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Jen Lush and Tara Carragher - two of Adelaide's fine word-loving song-smiths trip over to Melbourne with a satchel full of songs.
Jen Lush has transformed poems by 12 of Australia’s most respected contemporary poets into songs for her debut solo album, The Night’s Insomnia.
Jen Lush with Chris Parkinson (The Yearlings) Tara Carragher, Richard Coates and Mark Seddon, take hold of the poetry and thread it through with music and soundscapes. Sparse arrangements leave words and emotions front and centre, channelling the poets’ disparate and intimate viewpoints into a singular, heartfelt, musical expression.
Stark and spacious, darkly fleeting, bold and beautifully teetering on the edges of folk, alt-country and something entirely it’s own. Acoustic steel string, searing electric drones and percussive guitars, luminous floating melodies and tides of longing, vocal harmonies underpinned by electronic soundscapes and lilting accordion. Set against Lush’s striking delivery shot through with contemporary dance, the poetry takes on a whole other life.
“Parkinson's delicately picked guitar reflects the ‘clear rain’, and Lush's spacious vocal gives weight to the potent imagery. ’It means letting the soft words of a hundred birds fly into you.’ Wonderful stuff.”
John Baker , The Baker Suite
“Tara Carragher is one of our finest folk artists” – Rip it Up
“the ear-pleasing sounds of Carragher and Wicked World… a wondrously good listen” – Spreading the Seed
Adelaide based singer songwriter Tara Carragher combines her love of alt-country and her folk roots as a dynamic and seasoned performer, having toured and recorded in both Australia and the USA. In 2016 she releases her new EP 'Wicked World', the follow up to her acclaimed 2012 album 'Big River Crossing', recorded in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The title track to her new EP ‘Wicked World’ has already reached number two on AMRAP’s national charts this year, receiving airplay throughout Australia. Raw, honest, captivating and skillfully executed, her music features collaborations with American artists, the award winning New Mexican musician CW Ayon, and highly respected guitarist CR Humphrey from the Mississippi blues duo Old Gray Mule.