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The Gracemakers
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Where were you born, Kent, and where do you live now?

I was born in Townsville, Queensland and currently live in St Kilda, Victoria.

When did you first start playing music?

I wanted to play drums from a very young age. When I was about 10 years old my parents bought me a guitar instead. 

Tell us a little about your process of writing music and what inspires you.

I pick up my guitar and start playing; everything follows from there. Emotions and the expressive universe of chords and melodies get me going every time. Each moment has its own unique sound.

How has story telling had an impact on your life and music?

Initially, I think music spoke for me when I couldn’t. Now I like to think I’m speaking and telling stories through my music.

What’s the first song you remember hearing?

Black Superman by Johnny Wakelin

Who are you listening to at the moment?

The War on Drugs, Robbie Bundle, London Grammar, Gurrumul, recordings from 1961 of traditional songs from Beswick, Nick Drake. 

Where can we see you perform?

I’m studio bound at the moment, working on a new album.

What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?

Performing at he Yalukit Wilum Ngargee festival

What are you working on at the moment?

An album for The Gracemakers.

Most valuable piece of advice you've been given.

Trust your instincts.

5 things you can’t live without.

Art, music, family, friends, my wonderful partner.

If you could have a coffee with anyone in the world, who would that be?

David Gulpilil

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

It’s not about the destination it’s about the journey.

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The Gracemakers

The Gracemakers are a beautiful expression of sweetness and love aimed directly at the heart. Their reflective and optimistically upbeat…

The Gracemakers are a beautiful expression of sweetness and love aimed directly at the heart. Their reflective and optimistically upbeat songs are for those who prefer to stop and smell the flowers and scratch beneath the surface.

They hold on to traditional musical values, whilst meshing together their own version of alternative folk rock.

The Gracemakers single Blanket, lifted from the four-track self-titled EP, has garnered airplay and fantastic support at community radio across the country and their stunning video shot at Woodstock in winter has been aired on Rage.

Tiffany Kommedal, an artist and poet, was born in Norway and raised in New Zealand by her Tainui mother and grandmother. Her mother and grandmother taught her how to connect with nature and how to be strong.

Kent Morris works with Koorie artists in custody. He was born in Townsville and is a proud descendant of the Barkindji people of north western NSW.

The Gracemakers are renowned performers around the Melbourne music scene. They have supported Hawksley Workman from Canada and played alongside Bart Willoughby, The Last Kinection and Emma Donovan at the Yalukit Willam Ngargee Festival.

“A balanced sense of warmth and emotion prevails and it is truly beautiful to behold”

Drum Perth, 2012

“The Gracemakers possess a touching positivity thatʼs enhanced by the straightforward wistfulness of their music”

Rave Magazine, 2012

"One of the most enjoyable aspects of listening to The Gracemakers is the seemingly effortless blending of traditional musical sensibilities with the bandʼs own vision of alternative folk rock"

Inpress Magazine 2012

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