mel irvine

vocalist | songwriter | acoustic guitarist | storyteller | wanderer | human |

In January 2014 I quit my job, sacked my clients, shut down my digital marketing business and spent every cent I had volunteering in the Philippines Visayan region following Typhoon Yolanda.

I returned home obsessed, changed, uplifted and depressed all at the same time.

I sold stuff, played music in the streets (you may call this busking), borrowed money and received donations from family, friends and even complete strangers.

Somehow I did three trips to the Philippines in 2014; what a year!

Photo courtesy of Brett Charles.

how does my life look now?

Having rid myself of all but a few material possessions, I travel this earth playing music in the street and writing the stories of the people and the places I see.

I am here to love the people I meet, play music, learn, help as many people as I can, tell their stories and, take my time.

where am I now?

It’s late January and I am headed to Mission Beach via Byron Bay via Gold Coast Hinterland. It’s my annual catch up with my BFF Jac and then onto my beloved FNQ. Catching up with a few long but never lost friends along the way. 

It’s nice to finally be who I always was.

I was reading today that the opposite of courage is not cowardliness, it is actually conformity.

I don’t know that any of this is courageous I just want it to be real.


10 thoughts on “mel irvine

  1. Hi Mel, I saw you and heard your music while passing through Guyra on Thursday and knew by your music and your persona that you were a special person. You let me take a couple of photos of you while you played and I will forward a couple to you shortly. Having visited your website, I now know that you are a really special person. A beautiful heart in music. Hope to hear you again sometime. Take care and best wishes, Brian.

    • Hello Brian, thanks so much for taking the time to email me. I loved playing in Guyra last Thursday and I will love to see the photos. Best wishes to you as well and a happy day. Mel xx

  2. I am Renan Gonzales from one island of carles who is trying my best to fundraise for the children. Help me in my campaign for children in the I sland. Just see my campaign at Indeigogo site. IJust search for fund for children affected by typhoon haiyan. pity on me help me on my campaign. share to many people who willing to help . Matt Kennedy is helping me here in estancia. Hope you will help. thank you so much.

    • Hi Renan, sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet with you when I was in the Philippines. Hopefully I will get to meet you when I return later in the year. All the best with your fundraising.

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