Trixie treks Down Under to Bluesfest

Born in Belgium, Trixie grew up in New York.
Born in Belgium, Trixie grew up in New York. CONTRIBUTED

TRIXIE Whitley's album, Fourth Corner, was released by the music division of the ABC last week.

This is her first trip to Australia, and when we spoke to her in her apartment in New York she was very excited about her gig at Bluesfest.

The long trip and visiting a new country is not a big deal for her.

Whitley lived a nomadic life: born in Belgium, she split her time growing up there and in New York, but also frequently visiting family in France, Texas, and Mexico.

The performing bit does not make her nervous either.

Her mother came from an artistic European gypsy family, filled with musicians, painters, writers and sculptors.

Her father, renowned singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, thrust her into the world of music as a toddler when she joined him onstage in Germany when she was three.

After her parents divorced, she returned to her mother's native Belgium and became engrossed in the arts.

She played drums, acted and sang with several theatre companies, and toured Europe with the renowned dance company Les Ballets C de la B and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

"Besides playing the material from Fourth Corner, I will use the opportunity to start playing some new music that I haven't played before for any audiences yet.

"You will be hearing older material for the first time, but also the first to hear this material," she said.

Trixie will be playing today at Delta stage from 5.30pm and tomorrow at Crossroads stage from 1.30pm.


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