Adam Miller is tuning his custom guitar for a chilled out solo in the Newcastle Herald office. Across town, Ben Leece is in one of the rehearsal spaces at his Carrington business, Novotone Studios. The air is dead still before he slips into the poetic, folky lyrics of Smoke Signals.
On Hunter Street, Lachlan X Morris is just hitting the sweet part of his new song Every Time it Rains, and at Good Brother Grace Turner is belting out a stripped rendition of Dead or Alive as the cafe crew clear the tables at the end of the day.
Newcastle sounds like this.
In Episode 15, Melbourne songwriter Cat Canteri performs ‘Bridget Agnew’, an original ballad calling on three narrating voices to recall the historic murder and suicide of two children and their mother in 1850s Preston.
The ballad appears on Canteri’s 2018 album Inner North, an ode to growing up in Melbourne.
“The songs and music I love is always music about the human condition and about human experience,” she says.
“Everyone has different lives, personalities, family backgrounds, cultural heritage, but there’s things that tie us together and experiences that we all share, some beautiful and some really traumatic and ugly.”
Canteri, who works primarily as a solo artist but also with a rich history of collaboration with other bands and songwriters, met with the Herald Sessions during Dashville Skyline 2018.