Press Overview

Summary

Genre: ethereal dream-pop, faery-goth, medieval, baroque, ambient folk, Celtic fantasy with intercultural influences.

Frequent themes: faerylore, mythology, parallel lives, immortal poetry, ghosts, shamanism, magic-realism, Animism.

Leading Instrument: voice.

(Also plays mandolin, guitar, sansula, ocarina, keyboards, firesticks, chimes, with guest musicians accompanying her on such instruments as harp, charango, piano, clarinet, viola, dulcimer, oboe, bass, recorder, glissando, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki, percussion, flute and others.)

Main Label: formerly Prikosnovenie, France

Main Producers of past 3 decades: Brett Taylor (Pilgrim Arts) & Harry Williamson (Spring Studio)

Other Australian Producers: Jack Setton (Mad Cat Sound), Trevor Petrie (Golden City Sound), Richard Allison (Brunswick Recording & Arranging) and Nicholas Albanis (Crustacean Creations) of the trance medieval duo Dandelion Wine.

Concert Report: Louisa live at Faerieworlds festival, USA 2009. Review by Leaf at Technogypsie: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=672

Live footage at Trolls et Legendes, Belgium, 2009:

Other You-Tube clips:

‘Muse’, directed by Toby & Brian Froud, to Louisa’s song ‘Which of these Worlds?’ from her album Apple Pentacle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahBe3Znj8lY

Discography, solo albums: (complete discography)

Selected Reviews in brief:

More reviews and specific album reviews in the discography section.

“spiritual pearls and sounds from fantasy land”

Khimaira magazine, Belgium

“A veritable joy for the unconditional dreamers that we are”

Elegy magazine, France

“enchanted reveries bewitch the listener… timeless faery music… vastly rewarding”

Highwire Daze magazine, America

“genre-bending musical style… a compelling artist”

Fiend magazine, Australia

“few female artists have impressed me so much since Nico or Kate Bush”

Oriflamme, England

“a beautiful arc of music… a gem for fans of Heavenly Voices…”

Tranceform, Germany

“as beautiful and varied as the country she evokes”

Cynfeirdd – Friendship Culture, France

“ethereal…unique…magnificent”

Vampiria magazine, Italy

“worthy of some Medieval epic”

Heathen Harvest, America

“Music for elves, dreamers, thinkers… truly amazing”

Gothtronic, The Netherlands

“a beautiful juice impressive and amazing… apocalyptic”

Feedback magazine, Portugal

“the voice of the Australian fairy takes a width and a depth close to the divine”

Infratunes, France

“ethereal elegant Pop music heavily influenced by… folklore and literature”

Pentacle magazine, England

“Australian queen of new-age and esotericism”

Side-Line magazine, Belgium

“eerie… dreamy… ethereal folk”

Rhythms magazine, Australia

“giddily beautiful…mandolin mad… untamed and lovely”

Ethereality & Ecto, America

“All borders broken and crossed. You’ll be under the spell of this music enchantress quickly”

The Penny Dreadful webzine, Germany

“a jewel in romantic pop-ethereal fairy music”

L’Ame Electrique magazine, Greece

“Lash yourselves to the mast”

FluxEuropa, England

Awards / Attainments:

  • Australian Fairy Tale Society Award 2021
  • CJ Dennis Literary Award for Poetry, 2010, for poem Twenty Ways to Greet a Tiger
  • Music Award at Trolls et Legendes festival, 2009, Belgium
  • Performed on main stage at world’s largest fairy festival in 2009, Faerieworlds, in Eugene, Oregon, USA, solo & with mythic pagan band Woodland, and later on their online festivals Live From Home
  • 7 solo CDs mostly on fairy label Prikosnovenie in France, and as many collaboration albums
  • Featured in Carnets Noirs – musiques, attitudes, cultures – Acte I – La Scene Internationale, a hardcover book published in France (Editions Espirit Livres). www.premonition.org/premor.php3?lien=actu/actu.php3X1Xactuid=213009&ta=10
  • Inspired the story ‘Louisa’ published in the book Mon Dernier The by Alyz Tale in Paris
  • Employed as storyteller in world’s first fairy shop Wonderwings, and at other venues, botanic gardens, town halls or National Trust homesteads, including Moomba, Royal Melbourne Show, and celebrating Alice in Wonderland at Glen Eira Storytelling Festival
  • Articles & short stories published, e.g. 2011 Award Winning Australian Writing (Melbourne Books); Dec 2015-2016 Fairy Tale edition of Victorian Writer; an essay & fairy tale in TEXT, Special Issues Series, #43 Oct 2017, ‘Into the bush: Australasian fairy tales’, a peer reviewed academic journal; and a fairy tale published in South of the Sun – Australian fairy tales for the 21st century, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts & Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne; I taught teens for over a decade, including refugees and asylum seekers, then worked at a university with water ecologists.