A songwriting residency commissioned by the Gunnedah Conservatorium, to celebrate thirty years of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, was the impetus for Lucy Wise’s new EP. This stunning release comprises five songs, each telling a different story about life in Australia, and all inspired by poetry written by young Australians aged 6-18. The tour includes:
25 Nov: CANBERRA, ACT – Smith’s Alternative Bookshop
26 Nov: BUNDANOON, NSW – Holy Trinity Anglican Church
27 Nov: YATTEYATTAH, NSW – House Concert
28 Nov: ARALUEN, NSW – Araluen Gold Concert Series
29 Nov: SYDNEY, NSW – Django Bar, Marrickville
In August 2014, the Lucy Wise Trio read through winning poems of the competition and were exposed to the different voices, perspectives and creative minds of hundreds of young people, eventually choosing five poems as prompts for songs. The resulting EP is set in diverse Australian landscapes and touches on many themes including love, the social effects of drought, the mystery of ageing, the wonder of learning and creativity, and Australia’s Indigenous heritage. Recorded live in a sandstone church in Bundanoon, NSW, it is a lush tapestry of vocals, violin and double bass.
24-year-old Lucy Wise has toured three albums throughout Australia, NZ and the UK and has developed a reputation for her songs, which weave elements of folk and popular music with masterful storytelling.
“Wise is a natural storyteller, infusing songs with a sense of place so strong you can almost feel the dusty earth crunch beneath your feet as she sings.” – The Brag, Sydney
Lucy will be touring with violinist Chris Stone and double bassist Holly Downes from Australian/Scottish instrumental trio, The String Contingent. The EP marks five years of collaboration between these three musicians, capturing mature performances and sophisticated arrangements that demonstrate “the trio’s inventive musical approach to songwriting and performing” – The Music Show, RN.