SIAN EVANS: THE DEFINITION OF
Brisbane’s belle of folk, alt-country and blues celebrates 10 years of city life & her debut LP, re-releasing the title track single with its own never before aired film clip online this coming May 22
In her own words: “It explores how we become and identify ourselves to our name, and how we embody time and space as this identity, evolving, ever-changing, forever shifting”. Apt for the songstress having experienced a lifetime of mispronunciations & spelling as an aussie kid with a traditional welsh name.
It’s been 12 years since the now multi-award nominated finalist made a valiant shift from regional Far North Queensland to the bigger smoke of Brisbane, armed with a costume and instrument trove, her then toddler son and a pyxis of songs she’d penned between the ages of 18 and 22. Her musical journeys continue to traverse the continent, performing some of the country’s premiere festivals across multiple acts. With an impressive back catalogue of supports comprising CW Stoneking, Tim Rogers, Ash Grunwald, Toni Childs to name a few, the singer-songwriter has worked on and off stage or in studio alongside some of Australia’s finest with the likes of Tyrone Noonan (George), Paulie Bromley (The Beautiful Girls) & Bill Chambers & many more.
It was in 2010 that Sian made her presence in Brisbane’s music scene felt in no subtle fashion. Her self-released debut album 'the definition of', under the moniker “Bessy-Lou” claimed two finalist nominations and a highly commended award at the 2010 Queensland Music Awards. Other creative endeavours post Bessy-Lou have included flood-folk & newgrass trio “The Rusty Datsuns”, to current project fronting goth-country, blues & roots banger outfit “The Long Johns” with fellow West End veterans Paul Watson (Dubmarine) Skritch (Mary Trembles, Tex Perkins) & Steve Buchanan (BULLHORN)
The re-release marks a decade of songwriting, performing and touring in tandem with sole parenting in a capital city with no next of kin; possibly one of the most sanity thwarting and unhinged yet soul fulfilling and brave roads to travel.
Finalist Queensland Music Awards 2018: “Thorns”
Finalist Queensland music awards 2018: “Womble East” (The Long Johns)
Highly commended Queensland Music Awards 2018 “Beautiful Painful”
ABC country Rotation 2018 “Thorns” & “Hound Dog” (The Long Johns)
Finalist Queensland Music Awards 2016: “Cold Feet”
Finalist Australian Americana Awards 2016
ABC 612 Album of the week with EP “how time has treated thee”
Queensland Music Design Award (QMDA 2015) for film clip “Take Me Home”
2015’s Tamworth Toyota Star Maker Finalist
ABC612 Album Of the Week 2013 with “RiverBank” (The Rusty Datsuns)
Semi-Finalist 2015 International Songwriting Competition: 2015’s single “Take Me Home”
National rotation - ABC radio, 2015’s “Take me Home”