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Helen Begley

As a resident of West Brunswick for the past 20 years, Helen Begley was inspired to write a homage to the suburb after her long association with it ended last year due to the rental market out pricing her love for living there. The result is a new album, her second as a solo artist, aptly titled, "West Brunswick" which is due for release on Yarrabin Records at the beginning of March.

A tour of house concerts in the council municipality of Moreland, including West Brunswick, as well as other suburbs of Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate is scheduled for 2013 to promote the new album. In keeping with the local neighbourly flavour of the project, the album is recorded, designed and printed in Brunswick.

Over the years, Helen has travelled Australia playing to audiences in country towns and capital cities, in venues as diverse as concert halls at folk festivals, rickety stages in Tasmanian forests and iconic gig rooms in inner city Melbourne. She is a respected Melbourne songwriter and has written songs for Carl Pannuzzo, Penny Larkins, Jody Galvin and the Tenderhearts and Melbourne folk band Milk. Her writing credits extend to poetry, spoken word, short stories, blogs, scripts and she is a regular arts reviewer for online arts website Artshub.

In 2011, after her move to Coburg, she grabbed her guitar, hopped on a plane and travelled to the USA where she took every opportunity to play in pubs and cafes across the nation. She even got to play at The Bluebird Café in Nashville and caught up with her songwriting buddy and sometime collaborator Clint Land in Kentucky for a bit of a song writing session.

Helen produced her first solo album "The Bride" in 2010. Her songs have also appeared on three Milk CD’s, ‘Made’ (2001), ‘Golden Ring Life’ (2004) and ‘Shipwrecked at the Royal Oak’ (2007) as well as a number of compilation albums including ‘Girl Comp2’, ‘Reels and Roads’ with Lucie Thorne, ‘Rock Against Bullshit’ (2006), Carl Panuzzo’s album “20 Ukulele Greats” (2008), the Wilderness society’s “Forests Forever” (2008) and various Folk festival Compilations including Nannup and Cygnet.

She has appeared at the Top Half Folk Festival in Darwin 2010, Kilmore Celtic Festival 2010, Kangaroo Valley Music festival 2010, Uranquinty Folk Festival, 2010 Canberra Country Music Festival 2010, The Maldon Folk Festival 2010, Songwriter in residence at The Boite Singers Festival 2011 and Yackandandah Folk Festival 2012 as well as appearing at venues across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.

She has been a judge for the Victorian Bush Poetry competition and The Man from Snowy River Poetry Competition and has previously judged the Darebin Songwriting Competition Grand Final. Last year she was commissioned by Radio 3CR to write and perform a radio song tour of her original song “All aboard the Pirate Ship”. She won Melbourne Ukulele Festival’s Songwriting Competition 2010, The Man from Snowy River Aussie Bush Idol 2012 senior section, and Albion Park Camp Cooking Damper Competition 2011. Her work has been played on ABC and community radio stations across the country.