Jess aims for the Skye

Simon Wooldridge | Bendigo Weekly | 29-Jun-2017

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There’s something of the young PJ Harvey about Warrnambool’s Jess Skye, who plays her first-ever Bendigo gig at MusicMan tomorrow night, Saturday, July 1.

The indie-folk-blues singer joins a formidable line-up which includes Kerr’s Cur, Midweek Blues, Stone Djoser, Dead Lurkers, and Flying Dutchman at the CBD venue.

“I come from a musical family,” said Skye, the youngest of six. “Dad was very musical.” 

She started playing at the age of 12, and won an Apollo Bay Songwriters award at 16.  

“Then life got in the way for a while,” she said. 

This resulted in a temporary hiatus from music. She relaunched her musical career in 2011 and has played several hundred gigs since.

Father’s Daughter features on her forthcoming debut EP, Troubled Waters. 

“Dad passed away nine years ago, but it took me eight years to be able to write it,she said. 

“I write on a personal level. It’s like a journal of poetry I have, that I turn into songs. Sometimes though, I start the process with a tune.”

It Pours, and Fever will also appear on the EP, which is due out in November.

Gutsy passion is very much to the fore when Jess Skye sings; her powerful, bluesy voice simply commands attention. Bendigo is in for a treat.

Doors at 7pm tomorrow, Saturday, July 1 at MusicMan. 

Tonight, Friday, June 30 at Rock Pride Music (‘RPM’, rear of 45 Mundy Street, aka ‘Skip’s Place’) FReeZA and Yo Bendigo are hosting the End of Term Bash. 

The all ages event features three talented young local rock bands – Gravy Boat, Animal Time and Ironstone. It’s a great opportunity to introduce – or continue introducing – young people to quality live music. Doubly enticing for the target demographic is the free pizza on offer at the alcohol and smoke-free event.

RPM is one of Bendigo’s hidden gems, and a great environment in which to introduce younger ears and eyes to the live music experience. The evening will be an education; a fun one.

Doors at 6pm, with a 9pm finish. 

Adelaide soul songstress Kelly Brouhaha hits town for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival Showcase at the Golden Vine on Sunday, July 16 as part of a nationwide tour promoting new single As Long As There’s A Smile.

It’s nearly three years since Brouhaha’s last release. 

The new single is about optimism, and a brighter future after the pain of divorce, debt and depression. 

Writing and recording As Long As There’s A Smile has been instrumental in her journey of recovery.

The single was produced by Marty Brown at the studio where Clare Bowditch recorded The Winter I Chose Happiness, the album that changed Brouhaha’s life. 

“That album for me was a real turning point in my career, the messages on that record to follow your heart encouraged me to quit my day job. I was on my very first solo tour in 2012 when I first heard it and totally freaking out,” she said.

“To be able to record it in the same place was something really special. I think we really captured the vibe of the lyrics this time around.”

Kelly Brouhaha bares her soul at the Golden Vine on Sunday, July 16. Doors at noon.

 – Simon Wooldridge

twitter: @spwooldridge

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