Coastal Retreat

Music Tasmania teamed up with our good mates Vibestown to present a summer retreat for musicians before Party in the Paddock in February 2018.

Trent Buchanan (Hurricane Youth), Eve Gowen, Megan Turale (Cotton Pony), and Charlie Pyecroft (FLXW) took part in a 3-night retreat on the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania with Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson that explored songwriting, production, and performance.

Oscar Dawson is a composer, writer, and producer. Oscar plays in HOLY HOLY and produces artists such as Ali Barter, British India, Ben Wright Smith and Alex Lahey, amongst others. Ali Barter is a singer-songwriter whose crafty lyrics and delicate harmonies have made songs like ‘Girlie Bits’ and ‘Please Stay’ radio faves! 

Selected participants received 3 nights shared accommodation at Bay of Fires Bush Retreats with transport and most meals provided, plus 1 free ticket to Party in the Paddock, where they performed as part of the festival. 

Preference was given to musicians from regional Tasmania for this opportunity.

This was a really great project with some amazing outcomes that are still manifesting: Megan Turrel has just completed her first national tour with Cotton Pony and the song she workshopped on retreat will be released on their first EP this year; Charlie Pyecroft is not only producing, he is now singing and has launched a solo project; Trent Bucannan's band Hurrican Youth were one of the headliners at Homebrewed in 2018; and Eve Gowen wrote a rap song on the retreat with Charlie and they are still collaborating. You can check out "Flipside" here!

"This is a massive step out of my comfort zone, and not at all something I'd ever thought I'd do but please give it a listen! Thanks so much to Charlie Pyecroft for all his help on the track, been so much fun working with you! I also couldn't have done it without the encouragement and advice of Ali Barter and Oscar Dawson at the songwriting camp earlier this year, so thanks heaps to them and Music Tasmania for the opportunity" - Eve Gowen

This project was made possible by the support of Arts Tasmania and the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.

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