Join Naomi Keyte + Xavia for an afternoon of song and stories about people and place.
Naomi Keyte is making an interesting blend of folk and alt-pop music that is distinct both sonically and lyrically. Think Julie Byrne, Kate Bush, Sufjan Stevens, and Sharon van Etten. There is an intimacy in Keyte’s voice that is both gentle and powerful, and the band help bring to life her image-rich lyrics. With Thomas Capogreco on viola, Mary Webb on backing vocals, Felicity Freeman on bass, and Rohan Goldsmith on Drums, the sound this collective are creating is simultaneously minimal and generous. They use space and restraint in a way that lends impact to the moments when they choose to give it all.
In 2016 Naomi won the National Live Music Award for ‘Best Live Voice SA’ and in 2017 was nominated for three South Australian Music awards; ‘Best Release’, ‘Best Folk’, and ‘Best Female Artist’. After the 2017 release of their debut album ‘Melaleuca’, the band have played a series of interstate Parlour shows and a handful of festivals including Here’s to Now, The Basket Range Festival and WOMADelaide (2018).
The group recently returned to the recording studio of Nick Huggins and, in collaboration with acclaimed producer Anna Laverty, recorded their new single ‘Travelling Woman’ which will be released in 2019.
Alice Springs multi-instrumentalist, looper, singer and NT Song of the year Finalist XAVIA creates dreamy electronic-folk, a space to swoon in swirling strings, earthy rhythms and soaring melodies that draw you into a vivid song journey.
Live, she has been described as refreshingly unique, live-looping percussive cello, handmade beats and sparkling autoharp to blend with striking and delicate vocals layers and harmonies.
Her single HORIZONS, inspired by her desert home, invites us to ‘breathe in’ the landscape and its ancient stories. “Horizons was written while climbing desert mountains, drinking in the colour with thoughts ascending, heart exploding”
XAVIA is originally from Adelaide, formally one half of sibling duo BrotherSister (triple j unearthed winners), and has lived and toured in Australia, Nashville and Europe as a cellist and session musician. She is now based in the vibrant and robust creative community of Alice Springs with her young family.