Pas­sion beats fears

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Ju­lian Wright

CRIP­PLING stage fright kept Cathrine Sum­mers from shar­ing her mu­si­cal tal­ent with au­di­ences for years.

But the jazz singer, who has per­formed at the Cap­tain Stir­ling Ho­tel, ul­ti­mately over­came her fears and has come a long way since busk­ing for pro­duce at the Su­bi­aco Farm­ers Mar­kets.

Sum­mers was last year nom­i­nated for a Fringe Fes­ti­val award and re­leased her de­but al­bum in Novem­ber.

This month, with that fear a dis­tant mem­ory, she re­turns to the fes­ti­val with her show A Sum­mers’ Night in Paris.

“It took years to get the courage to sing in pub­lic,” she said.

“I think when you love some­thing so much, you get over your fears.

“Now, em­bar­rass­ingly, I talk too much be­tween songs.”

Sum­mers said de­spite pre­vi­ously be­ing ner­vous in front of a live au­di­ence, an al­bum was al­ways a goal she hoped to achieve.

“I would get a lot of re­quests from peo­ple who would ask when they could buy an al­bum of mine,” she said. “With Through Rose Tinted Glass, I tried to em­u­late the live per­for­mance.”

Mak­ing her third ap­pear­ance at Fringe with her show at Babushka in Leed­erville, de­scribed as a lively homage to the fa­bled ‘Cabaret de Paris’ era, Sum­mers said she was more re­fined mu­si­cally af­ter the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing the al­bum.

While she would love to start work­ing on a sec­ond al­bum, Sum­mers has a Euro­pean tour in 2018 to prepare for.

“This year there is the po­ten­tial to tour na­tion­ally and per­form over east, then Europe next year,” she said.

Cathrine Sum­mers in full flight.

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