Singer-songwriter Tim Freedman is heading to the Illawarra next month and telling everyone the history of a blue-eyed convicted bank robber.
He's bringing first new single for his band The Whitlams in 14 years, the "Ballad of Bertie Kidd", who's labelled "Australia's greatest robber".
"He only got out of jail two years ago and the government disliked him so much they tried to deport him - even though he immigrated here when he was 14," Freedman said of the now 87-year-old.
"I sometimes feel like there's not enough good stories in songs, so I'm trying to write narratives."
Freedman's solo shows at Wollongong's Town Hall on November 6 are part of the Great Southern Nights concert series, which will see dozens of live music gigs across the Illawarra and South Coast.
"I've been playing quite a lot, but looking forward to doing it for people apart from myself," he said.
"We're running around the country doing lots of reduced capacity shows ... it's a good tough month. I think I've got 34 shows in 4 weeks."
Across the month, the Illawarra will be delighted with an array of concerts at venues big and small - like Sarah Blasko, Merci Mercy, Tex Perkins, Jaguar Jonze, Bag Raiders, Chalkie White Band, Josh Pyke and more.
Tim Freedman will play two shows at Wollongong Town Hall on November 6, with Kay Proudlove in support. Tickets from www.wollongongtownhall.com.au
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