Celebrating diverse creativity

Original: Musician Megan Hay will be among a line-up of songwriters and musicians showcasing their work during Pictures in her head at Repertory House, in Invercargill, next week.

CELEBRATING the talent of female songwriters, composers and musicians in Invercargill, Pictures in her head will showcase music written by several women who live in Invercargill.

From high school pupils to Southern Institute of Technology students and established singers and songwriters, the evening will be an opportunity for music-lovers to enjoy and support original music in Southland.

Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen, who will be one of the performers, said the inspiration for the title of the show, Pictures in her head, came from a Jodi Mitchell song.

The evening was a way of bringing a diverse group of women together, with the aim of “supporting and nourishing young songwriters and musicians, and as a platform for networking”, she said. “When I was a girl growing up in Invercargill writing songs, I would have loved an opportunity like this.”

Music teachers, young women, and high school and college pupils would all take part singing songs they had written, accompanied by ukulele, guitar or piano, Bodkin-Allen said.

“All the material will be original. . . some will be heard for the first time in public.”

As well as performing, Liv Cochrane, who described herself as a “writer of things” and a “singer of songs” would also be the emcee.

From a musical family, audio production and contemporary music student Megan Hay (21), and music student Danielle Hookway (23) would also be performing.

Bodkin-Allen would also include new material she had written from the musical 18 Eden Ave, which she hoped would be performed in Invercargill next year.

The evening was made possible by a Creative Communities grant.Pictures in her head, Repertory House, Saturday, May 15, 7.30pm. Door sales: $12 (cash only).