Tell us about your upcoming show?
I’m joining a Melbourne all-star line-up at MEMO Music Hall in St Kilda, to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday. With a killer band, led by Shane O’Mara, I’ll be paying homage alongside the wonderful Sime Nugent, Gallie, Suzannah Espie, Lisa Miller, Rebecca Barnard, Van Walker, Simon Bailey, Charles Jenkins, Lucie Thorne, and the legendary Chris Wilson, and Tex Perkins!
What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)?
I sing in a six-part choir, called, Ladychoir. Not only is it the most enjoyable work I’ve been a part of to date, we also sound pretty great, if I do say so myself.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I performed at a writers-in-the-round with Simon Austin (Frente), in New York in 1995. Carol King was in the audience and she came backstage to tell everyone what a great night she had thought it was. Higher praise I cannot imagine. I admire her immensely, so my immediate reaction to meeting one of my songwriting idols was to stare at the carpet near my feet with such intensity that we never spoke. I was so overwhelmed, I never even thanked her for coming to the show. I will forever kick myself for my behaviour that evening.
Unfortunately, I’ve got plenty of these stories.
What, or who, inspires you??
Whenever I leave the house to see a performance, I am inspired. Melbourne has so much to offer in the music scene and the literary world. Most recently I was inspired by Miranda July, when she gave a talk at The Wheeler Centre about her life’s work. She has maintained her creativity in spite of having every opportunity to rest on her laurels. Also, Ed Kuepper, at The Melbourne Recital Centre. Just himself, his guitar and Mark Dawson on drums. It was transcendental. His songwriting is second to none.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
‘Shipbuilding’ by Elvis Costello and Clive Langer. It is melodically and lyrically perfect. To be able make a political song pack such a punch, when it is packaged within a gentle, yearning
song, is an admirable achievement.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
I am a milky Lady Grey tea. The purists will shudder, and those that like some floral hints with their caffeine hit, will smile ever so slightly. I make it this way, because I like it.
What’s next for you?
I am working on a book. Hopefully, a memoir. So far, I can’t remember a thing.
What’s your scene?
My scene is anything from a hot bath at home with spa salts (in the bath) a glass of wine (in me) and a good book, to having beer tipped all over me at a crowded pub where one of my favourite bands is caning it on stage.
About Angie Hart
Singer-songwriter, Angie Hart began her music career with Frente in 1989. The ARIA award winning, indie-pop band, toured internationally throughout the 90’s. She spent nearly a decade in Los Angeles, playing the live scene and collaborating within the artist community there. Her repeat performances on television cult-classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and its off-shoot, Firefly, included a co-write with Joss Whedon on the song, Blue.
Since returning to Melbourne in 2005, she has released two solo albums, Grounded Bird and Eat My Shadow, a new EP and anniversary release of Marvin The Album, with Frente, and three albums respectively with side-projects, Holidays On Ice and Four Hours Sleep.
She has had works published in the Women Of Letters collections, A Song For The Road edited by Kate Morgan, and pieces commissioned by Going Down Swinging,
Lifted Brow and Ampersand magazine. She is currently working on a memoir. Her stories try to be honest and they come from the heart. People still ask her about ‘that’ song.
Forever Young – Songs Of Bob Dylan
Fri 27th & Sat 28 May