Indigo Girls, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Joni Mitchell
Wendy Ealey Moira Tyers
Rolling Stones, While and Matthews, Julie London, Nick Charles, Ken Nicol, Chain
Meet acoustic, multi-instrumental duo ‘The Dixie Chooks’. That’s right Chooks…not chicks, Australian…not American, and women of a certain age…not blonde young thangs with limited life experience.
The Chooks (Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers) hail from the northern burbs of Melb and have been playing together for 10 years.
If you like country/blues/folk with ‘layers’ of harmonies and strong arrangements then we reckon you’ll love the Chooks. Think Joan Baez meets Grace Slick hitting their fifties and going like the clappers to get their songs and sounds just right.
They are frequently heard and seen at music venues such as The Fox and Clifton Hill Hotels, festivals including Yackandandah, Newstead, Wintermoon, Tamar Valley, Kangaroo Valley, Fleurieu and Maldon, community and corporate events entertaining audiences with material which often speaks to the experiences of woman kind as they wend their way through the nightmare which is galloping middle age and plain old ordinary life. But there's nothing ordinary about this pairing of voices and musical spirits. They are equally at ease paying tongue in cheek homage to much loved 'lurve' ballads as they are giving songs with a bit of social bite a good airing.
Moira and Wendy are proudly part of the Unsung Heroes of Australian History (UHAH) project with Bruce Watson, which has played to enthusiastic audiences at the Bolte, Darebin Music Feast, the National, Basin Music Festival, Maldon, Cygnet and Tamar Valley Folk Festivals, Newstead Live Music Festival, Words in Winter, Mt Beauty Music Festival, schools, libraries and community halls far and wide as well as whirlwind tours of South Australia, Tasmania, Canberra and Sydney.
Until recently, as its founders, they worked mentoring budding musical bards at the Darebin Songwriters' Guild with a range of initiatives to support and encourage fellow musicians and writers. Moira and Wendy also had the privilege of working with the Te Toa Matoa 'Arts for Advocacy' project for artists with disabilities from Kiribatis in song writing, vocal technique and recording workshops before heading to Perth where they presented the Unsung Heroes project to the National History Teachers' Association conference having 'sung their way across the Nullabor' on the Indian Pacific. They capped their trip off with an appearance at the Hills Folk Club in Lesmurdie. Highlights for 20 l 3 include a trip to Flinders Island to perform on the island. 2014 saw them busy in the studio recording their album 'Layers', and writing new works for school and library UHAH shows in 2015 and they are planning tours to the UK and Denmark (2017).
Moira Tyers is a multi award winning singer/songwriter from West Preston. Her awards include Port Fairy Folk Festival 2005 Best song for Peace, Tolerance and Understanding for her song '"Why Not Let a Mother" and Hot Pick Award for Pacific Song writing comp N.Z. 2005 for "Until you're Old". Moira plays an eclectic mix of suburban folk music that crosses the Folk/Country/Blues genre and reflects everyday issues both comical and poignant. She is a dab hand at a range of instruments, including guitar, fiddle and piano accordion.
Wendy Ealey has been chortling her way around the Melbourne folk scene and various genres and venues national and international for way too long to mention if trying to maintain the myth that she's just a young slip of a thing. Her song writing and performing spans solo, choral, jazz, classical, instrumental and political as well as satisfying her insatiable urge to chat via a brief and terrifying flirtation with stand up comedy and more recently, engagements as a compere/ MC and vocal arranger. Also a multi-instrumentalist, Wendy plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele and kazoo!
The Dixie Chooks compliment each other vocally and instrumentally with tight harmonies and a huge emotional as well as musical range. Apart from performing individually, and with the UHAH project, they are on the brink of launching their first duo album 'Layers'. They are so glad they found each other all those years ago, and they hope you'll be glad you found them too!