By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Matt Hartigan.
Big Sky is the first single from Cate Taylor's soon-to-be-released second album, following on from her debut album Red Dirt, which was launched in 2020.
Written in lockdown when spending lots of slow time with friends walking among the trees by the Merri Merri and pondering the ongoing battle on Dja Dja Wurrung country to protect the sacred birthing trees.
Shortly after writing this song, on the day Victoria was declared "open" and distracted in celebration, the Victorian government went in and destroyed the culturally significant Sacred birthing tree, devastating all who'd worked desperately to defend it.
Cate Taylor is an award winning, indie-folk/alt-country singer songwriter from Melbourne who has worked with a swathe of talented musicians including Justin Brady, Matthew Arnold, Nina Rose, Greg Hamilton, Jason Bunn and Nicola Bell.
Cate’s music is described as rich, natural and grounded in heartfelt, spacious lyrics with a performance style that is authentic and engaging. Her songs reflect social, personal and environmental themes moving between raw, stripped-back arrangements to fuller compositions.
Her debut album, Red Dirt, released in October 2019, features some of Melbourne’s finest musicians including David Bridie on piano, Nina Rose on vocal harmonies, John Beddgood on mandolin and fiddle and Nicola Bell on drums. Launched to a sold out show at The Wesley Anne in March, 2020. Red Dirt received a 4 star review from Divide and Conquer.
Cate has performed at venues and festivals such as The Brunswick Ballroom, Thornbury Theatre, Merri Creek Tavern, The Selby Folk Club, The Kindred Bandroom, Gemco Theatre, The Wesley Anne, POME, The Castlemaine Taproom and festivals Wesfest and Keep It Live.
Currently Cate is working on her second album, performing in regional Australia and inner Melbourne venues and embarking on various collaborative projects with other songwriters and musicians.
"A truly beautiful album, Taylor writes contemplative songs accompanied by soothing instrumentals that complement the very observant, reflective lyrics." – Maja, singer/songwriter and spoken word artist.
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