This page will from now on keep you up to date on all the latest from Tom Burlinson.
On Saturday 23rd we had to postpone our gigs at Coffs Harbour and Southwest Rocks due to the floods in the area. The band and I travelled by bus as far as Buladelah where we learned that the roads leading to Coffs Harbour had been closed and Southwest Rocks had been evacuated. After phone calls between my manager, Dale Genner, representatives of the venues and myself it was decided to postpone the dates. New dates will be finalised soon!
I have a few bits of news to report. Firstly there are a couple of exciting up coming special events. Late last year I performed a new show at Twin Towns on the Gold Coast called ‘The Best of Tom Burlinson’. I had already had two previous engagements of ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ there, and wanted to do something a bit different. The new show contained some of the great Sinatra numbers from ‘Frank- A Life in Song’, some of the most popular songs from ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’, as well as several songs new to my repertoire. These are a bit different to what some people might expect from me – more modern songs, still with jazzy backings, each one having a special significance in my life. There are also new stories relating to the new material. I’ll be performing this show for the first time in Sydney at the Hurstville Theatre on Friday 15th March.
The following night Saturday 16th I’m very much looking forward to re-creating the classic 1966 album ‘Frank Sinatra Live at the Sands’ as part of the Twilight at Taronga No. 1 Albums series with the Sydney All Star Big Band. The original of this, with the fabulous Count Basie orchestra, and so many classic Sinatra numbers, is one of my very favourite albums. Should be a special night!
I have been nominated again in the same two categories at the ACE Awards to be held at The Juniors Club on March 20th. I am, of course, honoured to be nominated again, and look forward to a great night there. I’ll also be presenting an award.
And finally, the third Man from Snowy River Ride was completed early this month. A very enjoyable and successful few days with the Lovicks and their staff and guests from the U.S.A. and around Australia. Journalist Paul Marshall and a camera and sound crew joined us for some of the time and filed a special report for Weekend Sunrise on the Seven TV Network which aired on February 2nd.
I’m thrilled to announce that at the 14th annual Australian Club Entertainment (ACE) Awards held at Souths Juniors on Wednesday 21st March I won the award for Male Vocal Performer 2011 and also the prestigious award of Most Outstanding Club Performer of the Year 2011. Needless to say I was delighted and honoured to accept these awards, especially because I have never before won an award for my work in the profession over the past 35 years! I also sang ‘That’s Life’ on the night.
A year after the first ‘Man from Snowy River Ride’ with the Lovick Family, the second has been completed. A five day ride hosted by me and Charlie and Glenda Lovick through the glorious Victorian high country with about 15 paying guests and several staff. We visited many locations that were used in the films including Craig’s Hut, Mt. Stirling, King Billy and Mt. Magdala. The weather was perfect and by all accounts a very memorable and enjoyable time was had by our Canadian and American guests as well as our Aussie friends.
We were joined by Grant Denyer and a small crew from the Channel 7 ‘Sunrise’ show for three consecutive mornings. We did several ‘crosses’ back to the studio during the weather spots from various locations doing different activities, including riding while being filmed from a helicopter circling overhead, and me reciting a verse from the poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and double-cracking a stock whip! It was great to be back in this beautiful country with my life-long friends, the Lovicks, and several new ones!
I’ve also been invited to participate in the 1st Annual ‘Slide’ Cabaret Festival at Darlinghust in Sydney. I’ll be appearing on Thursday 16th February with a six piece band. Looking forward to performing in a more intimate setting than is usual. For more information go to the ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ drop-down menu.
I’ve been asked to perform again as part of the Twilight at Taronga weekend concert series in 2012.
I’m sure it’s going to be exciting to return to the venue where ‘Frank-A Life in Song’ had its first incarnation in 1998.
I’ll be accompanied once more by the fabulous SYDNEY ALL STAR BIG BAND. The dates are February 17 and 18. For more information go to the ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ drop down menu.
|I’m delighted to announce that I am now officially endorsed as a singer/performer by Bosch Communications Systems, who have provided me with a chrome Electro-Voice REV-H hand-held concert microphone for my exclusive use. This came about after a sound engineer at one of my ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ gigs had one of those microphones for me to use. I really liked the look of the mic and thought it would fit with the ‘feel’ of the show. The engineer told me it was also of exceptional quality, and in performance I was very impressed with the sound quality produced. We discussed the possibility of a sponsorship deal with Bosch, and this was soon achieved. I now take my own EV microphone and receiver to my gigs and am proud to use it.|
At Bosch Head Office with my new Electro-Voice microphone.
Oct 13, 2011
I attended the Sydney Premiere of ‘The Cup’, with most of the other actors and Director Simon Wincer, and Producers Jan Bladier and David Lee. The film was received most enthusiastically by the audience, but had mixed reviews from the critics.
However, I was mentioned personally by the highly-respected movie reviewer David Stratton both on ’At the Movies’ (ABC TV) and in the Weekend Australian. He wrote: “Burlinson gives the movie’s best performance as Dave Phillips…”
Another esteemed critic Sandra Hall wrote in her review in The Age (Melbourne): “But it’s the Man from Snowy River – Tom Burlinson – who gives the film’s most likeable performance…” For more on ‘The Cup’ go to Film Overview -1991 Onwards in the Career drop down menu.
I’ve worked most weekends throughout the year performing ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ at clubs and regional theatres around the country. Please click on the ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’ drop down menu for information and a list of dates.
Feb 28, 2011
Appeared with Kate Ceberano on ‘This Is Your Life’ (Nine Network) in honour of Deborra Lee Furness. Sang ‘All the Way’ as a duet.
I created a new musical show called ‘Now We’re Swingin’!’. Decided to take it into the club scene and established a new working relationship with Dale Genner of Downunder Promotions. He is now booking the show. First performance at Twin Towns on the Gold Coast, followed by lots more mostly in Sydney.
Auditioned for my old friend and associate Simon Wincer (Executive Producer of ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and Director of ‘Phar Lap’) for the role of Dave Phillips in his production of the new Australian film ‘The Cup’. Was delighted to be cast and participated in the shooting in and around Melbourne during June and July. Based on the true story of the events leading up to the jockey Damien Oliver winning the Melbourne Cup on a horse named Media Puzzle in 2002, only a week after his brother was killed in a horse racing accident. A very moving story which I’m sure will become another highly acclaimed Australian film. A lovely supporting role for me-Dave is an Irishman and right-hand man to the famous Trainer Dermot Weld, played by Brendan Gleeson.