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West coast singer-songwriter Abbe May is sharing her soulful music with Albany. Shannon Smith spoke to her ahead of her show at the White Star in October.

Q. For those who haven’t heard you before, can you tell me a little about your sound?

A. I make guitar-slinging, beat-based soul music. It's a bit rock‘n’roll, a bit R’n’B, a bit bluesy. I have a pretty stylistically diverse catalogue of music.

Q. Who has been your inspiration?

A. My brother KT is my main inspiration. He got a guitar when he was nine and I was six and I just always wanted to be like him. Eventually I got a guitar. My brother and I have played music together for 15 years.

Q. What can the audience expect when you perform?

A. You can expect my trio to play a selection of songs from previous albums as well as parts of my forthcoming album, Fruit.

Q. Why did you decide to take your show regional to Albany?

A. I like touring. I like visiting beautiful places like Albany. It’s pretty ace to be able to combine music and travel.

Q. How do you think your sound has changed over the years, perhaps since being a WA Triple J Unearthed finalist?

A. We all change profoundly over time. My music changes with me. Triple J Unearthed was over a decade ago. You can imagine how many things have changed internally and externally in that time. The music I create has followed suit.

Q. What has been your proudest career moment?

A. My two-year-old nephew gave the nod to my new album, Fruit by doing his Elvis dance to it.

An Intimate Night with Abbe May is at the White Star Hotel, October 1, at 5pm. Tickets are available from oztix.com.au for under $20.

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