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Emma Dean announces May/June 2011 tour

With The New York Post naming her one of "10 Artists to Know in 2011”, Emma Dean is starting to glow in the international spotlight. On her latest national tour, however, she's decided to find a shadowy corner in which to embrace her dark side and ponder the release of new single “Something They Can Hold”...

After her sold out album launch tour in November 2010, featuring the kooky talents of her 'imaginary friends', Emma is back on the road in celebration of the latest single from internationally acclaimed album Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop-Cabaret, the haunting Something They Can Hold. These shows will distill her chaotic, spellbinding show to it's most basic visceral elements. She'll leave the 'imaginaries' at home and embrace the black, nebulous, murky world of a neurotic cabaret songstress fronting a group of musicians.

“Singer, songwriter and self proclaimed ringmaster Emma Dean is a hobobag full of crazy pills. Like the really awesome hallucinogenic kind. Driven by her child-like imagination and bouncy exuberance, her new album “Dr Dream and the Imaginary Pop Cabaret” has a title that describes it's sound with sheer perfection.” Ryan Brockington , The New York Post

So, why is it important to indulge in the darker side of life?

“As an artist I think it's important to indulge and explore all parts of life!” Emma explains. “I don't see myself as a particularly dark person but as a songwriter, I often find myself drawn to the piano when a dark or turbulent thought hits. I think it's healthy for me. Perhaps it's a kind of free therapy? I'm very intrigued by the underground world where the fringe folk live as well as the cabaret scene, where the rules of society fly out the door. That's why I'm constantly drawn to working with company's like Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and artists like “my imaginary friends” who are known for exploring this territory. It's dark. It's sometimes twisted. And the line between crying and laughing is often very thin.”

"...Curious, funny, astute and above all, weird. She could well stake a good claim to be the new Millennium's Kate Bush with (her) theatrical approach to music...."Patrick McKiernan allgigs.co.uk , United Kingdom

"Its just right. Move over Rufus and Tori. You have company" Noel Mengel. The Courier Mail

SPECIAL NOTE: Emma will be giving away a FREE digital CD of songs from herself and her tour support acts to all those who send their online ticket purchase receipt to em@emmadean.com!!!

KATOOMBA (all ages)
Thursday 12 May, 7:30pm
The Clarindon Guest House, Lurline St Katoomba
$20+bf/$20 - www.clarendonguesthouse.com.au/ (02) 4782 1322
with The Swingtanics Sextet

SYDNEY (18+)
Saturday 14 May, 7:30pm
The Basement, 29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay
$15+bf/$20 - (www.moshtix.com.au/ 1300 438 849
with Fronz Arp and Jacob Diefenbach

MELBOURNE (18+)
Friday 27 May, 7:30pm
The Empress, Nicholson St Fitzroy North
$15+bf/$20 - Moshtix (www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
with Fronz Arp and The Tiger And Me

BRISBANE (all ages)
Saturday 28 May, 8pm
The Old Museum, cnr Bowen Bridge Rd and Gregory Tce, Bowen Hills
$15+bf/$20 www.oztix.com.au
with Fronz Arp and Hannah Macklin

TOOWOOMBA (all ages)
Friday 3 June, 7pm
USQ Arts Theatre, West Street, Toowoomba South
$18.80/$20 www.usq.edu.au/artsworx/booking
with Melissa Forbes

ADELAIDE (18+)
Saturday 4 June, 8pm
The Queens Theatre, Gilles Arcade, Playhouse Lane, Adelaide’s
$25 - Moshtix (www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
supporting Emily Davis for her album launch

Photo: Ricky Sullivan