I am a singer-songwriter, composer and performer, based in Darebin since 2003 and involved in the Darebin Songwriters’ Guild since it began in 2006. Songwriting has been a core part of my practice, sustained continuously since 1989. I have also been active as a composer since 2006, when I returned to writing more instrumental music, picking up threads from earlier work.

What were you doing when COVID-19 lockdown hit?

When the Covid-19 lockdown hit I had about nine gigs which were all cancelled or postponed within a space of about two weeks. After a period of disorientation and adjustment I began work on a new song cycle for baritone ukulele and voice – this is the second song cycle of this type that I have written, with songs clustered around a central idea, and related through song form as well. I have been writing these songs since Easter and am now polishing and refining towards a live recording with the Melbourne Composers’ League in July. The MCL plans to upload this recording to YouTube, in place of a concert that was cancelled. I am excited to be part of this project.

What have you missed most during lockdown?

I have greatly missed live music – gigs, open mikes and so on – during the lockdown, as these things are a big part of the fabric of my life. It has been great to meet with members of the Darebin Songwriters’ Guild via Zoom – the peer songwriting critique sessions have continued to be part of my practice, a space to give the songs an outing. It has been good to do behind-the-scenes work through the lockdown – I have enjoyed catching up a bit with accumulated materials, have kept my website up to date, and also enjoyed live streamed performances on Facebook by many favourite artists during this time.

I have also recently had one of my composed pieces, performed at La Mama, Carlton in January and February 2020, included in the Make Music Day online showcase presented by Western Sydney University in association with Make Music Australia and Create NSW. I am delighted to be part of this project featuring work by students, staff and alumni of WSU.

What do you look forward to when lockdown is over?

The thing I most look forward to when things become freer is returning to performing live, connecting with friends and collaborators as well as my wider circle. I will return with a greater appreciation of the fragility of the environment in which music thrives, and gratitude to venues who are able to return from their own lockdown struggles and accomodate live music again. Meanwhile I look forward to recording the new songs and staying connected with songwriters in Darebin and beyond.

  • (Dr) Christina Green, June 2020

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