Be mesmerized, as Lynn Hazelton and a guest musician for selected performances only (see each event listing), introduce you to The Cook’s Daughter with open hearts, catchy tunes and a touch of comedy. This warming and uplifting show will take you back to yesteryear or remind us to enjoy the simple things in life and the friends we make along the way.
Guest musicians so far, have included celebrated Indigenous musician Lorrae Coffin, a Nyiyaparli and Yindjibarndi woman based in Broome, and one of Australia’s most accomplished banjo players, Ian Simpson, winner of the Australian National Banjo Championships and played with legends such the late and great, Slim Dusty.
Raised on the Goldfields, fostered through Freo folk and finely-tuned by Kimberley country, Hazelton proudly hails from the one-horse town of Boulder, WA, not Colorado, USA. Making up ‘hums’ as the barefoot kid of a station cook, then moving on to a six stringer in their trusty caravan, she never dreamt her little tunes would get her on track to see the world. Since then, she has notched up 18 commissions, 11 awards, 4 Stars in the Scotsman and a couple of Isa Browns in a pub raffle. She has played her way to the international stage through an invite to Edinburgh Festival with virtuoso guitar duo Desert Child. Producing and writing with artists like the inimitable Peter Brandy and songbird Jennifer Renee, Lynn is also passionate about growing connection whenever and wherever she can. She has even devised a term for her community cultural development work called the ‘art of songing’, which is to work alongside each person or place to help each find the singer in their unique song and the song in each individual singer, no matter their art form or passion. This has resulted in over 40 wonderful projects to date, that have kept on providing benefits today and led to invitations to present on this approach including at the Regional Arts Australia Summit: Arts and Edges in 2014.
In 1993, Lorrae Coffin was one of the first to graduate from the “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander School of Music”, commonly known today as Abmusic, who continue to nurture the aspirations of new generations of Indigenous Musicians. Born in Port Hedland and raised in Broome, she is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and her cultural heritage derives from the richness of the Nyiyaparli and Yindjibarndi groups of the Pilbara in WA. Lorrae pursued a career in music and remains active in her art form as well as her involvement with Indigenous music strategies and policies. Her work has taken her on journeys across the country and around the world as a musician. Lorrae is one of the co-founders of the internationally acclaimed Marrugeku Company as a musician and co-composer and instrumental in delivery the Ngaanyatjarra Music Strategy program across the Central Desert WA. Lorrae is based in Broome and continues to support and contribute to the WA Indigenous Music Industry. Lorrae plays in selected performances only. Please see the event listing.