THEIR professional linkages range from INXS and Keith Urban through to soul legend Lou Rawls - and on Sunday, 'Grace and Hugh' will set up at The Frederickton School of Arts Hall for one very special performance.
They will be entertaining locally as a three-piece, as part of their grassroots tour to old halls, theatres and "big enough" backyards.
Grace and Hugh met on the road. Hugh was returning from playing a thousand shows across Australia and the United States, racking up songwriting and performance credits with the likes of INXS, Urban and Rawls.
Grace was on the run from art school with a sketchpad full of songs.
Their chance meeting prompted a musical detour, pushing an upright piano down back roads and back alleys, and writing contemporary songs influenced by country, blues and soul music.
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They recently recorded their first album together with a stellar band between Sydney and Nashville, featuring co-writes with Don Walker (Cold Chisel) and Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil).
A festival act with infectious grooves and melodies to pluck at heartstrings, Grace's powerful voice and striking stage presence are the perfect foil for Hugh's soulful piano playing and warm baritone ... and their vocal chemistry is starting fires on stages across the country.
Listen to them here:
"As performers, there is a degree of exhibitionism to what we do. Maybe a few degrees - I once saw Hughie sit down in an audience member's lap mid-song, the saucy bugger. You get up on stage and you try to win people over, and if you're good at what you do, like Hughie is, you don't have to try too hard," Grace said.
Grace and Hugh bring Fredo an afternoon of original music, covers you'll know the words to and stories from the road. The performance will run from 3 to 5pm.