Originally from rural outback Australia, Nuala Honan was awarded the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Female Vocalist before moving to England(aged just 19) to be closer to her family's Irish musical heritage and an adventurous scene. Settling in Bristol, she became a fixture in the community as a performer and promoter, as well as self-releasing her successful debut LP Tortoise, programming stages at festivals, and co-founding an initiative for women in the industry. In short, a DIY dynamo. After a busy spell of touring and playing major festival stages,Honan recently took some much-needed time out from the mental and physicalrealities of life as an independent troubadour.
She started working as a lifeguard at a swimming lake in north Bristol –an old flooded quarry with Victorian-esque diving boards and lawn. She found perspective, and calm, in the therapeutic benefits and the here-and-now of outdoor swimming in all weathers. She stripped her creative world down to the basics and built it back up in a sustainable, joyful, and -crucially -communal way. Shehas now returned from her sabbatical with a reawakened sense of purpose and a fire in her belly. On her new material Honan harvests all her experience to date, and her gift for timeless songwriting, into a sound that lies somewhere between her rural desert upbringing and her fearless pop contemporaries. Driven by post-punk rawness, yet still letting fly with moments of audacious, operatic singing over the tumultuous drums, she wields her Telecaster and leads a killer band in a pop-drama.Tapping into a wave of creative momentum, and an even more heightened need for communication and connection amid the lockdown, Honan recently started an entertaining new podcast, Phonin’ with Honan, centring on candid phone chats with contemporaries and friends including Rozi Plain, Kate Stables (This Is The Kit), Rachael Dadd, and Alabaster Deplume.