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Wild Women In Song – Louvred Lounge Series

Words and Images by Raych Younger

Sunday July 25th saw the iconic National Trust-protected Darwin Audit House in the Myilly Point Heritage Precinct come alive with the sounds of four very talented women for Wild Women in Song, The Louvred Lounge Series.

The incredible Leah Flanagan joined Tracey Bunn on stage for the first time since the very first WWiS show that sold out three performances at Darwin Entertainment Centre in 2011. The two well-known Territory artists were joined by emerging artists, Gypsy Schmidt and Jayna McCallum.

An up-and-coming 17-year-old, Gypsy just last week earned herself a scholarship for the Academy of Country Music by winning the Darwin Country Music Talent Quest, with a talent for songwriting one would expect from a much more accomplished and seasoned artist proving why. Jayna’s smooth RnB tones and simply lovely songs were accompanied beautifully by Joanne on guitar.

The songwriters circle or “in the round” format differs from an ordinary gig as it sees each performer take it in turns to perform a song. Each artist has a vague idea of a set list but this can change throughout the night as they continue on ideas given by the previous artist. The theme was “journeys” and the four artists took it in turn to take us on one through their songs. It was a beautiful night of stories, gorgeous strong vocals and raw emotion. The golden afternoon light and tropical breeze filtering through the louvres of the heritage building just topped it off. Very tropical, very Darwin, very Wild Women in Song.

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