MUSIC REVIEW: The Mia Dyson Tour 2009

Marika Bryant

Kick-starting her tour before kick-starting her relocation to the US of A later this year, Mia Dyson, through selected venues that afford her a more ambient link with her music-loving audience, laid it out for us music lovers on Saturday night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.
MUSIC REVIEW: The Mia Dyson Tour 2009
Kick-starting her tour before kick-starting her relocation to the US of A later this year, Mia Dyson, through selected venues that afford her a more ambient link with her music-loving audience, laid it out for us music lovers on Saturday night at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall. What an absolute treat it was to sit in a venue and enjoy the cornucopia of talent that surrounds this amazing singer-songwriter-musician. I remember witnessing Mia for the first time at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, many moons ago. A “young slip of a thing” singing and playing a Dyson guitar (her father, Jim Dyson, builds handmade guitars, now there is a musical start in life!) Gob-smacked back then by Mia’s musical prowess, it came as no surprise to be blown even further away (hurricane Mia) by the sheer talent emanating from her “all grown up now” presence, and indeed, her entire entourage. Which brings me to the opening act - Jen Cloher and the Endless Sea" with their lyrical, haunting, almost orchestral arrangements that left the audience emotionally erect, and applauding for more. In total control, this confident, singer/songwriter guitar playing musician (pardon the superlatives, but she is much deserved of all titles bestowed upon her) took the audience on an epic musical journey. Jen introduced one of her latest songs, written whilst spending the last two years in New Zealand, relating to the audience how this beautiful musical offering had manifested itself. Jen could hear Mia practising in one of the cabins on the property they were staying at (to give Mia “a taste of NZ”) and the melody floating through the air inspired Jen to write and dedicate ‘Time Amongst the Pines’ to Mia. Another song, ‘Rain’, was totally mesmerising, but a personal favourite line from one of Jen’s songs would have to be “I’ve been lied to, now I’m fuzzy”. Fuzzy, indeed….... Throw in an electric saw and a viola - the Endless Sea, in their own right, are truly inspirational, each musician with stand-alone talent. Speaking of stand-alone talent, Mia Dyson’s band line-up is pretty awesome too. Mia arrived on stage for her first number with Liz Stringer, a multi-talented musician who plays wicked guitar, piano, harmonica, sings a treat, and has her own fabulous musical career. Together, these women are a force, setting the tone for the rest of the evenings offerings. The band fused together to create such a tight sound with gutsy, grinding, down-dirty sexy blues" rolling guitars with Mia’s full vocal capacity ripping out rock like she was born to it (clearly, she was). Testing out her new material, and keeping up the snappy repartee, she thanked the audience for being part of the whole show. Thank you! Mia’s latest album, Struck Down, is “an album about finding your place in the wide world and simultaneously getting lost in it”. Everyone can relate to that – let us hope Mia doesn’t get lost in America (sounds like a good title for a film…..) and returns with her talent and experience to good old Oz. Fully charged, the combination tour of Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer, and Jen Cloher with the Endless Sea, is an event truly worth witnessing. As Mia has matured and already done the hard-yards in pubs and bars, the venues have been carefully selected for the music loving audience, so they are more like concerts than gigs. Not to be missed if you can possibly help it, the venues and dates are listed below: Wednesday 4th March The Cambridge, 789 Hunter Street, Newcastle www.yourcambridge.com Thursday 5th March The Factory, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville www.factorytheatre.com.au Friday 6th March Heritage Hotel, 240 Princess Highway, Bulli www.heritagehotel.com.au Saturday 7th March Top of the Cross, Southern Cross Club, Woden 92-96 Corinna Street, Phillip 02 62837288 Sunday 8th March Milton Theatre, 69 Princess Highway, Milton Tickets from Country Leather 02 44553056 www.miltontheatre.com.au Thursday 12th March Ruby’s Lounge, 1648 Burwood Highway, Belgrave www.rubyslounge.com.au Friday 13th March The Palais, 111 Main Road, Hepburn Springs www.thepalais.com.au Saturday 14th March Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins Street, Melbourne www.ticketmaster.com Sunday 15th March The Studio, Gheringhap Street, Geelong 03 52251200 www.miadyson.com and www.theatlasagency.com

About the author

Marika Bryant is an artist and writer living in Northern New South Wales, graduating from Southern Cross University (Bachelor of Visual Arts) in 2004. Marika has worked as a writer for magazines, advertising agencies and other ‘strictly for profit’ institutions and is now focussing on her career as an abstract expressionistic, poetry based artist with a twist. Having written (and performed) the odd comedy skit, and been caught behind the microphone once or twice, Marika can empathise with many in the ‘arty world’, knowing that it isn’t always easy!