Q&A Scene: Clare Bowditch

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

[pullquote]Once when I was a kid I walked into a hotel foyer and I saw Tex and Tim sitting on the outdoor lounges with their legs crossed and bourbon-and-cokes in hand and I thought… “Rock and roll”. [/pullquote]All my friends seem to love Memo Music Hall. They say “Memo Music Hall this” and “Memo Music Hall that”. We thought it was high-time we checked it out for ourselves – me and some of the finest musicians Victoria has to offer. We’ll be playing there as a five-piece on the 25th of January which, coincidently, is my first day as the host for 774 ABC Melbourne. We’re hoping you can come and have a shandy with us and celebrate.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Crikey! Um, top notch. Top notch food. Is that open enough for you? It’s got both ham AND pinapple. How about that? Um, it’s the caviar of St Kilda? As you can see, I’m really struggling with this question. NEXT!

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?

A new one called “Don’t Go”. The fact that we’re born, and we’re not here forever, and things can mean so much and they break apart anyway? These are some of the things that I try and find a place for in “Don’t go”. It’s a new song. It’s gonna be on the new album, album eight, out later this year. I hope you like it.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.

Once when I was a kid I walked into a hotel foyer and I saw Tex and Tim sitting on the outdoor lounges with their legs crossed and bourbon-and-cokes in hand and I thought… “Rock and roll”.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Things that don’t make sense anywhere else except in a song. Feelings that are hard to feel. People: incredible, ordinary people. Mostly, love and loss and the feeling of isolation and the longing for wisdom and the struggle to make sense of life as best and I can and also to just CELEBRATE beauty and the mess of it all. How about you?

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Shark Fin Blues.

What’s next for you?

Memo Music Hall! Come! If you’ve never been to one of our shows especially, come. It will be a super-lovely Monday night. What else are Monday nights for, huh?

And 774 of course: I can’t believe that four days a week, I now get paid to talk to interesting people, most of whom are our listeners. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Getting used to the fact that my dog Charlie has just had a pretty intense haircut and therefore, a total change in personality, as far as I’m concerned. Yesterday, he was Falcor the Good Luck Dragon. Today, he is a shaved lamb. How does this happen?

And also, taking a big pile of wet washing off the line. Melbourne, really! Yesterday it was hot, today it’s freezing. You sure do keep us guessing, Melbourne town.

What’s your scene?

Anywhere where there are people and sea and sky and sand and maybe a guitar and even a sunset and a pineapple drink? That’s my scene.

About Clare Bowditch

ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter, Clare Bowditch will perform her first show for 2016 at MEMO Music Hall Monday 25 January– a kick start to Australia Day celebrations the next day. It will be a big day for Clare, performing on the same night as her first shift as the new Afternoons presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne.

Clare’s performance will be fresh from the recording studio where she is currently writing and recording her eighth album, whittling down the 150 songs she has written since 2012’s “The Winter I Chose Happiness”.

The multi-talented Clare is also an actor (she played Rosanna Harding on Channel 10’s hit show “Offspring”), speaker, writer and creative-business mentor. She’s had Top Ten albums, been named Rolling Stone Woman of the Year (Contribution to Culture), Yen Young Woman of the Year (Music), co-written with Gotye, toured with Leonard Cohen, written for Harper’s Bazaar and the Drum, and played in every venue, festival and truck stop in Australia at least two hundred times each.

In 2013, Clare launched Big Hearted Business, a new enterprise designed to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense. Check out for some truly inspiring interviews with Australia’s artistic and business greats.

Date: Monday 25 January
Time: Doors 8pm, Show 8.30pm with intermission
Venue: Memo Music Hall, 88 Acland Street St Kilda (entry via Albert St)

Tickets: Reserved $52 plus booking fee, General $42 plus booking fee, Door $45 if available
More Information: www.memomusichall.com.au


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