Freya Josephine Hollick finished 2017 with her new E.P. Don’t Mess With The Doyenne, a new single Pearly Gates Of The Landfill, recorded with Robert Ellis and The Perfect Strangers, received three Age Music Victoria Award nominations, a grant from Creative Victoria and toured with Justin Townes Earle, plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival, Gumball, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Kyneton Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Out On The Weekend and Queenscliff Music Festival as well as other high profile supports. This February and March, Hollick and her band will embark on an east coast tour. Bringing blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny as she crisscrosses across Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bill Frisell, Betty Davis, Ann Peebles and Bob Wills, among many others, Hollick’s live shows encapsulate a multifaceted approach to what no longer can be pigeon holed as country music. Hollick forged her career on a love of the Carter Family and the Appalachian, but while they still make up the skeleton of her songwriting, they’re decorated in layers of the glamorous and of the lowdown. Her music is sliding and changing. She encompasses the resurgent cosmic country of the US, moving in the land of Hiss Golden Messenger and Sturgill Simpson, the flavours of childhood idols in Al Green and Etta James, yet still revering the old time and blues music she learned from as a teenager in Ballarat.
But there’s more still in her odyssey. Latin rhythms and bossa nova. Funk and jazz. She’s changing guitar tunings, bringing in some Wurlitzer and Rhodes. She’s no longer yearning for a lost love, rather claiming her space as a woman on a mission to exist in her own art, to make her own music as she feels fit, and to separate herself from the mimicry of mainstream. A single mum from the Victorian Goldfields, Hollick is on a journey to give the metaphorical middle finger to previous failings, and to bring her impeccable songwriting to audiences across Australia.
With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Freya Josephine Hollick is a lady not to be missed. Catch her at a venue near you soon.
3rd Feb : Lost Ones Basement Bar Ballarat VIC
15th Feb : Leadbelly, Sydney NSW
16th Feb : Stag & Hunter Mayfield, NSW
23rd Feb : Bridge Hotel Castlemaine VIC
24th Feb : Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
2nd March : Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
3rd March (arvo) : The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
3rd March (evening) : Leftyâ€™s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane QLD
4th March (arvo) : Brisbane Powerhouse, Bris, QLD
15th March : MEMO, St Kilda, VIC
24th March: Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
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