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Pajama Club to bring crowded house

Neil Finn is coming to Bluesfest.
Neil Finn is coming to Bluesfest.

THE Pajama Club is coming to Byron Bay, and this isn’t just any bunch of bananas.

International music icon Neil Finn and his wife Sharon formed the band after jamming at home in their pyjamas.

Although they have played just one gig to family and friends at home in New Zealand, they are yet to play to fans anywhere in the world.

The band’s global debut performance will be at Byron Bay’s Great Northern Hotel on Saturday, June 11.

One of only four gigs on the tour, the Finns will then head to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to promote their debut album From A Friend To A Friend, set for release in August.

We would like to think the Finns chose Byron Bay because of a great love of the area, but according to Sharon, that’s not quite the case.

“We’re just doing a few club shows in Australia, and Byron isn’t too far from Brisbane, but that all gets done by our booking agent really,” she said.

The album was recorded at the Finns’ home during a few weeks of what became a nightly ritual of dinner, a few wines and off to the music room to jam.

Both Neil and Sharon picked up new instruments on the album. Neil took on the drums and Sharon plucked away on bass.

The title track from the album is the only hint at where it might lead but, as a whole, the album is a mix of genres, said Sharon.

“It’s quite diverse,” she said. “I won’t say much more though, you’ll just have to wait and listen to it.”

And you’ll have a chance to do exactly that when the duo are joined by Kiwi musician Sean Donnelly (guitar and keyboard) and Aussie drummer Alana Skyring, formerly of The Grates.

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.thenorthern.com.au.

Topics:  byron bay music


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