Busy year ahead

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Bar­clay White

Singer-song­writer and for­mer Murchi­son res­i­dent Larissa Tandy loves her coun­try, but the con­stant stalling and de­lays on the is­sue of mar­riage equal­ity pushed her to leave — for Canada.

Five years ago she moved from Aus­tralia and mar­ried her wife in Canada, a coun­try where same­sex mar­riage has been the law of the land since 2005.

‘‘I would love more than any­thing to live in Aus­tralia,’’ Ms Tandy said.

‘‘But if I stay in Aus­tralia, I’m just kind of sup­port­ing the sta­tus quo.’’

When she dis­cusses the po­lit­i­cal de­bate about mar­riage equal­ity, she speaks with ex­haus­tion and frus­tra­tion.

‘‘Ten years ago peo­ple were tellingme ‘it’s go­ing to change, it’s go­ing to change’,’’ she said.

‘‘Imag­ine ev­ery­body want­ing to dis­cuss if you are an equal hu­man be­ing, be­cause that is the con­ver­sa­tion ev­ery­body is hav­ing.’’

De­spite no longer liv­ing down un­der, she planned to re­turn home later this year for a few shows from her yet-to-be re­leased de­but al­bum.

But first she will head off to Nashville, United States, for a three-month song­writ­ing res­i­dency, to learn the tricks of the trade from one of the best Aus­tralian mu­sic pro­duc­ers in the busi­ness — Mark Mof­fatt.

Mr Mof­fatt pro­duced some of the most iconic record­ings in Aus­tralian his­tory, in­clud­ing (I’m) Stranded by Bris­bane punk pi­o­neers The Saints, as well as Yothu Yindi’s break­through sopho­more record Tribal Voice, which con­tained the Treaty.

The Nashville Song­writ­ers’ Res­i­dency, which was an Aus­tralia Coun­cil pro­gram, aimed to pair up bud­ding song­writ­ers in the mu­sic scene at Nashville, while de­vel­op­ing their song­writ­ing skills and build­ing their cre­ative and busi­ness net­works.

‘‘It gives me the time to learn as much as I can and re­ally bring it back to my writ­ing,’’ she said.

Get­ting the res­i­dency took her by sur­prise and she had to get peo­ple to read the email confirming it to her, so the news would sink in.

‘‘I still didn’t be­lieve it for a few days,’’ she said.

De­spite go­ing to the heart­land

hit song of Amer­i­can coun­try mu­sic, she was re­luc­tant to put a spe­cific la­bel on what genre of mu­sic she fit­ted in to.

‘‘I get billed as Amer­i­cana or al­ter­na­tive coun­try,’’ she said.

‘‘I think I’m just a song­writer, a lot of the things that de­fine gen­res are just aes­thetic things.’’

Hav­ing re­cently turned 40, and still work­ing on her de­but al­bum, she did not see her age as a dis­ad­van­tage to mak­ing her mark in mu­sic.

‘‘I’m a late bloomer, but I’m us­ing it to my ad­van­tage,’’ she said.

‘‘I can’t even imag­ine what a record made by me when I was 20 would have sounded like.’’

Com­ing home: For­mer Murchi­son res­i­dent Larissa Tandy has a big year of mu­sic ahead.

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