Between touring with Bernard Fanning, launching her band’s second album and raising a toddler, it’s amazing Clare Bowditch has time to dream about anything.

But dream she did -“ along with partner and Feeding Set bandmate Marty Brown -“ of a show featuring some of the crop of great female singer-songwriters.

They weren’t the only ones with such dreams, as Bowditch found out when she answered the phone recently.

I got a call from Deborah Conway, Bowditch told the Star.

As if I ever imagined that would happen. She said, -˜This is Deborah, I want you to be a part of this crazy idea.’

The crazy idea was to get different women singers, with diverse styles, influences and ages, and bring them together for a series of shows.

Bowditch will join Conway, George’s Katie Noonan, Ruby Hunter, who usually performs with partner Archie Roach, and country singing sensation Sara Storer.

What this meeting of minds and styles would create was anyone’s guess, Bowditch said.

We’ve never met each other before this week, she said. One of the most exciting things about it will be watching it work onstage.

Bowditch’s career has soared this year. Her band The Feeding Set released its second album, What Was Left, which has since been nominated for Triple J’s J Award for Album of the Year.

She recently toured with Bernard Fanning and opened the acclaimed Finn Brothers’ tribute album She Will Have Her Way with a cover of Fall At Your Feet.

It’s a fortunate life, she said. I’m hoping after this I’ll have another baby [daughter Asha is three], then another album, then another baby, then another album. But we’ll see. I’m a shithouse goal setter.


Broad is happening at the Enmore Theatre on Wednesday 7 December. Tickets are available from the venue, phone 9550 3666 or from Ticketek on 132 849.

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