New pe­riod in ca­reer

WA mu­sic cel­e­brated

Wanneroo Times - - Music - Tanya Mac­Naughton

NORTH Fre­man­tle singer­song­writer Lucy Peach has al­ways en­joyed con­nect­ing with peo­ple.

The for­mer hu­man bi­ol­ogy teacher also worked in sex­ual health be­fore her mu­sic grew enough to be­come her main gig.

“In an ideal world, who wouldn’t want to work in mu­sic if you had the op­por­tu­nity, but I never re­ally con­sid­ered it,” Peach said.

“Hav­ing done it for quite a few years, it was just time and ex­pe­ri­ence that made me re­alise that was the best use of my en­ergy and gifts.”

Peach, who grew up lis­ten­ing to Ste­vie Nicks, Bob Dy­lan and is in­spired by the sto­ry­telling of Paul Kelly, re­leased her first EP

Wax and Wane in 2011 be­fore 2016 EP Sil­ver Tongue fea­tur­ing sin­gle Be So Good.

Fringe World fans would also be fa­mil­iar with her the­atre shows My Great­est Pe­riod Ever and How To Pe­riod Like A Uni­corn, which she col­lab­o­rated on with hus­band Richard Berney, who also films her video clips. “My Great­est Pe­riod Ever was a pretty ma­jor turn­ing point,” Peach said. “Do­ing that the­atre show was a true cul­mi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing I’ve ever done. It was based on things I’d learnt and taken on in my own life when I was work­ing in sex­ual health, us­ing mu­sic to con­vey that.

“The men­strual cycle is just so mis­un­der­stood where we think it’s an onoff thing when in ac­tual fact we have a lot go­ing on; this is one way of un­der­stand­ing we have four sea­sons in the month.

“When you know what to expect, you can be a lot kinder to your­self and I think that’s what the world could do with, is peo­ple be­ing kinder to them­selves.”

Peach is one of more than 150 acts to per­form in this year’s WAMFest on Novem­ber 2 and 3 on mul­ti­ple stages across Perth and North­bridge, all with free en­try.

She said she loved the an­nual event, which was a “beau­ti­ful cul­mi­na­tion” of the di­verse and sup­port­ive com­mu­nity in the WA mu­sic in­dus­try.

Peach will per­form in Can­non­ball at The Court on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, fea­tur­ing a line-up of fe­male artists to cel­e­brate women in mu­sic.

“I’ll be with my band and do­ing songs from my most re­cent EP Sil­ver

Tongue and some new songs,” she said.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to play­ing and cel­e­brat­ing WA mu­sic with ev­ery­body.”

More in­for­ma­tion at www.wamfest.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

d487770 Lucy Peach will be per­form­ing at WAMFest.

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