Kram announces winners for One Eye on the Stranger

Over 150 applications from across Australia were received for this year’s One Eye on the Stranger (OEOTS) mentorship and residency program.

Presented by Festival of Voices, the program pairs emerging artist with an iconic Australian musician for a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop their songwriting and showcase their work to a national festival audience. 

Established in 2015, OEOTS was previously opened to Tasmanian based artists only, but this year, with the support of APRA AMCOS, AMIN, and Australia's peak music organisations, the program ran a nationwide submissions process. 

Congratulations to Mary Shannon, who was selected by the 2017 mentor, Kram from Spiderbait, from an outstanding selection of Tasmanian artists.  

Mary Shannon is the front woman of two Launceston bands, including Disrepute and Bansheeland. Bansheeland have toured extensively and performed support shows for Spiderbait and Against Me. They’ve also played on Music Tasmania’s Homebrewed Stage at the Falls Music and Arts Festival.

Mary's songs are drenched in washy tones, sad-rock and sharp beats with multi-layered vocals. Currently playing as a solo act, or with a 3-piece for heavier songs, Disrepute has begun to make the rounds of Tasmania with plans to tour regional Australia in late 2017.  

Mary is also studying audio production to better understand audio engineering and sound concepts involved in producing and recording.

Mary will be joined on the residency by Leanne Tennant (Queensland), Rhea Caldwell (Victoria), Julia Wylie (NSW), Vanessa Hopes (WA), Alex Rajkowski (South Australia), and David Crowe (Northern Territory).

Kram said: “I congratulate all the winners, and can't wait to start work with them on Bruny Island. I’m sure it will be a brilliant and awesome experience for everyone, and audiences at Voicebox will love what they hear.”

In addition to the opportunity of working with Kram, the successful participants from each State receives an all expenses paid trip to Hobart, including return flights, accommodation retreat and food provisions on Bruny Island, a boat tour courtesy of Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, and a live performance showcase with Kram at the closing night of VOICEBOX, the Festival’s hub. 

"This program offers artists a unique opportunity to work in a supported environment to develop their work while learning not just from Kram, but from one another.” said Festival of Voices/OEOTS producer Tim Kling.

For information on the Voicebox performance and other Festival events visit: www.festivalofvoices.com

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