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Amanda Palmer, Sydney Opera House, 26th January 2011

Join us as we raise a glass to the good, the bad and the twisted contributions our glorious nation has made to an unsuspecting world. Come celebrate with us in 2011 in a very different style at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. From grungy pubs to the Opera Theatre, Amanda Palmer has traversed this wide brown land time and time again, playing everywhere and collaborating with everyone – culminating in her latest album Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under.

In her third appearance at Sydney Opera House, she’ll lead a deliciously dark evening of songs celebrating our weird and wonderful national day. Palmer will be joined onstage by a motley crew of singers, storytellers and degenerates, including Neil Gaiman, writer of ‘The Sandman’ fame, sequined post-post-modern diva Meow Meow, Balkan lotharios Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen, controversial artist-provocateur – Hazel Dooney – will provide visual stimuli, plus more yet to be announced.

Since first coming to fame as leader of ‘punk cabaret’ provocateurs The Dresden Dolls, Palmer has since built a formidable solo career as well. In 2008, with the help of fellow pianist and producer Ben Folds, Amanda released Who Killed Amanda Palmer, her debut solo album, along with an accompanying art book of the same name with short stories by writer (and husband-to-be) Neil Gaiman.

Amanda recently wrapped up a two year-long touring cycle that took her five-star-reviewed performance through Europe, the USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. After touring the world endlessly (live highlights include acting as support for Nine Inch Nails, Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie Harry) and delivering three critically-hailed performances with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall, Palmer is settling down in her hometown of Boston to work on the Kander & Ebb musical “Cabaret” with the legendary American Repertory Theater in the role of the Emcee.

Palmer has won numerous Boston Music Awards (including Best Female Vocalist) and has been named “the most stylish woman in Boston” by the Boston Globe. Palmer also tends a widely-read blog and twitter-feed and has been dubbed “The Social Media Queen of Rock N Roll” by The Huffington Post.