mel irvine

indie folk blues singer/songwriter acoustic guitarist

So how exactly do you create a music-type bio on yourself without using the marketing-speak that kills everything about yourself that is real? I’m not really sure!

Photo courtesy of Brett Charles.

about me now

I spend most of my days playing guitar, belting out a song or writing something. I write songs while I am driving or while you are driving; or when I’m on an aeroplane but rarely when I’m in the face of human suffering. That usually comes later.

I don’t really write songs, they write themselves: I just write them down.

When I am not playing music, I am thinking about playing music or thinking about how to play better music. When I am not practicing so I can play better music, I’m overseas delivering aid or writing about it.

It’s (December 2014) and I’ve just arrived in the Philippines in time for Typhoon Ruby. I’m heading up to Tacloban City and then onto Eastern Samar to play as much guitar and deliver as much love to these people who have once again lost their homes and their livelihoods.

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

what i play now

Vintage blues pieces, reworking the lyrics so I can throw myself into the song.

“I’m gonna roam this old highway, I might sit … but I will never stay”

Original edgy songs.

” … do you look closely using more than just your eyes? Are you staring at a girl, or at a California smile?”

Acoustic interpretations of crowd-loving classics

” … and none of them along the line, know what any of this is really worth … all along the watchtower, princes”

Acoustic guitar instrumentals

Mississippi Fred McDowell with a hint of Caruli

Kooki covers

“They came flying from far away, now I’m under their spell. I love hearing the stories that they tell”

about me then

When I was a little kid my dad paraded my voice around church. I’d get so nervous I felt sick. But I did love singing loudly into the congregation of voices and harmonies and I still revere the emotion of gospel.

Luckily for me dad insisted on me getting trained in piano, voice and musicianship. I even remember a bit of it.

At school I was one of those nerdy kids who was hopeless at sport and hung out in the music room experimenting with the double bass and playing 2nd clarinet.

Suddenly 20 years flashes by to the realisation that music has become a distant memory. Now to claim it back.

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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