Every community needs a champion, every cape needs a lighthouse, and every cool little alternative music festival needs someone to represent its passion and spirit – and so it was with great pleasure that the Mullum Music Festival recently announced acclaimed singer songwriter Suzannah Espie as its next patron.
As Harry James Angus did before her, and Mama Kin before him, Suzannah Espie will bring something special to the festival by immersing herself in the kaleidoscope community that is Mullumbimby. In her role as patron Suzannah will work with a local women’s choir to present a special performance at the festival, take part in the in Youth Mentorship Program as a mentor, participate in collaborative performances that will include other acts from the line-up as well as perform in her own right.
“A patron needs to be more than just a wonderful performer and musician,” said director Glenn Wright.
“They get involved in the community, help younger artists and bring creative ideas to the programming. There needs to be a level of respect from their peers. Suzannah has played Mullum many times and the audience at her gigs is always filled with other musicians. Suzannah is never average; she is always there, in the moment and true to her craft. She is not a selfish performer, she is a communicator and the music always comes first. She was an easy choice for us and we are privileged to have her as part of our festival family.”
“I’ve been playing festivals both here and abroad for over 20 years and Mullum is by far and away one of my favourites,” says Suzannah.
“I have been lucky enough to appear at the festival many times now and I have come to feel like Mullumbimby is a home away from home. The festival seeps into every corner of the town, and every bartender, shop owner and waiter seems to be totally enthused by what is going on. There are so many local people I now call friends from my time playing at Mullum, I can’t think of another festival where I have felt that connection with the place.”
Suzannah will take up her role as patron In October when she returns from performing in Nashville as part of the Sounds Australia contingent of Australian artists at AmericanaFest 2016. Suzannah will join Jordie Lane (also appearing at Mullum Festival), Shane Nicholson, The Yearlings and many more Australian artists appearing at showcases at some of Nashville’s most iconic venues from Sept 20-25.