‘I can’t wait to sing at my home town’

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By MICHAEL MAT­TINGLY

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.

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