The anticipation of the release of the new Aussie female supergroup album, following the news that Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann had recorded music together, had been building all year. Their inclusion on the bill for Splendour In The Grass was one of the main motivators for my ticket purchase....and then they announced shows before the festival. So Nicole and I had to go!
Making our way to the Thornbury Theatre, and upstairs to the balcony overlooking the stage and the seated diners below, Seagull opened the evening, in an odd support selection. Not really engaging the crowd at their tables, Dust Storm was a stand out for me.
The room hushed for the three talented singer-songwriters to arrive on stage, and open with Bring Me Back, as their album does. It was instantly clear that the harmonies of these three ladies would melt our hearts for the night.
Sarah dominated the vocals early, with Sally contributing a couple of lead tracks too. The girls joked about how excited they were about their banner, but that now they just felt like nerds having it up. They each swap positions, depending on the song, and then lead, and the keys or guitar that's needed.
On My Own and Light All My Lights were without their Aussie male actors vision, but oh so lovely. Sarah's quirky dance style continues to endear.
When Holly finally has lead position, she fills the room with Even Though I'm A Woman, and blows us all away with this favourite track. The Theme I, and Rely On Me are also stand outs of the set, with the emotion and personalised delivery of If The Night Is Dark and Rest Your Head On My Shoulder was so beautiful and powerful. Just gorgeous.
The encore featured the girls doing a song from each others discography, with Sarah giving us a jazz version of Holly's We’re Good People But Why Don’t We Show It?, Holly singing Sally's I’m the Drunk and You’re the Star, and lastly Sally singing We Won’t Run from Sarah's album from 2 years ago. This bunch of female musical talent finished with a track that inspired their collective work, being Stevie Nicks' Wild Heart.