Shirl - Songwriter/Performer

Singer songwriter - versatile/Country Blues/Acoustic Solo

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Shirl is a versatile songwriter/performer living in the northern beaches of Cairns.


Shirl has an extensive repertoire of songs for all occasions. She covers songs from a broad range of artists from varying styles. She's an original songwriter, a country girl at heart with songs that reveal a contemplative folk, country, bluesy connection.

A multi award winning songwriter, her song, “My Kind of Paradise” won - Best Song 2015 in Max T Barnes Cairns to Nashville Song Competition, World music award at Australian Songwriters Conference 2016 and 2013 Port Douglas - Song of Carnivale. Also awarded RADF funding in 2013 for an official video of the song and RADF funding in 2016 for professional development.

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Set list
Selected covers made up from the following artists:
Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, Katie Melua, Imelda May, Sarah Blasco, Gabriella Chilmi, Lani Lane, Marianne Faithful, Michelle, Shocked, Cindi Lauper, Bette Midler, Dusty Springfield, Ann Kirkpatrick

Neil Young, Van Morrison, Bonn Iver, George Ezra, Passenger, Vance Joy, Bill Withers, Gary Moore, Sam Cook, Eric Clapton, Michael Buble, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond

The Waifs, Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, Muddy Waters, Animals, The Beatles, The Divynals, The Eagles, Cold Play, The Church, Green Day, INXS, Train, The Pogues, Beatles, Hunters and Collectors, Women in Docs
Rhythm & Blues, Country, Folk, Pop, Rock and Soul

While appreciating the differences that can be found in a broad range of music, inspiration is drawn from seasoned artists intent on projecting their style with authenticity.

Artist influences include: Lucinda Williams, Kasey Chambers, Joni Mitchell, Kristina Olsen, Fleetwood Mac, Katie Melua, Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, The Waifs, Dixie Chicks...
Gig Highlights
* Awarded - Best Song – 2015 – Max T Barnes – Cairns to Nashville Song Comp
* Support act for Max T Barnes – International songwriter – Atherton International Club
* Cairns Post Hit Awards – nominated 3 years in a row
* The Tanks – Unplugged Acoustic – round robin with Chris Wighton as support for Clarketown and Leanne Tennant CD Launch
* Palm Cove Reef Feast
* “Sea Turtle Quest” – song written, recorded and performed at Fitzroy Island Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Centre opening
* Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF)- to create a Music Video for "My Kind of Paradise"
* Awarded - Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF)- to create a Music Video for "My Kind of Paradise"
* Awarded - Port Douglas “Song of Carnivale” winner 2013 - "My Kind of Paradise"
* "It's About Time" - CD Launch
* Songwriters on the Waterfront – Mondos Café Bar and Grill
* Cairns City Place - Cairns City Council
* Tanks Songwriter Showcase with Terry Doyle Entertainment
* Tableland Folk Festival - Songwriter Showcase
* Mission Evolve Festival Singer Songwriter Showcase
* Queensland Music Festival "Song Trails" - Tully Community Concert
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