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Stage Floozy Flirts With Big Issues

Stage Floozy Flirts With Big Issues

Who: Heather Chaffey
Where: The View Factory
Author: Eve Nesmith
When: Saturday May 25, 2002

A SELF-CONFESSED 'stage floozy' with the voice of an angel Heather Chaffey is set to storm onto the Newcastle music scene with songs of life, politics and love.

The folk/blues performer moved to Islington from the Blue Mountains three months ago, a shift that heralded her solo career and ended a successful two-year stint as lead singer with Jonah's Pride. 'I think I went solo because I had to prove to myself I could do it,' Caffey said.

'Being in a band is difficult. It's like being married, except you can't have sex.'

Heather will kick-start her solo career with the launch of a mini-album My Own Two Feet at The View Factory on May 25.

'I think that the album is probably self-indulgent,' she reckons.

'A lot of it is about women, rockin' hard. Like the song Serve and Obey. There are so many women out there who have been taught that's what they're supposed to do, serve and obey. I'm just trying to say that it doesn't have to be that way.'

Heather cites Ani diFranco and The Indigo Girls as her biggest musical influences.

Heather's musical experience began with a family tradition of song, spurred by mother Robyn, and went on to span classical vocal training, blues/jazz, folk/rock and barbershop quartet performance.

Heather will be on stage at 8.30pm with folk singer Wendy Todd performing from 8pm.

Admission to the launch is free and Heather's album My Own Two Feet will be on sale for $15.

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