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In the 70’s, Australian singer-songwriter/guitarist Glenn Cardier produced three albums of highly original folk/rock songs. He played the first two Sunbury festivals and worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan, and Fairport Convention. He wrote songs for Olivia Newton-John. He broke through in the tough UK folk circuit.

Glenn - BasementHis hard-strumming, quirky onstage persona was always at odds with his recorded work and through the 80’s and 90’s Cardier’s recording career stalled and he became increasingly reclusive. He surfaced occasionally – as front man for the Sydney pub band The Bel-Aires as well as playing rockabilly on his ’59 Gretsch around the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Post 2000, Glenn Cardier’s re-emergence as a songwriter / performer of real distinction has been nothing short of extraordinary. In typical single-minded fashion, he writes, performs and produces his music from his adobe home studio on the Hawksbury River, north of Sydney. Cardier usually plays all the instruments on his CDs.

Onstage, there are the trademark flashes of dark humour in his songs of stark beauty and thumping rockabilly/blues. There’s a touch of Beefheart in his voice, a hint of Cohen in the lyrics, a pinch of Elvis here and there.

But underlying it all are the songs. Happy/sad songs. Sweet/crazy songs. Cardier songs.

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'A revelation!' (Stuart Coupe)

'Cool Under Fire is a career high water mark!' (Trevor J Leedon, Rhythms)

'Sensational album! Classic Glenn Cardier sound - love it!' (Gerry Blain, Noosa FM)

'A tour de force! This is, unmistakably, the inimitable Glenn Cardier...' (Ian Dearden)

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'Cool Under Fire is a rich helping of what we love about Cardier. The songs are wry and droll, many illuminated with a cinematic glare or dark-street noir...' (John Hardaker)

'...Cardier at his masterful story-telling best. Cool Under Fire is a sure-fire winner...' Sam J Fell (Rhythms Magazine 2016)

'This is a powerful album that draws you deeper and deeper with every listen. It is Glenn Cardier’s finest release, and with a catalogue like his, that is really saying something.' (Bernie Howitt)

"Five albums into a 21st century resurrection that has been as lauded as the original by true roots music fans, Glenn Cardier has again captured that special blend of humour and heart that has won him the well-deserved reputation as the greatest singer/songwriter working in Australia today. Cool Under Fire is a confirmation of his songwriting genius."
(Bernie Howitt)

Periodically Cardier graces us with albums of extraordinary originality - which draw acclaim from all over the world. He is now mining a rich vein of creativity which throws up stark images and characters, the ghosts of a childhood well observed.
The newest outing Cool Under Fire takes us into a film noir world inhabited by the the likes of Lauren Bacall and the cool Johnny-Oh. Along a wrong turn to a grand old place with dust on the chandelier and gold paint 'peeling' where the last jukebox, still with a spark of electricity, ekes out ethereal sounds in the dark of night. (Glenn A Baker)

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