Raised on a farm by the seaside in rural South Australia, 2020 SA Music Award Nominated (People’s Choice – Country) Cookie Baker's trademark sparkling vocals and the poetic grit of her cool wordsmithery paint a portrait of this pint-sized melodic force to be reckoned with. From force-feeding Christmas Day concerts to her family on the front verandah to recording with Tim Rogers (You Am I) and sharing stages with the likes of beloved Australian artists Augie March, Kate Miller-Heidke, Ben Lee, Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything) and The Audreys, Cookie’s 2019 LP, This Is Not A Love Song is the perfect introduction to her wide range of influences and the whip-smart character of her songwriting.
Recorded in Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco and co-produced with Michael Carpenter of Sydney's Love Hz Studios, This Is Not A Love Song is an exercise in compact contradiction and adaptation, swinging the pendulum dramatically from tongue-in-cheek and unapologetic country nursery-rhymes-for-adults, to sweeping indie pop heartbreakers, to introspective and sparsely decorated contemporary folk. In a world of cheap thrills and quick pleasures, Cookie’s singularity is tantalisingly refreshing.
Ollie English is an enthralling young singer-songwriter hailing from the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. A 3x winner of the People’s Choice Best Blues & Roots Award (2018, 2019 and 2020) at the South Australian Music Awards, English captivates audiences with his exquisitely powerful voice, a fearless presence and an effortless dance between soulful rock anthems with gritty guitar solos to heartfelt ballads humming with gospel-inspired backing vocals.
The majestic single Holy Water – picked up by the SA Tourism Commission to soundtrack its popular and wide-reaching 2019 promotional campaign – and the subsequent debut EP Reality of Love, shows a mature, expansive and promising preview to an exciting new chapter of releases set for 2021.
Ollie English: 8:30pm
Cookie Baker: 9:45pm