Lois Olney

MELANCHOLY JAZZ

Lois Olney was born in her mother’s country at Roebourne in the Pilbara region of WA, her father was a Yamatji man from Meekatharra.

Olney’s performances at Fairbridge are not to be missed.

“I’m from the stolen generation so I’ve had a few tragedies in my life, where I lost my brother through death in custody and a lot of adults in my family and friends of mine that have gone through the missions. So, I have a lot of empathy for a lot of the people that are stolen generation, so I write a lot in sympathy that is becoming to people’s feelings.  I try not to make it too emotional.  I’ve been trained as an opera singer and jazz was my second love.  The music that I’m doing with Dave Johnson is sort of folk and melancholy jazz.”

“Music can overcome a lot of personal hurt that people feel and that’s what I do with my music.  I feel a kinship with the way I write my music to family members and the people that I’ve met over the years.  I have a lot of empathy for people that are part of the stolen generations and they still haven’t overcome the hurt.  Through music, it gives them a path of releasing, or understanding themselves, or somehow it connects with them.  That’s what I try to achieve.  I try not to make people too sad, but I have reduced people to tears.”

And when performing her songs:  “I cry as well.”

Olney’s performances at Fairbridge are not to be missed.

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