Interview with Stuart Chatwood (The Tea Party)

TEG Live, Australia’s leading integrated live entertainment, sport and lifestyle company, is bringing revered Canadian trio The Tea Party back to Australia next month. 

Rohan talked to Bassist Stuart Chatwood about the band and touring.


Heads to Sydney next month for one very special evening,

with a 48 piece Orchestra 

– Friday April 21, 2017 at The Star Events Centre, Sydney – 

    Melbourne concert on April 28 is completely SOLD OUT


The Tea Party is also thrilled to announce that acclaimed Canadian conductor, Marc Ouellette, will join them to preside as conductor for these two concerts. He has had a long-standing relationship with the band, playing an integral role in the development of their Symphony show, and it is a genuine highlight for Australian audiences to experience Maestro Ouelette and the band working together.

Australia began its love affair with The Tea Party in 1995.  The band’s second album, The Edges of Twilight, became their first top 10 album in the country thanks to the incredible support of fans and Triple J.

In 2002, The Tea Party toured Canada with a full Symphony Orchestra following the release of their Interzone Mantras album (whilst also touring Australia 3 times that year alone).

The Orchestral Show has not been performed outside of Canada since 2002, and is being updated from its Canadian origins to incorporate a broad range of bombastic, epic hits and fan favourites, from across the band’s impressive career – from their first album in 1993 to their most recent ‘The Ocean At The End’ in 2014.

Since its inception, the band has relied heavily on the use of Middle Eastern instruments to provide a unique twist to their hard rock style.  Instruments such as Oud, Sitar, Qanoun, Hurdy Gurdy, Theremin, Rabob, Tabla and many unusual and rarely seen percussive instruments feature heavily through their catalogue, and many of these will feature in this unique performance.  

A full Symphony will lend a dramatic turn to these songs with spectacular arrangements, and the band is thrilled to work with orchestras of this calibre.

Incredibly, this will be The Tea Party’s sixteenth tour of Australia since 1993.

Sydney has been home to some of the most dedicated Tea Party fans in Australia, with the band releasing a live DVD/Blu Ray commemorating their reunion tour at a sold out Hordern Pavilion show in 2012.  

VIP ticketing for the Sydney concert on April 21, including meet and greet packages, are available for sale.

The Tea Party
with a 48 piece orchestra
Friday 21 April, 2017, Star Events Centre, Sydney
Tickets through Ticketek. Ph 132849 or
– one show only – band cannot add any further dates – 

The Tea Party is comprised of three founding members,

Jeff Martin,

Jeff Burrows and

Stuart Chatwood.