Live Review: Colin Hay @ The Birchmere — 8/17/21

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Colin Hay performs at The Birchmere on Aug. 17, 2021. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Colin Hay was in lockdown at home in California, searching for ways to pass the time like the rest of us. He concluded, as perhaps many others did, “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.”

Thankfully, the quick-witted Scotsman immediately connected the thought to a hit song of that title, written by Burt Bacharach and covered by Dusty Springfield in 1964. It was a song Colin loved from his youth, and he scoured his memories of his father’s record store in the ’50s and ’60s for other inspirational tunes. Colin recorded and released 10 of them as a covers album

So it turns out that Colin did in fact know what to do with himself, which was abundantly evident in a wonderfully engrossing show by the drily humorous veteran in the first of two nights at The Birchmere recently.

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Preview: Colin Hay @ The Birchmere, 8/17 + 8/18/21

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Colin Hay (Photo by Paul Mobley)

Renowned globally as frontman in the Australian band Men at Work, Colin Hay has since proven himself as a solo artist. Today, Colin releases an album of covers — songs important to him — called I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself, recorded during pandemic lockdown.

Colin and his band visit The Birchmere to play some of those songs and others for two shows on Tuesday, Aug. 17, and Wednesday, Aug. 18.

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Livestream Preview: Colin Hay Plays Men at Work @ Mandolin, 11/1/20

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Colin Hay (Photo by Sebastian Smith)

Singer-songwriter Colin Hay burst onto the global music scene as frontman for Aussies Men at Work. Colin revisits the greatest songs and other surprises of that remarkable band with his Los Angeles-based Men at Work Touring Band in a livestream show via Mandolin on Sunday, Nov. 1!

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Music Park: Parklife DC Top 10 Concerts of 2017 by Mickey

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The year 2017 was a good year for revisiting old friends as they returned to remind us that they truly still “got it.” In the past year, Parklife DC reviewed a great deal of musicians and bands, and the performances that really distinguished themselves often came as something of a pleasant surprise.

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Music Park: Colin Hay @ The Birchmere — 3/13/17

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Colin Hay performs at The Birchmere on March 13, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Colin Hay admittedly by no stretch has had a tragic life, as he readily confessed Monday night in the second of two sold-out shows at The Birchmere. Still, as the evening progressed, it was clear that Colin, always humorously introspective, was haunted by ghosts.

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Don’t Miss: Colin Hay @ Birchmere, 3/13/17

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Colin Hay (Photo by Sebastian Smith)

Colin Hay, the distinctive baritone voice behind Men at Work, has been solo for a long while now. The prolific singer-songwriter is about to release his 13th solo album, Fierce Mercy, on March 3 via Compass Records. Leading up to that, he will set upon a tour that includes two stops at The Birchmere Music Hall on Sunday, March 12, and Monday, March 13. (The Sunday date is already sold out.)

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