It’s a clear winter day in Malmsbury. The sun is taking its time to shine through each leaf, each blade of grass. In between zoom lessons, I'm sitting on the edge of the verandah with a cup of tea, thinking about the state of the world, and what it all might mean for artists, their wellbeing and connection with community.
It’s difficult to sit with the uncertainty of these times. Not knowing when I’ll get to see friends and family who are either locked down in Melbourne, or living interstate or overseas. Not knowing when house concerts, bush dances, community potluck dinners and festivals will be able to happen. Not knowing how to express my affection for a friend or family member without giving them a huge hug.
It was only the other day that I realised how much of an impact it’s had on me, not being able to catch up with my wonderful folk music family at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, which was cancelled this year because of the pandemic. Attending festivals as a performer is such a thrill and an incredible honour. Being steeped in music and deep, old friendships, even for just five days, brings me such joy and inspiration to keep going with my craft, all the way through to the next year. Although I realise this is the way it has to be for now, I’m yearning for those times, and hope they will come back around next year.
With it being so different at the moment, and without any touring coming up in the near future, I am taking some time to work out more ways to keep making music, and to stay connected with my community and with everyone who has supported my music over the years.
I’m excited to be recording again. It’s a daunting but great process to delve deep into some new subject matter - adjusting to rural life after 10 years in the big smoke, social anxiety, deception, death, the sweet comfort of old friendships.
I am going to be releasing my next album one song at a time over the next year, and do a series of videos and live streamed concerts. I’ll be posting more about it all on my facebook & instagram pages as well as in my newsletter in the coming weeks. You can follow me / join my email list below.
For now, I want to share with you a handful of songs that were recorded live at my show with Ari & Mia at Club Passim in Boston this February. Playing with Ari & Mia on our Northeast USA tour this year was such a delight, and because we didn’t capture much video or audio of the music we played, the memories and these recordings are precious to me, however rough and imperfect they are.
You can hear these tracks below, or at my Soundcloud Page.
I hope that as you read this you are well, and warm.