Marianne Faithfull / Tim Robbins / Todd Rundgren / Gavin Friday / Peter Garrett / Baby Gramps / David Thomas / Sarah Blasko / Katy Steele / Peaches / Glenn Richards / Liam Finn / Camille O’Sullivan / Kami Thompson / Marry Waterson
A Hal Willner production
Leave terra firma behind and cast off on a pirate adventure.
In an Australian exclusive, a stellar line-up of over 20 rock and folk icons, actors, punk rockers and more take to the stage on the Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, along with an exceptional house band, to bring the lore and fables of the pirates and sailors of the high seas to life. The songs chronicle a life at sea - from sailors, convicts, travellers and pirates - and all the hardships, horrors, lusts and romance that went along with it.
Following hugely successful concerts in the UK and Ireland, producer Hal Willner (Came So Far for Beauty, 2005) brings another all-star line-up to Sydney. Rogue's Gallery was conceived by actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. The result was a compilation CD featuring a veritable who's who of contemporary music performing pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys.
The Rogue's Gallery artists:
Marianne Faithfull Quintessential rock survivor, connoisseur of songs and charismatic interpreter
Tim Robbins Hollywood superstar and musician
Todd Rundgren producer and legendary purveyor of deft pop gems
Peter Garrett former frontman for Midnight Oil and current Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
Gavin Friday Irish singer, songwriter and member of the post-punk group The Virgin Prunes
Peaches Canadian shock-rocker
Baby Gramps American roots revivalist, vaudevillian and raconteur
David Thomas founding member protopunkers Rocket From The Tombs
Sarah Blasko ARIA Award winning Australian songstress
Katy Steele Little Birdy front woman
Glenn Richards one of the finest songwriters of his generation and front man for rock band Augie March
Liam Finn singer-songwriter and rising star of indie-rock
Camille O’Sullivan Irish chanteuse
Kami Thompson daughter of British folk duo Richard and Linda Thompson
Marry Waterson daughter of English folk luminaries Lal Waterson and George Knight
'A serious exercise in musical archaeology and a lot of fun – mournful, bawdy, gory and daft by turns.' - The Guardian
'Stuffed to the rafters with unexpected moments and collaborations that don’t add up on paper, but make perfect sense on the stage. Sail on, sailors.' - The Independent
The Rogue's Gallery band:
Kate St John (musical director/oboe/cor anglais/accordion/saxophone)
David Coulter (saw/fiddle/banjo/mandolin)
Leo Abrahams (guitar/hurdy gurdy/bouzouki)
Martyn Barker (drums/percussion)
Rory McFarlane (acoustic/electric bass)
Roger Eno (piano/keys/harmonium)
Originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London.
Contains coarse language and nudity.
Image: Marooned, by Howard Pyle – Courtesy of The Delaware Art Museum
Due to family reasons, David Johansen will no longer be performing as part of Rogue's Gallery.
Due to health reasons, Norma Waterson will no longer be performing as part of Rogue's Gallery.
TIME CHANGE NOTICE
Due to all venues at the Sydney Opera House being utilised on Thursday January 28, the start time for Rogue’s Gallery has been changed to 8pm instead of 8.30pm and gates to the site will now open at 6.30pm instead of 7pm.
The line-up for Rogue's Gallery is now finalised, featuring over 16 artists including Marianne Faithfull, Tim Robbins, Todd Rundgren, Sarah Blasko and Peter Garrett. The length of the concert has been increased to two and a half hours. Tickets to Rogue's Gallery are available from the booking links on this page.
This change will allow all patrons attending performances at Sydney Opera House on the evening of Thursday January 28 easier access to their respective venues. We hope you enjoy the performance!
Conditions of Entry
- Please note that there is no BYO alcohol or picnics permitted. Food and beverages will be available on site.
- Umbrellas, strollers, chairs and sparklers are also not permitted, however you are welcome to bring cushions if you are planning to sit on the steps of Sydney Opera House, be early to secure your spot!
Event and Site Information
- This is an outdoor event and will proceed in all weather as long as there is no risk to the safety of the audience or performers.
- Limited parking is available at the Sydney Opera House car park - we encourage the use of public transport to this event.
- This event is not suitable for small children.
- For everyone's security and peace of mind, bag checks will be conducted on entry - your cooperation is appreciated.
- Please enter via the gates near the bottom of Macquarie Street.
- Wheelchair patrons can view the show either from the forecourt or the top of the steps (access via new lift in Western foyers).
- Tickets held for collection will be held at the Sydney Opera House Box Office.