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Tessa Devine plays The Front in Lyneham next week. Photo: Arne Sjostedt
Tessa Devine loves the nomadic life of
a travelling musician.
Her gig at The Front Gallery and
Cafe on Thursday, June 18 will be a
chance to play before friends and
family in a city she called home for
close to a decade.
Devine travels all over the country
mixing her own harmonies, percussive
guitar style and collection of eclectic
instruments together using her loop
Her Nissan Vanette is now home,
but she makes the time to stay
connected to Canberra.
Devine originally moved to the
ACT in 2006 to train as a soccer
After injury changed the course of
her career, she began exploring
performance and stumbled on a new
vocation to create music.
"I picked up a guitar and started
playing, having never done any
music," Devine said.
"Within a few months I quit my job
and put my whole life into music.
Maybe it was a calling but I dove
straight into it."
Being resourceful and playful with
sound has been the bedrock of her
career. Her first album Paper People
was recorded in a good mate s
mother s wardrobe. Devine said
introducing new elements to her one
woman show was always the result of
trial and error.
"I write all my music at gigs and
experiment right there and then," she
said. "When I didn t have money for a
stomp box, I made one out of book. I
put a tambourine on my foot, I m
Devine said learning the harmonica
was a serendipitous result of her radio
breaking down while on a seven hour
drive to a gig.
Her Canberra show will showcase
hits from Paper People as well as new
material from her upcoming album.
Paper People focused on themes of
love, heartbreak and friendship but her
newer tracks delve into the
complexities of freedom, addiction
and the power of beauty.
Audience members can sign
Devine s van to demonstrate the
growing number of people who have
connected with her and her music
along the way.
Tessa Devine plays The Front
Gallery and Cafe on Thursday, June
18 from 7pm. Tickets $10 on the
ALBUM: DANGER IN THE CLUB/ARTIST: PALMA VIOLETS
Get onboard for chaotic blend of sound with swagger
In this age of digital precision, it is
refreshing to hear something slightly
dishevelled and played by a gang of
upstarts who sound like they are
suffering from a bad hangover.
British band Palma Violets have
created their second album on the back
of a simple philosophy: let s keep the
sound young and not get too serious.
They achieve this rather noble aim
as Danger in The Club is loosely
controlled, rather shambolic and, at
any given time, can sound like early
Strokes, Lou Reed, The Doors and
even the Ramones.
Palma Violets must really love The
Libertines, another English indie-rock
band whose music is also held together
by an intoxicating enthusiasm,
immature lyrics and a cool swagger
only an outsider could own.
Produced by John Leckie, of The
Bends and The Stone Roses fame,
Palma Violets -- over four or five songs
-- can move from punk to garage rock
to swaggering post-punk. And yes,
that word "swagger" is hard to dismiss
-- the style here is from yesteryear
whether it s the Doors-y organs or
super-charged lyrics such as I would
rather die than be in love .
With its out-of-luck charm and
you only live once vibe, Palma
Violets could be accused of following
a long line of post-punk heroes who
have been babbling on about the issues
of a Saturday night on the turps.
So what, when it sounds this good,
it s best just to enjoy the ride.
KIWI GUITAR FOUR HEAD
THIS WAY FOR TWO GIGS
The New Zealand Guitar Quartet will
make their Australian debut this
winter. The group will perform twice
for Canberrans, with the National
Capital Orchestra at The Q in
Queanbeyan on June 21 at 3pm and on
July 3 at the ANU School of Music s
Big Band Room from 7.30pm. Tickets
$30 available on the door. Further
information is available online at
FLORAL SHOW REQUIRES
Artists from the region can display
their works at the September Floral
Display and Art Show at All Saints
Anglican Church, Ainslie. The church
has invited artists to submit three
examples of their work for exhibition
and possible sale during the event from
September 26-28. There will be tours
of the church, floral displays, music
and refreshments. Entry forms must be
received before 4pm on July 31 with
entry fees and personal profile.
in student show
Daramalan College students are
getting ready to put on a musical
production with a digital twist.
Showing from October 21-24, the
musical is about a band called CLONE
and how they become frozen in a
liminal existence where their act is
sliding into their reality.
Performing arts co-ordinator Joe
Woodward said the production would
encourage students to think laterally
and tease out ideas about spaces where
reality and imagination meet in the
We need to connect with a wider
audience beyond the obvious school
community if the work is to stand
alone as having any relevance, he
Daramalan Theatre Company will
live stream the show across the world,
including selected schools and venues
in the UK, central Europe, the US and
Japan. Tickets $25 ,$18 concessions,
$72 family pass.
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