JUST A CUTLA' GIRLS TALKING ABOUT a cutla' girls.
In celebration of their gig at the Crown & Sceptre this Friday, we’ve asked the leading ladies of Alphabette, Mackenzie and Chérie de Klerk to give us some insight into the women of Adelaide’s music scene that inspire them.
Louise O’Reilly – Alphabette:
I'm going to pick my mum, Chris Narroway. She's an amazing music educator and all 'round cool and extremely clever lady. Mum has worked as a lecturer at Adelaide Uni teaching primary school music education and is big advocate for music education in schools. She's been my No. 1 musical influence.
I also like to pick Koral Chandler. I did some work for her late last year. She is ever-present at Adelaide arts events, whether working them or playing at them. She is a super dedicated music industry gal, musician and massive babe (and her voice is incredible).
Emily Bettison – Mackenzie:
Not only is Emily Davis the nicest person you'll meet, but she is incredibly talented. I first met Emily when we were recording backing vocals for The Monikers EP "The Birds" earlier this year. Her voice is amazing with a really mature quality to it, and she has an encouraging, nurturing presence, which is beautiful and so comforting! She plays with her band The Rising Tides around Adelaide who play some really cool bluesy folky tunes and she freaking rocks it. Yeah team Emily!
Rachel Cearns is a super powerhouse woman! She's been playing around Adelaide (and abroad) for ages, in heaps of different lineups and she's always so fantastic and entertaining. She's the leading force behind her current band Valkyries who I'm sure are onto big things. I reckon Adelaide is lucky to have such a strong lady all up in its music scene.
Robyn Habel is another fantastic lady in Adelaide music. Along with being a freelance musician, Robyn teaches some Popular Music classes at The Elder Conservatorium and literally everyone she teaches loves her. She's super intelligent and encouraging and she makes you want to learn and become a better musician. I've had a few of Robyn's classes over the last two years, and she has certainly influenced my songwriting a whole lot (for the better).
Hannah Yates is a local singer/songwriter, pretty new to the scene. She's quite young but has such wisdom in her folky tunes, both in the lyrics and her vocal delivery. She's a great example of a young woman, dedicated to perfecting her craft and making something of herself as a musician. And that voice! So haunting and beautiful.
Chérie de Klerk:
Emily Bettison, lead singer of Mackenzie is someone I have looked up to this year & learnt from! She’s a great singer-songwriter and it’s precious having friends in the industry you can journey with!