Debut single: Tullara goes down solo path
RAMORNIE raised singer/songwriter Tullara Connors has quickly developed a reputation as one of Australia's brightest up and coming performers.
Having spent the last four years touring Australia and recording as half of the renowned folk/roots duo 'Siskin River', the 22-year-old Grafton troubadour is now set to take the leap as a solo artist and unveil a whole other side of her talents.
Her debut single, 'Too Many', is set for release tomorrow, the lead track from her forthcoming solo EP.
Tullara said the song was "a bittersweet reflection on the bustle and cynicism of contemporary life, and the damaging paths we follow to try and escape it". A roots song at heart delivered within a catchy pop atmosphere.
"Folk/pop is how I've been describing it. It's a bigger sound than Siskin River as I've got a band behind me now and I sing all of it. With Siskin, we both had different writing styles and Shalene (sister) sung about 90% of the time. I've been both writing songs and developing my voice for a few years now so this music is the result of that," Tullara said.
While this is Tullara's first solo project, she had some experience releasing an album and a couple of EPs with her sister before deciding to have a hiatus.
"We decided to take a break at the start of this
year so we could do our own things. We played our last gig in January after spending four year playing together solidly, living in a car and travelling around."
But Tullara wasn't empty handed when the opportunity to pursue her solo path opened up.
"I'd been writing constantly for a couple of years and found a producer I wanted to work with for the EP. I sent her 25 songs and we narrowed it down to 10 and eventually the six that we thought fitted together from the best material over the past two years."
Of course where you grow up has a resounding influence on many songwriters and Tullara Connors is no different.
"Growing up in Grafton had a huge impact on me. The video (for Too Many) was filmed around Grafton. I really love the place. I grew up in Ramornie in the bush which is even quieter. When I was 16 I used to go to all the open mic nights around town, the Emporium (South Grafton), Tucabia's Squatters' Rest and more recently Naked Bean (South Grafton).
"That's where I first heard other people play and made friends with musicians like Daniel Tuite. I've got his band The Stained Daisies supporting the Grafton launch. This place has definitely had a pretty direct influence on my musical style, growing up with the space out on the farm, and the people I've met here."