PROMISING: Merewether teenager Lili Crane has released her debut EP All The Sweet Things after travelling to Nashville in May. Picture: Max Mason-HubersTHE realisation that she’s released her own music has only just dawned on Merewether teenager Lili Crane.
“When I woke up this morning I typed my name into iTunes and it came up and I thought it was so cool,” Crane said.“Like I never thought this could happen.It feels like it’s just the start and there’s more to come.”
The three-track EP All The Sweet Things, released on Monday, is indeed an impressive debut, dominated by the 16-year-old’s powerful vocal. The EP was recorded in May in Nashville during Crane’s week-long trip, funded by her victory last year at theRural Aid ‘s Rising Star competition.
The title track and What You Did To Me were written by Crane, while the opener High Speed was a collaboration with two-time Grammy-nominated producer Shane Adams.
Lili Crane – High SpeedWhile in Nashville the year 10 St Pius X student made the most of her opportunity by working with producers and songwriters Brett Blanden and Greg Hudik and she also performed during an open mic night atSoulshine Pizza Factory.
HEART ON FIREEAT Your Heart Out have been keeping some impressive company lately.
On Wednesday night the Newcastle alternative five-piece completed a two-show support run for English band DeafHavana at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory.
Deaf Havana were in supporting UK goth rock legends Placebo, and played at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday.
Eat Your Heart Out have been picking up momentum since they won theTriple J Unearthed slot for Groovin The Moo at Maitlandand released their second EP Carried Awayin April.
SUN BLOCKED OUTWE hope you’ve boughtyour tickets for Festival Of The Sun because the Port Macquarie party is sold out. It took 11 days for the three-day festival’s ticket allocation to be exhausted.
RAPID GROWTHIF you’re bummed about missing out on Festival Of The Sun, then Grow Your Own on December 22 might be theperfectalternative.
Following the success of last year’s event, Grow Your Own is moving fromClub Forster to the much-larger Peter Barclays Sports Field in Tuncurry. The expansion has been matched with a superior line-up.
Blue Mountains indie bandCloud Control headline the one-day festival alongsideSkegss, The Belligerents, The Babe Rainbow, Newcastle’sThe Gooch Palms, Ruby Fields, Alex the Astronaut, LosScallywaggs, The Ruiins,The Little Quirks,I OhYouDJs and Pina Coladascope.
Grow Your Own is curated by Forster’sHolly Rankin, better known as Triple J darling Jack River, and fellow Great Lakes localLee McConnell.
MATHISKE’S AWAREWHEN you’re renown as one of ’s finest classical guitarists you generally make some fairly red-hot muso friends. That’s definitely the case for Newcastle’s Bruce Mathiske.
Two weeks ago Mathiske released his new album Soundawareness, named after his charity project which providesmusic for peoplewho have sufferedbrain injuries likestrokes to aidin their recovery.
The project also raises money to provide children from underprivileged backgrounds withaccess to instruments.
Soundawareness features an A-list of collaborators inJohn Paul Young (vocals),James Morrison (trumpet),Andy Firth (clarinet) and Newcastle’sSally Walker (flute).
Mathiske will launch Soundawarenessat Lizotte’s on October 28, where he will be joined by several of the guests from the album.
DINING OUTFREQUENT visitor Sarah McLeod is returning to Newcastle’s 48 Watt Street on October 12, but this time armed with new tunes.
Sarah McLeod – Wild HeartsThe Superjesus frontwoman releasedRocky’s Diner,her first solo album in 12 years, in Augustand this week unveiled her new video for the singleWild Hearts.
The record was written duringa three-month period McLeod spent living in a New York apartment.
McLeod will be joined by Baby Animals drummer and long-time collaborator Mick Skelton onhernational tour.
BUSY BOARKANSAS-raised n bluesman Bo Jenkins will be gettingwell-acquaintedwith the Hunter in the coming weeks.
As part of his east cost tour the left-handed guitar maestro will perform at Maitland’sGrand Junction Hotel on Saturday, before stopping atCooks Hill’sOrient Hotel on Sunday.
If you miss those gigs, don’t fret, you can also catch Jenkins at theClare Castle Hotel inRaymond Terrace (September 22), Gloucester’sRoundabout Inn (September 23), East Gresford’sHotel Beatty (September 24) and finally at Karuah RSL on September29.