugelhorn – Dane Laboyrie

Produced by: Sarah Belkner & Richard Belkner
Recorded by: Richard Belkner at Free Energy Device Studios, Sydney & Richard Stolz at Woodstock Studios, Melbourne
Mixed By: Richard Belkner
Mastered By: Michael Lynch

Video Directed by Josef Gatti

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This will be of interest to a fairly niche (but incredibly tasteful and intelligent) audience of theatre nerds.

Hal Leonard have published a pretty damn comprehensive Groundhog Day songbook, which you can buy here.

At the front of the book is a bit of an essay I wrote reflecting on the musical and existential themes in the score, and I thought I’d publish it here for you to read! It’s kind of rambling (in a charming way, I hope), and I think it might be meaningful to those of you who loved the musical, and to anyone interested in the craft of musical story-telling. There’s also a second little essay about the unenviable job of transcribing my work, by the brilliant Laurie Perkins. I’ll pop that down the bottom.

By the way, I think the physical book is a thing of beauty and a lovely souvenir, even if you’re not a player. (Note: there are chords for lazy buggers like me who can’t read dots!)

Enjoy.

xTim

FOREWORD

Writing this musical with Danny Rubin, Matthew Warchus and Chris Nightingale was a joyous, existential adventure. There was so much that made my brain fizz when I first started to think about how we might put Groundhog Day on a stage.

First, I was inspired by the simple, poetic idea of a life being reflected in a day. Our musical leans on this metaphor, opening in the pre-dawn with a song which itself starts with a birth. The idea of being born at “sunrise on a sunless day” suggests a dark day, a portent of the struggle we’re about to witness. But in that opening song, there is already an answer for Phil Connors, had he the wisdom to listen. The lyrics, like the town itself, are simple and pretty and folksy, but remind us that human happiness requires a level of acquiescence, an understanding that we are not all-powerful, and that despite our desire to “will the clouds away,” only time will reveal the sun.
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