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Music a family affair

Jasper Sheridan, 16, Kasey-Joe Sheridan, 11, Oliver Sheridan, 12, Sebastian Jeffery-Jones, 17 and mum Kathryn Jones.
Jasper Sheridan, 16, Kasey-Joe Sheridan, 11, Oliver Sheridan, 12, Sebastian Jeffery-Jones, 17 and mum Kathryn Jones. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

WHAT do songbird Katie Noonan, country star Kasey Chambers and Kathryn Jones of Brunswick Heads have in common?

They're all mums with a music career.

Next Sunday Ms Jones is hosting a Mothers in Music workshop at the Ocean Shores Community Centre.

It's a free event and will run from 9am-5pm.

It aims to equip dozens of mums with the tools they need to kick start a career in music.

Ms Jones will be there to mentor mums with her own personal experience along with four guest speakers.

"It's hard when we have to wear the mum hat, the wife hat, the marketing hat and the artist hat," she says.

"Being an independent musician is a full-time job,"

A musician by trade, the Dolphin award-winning "country-tinged cabaret" artist moved to the area 13 years ago.

She has since raised four boys, Sebastian, 17, Jasper, 16, Oliver, 12 and Kasey-Joe 11 and they've all caught the music bug.

Sebastian is in a hardcore band that is in the process of recording its first EP.

"We moved here because there were more opportunities for musicians to create a career," says Ms Jones.

"It's such a close-knit musical community; it's totally possible to work four nights a week."

Ms Jones has organised four local identities to speak at the workshop including Jim Kelly, Pollyanna Darling, Lydia Storey and Phil Sheridan.

They will offer advice on recording, vocal technique and industry insides and attendees are being encouraged to network with their peers.

"It's about establishing your own pathway and getting the confidence to find out what makes you a unique musician."

 

Speakers

Jim Kelly, lecturer at Southern Cross University brings a wealth of recording and industry knowledge.

Lydia Storey will lend her silky-smooth voice to a vocal workshop.

Local author Pollyanna Darling and mother-of-four will share tips on juggling a career and motherhood.

Life coach Phil Sheridan.



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