Scarlett Affection duo Nerida (left) and Melia Naughton of Bangalow.
Scarlett Affection duo Nerida (left) and Melia Naughton of Bangalow. David Nielsen

Garrett burns midnight oil for sister act

PETER Garrett liked Scarlett Affection so much he is helping them spread their music out west.

The chirpy and talented Bangalow duo, Melia and Nerida Naughton, were pleasantly surprised last week when they received a grant from the Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, and former Midnight Oil frontman, towards the cost of their upcoming tour.

One half of the sister act, Melia, said they were very excited to get a letter from Peter Garrett with the good news.

"How incredible a journey for us it's going to be to mix with people from all walks of life," she said. "As emerging artists it is a wonderful gift that we can go on this journey and explore the country.

Enjoy a bit of Scarlett Affection, unplugged

"There's a whole other world of people who live far away from these centres who are probably quite hungry for new things to listen to.

"It feels like we're going on a big three-week camping trip."

Scarlett Affection has received Triple J airplay, performed live to air on ABC Radio and won an honorary award at the 9th Annual Great American Song contest for their song, Denouement.

On their website, the sisters describe themselves as 'elegant yet cheeky, frivolous yet moody, haunting yet humorous'. They say their music is 'melodic folksy' and appeals to a broad range of people.

The sisters believe the Contemporary Music Touring Program grants being distributed by the Federal Government will greatly benefit emerging regional artists, like themselves.

Scarlett Affection were able to tour down the coast thanks to a grant two years ago.

Melia said this tour was more meaningful because it would take in remote places, gaining them valuable experience.

"We put together a proposal for what we thought would be an interesting tour, taking us out west to more remote areas,' Melia said.

"We thought, 'wouldn't it be wonderful if we did our touring way out west and if we could connect with high school students in the form of a workshop. We have created the content and now we need to confirm the dates and workshop locations."

Their 'Real, Raw and Regional' tour begins on August 28 and will take in Dorrigo, Tamworth, Mudgee, Gulgong, Bourke, Broken Hill, Mildura, Wodonga and Bulli. But, first they will perform at the Bangalow A & I Hall on July 26.


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