‘I can’t wait to sing at my home town’
HEATHCOTE export Mariah McCarthy started working on music when she was just 16 and now, at 23, has just released her debut album, Counting Sheep.
Mariah started recording the album in October last year and had it finished by January; once she started, she was on a roll.
“It definitely is an exciting time for me, it usually takes people a lot longer than that, but it just sort of happened for me and I am really happy with how it turned out,” Mariah said.
Mariah had previously spent much of her music career as part of a duo, Deer Prudence, where she performed alongside Bendigo-born Georgia Delves.
“I pretty much started working on the album as soon as I went back to singing solo, I knew it was something I wanted to do.” Mariah took the stage at her album launch in Melbourne last Saturday, sharing her talents and new music. “It was really fun, the launch,” she said. The performance was part of a 10-stop regional tour, that will see Mariah cover Deans Marsh, Geelong, Mansfield, Kilmore, Echuca, Belgrave, as well as a home-town appearance at Heathcote On Show.
“Since Northcote I have performed in Castlemaine and Bendigo, which is where I now live.
“My next stop will be Heathcote and I can’t wait to sing in my home town — I always love doing that.” HEATHCOTE is full of talented people, there’s no doubt about that.
If you wish to find out just how talented, head to the Heathcote Artist’s Art Show over the long weekend. It promises to be full of high-quality art, while also offering exposure for our budding local artists.
Mariah said the journey to her debut album has been longer than she expected.
“I guess because I have been playing music for so long it just feels as if it has taken a long time, I’m just so excited it’s finally here.”
Mariah didn’t have to rack her brain to find the thing she loves most about playing music.
“I love the story telling in folk music — I’ve really looked up to people like Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Kate Miller-Heidke.”
Mariah moved to Melbourne after school to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Music) degree and has since moved back to Bendigo where she is now a music teacher.
‘‘I work for three schools, Holy Rosary here in Heathcote and two others.
“I just love teaching kids how to play music and watching them enjoy it as much as I do.”
If you want to catch a magical performance from Mariah, make sure you attend Heathcote On Show.
The album is on Spotify and iTunes.
The show will be taking place at the Guide Hall, High St Heathcote, and is open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm and Monday 10am to 3pm.
Get down and have a look at what the more creative minds in Heathcote have come up with.
Folk singer and local music teacher Mariah McCarthy will be performing at Heathcote on Show as part of a 10-stop tour.