Sarah Blasko goes solo for latest tour at Astor


Sarah Blasko.
Sarah Blasko.

DESPITE a career spanning more than 20 years, Sarah Blasko has often contemplated her life after music.

The singer-songwriter, who turned 40 last September, has recorded four studio albums as a solo artist since her acclaimed 2004 debut The Overture and the Underscore.

But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t thought about what will happen when the music’s over.

“I think I’m pretty realistic that if it comes to a time when it’s just not happening anymore I’d just stop doing it,” she said.

“I think it’s important to keep reassessing your reasons for doing something.

“I think a lot of people keep doing something beyond when they’re truly passionate about it.”

Passion is clearly no issue for Blasko, who is in midst of a national tour – her first performing completely solo – which will see her visit Perth next month.

“I was really nervous the first night; I haven’t been that nervous in a really long time,” she said.

“I was very glad to have the first show done and it was met with a really great response.

“I’ve tried to make it as theatrical and varied as possible to cover material from all of my records.

“The songs do translate fairly easily; maybe because I’m a fairly simple musician.

“I’m not a piano player who can do really fancy stuff.”

Blasko’s covers of other artists’ songs seem to take on a life of their own.

Her versions of Cold Chisel’s Flame Trees, Crowded House’s Don’t Dream it’s Over and, most recently, David Bowie’s Life on Mars are superb.

But she was coy when asked if audiences could expect to hear a cover or two at the show.

“Maybe … probably,” she laughed.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Sarah Blasko – The Soloist tour

Where: Astor Theatre

When: July 6

Tickets: www.astortheatreperth.com