WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Back in Brisbane after an incredible festival of gypsy jams, old time sessions and Scottish fiddle hangs, Folk Alliance showcases, hilarious Beach Boys covers (including a dangerous amount of trumpet and melody-pop), old friends, new friends, mind-blowing performances and…
THIS excited about winning the FAA Young Performer of the Year award! Also now very dizzy. Congrats to @charmoffinchesband also and every other finalist for fantastic performances! #folkallianceaustralia #faa #nationalfolkfestival #nff #ournff #5daysinaperfectworld #winninggg #excitement #slightlycrazy #grateful
…an award! It means I’ll receive mentoring from the FAA and opportunities to play at national folk festivals over the next year. The Folk Alliance has played a big role in my development over the years as a folk musician. Five years ago, my friend Rhiannon was nominated for the same award as a fiddle player. She asked me (a classical cellist, just graduated from high school) to accompany her. So we smooshed together a 12 minute
set of traditional tunes and won the panel over with our cute 17-year-old ridiculousness, matching long hair and I suppose, the promise of potential! We were naive but managed to bumble our way through the folk music industry, eventually morphing into songwriters and forming a four piece band. Five years later, I’ve learnt from an abundance of mistakes, I’ve immersed myself in the folk world through camps, festivals and encouraging friends, and I have clarity about where I am and where I want to be. I’ve got a lot to thank them for!
I’m excited about what this year will hold and can’t wait to work with Una McAlinden to keep this solo project moving forward!
The Canberra Times covered the award with an interview and shoot: