AS I start to interview Sara Storer she says: “Hang on, I’ve just got to get these kids in the car.”
It is a funny opener and as I listen to her getting her children into the vehicle it reminds me how down to earth she is.
Storer is one of Australia’s most-loved singer-songwriters, a multiple Golden Guitar winner whose crisp observations of the Australian landscape and its people provide the foundation for her music.
She has seen all the beauty, joy and heartbreak this land can bring – stretching back to her first album Beautiful Circle and the first songs she wrote while working as a schoolteacher in Katherine, NT.
She is also no stranger to Goulburn, having been through here many times, but not for some time. She explains her absence from touring by saying she has been busy raising four kids.
“With young children it is still really difficult to get away - so this is not an extensive tour - I am just trying to get back to a few of my favourite places,” Storer said.
“I released the new album Silos in March, so it is silly to put out an album and not allow people to see you play live and hear the songs.
“I am trying to remind people that I am still out there and that I still love what I do.”
Sara Storer was born to sing about real people, honest emotions, and the land she loves. She has never said it better than she does on Silos.
Images of Australia are contained in the songs like Purple Cockies (inspired by John Williamson) – to Amazing Night, a song about a night around the campfire, or Dandelions – where Sara sings about the “weather pulling on my heart like a puppet on a string.”
“I am getting more fussy,” she said of her songwriting.
“The more you do your job, the better you get at it. Back in the early days - 70 per cent was good and 30 per cent was ‘she’ll be right’ - but with each album this improves. Now I have to be happy with every line,” she said.
Sara Storer is playing at the Goulburn Bowling Club this Friday, October 21 from 8 pm. Tickets cost $30 and are available from the club. For more information call the club on 4821 2782.