On song for the planet

Maddy May

Republished article from Bass Coast Post

LOCAL musician Maddy May headlines the Sound for Climate concert, which features a distinguished line-up of some of Gippsland’s best young musicians. She brings a captivating presence that will make your heart flutter with her sweet voice and beautifully haunting lyrics. Her folk/jazz/alternative sounds are easy to listen to and will leave your ears happy and your heart full. Maddy has found her way to some of Australia’s biggest stages, including Splendour in the Grass, Bluesfest Byron Bay, The Hills Are Alive and the Moto GP.

The concert is run by Bass Coast CAN (Climate Action Network) and Friends of the Earth and will include guest speakers talking about aspects of climate action.

Inverloch songwriter, musician and climate activist Mat Morgan has toured his music all over Australia and New Zealand. His contemporary folk style brings his poetry to the forefront of his music. Having written for and played with many artists, Mat understands how to deliver a message and captivate an audience he’s just met, like he’s known them for years.

Gippsland songwriter and guitarist Olivia Lay has had a guitar in her hands most of her short life, though it sounds like she’s been playing since Woodstock. Olivia takes inspiration from artists such as Newton Faulkner and John Butler. She’ll tell you a detailed story with an instrumental piece, before she even starts singing. She recently supported Ruby Fields and Baker Boy, and is ready to take on the world.

Folk singer-songwriter Matthew Bentley will hit the stage with an acoustic guitar and some tricks. Matthew’s no stranger to a stage, having toured extensively for the last two years, including shows at the Workers Club and St Kilda Festival. His melodies sit upon on his gentle guitar work like the frame of a painting. Swinging by Inverloch for the Festival, on his national tour, it’s a treat to have Matty coming over to put on a show.

Pia Nesvara is a small but powerful Chilean/Australian songstress from the Dandenong Ranges. Always armed with her flamenco guitar and her cheekiness, she takes on elements of folk, roots, jazz, soul and Latin music to create her own truly unique sound. The 20 year old finds power in vulnerability and through her introspective lyrics offers you a new perspective, one of empowerment and honesty. Pia’s powerful voice, her exploration of genres and use of timing and syncopation will captivate you and leave you feeling a little more whole.

Jimmy Harwood plays like he sings, and sings like it’s always his last song. Having played the Melbourne circuit extensively through his teenage years, Jimmy has built a serious following for his hip-hop influenced vocals and smooth guitar vibes. Notching up over 100,000 streams of his EP ‘Choose Your Colour’, and reaching #3 on the triple J unearthed roots charts. Jimmy has hit the road supporting Coast and Ocean on his East Coast tour, and is not slowing down anytime soon.

Event details here