Tourist life at heart of singer

Pilbara News - - PILBARA LIFESTYLE - Louise Alling­ham

Local Co­ral Bay mu­si­cian Miss Max has won the North West Fes­ti­val’s Best of the North West band com­pe­ti­tion.

Miss Max, whose full name is Max-Ann Duf­fett, will open the sec­ond day of the fes­ti­val with a set of her soul­ful acous­tic tunes.

Duf­fett, 21, was up against fel­low fi­nal­ists, Kar­ratha- based rock band Man­hat­tan’s Wake and solo act Bo­jesse Pi­gram, in the com­pe­ti­tion, which was de­cided by pub­lic vote.

She said she was very ex­cited to play at the Port Hed­land week­ender next month.

“I haven’t played a gig this big, but I think I’m more ex­cited than ner­vous at the mo­ment,” she said.

“Maybe a bit closer to the date, I might get a bit more ner­vous.”

Duf­fett is fairly new to the mu­sic scene, hav­ing only learnt the gui­tar three years ago.

Orig­i­nally from Bus­sel­ton, Duf­fett moved to Co­ral Bay when she was 16 and now works as a deck hand and tour guide.

The main theme of her first re­cently re­leased EP, Gypsea Heart, draws a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from the ocean and the tran­sient na­ture of a tourist town.

“I have a habit of writ­ing about the ocean, which is sort of ex­pected with what I do as work, but be­ing in such a tran­sient com­mu­nity and hav­ing so many tourists and trav­ellers pass­ing through,” she said.

“It’s pretty much me writ­ing about the life­styles of the peo­ple that come through town and high­light­ing that.”

Duf­fett recorded her EP in the South West with indie-folk mu­si­cian and Pil­bara reg­u­lar Dave Mann.

The record was well re­ceived, stay­ing at No.2 on the Triple J Un­earthed roots charts for five weeks and beat­ing The Waifs for top spot on the iTunes singer/song­writer charts.

Duf­fett will bring her set back to the Pil­bara in Septem­ber on her first Aus­tralian tour.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Miss Max, visit her Face­book page or miss­

Pic­ture: Face­book

Miss Max (Max-Ann Duf­fett) will open the sec­ond day of the North West Fes­ti­val.

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