There’s nothing like having life throw a curveball at you to truly test what you are made of.
In early 2012, Sara Tindley was happily working away on the release of her third album Time, in a tour that travelled around Australia then headed across to the USA.
She had been chosen to showcase her songs at the International Folk Alliance in Memphis Tennessee. While there, with good buddies The Yearlings, they hit the road, playing shows in Memphis and Alabama, and Nashville.
Perhaps the finest show of that trip was their full house at Nashville’s iconic ‘Bluebird Café’.
Returning home, her shows reached a new level of musicianship, and her voice utterly compelling. Then came shocking news. A diagnosis of breast cancer brought life as she knew it to a grinding halt.
In her own words – ‘This was the last thing I had expected. I was initially devastated and truly frightened by what was coming up for me. Telling people was hard. Cancelling almost a year’s worth of bookings was hard. Having death point its icy finger at me was hard, hard, hard.
Once treatment got underway though, and with the incredible love and support of family, friends and people who have cared for me and my music, I just had to knuckle down, find grace and dignity and get on with it.’
Fast forward past the year from hell and Sara is done with treatment.
Now its back to what she does best. Singing out and writing about our shared experience of love, family, community, nature, small things, hopes and dreams, with a wry smile and a keen sense of the ridiculous.
Her authenticity and singular voice have come through stronger than ever. Slowly but surely, armed with new songs and old favourites (and a brand new banjo… whoa, Nellie), Sara will be bringing her unique take on the country/folk tradition to town this weekend.
Sinners, Saints & Songs
Sara will sing this weekend with two other sophisticated and well-loved female artists as they join forces to offer northern rivers audiences an intimate, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable evening of warmth, beauty and song.
Sara Tindley teams up with Austin-based chanteuse Lisa Richards and American folk songstress Susanna Carman to delight audiences in this captivating House Concert soiree.
The concert entitled Sinners, Saints & Songs promises to entice, sanctify and embrace all who come to share in the experience…
Born and raised in Townsville, north Queensland, Lisa Richards lived in New York City for a number of years before moving to Austin, Texas, where she lived for more than a decade. There she built a career recording and performing with a number of wonderful musicians from the bands of Norah Jones, Lisa Loeb, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Leonard Cohen, Lyle Lovett and more. She toured as an opening act for folk legend Michelle Shocked, and her new album Beating of the Sun has garnered sparkling reviews in the USA, Europe and Australia.
From big cities to small towns, at festivals and intimate venues across Australia and the USA, American singer/songwriter Susanna Carman offers audiences a musical tapestry that combines finger picking guitar, French fiddle and Appalachian dulcimer. Add to this a gift for storytelling that invokes a few full-bellied laughs and you have an artist who slides comfortably into your affections.
Gather together with friends and fellow music lovers in the beautiful home of Myocum host and arts enthusiast, Michael Murray, and experience the intimate connection through song that only House Concert events can provide.
House concert this Saturday September 14.