// Mary Webb
Described as a ‘shining light in the Adelaide Folk scene’, Mary Webb, now based in Melbourne, is a passionate and fiercely talented songwriter and singer, with Blues, Jazz and even Classical elements woven into her predominantly Folk style. She writes insightful and moving songs of love, loss and human experience and delivers them with feeling and precision.
Q&A, with singer, songwriter, guitaristDefine your genre in five words or less:
folk with a jazzy edge.How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I have always loved singing. I sang in choirs from the age of five and in smaller A Capella groups in high school and uni. I studied composition for year twelve and loved every minute - I felt like I was doing exactly what I should be doing. After high school I started going camping a lot with friends and I was one of the few who didn't play guitar, so i decided to learn it so I could share my songs more easily. I didn't want to rely on other people performing my compositions in a formal way, or only sing other people's songs. It just made sense to bring my two loves together.What are your favourite venues?
The Grace Emily Hotel (SA) The Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA) The Wesley Anne (Vic) Bar Oussou (Vic)What are your top 5 favourite albums?
Radiohead - Kid A Imogen Heap - Ellipse The Beatles - Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Ani Difranco - Revelling/Reckoning Elbow - The Seldom Seen KidWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
The Swell Season at Thebarton Theatre comes in at a very close second… my absolute favourite though was seeing Imogen Heap for the first time. Her keyboard sat inside a see-through piano casing and she had a set that she toured with to set the scene for her shows. I was really impressed with how much of her music translated to a live setting - she was sampling live via tiny microphones on her wrists. It was like watching magic happen.