Melanie Horsnell lists her home as Candelo – one of those little townships speckled on the map through the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. The kind of place we’ve probably all dreamt about running away to, where we’d indulge our creative sides and wake up to the sound of the currawongs every morning.
But it’s really just one of the places that colours Trobairitz – an album that pulls together the threads of 20 years of writing and performing. But surprisingly it’s her first solo acoustic performance of all original material, delivered in the one-woman-and-one-guitar format that Melanie has taken to living rooms and street corners, festival tents and small bars, and theatre stages she’s shared with the likes of Jason Mraz, The Frames, Glen Hansard, Bernard Fanning, and Sarah Blasko among others. She was also recently a part of the Golden Guitar Award nominated band The New Graces.
These are late night lullabies and buskers' dreams. Recorded by ARIA-winning Australian producer, Paul McKercher, ensuring the clarity of the emotions and messages being revealed. They are songs from many times and places: Maybe just a little of that 10-year-old in an oversized Akrubra strumming on Manly Esplanade for tourists’ coins, some of the loneliness of being broke and eating Weet-bix and cabbage mixed together as dreams were chased through Europe, loves coming and going, and perhaps even the odd thrill of hearing one your songs soundtracking a Bonds undies ad. But never less than honest, open, and feeling.
Trobairitz is the culmination of a life in song, capturing the very essence of Melanie Horsnell’s music.