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CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel. Pictures by PERRY DUFFIN

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel. Pictures by PERRY DUFFIN

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel. Pictures by PERRY DUFFIN

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel. Pictures by PERRY DUFFIN

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

BIRTHDAY BOYS: Before Kim Churchill’s show kicks off, Grand Junction publican Ben Quinn wishes head chef Drew Fernie and Junkyard music fanatic Gerard Forde a happy birthday. Picture by PERRY DUFFIN

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

CHURCHILL IN SESSION: Kim Churchill premieres his next record at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel

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The songs are more intricate, stylistically at a crossroads of every folk tradition, from ’60s British pastoral to rhythmic roots.

The arrangements, spurned by Churchill’s kinetic guitar work, have a theatrical sensibility and a perfectionist’s attention to detail.

From the outset his vocal delivery is more diverse, traversing lower registers that evoke the velvet voice of Jeff Buckley.

The melodies and structures serve each lyrical sentiment, narrative and mood, delivered with humble restraint.

Though, of course, these are just the bare bones of each new song- the “unplugged” renditions.

On record they will feature lush arrangements withstring quartets and brass.

But here in the intimate setting of the Grand Junction’s dining room, in front of 60 near-catatonic fans, the stripped-back versions are nothing short of arresting.

Churchill affords the crowd glimpses of his technically capability; momentary flourishes where fingers ripple across the neck too fast to process, a brief flurry of harmonics, songs played entirely over the neck.

He might be Australia’s best guitarist, but he’s not about to prove it.

Intersected with the unreleased songs are some fan favourites, like Don’t Leave Your Life Too Long and Rage (the latter always performed at the publican’s behest).

Churchill also tells stories about the inspiration behind each new work, candidly conveying the rumination that spawned each new composition, from a Sri Lankan sojourn to his grandmother’s innocent romance during the final weeks of her life.

He brings the evening to a close with Window to the Sky, the tune voted to number 42 in last year’s Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.

It’s an appropriate choice.

If this album preview has been any indication, Churchill’s window to the sky is wide open.

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