Described as equal parts vulnerable folk singer and vitriolic poet, Surf Coast based, Alana Wilkinson has turned heads recently with stellar performances across major festivals such as Blue Mountains, Queenscliff, Woodford and Nannup. She’s also spread her magic touring with The Porch Sessions and supporting the likes of Bob Evans, Eddi Reader, Sarah McLeod, Shaun Kirk and The Pierce Brothers, amongst many others.
Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin. Her songs skewer ex-lovers, would-be suitors, ridiculous social norms and the absurd challenges of suburban life in a merciless, yet strangely affectionate way, leaving the audience feeling like they’re sitting in her living room, chatting about life over a steaming cuppa.
Equally at home in the intimate confines of a house concert or in the expansive surrounds of a festival, Wilkinson engages audiences with revealing and hilarious stories and songs that leave you pondering the joys of life with a smile on your dial.
The debut single ’Closer’ was instantly added to ABC Local Radio nationally, seeping into the soundscape of the summer through car radios across the country. The song even found its way onto the playlist of a chain of national department stores fulfilling an unrealized life-goal for Alana. Hello Kmart.
Following up ‘Closer’ is the release of her second single, ’Partner In Crime’, and if you have not yet fallen in love with Alana Wilkinson, this is the track that’ll send you swooning.
‘Partner In Crime’ is a poignant and moving tale of adventures with her childhood bestie, Amy, capturing the spirit and carefree nature of growing up in the Melbourne burbs. Accompanied by a beautifully crafted video where Amy and Alana are played by their own respective ‘mini me’s’, ’Partner In Crime’ is sure to build on the reputation for whimsical, funny and brilliantly executed words, music and visuals that Alana has established.
Drawing on the spirit of Woody Guthrie she seeks to connect in the most direct way possible – taking her large repertoire of songs on the road accompanied by just guitar and ukulele – and the caustic wit, theatrical delivery and questionable dance moves that serve her oh so well.
Alana Wilkinson, in all her sunshiney glory, is one to watch.
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