1. When and why did you start singing?
I started singing as a way to make fun when I was a child. I just loved it - I loved playing with songs and sounds and words. I started songwriting as a way to make sense of the world, and to communicate with my family and make them laugh.
2. Which instruments do you play?
Piano, guitar, tissue and comb, and wash-board. I love wash-board. My hubby Marty Brown is a percussionist: he thinks I have a way to go yet, but I'm getting there.
3. What was the first tune(s) you learned?
4. Is your family musical?
Yes - deeply so, but in a strictly for-fun-only-capacity, except my cousin Clinton who was in a Pseudo-Echo style rock band in the 80's and my cousin Luke Bowditch who is a highly accomplished DJ.
5. Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I just love musicians - people like Kasey Chambers and Beccy Cole who make us laugh and particularly at the moment Sara Storer who's album has been devoured by my car CD player this year. DEVOUrED! Kids like Gotye who sweat years over single songs, and care about all the details. SIA who writes a song in five minutes and it goes to number on in ten countries. And boys like Leonard Cohen who gave it all, every time, and will be sorely missed. Jeff Buckley for his mixture of musical abandon and wisdom and personal self-consciousness. Archie Roach for his generosity and humility and grace and wisdom. There are just so many: we are so lucky to have our musicians.
6. Which famous musicians have you learned from?
All of the above.
7. How has your fans shaped your career and writing?
Enormously - my career is absolutely thanks to the kindness and humour and vulnerability of my audiences, who I count as friends and compadres on the road. We get lots of comedians, lots of "seekers", lots of larrikins and truth tellers and artists in our audiences. All ages, all stages: they are a true community and I bloody love them. The only reason the world got interested in our music was because they were there first. We're very much a word-of-mouth success story.
8. Are you looking forward to spending time in Inverloch this summer?
I cannot TELL YOU HOW MUCH!!!! Honestly, you lucky bastards living there! We are gonna splash and frolic and sing and dance and drink and toast and lament and have a ball with you all. My whole family and I. We will be at the front of the Sara Storer show singing all the words and crying because, honestly, that's such a great album.