shares her Melbourne home with her family, three cats,
Abby, Russet and Sniper and Alfred the
canine member of the family —the guard dog— all
of these close relatives being discerning critics and
valued advisors in matters musical and sartorial. She
is known to be quite soppy about her furry companions past and present
Wendy is a keen chatterbox and brings
this rare skill to her work as an MC.
She has appeared in this role at music festivals, community
festivals, fund raising events, cd launches and awards
presentation events. She has also written the theme
tracks for two documentaries, co-writing and performing
corporate comedy and appearing in the occasional dramatic
piece - being a bit of a dramatic piece herself.
She is involved in fostering the songwriting
talent in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne as co-founder
of the Darebin Songwriters Guild. Not content with
drowning in the administration of the above, Wendy
also coordinates and MCs the Maldon Folk Festival Roddy
Read Memorial Songwriting Awards.
"It's been a busy year for Moy and
I. We had a tremendously
good time up at the Yackandandah Folk Festival - particularly
their Earth Hour (2 actually) concert which had just
about every artist on the program doing a
song which meant the energy and pace of the show was
fantastic - not to mention the callibre of music. Terrific
event. Unsung Heroes have played at the Port Fairy
Folk Festival, Mt Beauty
Music Festival, Canberra to present at a History Teacher's
conference, Queanbeyan (ACT), Snake Valley (VIC) and
are just embarkingon school shows. I've been doing
some nice recording sessions offering a bit of wailing
and warbling for my dear friend Malcolm J Turnbull's
latest project - the
writer/musician, not the polly.
Last year gathered pace with trips to
South Australia, Canberra, Sydney and Perth to play
and promote the Unsung
Heroes of Australian History project. Moy and I
rode the Indian Pacific over to Perth and had a simply
wonderful journey - not going to mention the incident
where I go locked in the ensuite - and a great time
in that very amazing place. One way or another everyone
does seem to have something to do with mining... Thanks
to the Hills Folk Club for taking the punt and putting
us on. We had a grand time playing there!
I've been loving my dear, ever so slighly
over decorated, mandolin and Moira and I have worked
up some rather nice instrumentals. We really, truly
are going to record an album in 2013. Really looking
foward to getting stuck into that.
We also have had the tremendous joy of
working with a group of artists with disabilities from
Kiribati - the Te Toa Matoa. I fervently hope that
I may have the chance to continue what we started here
or there. A wonderful bunch of men and women - talented
and irrepressible. It's been an amazing year for new
and big experiences. May they continue.
Now segueing into smooth promo speak...
Wendy is available for 'how to' harmony workshops for
bands and singers, MC engagements solo gigs and performances
in the Ealey
& Tyers duo.
Meanwhile, follow this link to download
an interview by the very generous Nick Charles for
his "Musician" column in January 2011's issue
of a Rhythms, Australia's most widely read roots magazine.