The emergence of Melbourne based singer-songwriter Alana Wilkinson has begun and 2017 promises to be a watershed year for the unorthodox and endearing folk/pop/punk artist.
Fresh from performances at Western Australia’s superb Nannup Music Festival in February Alana has been invited to share the stage with iconic Scottish artist Eddi Reader at Reader’s shows in Melbourne and Sydney in March.
From there Alana will embark on a solo road trip of Australia combining Parlour gigs, busking and performances (both scheduled and impromptu) in bars and cafes. “I wanted to do something different”, explains Wilkinson. “I decided that 2017 was going to be the year where I really focused on music, so I’ve quit my retail job and I’m going to follow my feet for a few months.”
The road trip will be filmed for social media content and Wilkinson plans on writing, performing, filming and uploading new songs across the journey. “Early this year I asked a friend to give me three random things to write a song about – an animal, a place and an object,” she explains. “I wrote a song about a stoner polar bear going to Jamaica and recording his trip in a leather bound book! I wrote and recorded it in my room and uploaded it to Facebook.”
Within a couple of days the video had received over 8000 views with people responding to the immediacy and spontaneity or the process, – as well as the whimsical and quirky nature of the song itself. It’s a process that Wilkinson is going to replicate on the road trip The songs written on the adventure will join a huge repertoire of original material that Wilkinson will cull for the recording of her debut album upon her return. She’s already recorded a five track EP that is only available at her live performances. “It’s a solo acoustic EP that reflects the solo acoustic live performances. It’s just a little memento of the live show”, she explains. “The album is going to incorporate a few more textures and layers, without losing the intimacy that people relate to.”
Before recording the album Wilkinson will be back in Melbourne for shows with Bob Evans who invited her to join his tour for selected dates after finding her music on-line. “It just feel like good things are happening really organically and naturally”, explains Wilkinson. “And I’m just looking for more ways to share my music as directly as possible with anyone who cares to listen!”
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Thornbury Theatre Melbourne VIC
with Eddi Reader
Tuesday 21st March 2017
The Factory Theatre Sydney NSW
with Eddi Reader