Sunday October 1 4pm
“A unique and memorable artist … one of my favourites. A true one of a kind!” - Kasey Chambers
Abbie Cardwell was born to be on the road.
A young Australian girl raised in Singapore and England, gypsy blood would carry her back across the far corners of her native country, before countless musical odysseys through the wild deserts of Mexico and back.
Daughter to a revered ‘60s country music icon, granddaughter of ‘Gypsy,’ a cherished local songstress, Cardwell is a master acoustic roots and alt-country performer: Australia’s ‘Belle of Roots-Americana-Twang.’
Marrying resplendent vocals with guitar, banjo, ukulele and harp, Cardwell is joined on occasion by a backing band – in Australia, the ‘Texicans’, in Mexico city, the ‘Twin Tones’ – adding hints of Spaghetti Western and vintage Mariachi rock to an otherwise sultry solo repertoire.
Touring Australia in an old van named ‘Lady Luck,’ Abbie’s stage show carries us to another place in another time: one of wanderlust, longing, dusking horizons on a lone desert highway across 1950s southwest America, the Tijuana state line and beyond.
“Where did she come from? She is amazing – really amazing!”David Tickle, Producer (Prince, Blondie, Rolling Stones)
☆☆☆“A soulful voice, and great songs!”- Tony Joe White
Dedication to her craft and an unyielding approach to live touring makes her one of the most captivating performers in the Southern Hemisphere: a rare talent that deserves to be heard, home and abroad.
After working recently with US producer Nick Didia (Bruce Springsteen, Powderfinger), Cardwell is due to release a fresh solo album in late 2016, as well as a Spaghetti-mex-Western collaboration with her band in Mexico.
Winner: Triple J Unearthed. Winner: BMI USA Song. Winner: ABC Music Award.
“An enigmatic front woman…with the startling good looks of Ava Gardner"- Time Out
"Cardwell's huge voice, nice guitar picking and sweet harmonica playing had us eating out of her hands" -The Music
“Abbie is fabulous!”- Russ Titleman, Producer (Rickie Lee Jones, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon)
"I love her! […] a totally individual vibe”- Kara DioGuardi, Grammy-nominated hit songwriter
“She has every stone turned” - DB Magazine