Hailing from the far South Western corner of Australia, singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her unique blend of folk, chamber and pop music combined with masterful storytelling. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, as well as legendary songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Lucy’s songs sketch universally recognisable stories that are grounded in the realities of everyday experience.
Lucy brought together some of Australia and Scotland’s finest musicians to form the backing band for her two first albums: Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies (debut, 2011), When We Wander Far From Home (2013). The band, “The B’Gollies”, includes Chris Stone (violin), Holly Downes (double bass) and Graham McLeod (guitar) of New-Acoustic Instrumental trio, The String Contingent, and accordionist Mischa Herman of Melbourne’s premier Tango quintet, Colectivo 29. Lucy’s debut album, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies features songs about people and the small things that illuminate everyday life. Her second album, When We Wander Far From Home is a collection of Lucy’s songs inspired by her travels as a musician. Bringing to life the characters of near and faraway places, the album traverses the landscapes of memory, travel, and human relationships to place.
In 2013 Lucy teamed up with violinist Chris Stone and double bassist Holly Downes to form her current trio lineup – Lucy Wise Trio. They toured their first live EP, A Painting of the Universe to Australian folk festivals through March and April 2015 to high acclaim. The EP consists of five songs, each telling a different story about life in Australia and all inspired by past winning poems of a national schools poetry competition, The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. The songs on the EP are set in a diversity of Australian landscapes and touch on many issues and themes including love, the social effects of drought, the mystery of ageing, the wonder of learning and creativity, and Australia’s Indigenous heritage.
As well as touring and recording her own projects, Lucy has co-produced several recordings with musician and sound engineer, Mischa Herman, including Maggie Rigby (of Mae Trio) – EP: Tangle of Strings, and Timothy Haines – Single: When I Was Thinking About Her. She is also co-founder of Neighbourhood Productions, a small production company that nurtures new music and ideas in the suburbs of Melbourne by running house concerts.
“A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.”
– Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National