THINGS OF STONE & WOOD PLAY ‘THE YEARNING’ IN FULL FOR THE FIRST TIME
Melbourne’s favourite folkies Things of Stone and Wood are playing their top ten, gold record ‘The Yearning’ in full for the first time live this March.
It’s been twenty-five years since the album broke through, paving the way for Australia’s burgeoning folk scene including The Waifs, John Butler and Angus & Julia Stone.
Anchored by the hit 'Happy Birthday Helen', what started as a quick celebratory ode for singer Greg Arnold’s now-wife, quickly became a staple in Australia’s national songbook prompting everything from an APRA Songwriter of the Year award to a Late Show parody. The massive support saw the album 'The Yearning' become an instant classic, with other singles 'Share This Wine', 'Rock This Boat' and 'Single Perfect Raindrop' also hitting the charts and creating a unique snapshot of early 90s Melbourne.
After re-forming in 2014 for a sell-out tour, the band proved that their crowd were still as loyal as ever and the decision to play 'The Yearning' for another round was an easy one.
“Touring again showed us just how much the band had meant in so many people’s lives, not just our own,” said Greg Arnold. “The Yearning is still such a special record for us and it’s interesting how many people have their different favourites on there—it’s not all about Happy Birthday Helen."
The band’s only 2017 shows will feature the album’s full fourteen tracks from beginning to end as well as some other crowd favourites from other albums in what will be not just a tribute to one of Australia’s all-time best albums, but also to the band’s enduring legacy in Australian folk-rock.
Fellow 90’s indie chart toppers Club Hoy have reformed exclusively for the tour and will play the main support. They’ll play hits off their huge debut “Thursday’s Fortune”, a record that saw their twin vocal sound and sweet melodic folk pop songs cut through the fuzz guitar of grunge that dominated the era.