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Nancy Kerr

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

An Australian fiddle singer is a source of inspiration for the UK folk musician

There’s something magical about how Louisa's voice combines with her fiddle sound

My hero is Louisa Wise, a fiddle singer who lives in western Australia. I’m also a fiddle singer, and Louisa is a guru for that kind of music – in fact, she taught me that term. I first came across her and her music when I was playing in Australia with Eliza Carthy in 1996. We played with her family band – it’s very important for her that her family makes music together, and now as a mum of small children myself, I’m very keen that music is part of their everyday lives.

Louisa's fiddle technique is superb, and you can hear all kinds of rich folk influences in it, from old-time to Anglo-Celtic and European styles. There’s something magical about the way her voice combines with her earthy fiddle sound.

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