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New York journalist Brad Balfour talks to Tyrone Noonan about his debut solo album I Believe.

In meeting Tyrone Noonan on his return from a recent stay in Australia, where he completed tracks for his solo debut album I Believe, his exuberance comes across as both genuine and infectious. He offers a “G’day” handshake and plops into the chair revved up to talk about the arts. And no wonder.

When singer/songwriter Noonan decided to move from his native Australia, first to England, then New York, it wasn’t a matter of abandoning roots but acknowledging reality. He could live a nice life traveling this island continent, one with a unique history and environs both culturally and ecologically, but the creative challenges had diminished.

The shaggy-maned multi-instrumentalist and talented composer was creating songs that reflected the global influences filtering through Australia, so he felt he had to bring his music to the world - and to go to the sources of these influences directly.

Though he grew up all over Australia, Noonan spent the greater part of his youth in the east coast city of Brisbane in the state of Queensland. As a teenager he witnessed the last throes of a 32-year semi-fascist regime under the “Sir Joh” government, which later informed his decision to work as an investigative journalist before pursuing music full-time. Coincidentally, the corruption and injustice that Julian Assange (like or loathe him) witnessed under the same regime inspired the creation of WikiLeaks.

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