With only one day left until the official opening of QLD Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word, I catch up with Tylea to talk songwriters and find out about her closing night performance.
ALS: Last time we spoken, you mentioned Grant McLennan and Dave McCormack as two songwriters who are important to you. If you had to choose one song from each of these artists to listen to, which would it be and why?
Tylea: I could listen to Cattle and Cane all day by Grant.
I grew up in Bundaberg and my family and forebearers had a long history with the Fairymead Mill. Cattle and Cane is the kind of song you feel you have always known. It just makes sense and works on many levels for me.
I also love David McCormack’s songwriting because of his sense of humour. I wish I could roll with the punches as much as David. He’s a wonderful character.
ALS: And lastly, what are you most looking forward to about performing at QPF 2012?
Tylea: I have invited Pascalle Burton (Pas) to help me out with my set. We have concocted a sound/guitarscape piece inspired by Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit. I am not sure how my part will turn out, but I have enjoyed spending a bit of time with Pas and am looking forward to unleashing the uncertainty. I hope it will be okay.