Glenn Skuthorpe

‘With heartfelt lyrics and melancholy Celtic air you can almost smell the acrid smoke from a hundred campfires and see the blood staining the wattle.****’ Cow Punk Quarterly

‘Glenn’s strong & weather beaten voice rings true…this man is a poet’.
Dave Steel

‘A style that is earthy, Australian & very much his own’.   Yarn Up Magazine

‘The title track a faultless example of his telling of disparate rural life.’ dB Magazine

Glenn’s musical journey transcends the country/roots crossroads, creating a unique sound reminiscent of Springsteen and Steve Earle.  With soulful lyricism and a street-hardened eye Glenn is a vital and compelling storyteller with poetic lyrics full of love and loss, murder, betrayal and renewal.  He gives voice to those whose stories must be heard.

Admired by his peers, praised by critics and adored by his audience, his first album after ten years of venue hopping in the Sydney live scene, ‘Out of the Darkness’ released in 2001, received rave reviews and extensive airplay with nominations for the ‘The Deadly’s’ in the ‘Best Album’, ‘Best Single’ for ‘Cradle to the Grave’ and ‘Best Male Artist’ categories.  Since then Glenn’s songs have been featured on the ABC’s ‘Sending A Message’ and Secret Street’s ‘Fresh Salt’ compilation CD’s.  In 2002, he appeared at the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts where he supported Buddy Miller.

His second album ‘Restless Souls’ was released in July ’04, followed by a national tour that included remote pubs in Cunnamulla and Bourke to high density Newtown, as well as cultural festival performances at Woodford, The National Folk Festival, Yabun, The Blue Mountains Folk & Roots Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival. Produced by Steve Francis, ‘Restless Souls’ found Glenn exploring deeper universal themes connecting effortlessly with his listeners through beautifully crafted songs that have the power and gentility to really move.  ‘No More Whispering’ is a particularly emotive track that touches live audiences showing Glenn’s passion is as personal as it is global.

The ‘Restless Souls’ band features some of Australia’s most highly revered country and roots music players including Martin Hailey on guitar, lap steel and dobro, Clare O’Meara on fiddle & accordion, and Jon Howell on drums.

The band again accompanies Glenn on his third album  ‘Nothing Like Rain’.  Produced by Martin Hailey and funded by Arts SA, there is ‘Nothing Like Rain’ on the lonesome road. It is a watershed album that will be remembered for its poetic quality that captures raw emotion perfectly.  Glenn was featured on ABC National Television’s ‘Message Stick’ as the album was being recorded. Profiling the artist and his music, the program tracks Glenn from Redfern to Goodooga highlighting original songs ‘No Poet Lives by the Rule’, ‘Redfern Girl’ and ‘Bridges’.

Now Adelaide based, Glenn makes regular appearances around the local pub scene and has supported Tex Perkins and Michelle Shocked at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel. He also appeared at the Semaphore Music Festival and Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. His live band includes Ashley Turner on fiddle, Anthony Pak Poy on bass, Greg Blanch on pedal steel and Dwayne Lawrie on drums.