Folk singer bares soul
Country folk singer Helen Townsend will play in Margaret River this weekend following a debut EP release, an appearance at an international music festival and a high-profile music award nomination.
Townsend will join fellow musicians David Hyams and John Wilson at Settlers Tavern on Sunday for an afternoon on the veranda.
Townsend said her debut EP Wayward Heart was a collection of the first songs she wrote.
“I wrote my first song in 2009 while I was singing to my daughter while she was having a bath, although that particular song didn’t make the EP,” she said.
Townsend said her biggest hurdle to overcome while writing Wayward Heart was putting her soul on the line.
“Sharing your soul with others is pretty scary at first,” she said.
“Just sharing what you have felt in order to write a song is scary, but then performing it is again another massive hurdle and getting over those fears is challenging.”
Her passion for music paid off, with song Promised Land recently nominated for a WA Music Award for Country Song of the Year.
“My response was ‘Nominated? For what? I didn’t enter anything!’ I was, and still am lost for words that I have been nominated,” Townsend said. “It’s a win for me regardless of who is announced on the night.”
Townsend also recently returned from a long-awaited trip to the USA, where she attended AMERICANAFEST in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I had my eye on the festival for a number of years, but with the kids both in school and other commitments, I haven’t been able to make the trip,” she said.
“Nashville is like a playground of opportunities to learn the good and the bad of the music business.”
The trip paid off, with Townsend creating music and meeting key figures in the industry.
Townsend will play at Settlers on Sunday from 3.30pm.
Helen Townsend will play at Settlers on Sunday afternoon.