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Vitamin Records are showcasing three of their finest indie artists in a gig they are calling Heavy Folk. Tomorrow night sees the bringing together of the rocky with the whimsical with the romantic when Victoriana Gaye (from the south-west coast of Victoria), Rebecca Ireland and Ilona Harker play the Mullum Bowlo. Mandy Nolan caught up with them before the show.

VICTORIANA GAYE

What do you think is the quality that most defines you in the music market? We’re like a blend of fine Merino with a bit of polyester in the weave, which gives us a luxurious but hard-wearing quality. A bit like a good hand-knitted jumper in vibrant colours that you could mix and match with most attire.

Have you become the artist/s that you set out to be? Yes, certainly, and more. We have been working artists for a long time. The fruits of our labour and the world we witness continue to propel us onward.

What did you set out to be? Commentators, using guitars, poetry, paints and pens.

What have been the struggles for you on your musician’s journey? The fact that Jeff can’t sing and play the trumpet at the same time is a challenge. Other than that we love a struggle, we’re roll-up-your-sleeves-and-scrub-hard types.

What about the triumphs? Playing our songs to audiences far and wide is all you could ask for and we are always humbled and happy to oblige. Except hens’ nights and footy clubs.

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? Each other, our relationship, our family, our country, everything we see feel touch and do, and the Beatles.

What should we expect for your upcoming show at the Vitamin Showcase? A whole lot of love.

REBECCA IRELAND

What do you think is the quality that most defines you in the music market? Authenticity.

Have you become the artist/s that you set out to be? The compulsion to make music is a beautifully violent force I can only surrender to. Art is a safer way to go mad.

What did you set out to be? A good person that sings songs in the world.

What have been the struggles for you on your musician’s journey? In a nutshell it’d be my debilitating lack of self-worth that has been my demon and saviour. Letting music into my body is like turning the lights on. It’s the best therapy.

What about the triumphs? The making of and launch of my album Love & Sticky Tape received such a great response. It’s been truly awesome for me.

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? My friends.

What should we expect for your upcoming show at the Vitamin Showcase? I’ll be playing the new single and more from my upcoming EP plus some tracks from Love & Sticky Tape, and although it’s more of a solo show, I don’t think I’m going to be able to resist having a couple of special guests join me.

ILONA HARKER

What do you think is the quality that most defines you in the music market? In a world of inane super-bright over-sexualised pop I think it’s nice to sit in the dark and just kick back and listen to something a little deeper.

Have you become the artist that you set out to be? Writing songs is what I love to do and this all I set out to do. I try to live my life doing what I love.

What did you set out to be? I wanted to be an air-hostess because I liked the costumes. The Virgin beige pants cured me thankfully so I stuck to being a musician.

What have been the struggles for you on your musician’s journey? Um, none, really. The money is awesome! My new Learjet is being painted in 24-carat gold by Damien Hirst and being studded with platinum and diamonds. Pink Argyle ones from Oz. I believe in buying locally.

What about the triumphs? Doing what I love is worth blowing a trumpet about.

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration? My mum.

What should we expect for your upcoming show at the Vitamin Showcase? I have a new film clip featuring Bruns and some of her favourite landmarks and I will be all smiles as I’m playing some of my new album songs and also some of the old faves.

Friday at the Mullumbimby Bowling Club. Tix are $12 adult, $8 youth and $5 for a child. Tix and info www.mullummusic.com or at the door.


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