In Conversation with Clare Bowditch and Andrea Kirwin

5pm, Friday May 15 at the MET, Maroochydore

It was a fresh faced Andrea with big ideas and a hunger for her ideal that was first inspired to songwriting when she first saw Clare Bowditch perform back in 2006.

Fast forward 15 years, Andrea Kirwin is a much loved staple on the Sunshine Coast performance scene and steps in to interview Clare Bowditch when she joins The Refinery this month.

In Conversation with Clare and Andrea is a one-night event, with an intimate Q&A between the performers, and some special performances set to ignite a new wave of big ideas.

As tickets sell for the May 14 event, Andrea took some time out to share some insight.

( You can grab your's here.)

Q: When did you first come across Clare Bowditch?

AK: I first saw Clare at ANU Bar in 2006 when I was studying Arts/Law at ANU. That night I was so inspired by her music and grace that I started songwriting. The rest is history.

Q: What are you most looking forward to, in the event?

AK: Hanging out with Clare and interviewing her! She's one of my all-time favourite singer-songwriters!

Q: Where do you think you both align as artists in the world right now?

AK: I've always admired Clare's authenticity and approachability. She's really been a huge influence on my own style of performing and including the audience in my performances as well.

Q: What can we expect of the night?

AK: An evening of fascinating conversations around the Artist's Journey and a special performance with Clare and myself singing each other's songs.

Q: What would emerging performer Andrea think of the opportunity, both for self back then, and for emerging creatives of today?

AK: As creatives, we are in a constant state of emerging, much like flowers in nature. We are always learning and creating and are affected by our environment.

In my early years as a singer-songwriter, I was in such a hurry to be recognised for my talents and to be successful.

But it is only through the experience of crafting our talents over time that allows us to refine our ideas and creations to the point that we can offer something truly special.

The Refinery is a quickening of this process which I'm sure is invaluable to its participants. If we give ourselves enough light, positivity, encouragement and support, and live in an area where what we have to offer is of value to those around us, then I believe it is only a matter of time until our creative pursuits become known in our community and then ripples out into the world and allow us to live sustainably supported by our arts careers.

We can't wait to share this with you.

Limited tickets available now here.

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