Folk singer bares soul

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Entertainment - Therese Col­man

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.

Pic­ture: Lu Townsend Pho­tog­ra­phy

Helen Townsend will play at Set­tlers on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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