FAN­NING THE FIRE

The melodies of Wendy Matthews will add to the flavour of a night of iconic Aus­tralian mu­sic bring­ing to­gether some truly leg­endary acts

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD PLAY - ALI­CIA NALLY

It’s not ev­ery day that Aus­tralian mu­sic greats Rus­sell Mor­ris, Wendy Matthews, Men­tal as Any­thing and Daryl Braithwaite will per­form live at the same venue but the hit­mak­ers will take to the stage as part of the One Night Stand event at Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino this week­end.

Canadian im­port Wendy, who first came to Australia in 1982 be­fore mak­ing it her home, is look­ing for­ward to an ex­ten­sion of the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

Af­ter amass­ing seven ARIAs, 19 hit sin­gles, and seven multi-plat­inum sell­ing al­bums, the tal­ented songstress will also per­form songs from her new al­bum The Wel­come Fire.

“Song­writ­ing is dif­fer­ent for ev­ery­one, but I find it hard to do when I am on the road,” she says.

“Life takes over, but a few years ago I took some se­ri­ous time out to do some long drives, get to­gether with friends and open my­self up to song­writ­ing again.”

The re­sult is a beau­ti­ful al­bum of clean melodies, in­fec­tious en­ergy and sim­ple grace. She says she hopes fans will re­late to the songs that res­onate deeply with the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.

“This is the first fully orig­i­nal al­bum I’ve writ­ten for about 12 years,” she says.

“It’s real, and I hate the word, it’s so overused, but it was a jour­ney. It was about a year and a half of writ­ing and record­ing.

“The only re­deem­ing fac­tor of get­ting older is that you just don’t care what peo­ple think any more. Some of the songs are very hon­est and some are a lit­tle an­gry.”

Matthews recorded the al­bum in the backyard stu­dio of friend John Cas­tle and says the process re­minded her of where she started – putting to­gether songs in a shed with her broth­ers.

Pic­ture: TOBY ZEMA

Singer Wendy Matthews heads to the Gold Coast this week­end.

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