JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER share new single ‘Bathed In Light’ + touring Australia this March

by the partae

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker shared a new single ‘Bathed In Light’ from their forthcoming albumSeedlings All which will be released physically Friday 9 March and digitally Friday 23 March in Australia.

Catch the duo perform their debut Australian shows this March at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. Full tour details below.

Josienne explains the background to the song, “As a performer I’ve always been torn between my need for attention and my fear of how exposing it is, especially as a songwriter. In that 30 seconds before the first note when the audience is silent and the lights are on you, I’m gripped with nerves and I ask myself ‘why do you put yourself through this?’  This song is basically the narrative that runs through my head as I sweat and panic. I want it to go well, and my stage fright has always come from a fear that I’m not really made of strong enough stuff for a performing career but I’ve gone and wasted my life trying to do it and what else would I do and by the second or third note I love it…..”

Seedlings All is Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s first album to be made up of all original songs and is songwriter Clarke’s most autobiographical work to date. She explains: “For the first time I’m out there alone with a bunch of songs that expose my insecurities, fears of failure and inflated pride. They deal with my own specific thoughts and feelings about the reality of pursuing this kind of career, the cost to personal relationships, circumstance and lifestyle, and asking the question – “Is this still worth it?” They’re about trying to find an inner balance in an environment that doesn’t provide any balance or certainty. Where one day everything is brilliant and the next day it could all be over. Where one night ends in a standing ovation and the next starts by playing to an empty room.”

Josienne & Ben have been nominated several times at the BBC Folk Awards, they were personally invited to support Richard Thompson on tour around the UK last autumn and ‘Something Familiar’ from the duo’s previous album, the critically lauded ‘Overnight’, has now been streamed over 5 million times.

Pre-order Seedlings All:

Listen to Bathed In Light


Saturday 10 March – Sun 11 March
Port Fairy Folk Festival 

Wednesday 14 March @ 12.45pm
Basement Discs Instore, Melbourne

Wednesday 14 March @ 7.00pm
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March
Blue Mountains Music Festival


Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Seedlings All
1. Chicago
2. Bells Ring
3. Seedlings All
4. Maybe I Won’t
5. Tender Heart
6. All Is Myth
7. Ghost Light
8. Sad Day
9. Things Of No Use
10. Bathed In Light
11. Only Me Only
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Seedlings All
Friday 9 March (physical release)
Friday 23 March (digital release)
via Rough Trade / Remote Control.

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