2nd Sunday songwriter series

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OCTOBER Featured Artists

Lisa Richards


With a voice described as both ferocious and sweet and a percussive guitar style, Lisa Richards writes songs of longing, loss, love and hope, borrowing from the traditions of folk, blues and jazz while carving out her own musical corner of the world. Her music is driven by a desire to be visible, to understand the world, the human condition and to share what she sees with others. Lisa says, "The world is a cornucopia of stories, waiting to be told. The personal and the universal, the visible and the invisible.That's what humans have always done, collected and told stories". She has a life story that could easily grace the silver screen, from Acapella busking in Kings Cross, Sydney, to hanging out with Debbie Harry at SXSW, playing CBGB’s in NYC as well as living in both New York City and Austin Texas for many years, before returning home to Australia in 2014. Lisa's songs have appeared on compilations, sharing the track list with heavyweights including Adele, Nina Simone and Corinne Bailey Rae. Her most recent CD, “A Light from the Other Side,” (her 6th album) is her first ‘Australian-made’ release. Lisa teamed up with Greg J Walker (Paul Kelly, Jess Ribiero, and C.W. Stoneking), who recorded and produced the CD. The song "Water" was added to National rotation on ABC Radio and played on community radio.


"Richards is a simple yet powerful songwriter who has beautifully encapsulated the intricacies of the human condition." 

- The Australian

"Singer Songwriter for FNQ returns to Australia after 22 years in Austin and New York to make her best album"

Lucky Oceans "The Daily Planet " Radio National 

"Lisa Richards Returns To Her Roots With Luminous New Album A Light From The Other Side"    

- Rhythms Magazine 

"Low-key singer-songwriter meets old-fashioned popular song...quiet elegance..." 

- Bernard Zuel Sydney Morning Herald

Lorena Leigh


Born into a non-musical family, Lorena Leigh has been defying the odds since BIRTH. Her lack of a comfort zone and ability to connect with those around her create for a show experience that leaves the audience buzzing with positive energy. A childhood love of country music & her enthrallment with the NYC surf-scene during her early twenties, directly contribute to the catchy hooks, lyrical stories and electrified, pedal-popped ukulele melodies that drive her music.

After many years of story-telling through dance, film and theater, Leigh now finds herself expressing musically, between alternative-pop, broadway and americana, in a way that is all her own.