Born and raised in Adelaide Hills and now resident in Melbourne (after long stretches in London and Los Angeles), Liam Gerner is a triple threat: firstly, he’s a formidable guitarist (acoustic and electric) who, as a hired hand, has played with Ryan Bingham, Elton John, and Vika and Linda, Eurogliders and Pnau (amongst many others). Secondly, he’s an eloquent songwriter who details life as he has experienced it. Thirdly, he’s a fine singer and raconteur whose performances have lit up pubs and clubs, cafes and concert halls across Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.
Now, with Toodeloo Tuvalu, Gerner’s fourth solo album, Liam delivers nine original songs packed with observation and empathy. Steeped in the great troubadour tradition that stretches from Woody Guthrie and Slim Dusty through to Guy Clarke and Paolo Nutini (a pal from when Liam and Paolo toure together in London), Toodeloo Tuvalu demonstrates how, after his last album celebrating bush poets Henry Lawson vs Banjo Paterson (with acclaimed fiddler Luke Moller in tow), Gerner is now one of Australia’s finest songwriters and storytellers.