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Country: Singer Adam Brand has written a cookbook with wife Jade called Life, Love and Cooking.
By Naomi Fallon
JUST days before Adam Brand
begins his Australian tour in
Canberra, he'll be playing for
a crowd of 50,000 in Kansas City.
The Australian country music star
is appearing as a special guest on
Taylor Swift's North American tour,
but he doesn't expect to attract
those sorts of numbers while in
''I don't care if I go from 50,000 to
50 -- some of the best gigs I've ever
played have been in small country
towns,'' he said.
''I just feel lucky to be doing what
The musician's Brandwagon tour,
which includes just 11 shows, begins
at the Vikings Club in Erindale on
''It's been a few years since I've
been to Canberra, so I'm looking
forward to it,'' he said.
''A lot of people always ask, 'are
you going to play any of your old
stuff or will it just be your new
stuff' ... but I always play something
off every album."
Brand's wife of 18 months, dancer
Jade Brand, will be coming along
to MC the shows.
The couple met when Brand was
partnered with Jade during 2009's
Dancing with the Stars.
While they went on to win the
series, Brand says he's since put his
dancing shoes away.
''I'm happy to join in with the
crowd if they want to try and get
[Jade] to dance, but I don't think I'll
be doing any dancing,'' he said.
''I'm a retired dancer now. I went
out while I was on top, let's put it that
The couple has been based in
Nashville for the past 18 months,
where Brand has a recording con-
tract with Sony Music.
He admits that just living in the
country music capital is an inspi-
ration in itself.
''The part that's inspiring and
motivating is the town itself ... you
can't help but soak it all up,'' he
''It seems like anything is possible
When they're not travelling
between Australia and America,
the Brands are cooking, which has
led to the creation of a cook book
called Life, Love and Cooking,to
be released on November 1. ''We
love cooking for each other. We're
not professional chefs or anythin-
g ... we're just big foodies,'' Brand
Rather than just recipes, Brand
describes the cookbook as a
storybook about their relationship.
''There's even a recipe for the
chicken soup that I made the day I
asked her to marry me,'' he said.
''We're just stoked with it ... and if
it sells 13 copies, it doesn't matter;
it's just something to show the kids."
1 HEAD to the Canberra Glass-
works to view Klaus Moje's
only solo exhibition in 2011, A
Continuum. The exhibition will
feature more than 20 pieces
including a number of dynamic
wall panels and his signature
''roll up'' pieces, all of which
have been made in the Hotshop
at Canberra Glassworks. The
exhibition opens on Wednesday
at 6pm with guest speaker Jane
Burns, the founding director of
2 CHECK out The Street Thea-
tre's most recently com-
missioned work, MP, which
opens on Saturday. Written by
Australian playwright Alana Val-
entine (Run Rabbit Run, Parra-
matta Girls), MP -- about women
in politics and women in power --
has been described as Canberra's
West Wing. Through the story
emerges a fascinating series of
moral dilemmas, tactics and
healthy corrective to anti-
Canberra stereotypes and public
3TAKE the kids to see the
Cartoon Network's Ben 10
Live: Time Machine on Saturday
morning. Boy-hero Ben Tenny-
son and his alien heroes come to
life in this new show filled with
action, stunts and special effects.
For information, visit www.
4 SEE Floriade from a different
perspective this week as
NightFest serves up five fun-
filled evenings of comedy,
movies, food and wine, bustling
night markets and beautiful
blooms. From Wednesday to
Sunday see Canberra's premier
flower event illuminated by
spectacular lighting to excite
your senses. Get your tickets
5 BE inspired by the spring
Handmade Market, which
brings together talented artists,
designers, stylists, craftspeople
and gourmets all at one desti-
nation. Connect with the makers
of beautiful things; people who
appreciate quality, handcrafted
and locally designed items.
Handmade Market will be on
this Saturday and Sunday from
10am to 4pm at The National
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