‘Great Being Old’: Loveys hit the road to spread the word
THEY were the toast of the Mullum Festival last year and though they didn't appear at this year's event The Loveys - a Mullumbimby quartet - are still having a busy end to the year.
A four-piece multi-instrumentals band, who write their own material, The Loveys were booked to appear at some of the country's top events over the next few months. They had the Ukulele festival in Newcastle, a festival in Western Australia and now will play a pre-Christmas show back here in Brunswick and then the big one - Woodford over New Years.
Not bad for four women on the wrong side of 40 from the Mullumbimby-Brunswick area who started out as a ukulele band.
Aged from 40-71, The Loveys are Belinda Eadsforth, Pamela Freeman, Janet Swain and Jenny Parenteau - on stage they are better known as Miss Bee, Pammy, Delphi Coral and Jen Jen- a cabaret act complete with ukuleles, oboes, beautiful four-part harmonies and songs that you won't hear anywhere else.
Jenny, the oldest of the group, is the one responsible for their smoky lead vocals and songs that tackle everything from aging - "It's Great Being Old" and living on your own again - "Dinner for One" and life in general "Have I left it too Late". The songs are about the joys, struggles and ordinary things in life presented in a way that's sometimes poignant, sometimes irreverent and often humorous way.
Originally from New Zealand, Jenny has survived breast cancer, having the man she was going to spend her retirement with come out, sung with a Maori band in New Zealand, Edith Piaf songs in Caledonia, learned to tango and taught ukulele in Qatar and Singapore. It has made her lyrics and her life rich and she is currently writing down her life story through her songs in a book for her children and grand children.
It was during her time in Singapore where the real genesis of The Lovey's occurred with Jenny meeting Janet - a music teacher, community choir leader and events organizer with a background in theatre. Janet's mother Elizabeth is a long-time music teacher who currently runs the group Dynasty8 around the Brunswick Valley. Dynasty8 will be appearing at the Mullumbimby Festival this year.
"Me and Jenny were both living in Singapore about five years ago," Janet explained.
"I told her was moving home and not long after she moved too - ending up, by chance - both in the same town."
Back in Australia the duo, going through major changes in life, decided to get some friends together for a Ukulele and that led to who and what they are now.
Watch out for The Loveys in Perth, Newcastle, Brunswick Heads and then part of next year's lineup in Woodford.