By LACHLAN BRYAN
Steve Poltz has flown under the radar for many years now – but never too far under. The Canadian singer-songwriter has had a long and successful career in the music business, punctuated by constant touring and the release of ten well-received solo albums.
In 1996, Poltz had a brush with mainstream fame when he collaborated with Jewel on her worldwide hit You Were Meant for Me (he even starred in the video which many of us will remember from Rage and Video Hits around the time).
But it’s solo on a dim-lit stage where Poltz feels most at home, telling stories, picking an acoustic guitar and occasionally launching into one of his now-notorious between-song rants.
Poltz is particularly fond of Australia and it seems like the feeling is mutual. He was named ‘artist of the festival’ at the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival and he has toured here regularly since the 1990s.
On Friday October 9th and 10th, Poltz returns to Oakleigh’s Caravan Music Club and Brunswick’s The Spotted Mallard respectively, on the back of four sold-out Melbourne shows earlier this year. He may not have released an album since 2010, but Poltz’ sheer magnetism and compelling performances are enough to keep audiences coming back.