By Bob Gordon
Kimberley singer/songwriter, Tanya Ransom, sings of open roads and the longest of highways. The kind that recently took her recently from Broome to Exmouth, Carnarvon, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri and Perth, and which will soon bring her to Blues at Bridgetown.
“I’m excited that this is my first Blues at Bridgetown,” she says. “I’m looking forward to what’s going to happen and the stories that will follow.”
Ransom, however, is no stranger to the festival experience, and has made her mark at events around the country.
“Her shows at Nannup Music Festival are always loved,” says Nannup director, Phaedra Watts, “by the audience and fellow musicians who embrace her magic.”
Ransom feels the same way. “I love playing festivals!” she exclaims. “Connecting with new people who haven’t heard your music before is really wonderful. You’re playing to an appreciative audience of music lovers… what could be better?
“Festivals have an energy about them that not just any gig has and as a bonus it’s a beautiful way to connect with other musicians doing the same.”
Ransom has released two albums, 2013’s It Is What It Is and last year’s The Art Of Departing, the latter receiving multiple WAM nominations including ‘Best Regional Artist’ and ‘Song of the Year’.
“I feel my music varies between songs and slides along the blues and roots scale, with a heavy folk blues influence,” she notes. “I love a good heartbreak blues song and storytelling that invokes imagery for the listener.
“Every time I’m in the studio there’s a sense of stepping up a level.”
2019, Ransom says, “has been a busy and inspiring year. It began with a five-month national tour over the summer and recording some new songs with the wonderful Dave Mann in Margaret River. The first single, Armour, is out now and I’ll be touring nationally again from then with a few festival slots too.”
Ransom will also head back into the studio in 2020 to complete more songs for an EP release, which she’ll then support with, you guessed it, more touring. Meanwhile, she’s got a treat lined up for Blues at Bridgetown.
“I’ll be mixing up the shows and have some beautiful South West friends of mine as special guests,” she says. “Kevin Jones will be adding his tasteful horns, harps and flute, and the wonderful Tilly Kelleher – with a voice like honey – will be on the backing vocals.
“It’s always wonderful having different musicians bring their own flare to my songs and it’s nice for people who have seen me before to have a new experience.”
Tanya Ransom performs at 8.15pm on Friday, November 8, at Emporio Bistro; 1pm on Saturday, November 9, at the WAM Stage and 1.45pm on Sunday, November 10, at the Festival Club.