Emily Wurramurra

Emily Wurramurra always loved music, but growing up in an indigenous culture in the Northern Territory it was rare for women to sing publicly. Thankfully she had the courage to pursue her musical ambitions, despite the cultural clash this represented. Below Emily shares what this achievement has meant to her.

Where I’m from we still practice sacred ceremonies and we still have that male hierarchy system. The women are taught from a very young age to be respectful: what to wear, how to treat your husband – cook, clean, wash anything for him. That’s my culture, and me being able to step out of that system and be a role model for my women in the community is a very powerful significance. I hope that other women are able to do this too and not be restricted by our culture. Yes, I respect it. I live for preserving my culture, but I believe that women can do anything.

What was your biggest inspiration growing up?

I had so many things that inspired me growing up. Musically, I was inspired by a lot of community bands from NT and bands from my community. My inspirations range from Jazz to hip hop and seeing those artists get up on stage and rock it, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Do you miss your childhood in the Territory or are you more of a city girl these days?

I do! I miss it so much, I feel like there’s still a great divide and I’ve adapted to the city life, but I’d swap it for home any day.

You currently have your debut EP out. What can you tell us about that?

My Ep is called black smoke, and its made up of 6 songs focused around my childhood, the now and the future. Half of the songs are in my mother tongue- anindilyakwa- and half in English.

Can you share any amusing anecdotes from performing?

I have so many goodness me! When I was in Melbourne, it was the first gig to my Black smoke Tour. I was strumming out pretty hard to this song “tapsticks” and my string broke but I kept going and it was the very first time ever that happened. It was hilarious.

What was it like collaborating with Bernard Fanning?

It was amazing, he’s such a talented musician. SUPER supportive, and the most friendliest and most humble person I’ve met.

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The Wandering Lost

It’s been a little while between blog posts. It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it; I searched and made notes on various bands, then moved and searched for notes. Then lost password. Needless to say, I can relate to the name of the band I eventually interviewed… The following is from a recent cyberspace chat with the group.

So Wandering Lost, when things get crazy who keeps your ship on course?

“This is usually Kat, but we like to share around that responsibility. We originally called ourselves Sunday Best. The Wandering Lost came from “Wunderlust” which is the need to keep moving.”

I read you all met while doing a music course?

“Yeah we sure did! We all started the Bachelor of Music course at QUT in Brisbane in 2014. However we didn’t start writing together until 2015 when we formed the Wandering Lost.”

Were you nervous the first night you performed live as a new band?

“Not really! Our first gig outside of Uni was the Brisbane Powerhouse which could be considered an excuse to make us feel nervous. But we had been writing together for a while, and we all had experience performing in groups and solo so were probably more prepared than a lot of new bands.”

Do you have any new CDs coming out?

“We do! We are in the studio tracking our second last song for our debut EP at the moment, and will announce the release date in the next few weeks. We’ve been working really hard on these songs both in the rehearsal room and the studio, so it is exciting to be able to release them into the world.”








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anthony picMusic promotion can be expensive when you’re an independent artist, unless you’re as savvy with simple equipment (or what in the past would have been simple equipment) as Australian Rock/Pop singer/songwriter Anthony Snape. He recorded an edited the entire video clip for his single Resonate on his iphone 4S. Steve Jobs proud! Who needs film producers these days anyway?

Anthony initially came to my attention back in 2006, when I interviewed him for my book Icons of Tomorrow. He’d written a beautiful song called Little Piece of Love, from his debut album Disappearing Day. The song almost didn’t make that album, yet opened up many opportunities for him, not least a Musicoz award. A few years later, Anthony moved to Nashville (where much of this clip is filmed) after scoring a support spot with Tommy Emmanuel. Below is a brief chat with Anthony about this clip.

There’s some great affects in this clip. How was the image in the eye created?

I enjoy the journey that producing the video artwork to a song can take you on. Especially when there are limitations like a small budget. It forces you to think creatively to get your message across. Being the writer and performer of the song also gives me the opportunity to put some key elements into the video that I used on the album artwork. My first real experience working on my own music videos was the Pictures video clip [on youtube, search Anthony Snape “Pictures”] The eye was shot with a simple Macro lens on the iPhone.

Have you enjoyed your time in Nashville. What’s Tommy like to work with?

He is truly a Living Legend. An incredible person and a good friend.

What are some of the biggest lifestyle differences you’ve noticed since living over there, in comparison to your hometown?

Compared to Sydney, I would say the water. I miss the harbour, the beaches and the great Aussie food.

You and your wife recently welcomed a baby. How does this compare with your other achievements?

Having a family is the most incredible experience of my life.

Follow Anthony on FB and be sure to enter your email address on anthonysnape.com to become a SNAPESTAR. You’ll see the latest music videos and announcements before the public.

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There’s been some line-up changes over the years. Ginger & Drum (Otherwise known as Zoe Gault and Andy Rawson) were originally a duo, but in 2013 welcomed their siblings – Zoe’s sister Lauren and Andy’s brother James- aboard. Together they believed they had a bigger sound and it also allowed them to move further away from the “Folk” tag they were keen to avoid. Well, it looks like the universe had other ideas. In 2015 they found themselves a duo once more after losing one new band member to his dream of being a Vet and the other to France. Have they suffered? Personally perhaps, as they probably no longer see their siblings as much. Professionally as a marketable musical commodity? No, because Ginger & Drum, currently based in Sydney, sound great as a duo. Why change the formula? Ticking Boxes is their first single for 2015, with the promise of more to come.

Ginger & Drum play The Oxford Art Factory 5th March and Gaffa Gallery 21st March. They will release their EP at the end of this year.

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Cheeky Goose pic 

 Most of us who have researched our family trees, have experienced that weird feeling of looking at old family photos of our ancestors and wondering what their lives were like. Did they share our personal feelings and convictions? Did they share our humour and enjoy the same things, like art or music? Maybe it also started us thinking of our own mortality. Their lives were important to them, but now they’re just photos in someone’s album. Many unidentified, because nobody labelled them. Could this be us in the future? All our ambitions and in the end we’re just a photo?

For Isabelle Reynaud, the young singer/songwriter, behind Cheeky Goose, this is a thought that stuck in her mind and became the inspiration for her first single Photographs, from the recently released self-titled debut EP.

“The EP, is very eclectic,” she explains. “It draws from so many influences. The first single Photographs is very Brit Pop. It’s interesting, because the lyrics and meaning of the song are quite dark. We’ve always got that in our songs; this really Poppy fun tune, or really beautiful cinematic song, but there’ll be a darker meaning. We like to make the listener have to think about it. Our song Photographs is celebrating life. It’s saying: ‘You only live once so lets make it amazing.’ Then there is that darker sense: ‘We are all going to leave one day, and all there will be are photographs.’ I find that a bit morbid. I’m part French, so when I go to France, my grandmother is showing me all these family photographs from generations – like the 1800s, and they just look like faces. I’m related to them and I know nothing about them. It’s really haunting. My flesh and blood, thinking exactly what I’m thinking, but in an entirely different time and sense. What is beautiful, is that my grandmother can pass on their stories, so I start to feel a sense of them after I’ve heard the story, not just seen the photo. In Photograph’s I talk about that. I say, it’s the memory you’re creating that’s important.”

Whilst Reynaud writes most of the songs for Cheeky Goose, she shares custody of this baby with friend Richard Butler. The pair met when both studying at The Victorian College of the Arts and quickly found they shared the same vision when it came to music genre and style.

“I have always been very lyric driven in my song writing, enjoying simpler/folky melodies to accompany my stories and Richard has always liked more complex dramatic music. When I brought my songs to the table I suddenly saw my songs in a completely different light with his arrangements and ideas. It felt like the perfect musical match. That’s how it came about. It’s mainly just us two. We write it all. We arrange it all. We fund it all. We finance everything and then we’ve got our musicians that we bring on board to make the bigger picture. It’s really come together over the last year, after recording the EP, and we’re trying to get gigs now.”

In fact, if you missed the recent launch of the Cheeky Goose EP at The Grace Darling Hotel, you still have the chance to do some toe-tapping, hip slapping; maybe even flap your elbows and do some Cheeky Goose quacking…or rather squawking, at the The Spring Fling Cancer Council Fundraiser.

“It’s going to be a great night and your tickets are going to a great cause,” enthuses Reynaud. “I’ve also decided 50% of each CD purchase at the event will be donated to the fundraiser! Lots of prizes up for grabs too! Or if you are looking out for a later gig Cheeky Goose will be playing at The Catfish supporting Fifth Friend on the same night! Why not be a groupie and come to both!!!”










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Just confirming the Cheeky Goose Ep, which will be launched at The Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood, on the 9th of November 5:30pm $10 entry, is self titled.

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Trying to make this latest post under difficult circumstances (fat cat determinedly squeezed between my laptop and stomach,) so bare with me…

When Melbourne friends Isabelle Renaud (Vocalist) and Richard Butler (keyboard) first met at The Victorian College of The Arts, it was a case of opposites attract. Despite their  very different musical backgrounds, something about the pair as a combination worked. Now known as Cheeky Goose, they have been entertaining audiences around Melbourne for about 12 months. Some of you may have already caught them at The Toff; The Spotted Mallard, and The Grace Darling Hotel, where they will launch their debut EP on Nov 9th 2014. I have tried to seek out the name of this EP, but no luck. May be self titled, but have messaged band to find out more. Meanwhile, while I wipe my keyboard of thick white cat fur, enjoy this promo for their track Photograph.

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