Live on ABC Nationwide with Marc Fennell

On Friday morning, we got up early (again) and in the grip of jet lag after a fantastic gig in Berry, drove to Wollongong and boarded a train to Sydney's Ultimo studios to meet the lovely Marc Fennell for a half-hour studio interview and live session on ABC Nationwide. It was tiring, we'll admit ... but worth it. 

In our 30 minute interview with Marc Fennell on ABC Nationwide (Sydney) where we talk about forming harmonies, the art of busking and Jaime and Marina discuss the personal stories behind the songs 'Fall in Love with Me' and 'Night Flight', which we perform live on air.  

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Available to watch now Night Flight video

"Night Flight" from the Belle Miners debut album Powerful Owl, blends beautifully into the starry night sky of The Kimberley, Australia in outback Western Australia. Soaring harmonies and delicate instrumentation pop against a sparkling violet vision of moonlit horizons and Magpie geese flying to roost over a blood-red sunset.


The video captures the emotion behind the song's lyrics and deep personal meaning for Jaime, as well as the strong connection Belle Miners have with Australia's birds and the freedom of its landscape. "I imagined myself as a spirit, having left my body, soaring out into the vast expanse beyond our blue-green planet, flying through the cool air like I always wished I could as a child", says Jaime.

The birds were filmed by Simon Mustoe (Belle Miners Manager and founder of Wildiaries ) and Nick Hayward (whose most famous work includes the Lyrebird sequence from Attenborough's Life of Birds). The footage was originally collected over 150 days, for an Australia.com series about our most beautiful landscapes - and even includes a film about BirdLife Australia's Broome Bird Observatory, where Jaime works. 

Footage of the Belle Miners was shot by Darren Ho Media and Foxx Foto, with beauty and style by Erin Bradley, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  

Jaime's reasons for thinking about death are deeply personal - she spent 11 years with a brain stem tumour deemed inoperable. Fortunately, one of the world's leading brain surgeons Dr. Charles Teo removed the tumour and Jaime is now cancer free. The song serves as a powerful and poignant reminder to never give up.

Produced by Darryl LeCraw productions.

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Belle Miners will take their songs and stories on tour around Australia in January...
The Music Presents...
2018 Belle Miners Australian Tour:

  • Wed 3 Jan | Magic Mountain, Merimbula NSW (Tickets)
  • Thu 4 Jan | Berry School of Arts, Berry NSW (Tickets)
  • Fri 5 Jan | Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW (Tickets)
  • Sun 7 Jan | Mosaic Carriage, Fremantle WA (SOLD OUT)
  • Thu 11 Jan | Broome Convention Centre, Broome WA (Tickets)
  • Tue 16 Jan | Hastings Caves, Parks Tasmania, Geeveston TAS (Tickets)
  • Wed 17 Jan | Frank’s Cider Bar, Franklin TAS (Tickets)
  • Fri 19 Jan | Printers Room, Sebastiaans, Ballarat, VIC (Tickets)
  • Sat 20 Jan | Upwey Skylark Room with 3MDR, Burrinja VIC (Tickets)
  • Sun 21 Jan | Toff In Town, Melbourne VIC (Tickets)
  • Thu 25 Jan | The Mechanics Institute, Nagambie VIC (Tickets)
  • Fri 26 Jan | Star Theatre, Chiltern VIC (Tickets)
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Berry Mountain, where it all began

It was several years ago in Berry, about two and a half hours south of Sydney, where we met and performed a small house concert at Jaime's in-laws' place. 

The land known as 'Boobook Mountain Cottage', is nestled among rainforest high up on Berry Mountain. 

Boobook Mountain Cottage can be rented on AirBnB

Boobook Mountain Cottage can be rented on AirBnB

One fated evening, after the sun had set and the performance was complete, a Powerful Owl flew over the stage. 

That night Marina wrote a song. "I didn't really know if we'd be coming back so I wrote the song to make sure I could keep the memory alive ... it was such a beautiful place" she says.

The song 'Berry Mountain' didn't make it onto the album but it was recorded live for the 'Love, Nourish, Flourish' CD and you can listen to it here. It starts:

"... up on Berry Mountain side, winding roads meet southern skies and wandering birds of prey in the night".

That wandering bird of prey was the Powerful Owl that became the totem for the debut album.

It all started on Berry Mountain

Well, thankfully we did decide to come back. And this year we aren't just playing a home-coming in Berry, we're also are playing a string of dates all across Australia. But Berry Mountain will always have a special place in our hearts and we are desperately looking forward to returning.  

Early bird tickets are still available until the end of this week, so make sure you head over to the website and book yours. 

See you soon!

 

TOUR DATES

Touring: Jan 2018

  • Wed 3 Jan | Magic Mountain, Merimbula NSW (Tickets)
  • Thu 4 Jan | Berry School of Arts, Berry NSW (Tickets)
  • Fri 5 Jan | Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW (Tickets)
  • Sun 7 Jan | Mosaic Carriage, Fremantle WA (SOLD OUT)
  • Thu 11 Jan | Broome Convention Centre, Broome WA (Tickets)
  • Tue 16 Jan | Hastings Caves, Parks Tasmania, Geeveston TAS (Tickets)
  • Wed 17 Jan | Frank’s Cider Bar, Franklin TAS (Tickets)
  • Fri 19 Jan | Printers Room, Sebastiaans, Ballarat, VIC (Tickets)
  • Sat 20 Jan | Upwey Skylark Room with 3MDR, Burrinja VIC (Tickets)
  • Sun 21 Jan | Toff In Town, Melbourne VIC (Tickets)
  • Thu 25 Jan | The Mechanics Institute, Nagambie VIC (Tickets)
  • Fri 26 Jan | Star Theatre, Chiltern VIC (Tickets)
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