A few years ago Kerryn Fields met Paul Kelly when he was walking home from rehearsal swinging his guitar back and forth. It was Sunday afternoon and they got to talking (Fields quietly going a tad bananas). It was his song, co-written with Kev Carmody ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ that convinced her to move out of a dodgy haunted house in New Zealand, sell her kombi van and buy a one-way ticket to Melbourne.
The rest is history.
Now an established part of the thriving Melbourne music scene, Fields has shared her songs at over 300 gigs since landing in her new home. She’s setting out on tour with new album Rascal in 2016. Joining her is her band The Dudettes, who nicely accentuate Fields’ punchy lyrics and razor sharp wit.
The power of music as an escape is something Fields understands intimately, who lives the lifestyle of a performer not just physically, but emotionally as well. She says “Song writing is my favourite form of expression because it can transform a story into something else, it gives it a personality – a place to fit, a reason to tell it again and again”.