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Colin Hay

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October 16, 2017 | 7:30 PM | Pollak Theatre

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As the singer, guitarist, and main songwriter of Australia's Men At Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s. Although forever associated with "the land down under", Hay hailed from Scotland but relocated to Australia in 1967, by which time he had begun playing guitar and singing. After the breakup of Men At Work and a period of reflection, Hay embarked on a solo career, debuting in 1987 with Looking For Jack (the title of which supposedly referred to a brief encounter Hay had with actor Jack Nicholson). Hay continued to release solo material with regularity throughout the '90s, including Wayfaring Sons, Peaks & Valleys, Topanga, and 1998's Transcendental Highway.

Hay also launched his own record label and acted in cult movies and TV shows, including JAG, The Larry Sanders Show, and The Mick Molloy Show, among others. The 21st century saw the release of a pair of recordings -- a new studio album in 2001, Going Somewhere, and a collection of re-recorded Men at Work and solo tracks in the critically acclaimed 2003 Man at Work. Hay also toured with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band in the summer of 2003. He issued Are You Lookin' at Me? in 2007 and American Sunshine in 2009. Two years later, Hay released his 11th album, Gathering Mercury, which was followed in 2015 by another critically acclaimed record, Next Year People. In 2017 Hay recorded and released his 13th solo album, Fierce Mercy, an epic, cinematic step forward from the singer-songwriter who has become increasingly known for his wonderfully witty and intimate performances as well as his ever-present great voice and incisive song writing .

The range of artists who have chosen to cite him as a muse or who have found themselves on stage with him in the past year spans genres from heavy metal to Americana, to Cuban rhythms and beyond. His inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica and The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal.

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Center for the Arts, Performing Arts Series, Arts at Monmouth, Pollak Theatre