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Happy Axe / Julia Johnson / Sebastian field

Happy Axe
Happy Axe is multi-instrumentalist and musical polymath Emma Kelly. Happy Axe weaves layers of vocals, violin and musical saw into a vibrant fever dream of ambient pop music. Watching a performance by Happy Axe is a hypnotic experience. Deft melodies and atmospheric loops cascade and fold themselves around you. Entrancing patterns form and then dissolve.
Inspired equally by the organic sonic landscapes of artists like Björk and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and the brooding string-laden film scores of David Lynch and Hollywood noir, Happy Axe builds sound-worlds filled with both light and shadow.

"You're an alternate reality Happy Axe. The strings consume this with drama, it'll leave you feeling unsettled and wanting more to explore. This is next level." - Claire Mooney, Triple J

"...she crafts an experimental electronic soundscape that feels intangible in its pristine, strange beauty, similar to a Paul Thomas Anderson film or BJÖRK’s work on Homogenic." - Kyle Fensom, Purple Sneakers

Julia Johnson
Julia Johnson plays the same menagerie of traditional folk instruments she has played since she was a child. But the past few years have seen her explode her usual approach to making music and then sew it back together with threads of sonic experimentation. Her voice has been compared to Florence Welch, Joni Mitchell and even a 'treacherous mountain river'. Julia is a TripleJ Unearthed awarded songwriter who has supported iconic Australian artists including Courtney Barnett, Tim Rogers, Jen Cloher, Bob Evans, and Pete Murray as well as performing at folk and contemporary music festivals such as National Folk Festival and Groovin The Moo.

“Love the playful guitar plucking and that lilt of Julia’s voice” – Zan Rowe, DoubleJ

“This confidently straddles the lines between slightly folk-tinged, rustic sounds and a bright-eyed pop sensibility, with good lyrics to boot.” Al Newstead, TripleJ

Sebastian Field
A mainstay of the Canberra scene through his work in Cracked Actor, Burrows and Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Sebastian Field joins Julia Johnson and Happy Axe to launch his second single 'Liberty Bell' with an intimate show at the Petersham Bowlo.

Ruminating on romantic disillusionment, 'Liberty Bell' is a stunning showcase of Field's delicate songwriting and remarkable falsetto, beautifully complimented by acclaimed musician Luke Sweeting on piano.

Sebastian Field will take the stage with a set of songs and renditions that cover his past and look forward to his upcoming album 'Picture Stone' as he continues his journey from one time band leader to captivating solo singer-songwriter.

Later Event: May 1
Sali Bracewell