Russell Morris


Don’t miss multi ARIA Award-winning and legendary singer-songwriter Russell Morris live in action as part of our Fireside program this August.

Performing for over 50 years, Russell Morris was the first Australian artists to score consecutive number one singles with his first two releases – The Real Thing, which is one of the classic psychedelic singles of all time, and ‘Part Three Into Paper Walls. Both reached #1 on the Australian chart, and what followed has become one of the most remarkable stories in contemporary Australian music.

Fast forward to October 2012, when Russell Morris began a trilogy of albums, each with a theme of Australian stories. The first, Sharkmouth, is a collection of tracks about the Australia of the 1920s and 1930s. The album went on to reach #6 on the ARIA Chart and is certified platinum.

Then came Van Diemen’s Land in 2014 which focused on significant events rather than the stories of individuals. From the prison ships that began Australia as a penal settlement, to the union strikes, the First and Second World Wars, Van Diemen’s Land covers a vast array of Australian history.

And in 2015 Russell released Red Dirt – Red Heart, with amazing musical stories with unique Australian themes which won the coveted Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.

Since mid-2016, Russell has been making headway in the United States with Sharkmouth; and performing at Nashville’s Americana Music Festival, as well as touring select American cities.

In 2019, Russell released a brand-new album, Black and Blue Heart, produced by the highly regarded Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger) alongside co-producer Bernard Fanning.

Through it all, Russell remains one of the hardest working musicians in the country.

“There’s a damn good reason Russell Morris is still considered ‘the real thing’ half a century on from singing Australia’s only true, psychedelic hit of the same name.” Scenestr

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Eat & Drink

Good news – supper is included in your table purchase for this event and will be served after the show. The menu for the evening will include Char Siu pork bao with cucumber, fresh herbs and dipping sauce, accompanied by a pork and vegetable fried rice. And don’t worry – we’ll take your drink orders and bring them directly to you.

Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA. The Fireside sessions will be set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself!


Presented as part of HOTA’s Fireside Program.

This program is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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