Wild Mountains Songs, is a songwriter’s retreat on the “edge of the world”.
The retreat provides established songwriters with a with a peaceful and naturally beautiful, creatively nurturing and inspiring space to collaborate with new writers, and to garner new life-long relationships. This project was formed with community, the natural environment and artistic creation equally at heart.
Hosted at the Wild Mountains Trust’s land, south of Rathdowney adjoining the World Heritage Border Ranges National Park. Unique facilities include A-frame back to basics accommodation, a purpose built environment centre hall for meals and meetings and a hand built barn which is turned into a recording studio for this project. In subtropical and eucalypt forests, participants will have the opportunity to discover an amazing natural world.
Alex Henriksson, Cameron Milford, Conor MacDonald, Ella Fence, Emma Bosworth, Georgia Potter, Hannah Crofts, Kellie Lloyd, Reuben Schaefer, Ruth Gardner, Siobhan Corcoran, Stephen Grady, Zac Gunthorpe.
With the support of APRA AMCOS and Arts Queensland (Regional Arts Development Fund), the 2019 retreat included professional development opportunities, a professional sound recording facility produced by Darek Mudge and filming services by Tobias Broughton.
“Nature and art have walked hand in hand for all of history because they are perfect partners, so I take any chance I can to write in the wild, where ideas come faster, better and with more freedom. On this occasion, to have met so many wonderful new peers and strengthened my bonds with old friends feels priceless. I look forward to making Wild Mountains Songs a ritual in my practice.”
– Georgia Potter (MORETON), 2019 Participant
2019 Wild Mountains Songs photography and film footage by Tobias Broughton.
Bow Campbell, Skye Staniford, Benjamin Hale, Robert Crook, Matt Cochran, Emma Bosworth, Eddie Jacobson, Yeo, Tamara Bell
“It’s so exciting to come away and realise that the world is still so full of potential – potential art, potential collaborations, potential new friends. It was a real shot to the arm, and to be honest, I’m still quavering emotionally in my middle. A lot to process, an amazingly rich gift of renewed vision in my life”
– Tamara Bell (The Hits), 2017 participant
Kellie Lloyd, Tim Steward, Kahl Wallis, Megan Cooper, Benjamin Hale, Emma Bosworth
“The Wild Mountains was the perfect place to get away from the city and write songs. In fact it was the perfect place to get away for any reason. Beautiful views, fresh air, great little sleeping area and well appointed communal hall. I felt welcomed and it was a real honor to be invited to such a special place. The food was lovely, the walk around the forest was beautiful and seeing so many stars is always a revelation”
– Kellie Lloyd (Screamfeeder), 2016 participant
Screamfeeder “All Over Again”; written by Kellie Lloyd and Tim Steward, 2016 Wild Mountains Songs
Emma Bosworth “People Get Ready”; written by Emma Bosworth and Robert Crook, 2017 Wild Mountains Songs
Megan Cooper “Wild Mountains”; written by Megan Cooper and Kahl Wallis, 2016 Wild Mountains Songs
Listen on Bandcamp: https://megancooper.bandcamp.com/album/wild-mountain
Megan Cooper “Running with Ghosts”; written by Megan Cooper adn Ben Hale, 2016 Wild Mountains Songs