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QnA w/ Mariah McCarthy

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

Yes! Up until last year I was playing in folk duo Deer Prudence, we played countless festivals, including Major’s Creek where we were awarded The Ros Hales Memorial Award for Young Women in music, and released a self-titled EP.

Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?

People! So many of my lyrics have been written while on public transport – something about people watching always seems to spark an idea.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

One of my favourite venues is ‘Old Church on the Hill’ in Bendigo, it is exactly that – an old church on a hill. It’s decked out with comfy vintage couches, bunting, fairy lights and crocheted blankets. It’s so cosy and always brings the warmest audience!

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

There are so many, but one I’d really love to play is Woodford Folk Festival!

What was your first ever favourite song?

I had 3 Disney compilation CDs as a kid that I used to play on repeat, so I’m going to guess something like ‘Part of Your World’ from the Little Mermaid would definitely have been up there.

Lots of songs start out with a working title and are eventually renamed, what were some of the original names of your songs before they were complete?

Usually something boring like ‘new song’, and usually for months. My song ‘Alone’ was dubbed ‘The Funeral Song’ by my guitar teacher for years because it sounded so sad. Then there are others that never move on from their working title – ‘Siren Song’.  

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes or do they change from song to song?

Mostly anything dark or sad! I’m constantly being told to write a ‘happy’ or ‘upbeat’ song, it just never seems to come out. What can I say? I must have a black heart.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

Ok, so I haven’t been yet but I’m going to see Kate Miller-Heidke this week and I’m super excited. I know it will be amazing!!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yes! I have two shows to launch my debut single ‘Counting Sheep’. They are at The Basement Bar in Bendigo on Friday March 2nd and Some Velvet Morning in Melbourne on Saturday March 3rd.

Who would play you in a movie about the band?

Probably Johnny Depp.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

-The Bean Project
-The Northern Folk
– Alister Turrill