Young musician taking a journey of learning

Taieri College pupil and indie musician Keira Wallace is on a mini-tour of Dunedin venues, in...
Taieri College pupil and indie musician Keira Wallace is on a mini-tour of Dunedin venues, in support of her second single release. PHOTO: TANIA BOND
An exciting musical journey is gathering pace for young local musician Keira Wallace (14), who is celebrating the release of her second single Celestial Lovers.

The year 10 Taieri College pupil has been working on the recording project with local musician, teacher and producer Molly Devine, as well as continuing a busy performance schedule.

To celebrate the release of the song, Keira has embarked on a mini-tour of Dunedin venues, playing last night at Dog With Two Tails, tonight from 7pm at the Inch Bar, and entertaining at Fairfield Community Market from 12.30pm this Sunday.

She also plans an appearance at Dunedin Folk Club soon.

Keira’s musical development is supported by her family, her mother Debbie recently having to learn how to release music online on a range of platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and Youtube.

‘‘It was actually a bit more complicated than I thought, but we are very pleased to have Celestial Lovers out there now,’’ Mrs Wallace said.

A follow-up to 2020 release Fun Flower, the lyrics of Celestial Lovers reflect Keira’s thoughts on the overly romanticised nature of love and its obsessive, controlling side.

The release of the indie-pop track is accompanied by an amusing stop-motion video, which Keira created herself.

Along with writing and releasing songs, Keira is involved in a broad array of musical activities.

These have recently included taking part in Rockquest as part of band The Mountain Millers and as a solo artist, for which she was placed second in the Otago regional competition.

A trip to Wellington last month for the To The Front music camp for young women, trans and gender diverse youth interested in rock music was ‘‘inspiring’’.

Keira also recently performed in the Nook & Cranny music festival at Dunedin Public Library, and in the Midwinter Carnival, and is involved in final rehearsals for Taieri College’s production Man of Steel, which opens on August 12.

Later this month, she will participate in the 2021 Amped Music Project, a mentoring programme for aspiring young musicians and an introduction to the music business, curated by local musician Craig Monk.

‘‘It’s a busy life, but I’m loving all the experiences and learning a lot,’’ she said.

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