The Breakout Sessions - Jen Lush at The Mill : Collab 3 Ways
This coming Umbrella Festicval we have something a little different coming up and would love to share it with you. You may already know that I’m a lover of collaboration with other artists, and in this unique opportunity, I’ll be diving into the wonders of the tease and tangle of ideas three ways – through my songwriting with little people, with poets and also with my band of fellow music makers. Join me solo and with my stellar band for three short and sweet sets that explore processes and performance, live poetry and maybe even get your hands dirty on an impromptu Collab in the room!
Set one – Jen Lush solo set: songwriting with kids, the delightful and the absurd full colour interactive mashup.
Set two – music of poetry: collaboration with poets, sharing some of the most recent commissioned piece – Music of Poetry for Denmark Festival of Voice, and The Night’s Insomnia, including live poetry readings.
Set three: full band – new album collaborations featuring new singles Black Hammer, The Seagull and a preview of Fireground from the upcoming album ‘Let Loose The Beating Birds.’
Jen Lush Album Launch - Let Loose The Beating Birds
Goodwood Institute Theatre
166 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA 5034, SA 5034
Black Hammer launch show
We’ll be launching Black Hammer this Saturday arvo 26th of June – 2:30 at The Three Brothers Arms (known affectionally as the Old Goats Head Baaa!) – such a cosy and wonderful place to be on a wintery afternoon by the open fire. We’ll be playing two sets of new songs and some older favourites, and may even play you a couple of those brand new poem-songs fresh from Denmark!
Balhannah Hotel - The Hills Are Live concert series
Steve Lennox & The Keepers / Anna Smyrk (Vic)
An autumny afternoon of indie folk sounds at the cosy, wonderful Three Brothers Arms. Family friendly, and all of the good food, wine and music you can soak up in just a few hours. Anna Smyrk brings her trio (violin and bass) to share her new EP full of glorious musical storytelling wrapped in folk-pop songs. Steve Lennox & The Keepers will be playing their stunning new album ‘In the Lighter Dark’ – stories inspired by Steve’s lighthouse-keeping family, wrapped in evocative, melodic songs.
Denmark Festival of Voice
The Denmark Festival of Voice is not your average music festival. Held in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia, the festival is one of only two dedicated vocal festivals in Australia
Bringing in 2021
2020 was a year like no other and yet we completed recording a new album. Currently mixing, but also getting our live shows on.
Cygnet Folk Festival
Had two brilliant shows in Tassie. Thanks for having us, we’ll be back!
Sounds in the Suburbs
At home with The Night’s Insomnia. One-off house concert at Park Street in early Dec for The Night’s Insomnia. Jen will be joined by the clever and talented Tara Carragher, Chris Parkinson, Richard Coates, Robyn Chalklen and Mark Seddon.
Playing Melbourne at The Wesley Anne, November 25th 8pm book online. Also in Ballarat at The Lost Ones Basement Bar November 26th 2pm, tickets at the door.
The Night’s Insomnia album launch and double bill with Naomi Keyteat StonePony in Willunga – April 21st – 7pm Tickets on the door.
Songwriting @ Eden Hills Kindy
I’m really excited about embarking on another term of writing songs with the children at Eden Hills Kindergarten. Already we have written 3 songs which work on the theme of sustainability: making a ball track from old plastic pipes; resource management – which bins do we use? And exploring executive function through song – Captain Blackbeard must go through his list of things to do before he goes out to play: What’s Next? And then there’s a song about a mouse at Kindy hiding under the piano! Will post songs up for listening soon.
Working with reception children at Eden Hills Primary School, exploring The Weather through dance, story and song. Drawing pictures of what they see outside through their windows and creating a group song based on their illustrations. Reenacting Mr McGee Goes To Sea and creating a movement symphony of wild weather has been a delightfully energetic start to the workshop series so far.
Recording 9 demo poem songs with Chris Parkinson (The Yearlings) at his studio My Sweet Mule. Gearing up to record the full album later in the year. Poems all come from contemporary Australian poets and are arresting, contemplative and speak deep into the heart. I can’t help but wonder what happens when sublime, carefully crafted poems are matched with evocative and finely honed, emotive music beautifully played? It could be a perfect marriage! Three songs left to compose for this album of 12 songs.
We are so excited to announce we will be playing at this year’s Fleurieu Folk Festival in Willunga, Oct 23-25 2015. It’s such a lovely music festival which in truth covers a diverse range of musical styles besides folk, including blues, roots, country, Americana and folk-rock. I saw Jordie Lane perform 2 years ago to a packed concert hall of rapt listeners, young emerging singer/songwriters, and brilliant local favourites like The Timbers, Courtney Robb and Andy and Marta. Plenty of interstate artists appear and a gorgeous festival atmosphere makes it one of the best music festivals in South Australia.
Big Star Records on Magill Road now stock Cat Dog Bird’s album Headfirst into the Riddle. Also can be found at Clarity Records and Title Store just off Rundle Street, Adelaide. Go out and get one, or any album you like and support little record stores!
Songwriting Awards at Fleurieu Folk Festival
I entered a new song into the Judith Crossley Memorial songwriting award as part of Willunga’s Fleurieu Folk Festival, a song called Jervois Road, written about an incident that occurred on the dirt back roads between Yankalilla and Normanville near where I grew up. I was in my early teens when a big house party on Jervois Road, the home of the tough wild Petrovski family, ended in a murder and a man having his nose bitten off. I never forgot it, not least because nothing like this normally happened in our quiet little coastal town. Anyway, the song has been shortlisted along with nine others for the award, which is donated by and in honour of Judith Crossley for her contribution and committment to the South Australian folk Music community. I will perform this song on Sunday 25th of October at the festival, telling my version of the tale for the first time.