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About Paula Standing

Paula Standing produces acoustic folk songs with an old country twist and a sting in the tale. Both local and universal in songwriting and performance, what you hear, will not be what you expect.

Industry Speak

I have had a wonderful July, spending time doing what I love the most, that is writing songs. I have attended two face to face and two online workshops with the amazing Francesca de Valence from iheartsongwriting club. Great advice about building momentum, staying on track, getting through writer’s block and much more.

I also spent two days at Indie Con which was held right here in Adelaide. This Independent Music Conference, is designed especially for indie artists, labels, etc.  For a bit of glamour I also attended the AIR Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Masonic Hall. Such exciting stuff happening in the music industry, it is hard to keep up.

I have finally booked into a Pat Pattison songwriting workshop in Melbourne first weekend in August. I have heard so much about this man’s skills, I am over the moon that I finally get to experience this first hand.

More over I have been collaborating with Lou Bradley online for the past few weeks, in preparation for a dedicated five day stint coming up later in August. I will be meeting her in the studios of Rod McCormack on the central coast to begin work on a new EP.

 

 

2019-08-11T06:54:18+00:00August 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

SA Country Music Festival

Had a great time at the 2019 SA Country Music Festival  in the Riverland town of Barmera on the June long weekend. I had the pleasure of appearing on the main street stage Saturday June 8 in the morning and afternoon. Sunday, June 9,  I was in the lineup for the SA Country Music Spectacular in the Bonney Theatre.

Headliners acts Paul Costa, Justin Standley, Bradley Hall and Juliet Oliver. Other artists include The Cut Snakes, The Rustlers, Alison Hams & Mark Tempany, Paula Standing, Cheryl  Lethlean, The Hoffmans and Heartland. Lots of shows in many venues.

SACMF Poster

2019-06-14T10:40:01+00:00May 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Truth & Trickery

Two Voices ‘changing the strings on your heart’

This was the final show for my Truth & Trickery Tour and the one show only with Cathy Dobson from Victoria. We were rewarded with a wonderful attentive crowd at The Wheaty. What a wonderful Sunday afternoon and I was so pleased Cathy got to show off her stuff in front of such a fabulous audience. The best way to finish off my first ever tour! You can hear more of her music in online stores and streaming services.

I have had a fabulous time on this journey telling tales to audiences in Melbourne, Brisbane, Barmera and Adelaide. Many thanks to those of you who have attended gigs, musicians who have supported me and all of those who have bought my music, also the radio stations and presenters who are playing my music. You make it all worth while.

Launch and Tour

Nexus Arts Venue located in the Lion Arts Centre*, set the scene for the launch of my EP Truth & Trickery. The delightful Fiddle Chicks kicked off the afternoon with their entrancing performance. Included in my band, I once again, lured in, Emily A Smith, Emma Luker, Shireen Khemlani and Gerard Spalding. Barely home from his honeymoon, Richard Coates agreed to come tickle the ivories with us as well!

Reviews Galore

Nicky Titchener wrote up an excellent review of the launch and can be found on The Clothesline.

The Clothesline online magazine has published this EP Review by Clayton Werner. Indie Buddie has also reviewed the EP. Kaz Johnson wrote an exuberant piece for Cowgirl Up . Also earned a write-up in Music Talks

Single Release

Key2 Artist Promotions have launched Heartaches Coming Around from the EP as a single to radio with this Press Release 

Tour Dates

May 1, I had a fabulous time at The Lomond Hotel in Brunswick, Victoria, at The Lomond Acoustica night entertaining an attentive audience.

June 1 at The Gov Front Bar for Saturday Sessions hosted by Crooked Road. Also on the list of guests are Henk Groot and Paul Reynolds

June 8 – 9 Riverland SA Country Music Festival SA

June 16 in Ashgrove, Queensland (The Junk Bar with Chloe Styler) June 16

June 23 Adelaide (The Wheaty with Cathy Dobson)

 

2019-06-29T05:22:08+00:00March 21st, 2019|1 Comment

The Drunken Poet

I am pleased to report my second appearance at The Drunken Poet in West Melbourne. I had a blast there last year and this time was no different. A group of friends came to listen and the bar was full of regular clientele.

My trip was planned initially to spend a day recording some demos with Lou Bradley and Phil Chafer. As a bonus, I was invited to support Lou and Phil in a private house concert and what a privilege this was. Many thanks to Leanne and Andrew for their fabulous hospitality and Clint Wilson for looking after me so well for those few days.

2019-04-03T02:50:19+00:00February 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Tamworth Country Music Festival

I landed home safe and well after travelling to the 2019 Tamworth Country Music Festival. My first foray into the biggest country music festival in Australia was hot, busy, a little overwhelming and did I mention HOT!? I had several shows over the week and it was with great pleasure I was given a surprise guest spot at The Peel Inn, Nundle.  Jeremy Edwards and his band Dust Radio were performing and he invited myself and some others to sing for the crowd.

Tamworth Country Music Gig Guide

 The ‘Dolly For Dolly’ fundraiser was a resounding success and I was also able to present an original song. The event was organised by the delightful Larissa Uebergang because of her profound social conscience.  She invited me to part of it because she and I spent time writing a song together in 2017 with Emma Dykes.

Dolly For Dolly

Tamworth Country Music Fundraiser

I took part in the Walk Up Country Battle on the Coca Cola Stage in the town hall, with its fab acoustics. This being a long running tradition of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Along with other songwriters I performed in three sessions with the Tamworth Songwriters Association.  I managed a bonus performance at the TSA Open Mic as well.

Tamworth Songwriter Sessions

TSA at Tamworth Country Music Festival

Emily A Smith and I had a super time presenting a set on the RAB Stage in Peel Street, because it is such a prize venue. We also had a blast at the Post Office Hotel and The Imperial Brewhouse.

My final gig was with DAG songwriters at Live On The Deck and Showcase at The DAG Sheep Station. Headlined by Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett and Jeremy Edwards. Myself and other DAG Retreat participants were more than pleased to share the stage with these awesome names. Many thanks to John Krsulja for the invitation.

Songwriters Retreat

DAG at Tamworth Country Music Festival

2019-02-20T01:57:41+00:00November 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Womstock

As the name suggests, Womstock is a Wombat Festival with Live Entertainment, cruelty free food, fun, games and laughter on the  banks of the beautiful lake at the Flaxley Wombat Sanctuary. I was proud to support these wonderful ladies and their furry friends.

The great news is, they managed to raise in excess of $10,000! So huge thanks to all of you who bought tickets, merchandise food, raffle tickets, donated and volunteered.

” This was the sanctuary’s very first open day and a very important fundraiser to help raise funds for a fire bunker for the special needs wombats this fire season.” 

Lucky punters who came, got to see the womes (wombat homes); met some of the beautiful bubbas and found out how the sanctuary operates.

2018-11-22T06:40:56+00:00November 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Almost Okay in Melrose

Perfect Place

In September, I travelled to my favourite Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, but not for the sadly missed Music Muster. When the Muster was still a thing, I discovered the perfect place for a live shoot and promised I would return. The Holy Trinity Anglican Church offers perfect acoustics and a glorious light.  I knew this was the best location for a gentle murder ballad and it did not disappoint.  We took advantage of this exquisite building to portray a sad tale, but one clothed in a rich ambience.

Thanks goes to Fr John Fowler for arranging access and facilitating the extended time required.

Live Recording Mission

I engaged Reel Time Studios,  with trusty camera and borrowed recording devices to shoot the footage.  After several takes, we had the material to splice together a good story.  Together we spent an hour selecting the best bits and were rewarded with a wonderful finished product.

Almost Okay now available on YouTube for you viewing enjoyment.

2019-01-03T07:56:36+00:00October 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Taking It Well EP

I was pleased to finally release my EP ‘Taking It Well‘, because these songs have been burning a hole on my shelf since 2017..  These songs deal with stories of people dealing with crazy situations but still, ‘taking it well’. ‘Fly’ is dedicated to two Australians executed in Bali and how they turned their lives around in prison.

The tracks have been downloaded by a number of radio stations and played on various shows across the country. I was also able to feature it as guest artist on Radio Adelaide‘s Songcatcher program.

Launched from The Wheaty, supporting Clint Wilson, from Melbourne, who was touring his LP Dark Water.

The EP is available in digital form only, but you can find it in any online store

2019-03-21T03:13:30+00:00September 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Semaphore Music Festival

Well this year I made my debut appearance at the Semaphore Music Festival. Monday October 1, saw me on the BSide Community Stage in Mundy St, Port Adelaide. I kicked off the Monday lineup and was followed by Dave Robinson; Amy Jennifer; Moose Hair; James Hickey and Kylie Brice. An equally awesome lineup was inside Hart’s Flour Mill. Lovely close to a fantastic festival.

 

2018-10-04T08:11:43+00:00August 31st, 2018|0 Comments