Keep One Eye On The Stranger Winners Announced
Festival of Voices and Music Tasmania are thrilled to announce the winners of Keep One Eye On The Stranger (KOEOTS) for 2016.
KOEOTS set out to see four emerging female Tasmanian artists join renowned Australian songstress Abbe May on an exclusive songwriting retreat, before performing at Hobart’s Voicebox.
Proudly supported by APRA AMCOS and Music Tasmania, this year’s competition showcased a great range of female talent with almost 40 entries from around the state. Narrowing it down to just four artists wasn’t easy and after hearing the selection available, Abbe ended up with five artists. The singer songwriter said:
“There were some absolutely amazing artists to choose from in the submissions process. So much talent in Tassie! However, I have a problem because I want all of them. I am so delighted to be involved and will give it everything I have to make it magic.”
Introducing this year’s winners:
Maddy Jane’s style of honest indie/pop/rock music has captured hearts around Hobart. With relatable lyrics, curious, ironic ideas and catchy hooks pulled from an Australian music background, you'll hear influences such as Paul Kelly, Little Birdy and Courtney Barnett in her style, with a modern and original take and a lot o' soul.
Maddy Jane was also the Hobart local 'Legend Hunt winners' for Party in the Paddock 2016, where Maddy Jane and the Jane's got the opportunity to play on the main stage alongside bands such as The Preatures, British India, Violent Soho and many more.
Hailing from Northern Tasmania, Chloe Wilson is one half of Sumner, an alterntive soul duo heavily influenced by hip hop, funk and alternative music. Alongside Jack Mclaine, Chloe began Sumner as a way to explore and tie these diverse influences together. In the past 12 months, Sumner have supported Smith Street Band and performed to enthusiastic crowds at Falls Music and Arts Festival and Party in the Paddock.
Hayley Couper is a captivating performer, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist. She’s been described by producer Woody Annison as ‘somewhere between Mazzy Star meets Souxsie & The Banshees’, while Triple J’s Nick Findlay believes she takes him ‘right back to when he first discovered PJ Harvey’. While travelling throughout Europe in 2014, Couper, was without a band and began to adapt her live solo shows by incorporating loops, drums machines and samples to fill out the sound. This new electronic approach has since become a permanent fixture, with Couper moving in a new direction, crafting her own blend of ‘hypnotic, dream pop’.
Hobart based indie musician Claire Jansen is the self-taught songwriter of bands Heart Beach and Catsuit. Writing her songs primarily on bass and electric guitar, Claire is drawn to create lyrics that are simple and downbeat, but deeply evocative. The Guardian described Heart Beach’s debut album as ‘oddly and often wonderfully uplifting’ and their music has been compared to that of Joy Division and The Smiths. Recently the band has played at Falls Music and Arts Festival, A Festival Called Panama and Rose Quartz Festival.
And meet our wildcard: Victoria Geale
Victoria Geale’s voice will blow you away. Using her bathroom as an acoustic setting to record her covers, the 20 year old from Launceston has been playing guitar and singing since she was 14. Victoria’s experience comes from playing pubs, private functions and weddings alongside her brother. Victoria sees KOEOTS as an opportunity to transition to writing her own music.