Lili Crane realises dream of releasing her own music

PROMISING: Merewether teenager Lili Crane has released her debut EP All The Sweet Things after travelling to Nashville in May. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
PROMISING: Merewether teenager Lili Crane has released her debut EP All The Sweet Things after travelling to Nashville in May. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THE realisation that she’s released her own music has only just dawned on Merewether teenager Lili Crane.

“When I woke up this morning I typed my name into iTunes and it came up and I thought it was so cool,” Crane said. “Like I never thought this could happen. It feels like it’s just the start and there’s more to come.”

The three-track EP All The Sweet Things, released on Monday, is indeed an impressive debut, dominated by the 16-year-old’s powerful vocal. The EP was recorded in May in Nashville during Crane’s week-long trip, funded by her victory last year at the Rural Aid Australia's Rising Star competition.

The title track and What You Did To Me were written by Crane, while the opener High Speed was a collaboration with two-time Grammy-nominated producer Shane Adams.

Lili Crane - High Speed

While in Nashville the year 10 St Pius X student made the most of her opportunity by working with producers and songwriters Brett Blanden and Greg Hudik and she also performed during an open mic night at Soulshine Pizza Factory.

HEART ON FIRE

EAT Your Heart Out have been keeping some impressive company lately.

On Wednesday night the Newcastle alternative five-piece completed a two-show support run for English band Deaf Havana at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory.

Deaf Havana were in Australia supporting UK goth rock legends Placebo, and played at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Tuesday.

Eat Your Heart Out have been picking up momentum since they won the Triple J Unearthed slot for Groovin The Moo at Maitland and released their second EP Carried Away in April.

SUN BLOCKED OUT

WE hope you’ve bought your tickets for Festival Of The Sun because the Port Macquarie party is sold out. It took 11 days for the three-day festival’s ticket allocation to be exhausted.

RAPID GROWTH

IF you’re bummed about missing out on Festival Of The Sun, then Grow Your Own on December 22 might be the perfect alternative.

Following the success of last year’s event, Grow Your Own is moving from Club Forster to the much-larger Peter Barclays Sports Field in Tuncurry. The expansion has been matched with a superior line-up.

Blue Mountains indie band Cloud Control headline the one-day festival alongside Skegss, The Belligerents, The Babe Rainbow, Newcastle’s The Gooch Palms, Ruby Fields, Alex the Astronaut, Los Scallywaggs, The Ruiins, The Little Quirks, I Oh You DJs and Pina Coladascope.

Grow Your Own is curated by Forster’s Holly Rankin, better known as Triple J darling Jack River, and fellow Great Lakes local Lee McConnell. 

MATHISKE’S AWARE

WHEN you’re renown as one of Australia’s finest classical guitarists you generally make some fairly red-hot muso friends. That’s definitely the case for Newcastle’s Bruce Mathiske.

Two weeks ago Mathiske released his new album Soundawareness, named after his charity project which provides music for people who have suffered brain injuries like strokes to aid in their recovery.

The project also raises money to provide children from underprivileged backgrounds with access to instruments.

Soundawareness features an A-list of collaborators in John Paul Young (vocals), James Morrison (trumpet), Andy Firth (clarinet) and Newcastle’s Sally Walker (flute).

Mathiske will launch Soundawareness at Lizotte’s on October 28, where he will be joined by several of the guests from the album.

DINING OUT

FREQUENT visitor Sarah McLeod is returning to Newcastle’s 48 Watt Street on October 12, but this time armed with new tunes.

Sarah McLeod - Wild Hearts

The Superjesus frontwoman released Rocky’s Diner, her first solo album in 12 years, in August and this week unveiled her new video for the single Wild Hearts.

The record was written during a three-month period McLeod spent living in a New York apartment.

McLeod will be joined by Baby Animals drummer and long-time collaborator Mick Skelton on her national tour. 

BUSY BO

ARKANSAS-raised Australian bluesman Bo Jenkins will be getting well-acquainted with the Hunter in the coming weeks.

As part of his east cost tour the left-handed guitar maestro will perform at Maitland’s Grand Junction Hotel on Saturday, before stopping at Cooks Hill’s Orient Hotel on Sunday.

If you miss those gigs, don’t fret, you can also catch Jenkins at the Clare Castle Hotel in Raymond Terrace (September 22), Gloucester’s Roundabout Inn (September 23), East Gresford’s Hotel Beatty (September 24) and finally at Karuah RSL on September 29.