Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
Folk singer and pop-punk poet Alana Wilkinson is turning heads with her solo acoustic EP and a string of high profile shows showcasing her wit, humour and insightful social commentary.
Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin. Her songs with titles like I Wanna Punch On With You, Partner In Crime, and Show You Mine, reflect on dear friends, ex-lovers, would-be suitors, ridiculous social norms and the absurd challenges of suburban life in a heartfelt way, leaving audiences feeling that they have stumbled across a particularly poignant diary.
Equally at home in a house concert or in the expansive surrounds of a festival Wilkinson engages audiences with stories and songs that seep into the consciousness. In 2017 she's played Nannup, opened shows for the likes of Eddi Reader, Bob Evans, Shaun Kirk and the Pierce Brothers as well as her own Parlour gigs and busking tour. While compared to artists such as Billy Bragg, Jonathon Richman and Patti Smith and Australian success stories like Courtney Barnett, Kate Miller-Heidke and Emma Louise, and even to Tim Minchin, Wilkinson is carving her own path through the woods.
Drawing on the spirit of Woody Guthrie she seeks to connect in the most direct way possible— taking her large repertoire of songs on the road accompanied by just guitar and ukelele - and the caustic wit and theatrical delivery that serves her so well.