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New ground: emerging artists work together for musical growth

Friday, 05 April 2013 13:33

My Goodness McGuiness and Miss Little “Corduroy & Knit” Tour May 2013

Songwriter Miss Little and musician Lucian McGuiness strip both genres back to celebrate melody as king, in a tour presenting brand new music written collaboratively by McGuiness and McCallum, treading a faint path between modern jazz and gentle pop. The tour will take in venues in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and regional NSW during May 2013.

For McCallum and McGuiness, this project is about musical growth. With healthy emerging solo careers as performers and writers in different corners of the music industry, McCallum and McGuiness sought to work together to expand their scope and skills:
McGuiness said, “As a jazz trained musician, I’ve been dancing around songwriting and pop music influences for a long time, without approaching it head on. Then 2012 Sarah and I began discussing the possibility of writing together, and ultimately the opportunity came sooner than expected.”

“2013 is a year of collaboration for me and I was really excited when Lucian and I started concocting this project,” said Sarah McCallum. “You learn so much about yourself as a musician from getting out of your comfort zone and going into someone else’s musical world. I also feel it helps to solidify the musical community more when artists get together and throw paint at the wall so to speak. This project is a great adventure and I can't wait to see it unfurl fully and to share it with People around the country.”

Miss Little is the moniker for New Zealand born Sarah McCallum’s unique brand of song writing that sits in the heart of traditional pop forms, underpinned by electronic rhythms, jazz, noise, vocal layering and a deepseated influence of classical music. Now based in Sydney, her debut ‘When Things Fall Apart And Into Place’ (Laughing Outlaw Records) is a nine-track album that explores the pain and beauty of transition. Described in Brisbane’s Time off as “An Intricate album of sonorous pop songs that eschew traditional musical norms.”

Lucian McGuiness is the composer and trombonist behind the world-jazz ensemble My Goodness, McGuiness! whose debut album ‘Insular Peninsular‘ (Rufus Records) was described as “delicate” by ABC RN’s Luck Oceans and “blithe as a bee in spring” by the Sydney Morning Herald. A part-time resident in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, McGuiness returns to Australia regularly to lead offbeat ensembles Salvation Street Shout ( a gospel trombone choir), Vintage Quartestra (a 19th century style mini-dance-orchestra) and Little Egypt’s Burlesque Club (a 1950s rhythm’n’blues cabaret) for the arts festival circuit. McGuiness’ solid pop credentials include recent brass work for Joanna Newsom, Holly Throsby and Passenger.

“Miss Little is... assured, fragile, tender, sexy.”
— the Age

“There is pure quality to the McGuiness tone, coupled with a less-is-more approach.”
— Limelight Magazine


7 May - Open Studio, Northcote ,VIC,
Tix $6 at the door. venue info:

9 May - The Loft, Majura, ACT,
Tix $10/$15 at the door. venue info:

10 May - Air Raid Tavern, Moruya NSW
Tix $10 at the door. venue info:

11 May - The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Chippendale NSW,
Tickets $20/$15/$10. venue info and bookings:

14 May - The Underground @ The Grand Hotel, Newcastle, NSW,
Tix $10/$15 at the door. venue info:

19 May - Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW,
Tix $5 at the door. venue info:


Vanessa O’Neill
0415 631 057
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the support of Arts NSW through the Sydney Improvised Music Association.