Abbe May spent her late teens and early twenties performing in Australia’s most notorious rock venues and busted up studios, touring relentlessly in unreliable tour vans in various solo and band incarnations. With sly humor, Abbe graduated from her critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar-slinging, beat-driven, iconic performer with an atmospheric cocktail of sexy, indie riff-rock, gospel, soul and electronica.
Abbe is one of the strong women of the Australian music industry with much respect across radio, blogs and venues around the country. She is an ARIA, WAM, AIR, AMP and J Award winning and nominated artist, the hand-picked guitarist for Peter Garrett’s Alter Egos and a champion of the LGBTQIA+ community. A constantly evolving artist, she has performed at a myriad of summer music festivals including Big Day Out, Meredith, and Pyramid, and supported Neneh Cherry, The Preatures, The Black Keys, Midnight Oil, The Motels, Art V’s Science, Tim Rogers, Adalita, Magic Dirt, Emiliana Torrini, Killing Heidi, You Am I, Peter Garrett, Bob Log III, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney and Claire Moore.
Abbe is known as a phenomenal singer, songwriter and guitarist, a poetic, insightful, hard-hitting lyricist, performer and visual artist who harnesses and openly expresses her sexuality without shame. She has spent the past four years creating her fifth studio album “FRUIT”, released to tremendous acclaim in 2018. Named Album Of The Year in the 2018 WAM awards and shortlisted as one of the nine most important albums of 2018 by the Australian Music Prize, it is her most succinct and powerful declaration of identity yet. A melodic, upbeat and soulful collection of songs made to honor the lives of those who are ‘other”.
In November 2018, Abbe may was inducted into the Hall Of Distinction at her former highschool, Bunbury Catholic College, for outstanding service to the arts.
Abbe May is currently creating her sixth studio album.
“Boasts the kind of song writing an artist like Prince might once have been responsible for.” • Christopher H. James, The Music
“Fruit… is her most accomplished piece of art.” • Joshua Leeson, The Herald
“Her at her best.” • Dan Condon, Double J
“One of the important albums of 2018.” • Bernard Zuel
“A masterclass in sexual tension.” • The West
Bunbury – Western Australia, Australia
Abbe May – guitar, vocals
Doug May – bass, synth
Matt Wright – drums