Family of songwriters
A CRUISE around the Caribbean sounds like a dream come true for many, but throw in the Wainwright family and it’s a once-in-alifetime experience for some.
Speaking from her home in cold Montreal, having wrapped up a tour of the wintry UK, Martha Wainwright said she was preparing to hit the warmer waters of the Caribbean.
“I think it’s weird because I’ve never done it but I guess people do it all the time – it’s a music cruise,” the singer-songwriter musician said.
“So all these musicians and artists get on a boat and all these fans buy tickets and then you play gigs every night.
“My whole family are going – the Wainwrights – along with other artists too, but we’re going as a pack so that’ll be really great.”
Wainwright said she had worked with her sister Lucy Wainwright Roche to put the show together and proposed the family – including brother Rufus Wainwright, father Loudon Wainwright III and aunt Sloan Wainwright – “do it as a group”.
When Wainwright returns home, she will have little downtime before she brings her tour to Australia.
She said her album Goodnight
City, released in November, was a first for her because it featured songs written by others as well as original works.
“This was the first time I’d asked other songwriters to participate,” she said.
“I was worried after having my second child that I wasn’t going to have enough time to write a record.
“It was a way to think of a next project for me, without the pressure of having to come up with 14 or 15 songs to fill a whole record.
“So we asked friends and family to write songs with me in mind.
“It’s been four years since my last solo record.”
The Goodnight City Tour kicks off at Astor Theatre on March 8.