Busy year ahead
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.