TOURING: Lindi Ortega is a Canadian country singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario.
TOURING: Lindi Ortega is a Canadian country singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. CONTRIBUTED

Lindi Ortega makes music Til The Goin' Gets Gone

WHEN Lindi Ortega went in search of some quiet time last year, the award-winning artist was pleasantly surprised to find a voice she hadn't heard in some time - her own.

It's precisely this combination of Ortega's fatalistic perspective expressed with her evocative soprano that grips your attention on a brand-new EP, Til The Goin' Gets Gone.

Ortega said her show will feature her and guitar player James Robertson.

"We will do a selection of songs from all the records that I've put out, plus the latest EP," she said.

"I'm a bit of a weirdo and that usually come out on my performances: sometimes I tell really bad jokes, and I love to sing so I sing."

Ortega has been in Australia three times before but this will be her first Northern Rivers show.

She said her music is a blend of country with other genres.

"With this EP I really wanted to do something stripped down, with a lot of room to breathe, and I wanted the lyrics and vocals to really stand out," she said.

"I was inspired to do that because I was just at a point in my life where I was at a crossroads before I made this EP.

"I wasn't so sure if I was gonna continue making music.

"I was doing a lot of self-reflection and that allowed me to bring (the music) back to basics and keep it really simple."

Three of the songs are originals from Ortega, plus a cover of Waiting Around to Die by Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt.

"It's a very dark song as is, and then we added this dark cello and extra notes and we made it even darker, if you can believe it, but I love the final result," she said.

Ortega was nominated for Roots Artist or Group of the Year at the 2017 Country Music Association of Ontario - an award she won in 2014.

  • Tonight at the Civic Hall, tomorrow at Village Vanguard, 9.30pm and Saturday at the Civic Hall from 9pm. Visit mullummusicfestival.com for details.


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