What happens when you cross David Attenborough with P!nk? You get a person like no-one else on this planet, what you get is dirtgirl!
Much more than a fictional reality, she is an unreal pop star with a very real heart and a hyperreal tribe of millions that she reaches everyday. Seen on TV in 128 countries around the world, she is Australia’s best kept secret and a hero to families across the nation. In the last few weeks alone, she has broadcast at sunrise from Uluru, tracked waste on the beaches of the Great Barrier Reef, planted fruit trees in the desert and met with the Environment Minister in Canberra to discuss a national approach to recycling. She is walking the walk and talking the talk. She has released her joyous new single Changes and bubbly, positively charged, powerhouse album Gumboot Boogie, set for release on October 5. She’s also has a bunch of all-female band Spring shows to celebrate her new tunes, kicking off at Anzac Park on Thursday Island on September 25 before moving through ACT, NT, VIC, NSW and finishing up in Tasmania on November 16.
Jen asked dirtgirl what her fav childrens albums are. Why you ask? Read on below.
1.They Might Be Giants- Here comes science.
Science blows my mind.! I could never get bored because everyday there are just so many amazing facts to learn about our world! I love a good discovery. So I was super excited when TMBG combined two of my big loves – music and science – and packaged them up for future planet dwellers. Plus I seriously dig their sound on this album, whether it’s their pop take on punk in ‘I am a Palaeontologist’ or the seriously cool guitar at the start of ‘What Is A Shooting Star?’ – I dig it all.
2. Holly Throsby- See
Holly is an awesome woman for young girls to look up to! As well as being a much loved member of the Aussie music community, she is a mega boss lady too – I mean, she just launched her first book this week! One of my fave tracks on this album is “The Seasons”. It’s about being grounded in nature but it is so sweet & comfy – it’s like a hug in a song!
3.Ziggy Marley – Family Time.
The whole album is full of great guests and fanatic collaborations. The lyrics of “Future Man, Future Lady” speak for themselves! “Future man knows what to do. He’s got a plan to help this land…Future lady’s confident. She knows how to take a stand…”. I know the world can seem scary, but it’s also a really exciting time to be growing up! We’re seeing all kinds of people stand up and talk about things that matter to them. This song touches on that, with a hopeful vibe. And the lyrics tell the next generation that we can all make a big difference to our planet!
4.Rock bye baby- Beatles – Across the Universe
A classic choice. I mean, can you name better song writers than McCartney & Lennon?! So even turned into a lullaby, Beatles’ tracks are still super cool for the whole fam. I could listen to this version of “Across The Universe” all day. It fills me with awe. The whole rock a bye series is a great take on the traditional lullabies.
5.Bunny Racket – Bunny Rumble.
Sometimes you just have to rock out. I’m a big fan of loud guitars and head banging. This old school feel for a new generation is so cool. This is definitely for families who want to retro fit their playlist and air guitar the day away. Bunny Racket is where metal meets recess and brings the rock back to the playground. And besides who doesn’t love rock and roll rabbits!
For 10 years, dirtgirl has connected with young children and families across her socials and through her shows Get Grubby TV and dirtgirlworld, inspiring and encouraging them to step outside and experience nature and sustainability in everyday life. Not only has she permeated the hearts and backyards of many the country over, this unique, positive-pop eco warrior has also been widely recognised by the industry, notching up a host of award nominations for Logies, ARIAS and even a BAFTA. dirtgirlworld recently won an AFI and has won over audiences and industry abroad too, with the values-filled, nature-connected, family friendly show airing on televisions across 128 countries and digitally consumed by millions of people weekly. dirtgirlworld also proudly took home one of less than 20 Emmy’s that Australia boasts, after Gene Simmons presented the coveted award to the team for best digital program in the Children and Young People category in 2013.
Lead single Changes is thought provoking and real and is guaranteed to put a pep in your step. “One morning, I was weeding and thinking about how all things in nature change,” dirtgirl explains, “caterpillars turn into butterflies, tiny seeds grow into huge trees. People struggle with change, but in nature, there’s no struggle. And I thought about how free we could all feel if we just surrender to the power of change.” Fittingly, the video for Changes came about in a very organic way – team dirtgirl met to talk through some ideas for the video but found themselves out for a walk when inspiration was lacking. “The golden hour hit and we thought you know what, this is what it’s all about; the sun sets, day comes and goes, we do what we love and that’s life. So we got out our cameras and shot some fun stuff in my paddock with our friends. We wanted to capture the essence of being outside in the day and the night. I really hope that the clip portrays how everything is connected and how mighty the power of change is.”
Recorded in dirtgirlworld, mixed and produced in Melbourne by Cameron McKenzie (Mark Seymour, Horsehead) and mastered in New York to add some apple, the LP Gumboot Boogie is all about encouraging sustainability, peddling an intertwining theme that nature is fun – these boppy, entertaining pop songs all the while empowering the listener to go outside, get grubby and enjoy life. Most songs are the work of Hewey Eustace, co-director of dirtgirlworld (alongside Cate McQuillen), the guardian of dirtgirl pop. “This album is the birth of posi-pop – unashamedly hopeful music, a collection of anthems that plants the seeds of possibility and might just grow a generation that does things differently,” boasts Eustace.
Excited to grow the dream and spread the positive dirtgirl messages on stages across Australia, McQuillen explains, “We support the community to develop positive attitudes and values by engaging them in guided learning experiences that link people, plants, creatures and the land, reinforcing sustainable life practices.” Dirtgirl adds, “of course our tunes are super fun for little ones, but we’ve crafted my live shows for grown-up music lovers who happen to have kids now”, as demonstrated by their spot on The Lost Lands stage alongside You Am I, The Teskey Brothers, Tim Finn, Didirri, Kate Miller-Heidke and other brilliant artists. “Our songs are for the whole family, and one thing that I think will surprise people is how much me and my girl band rock out! I mean, we have a lot of fun and the vibes are good, but this isn’t fairy floss stuff; we seriously rock out!“
New single Changes is out now and the album Gumboot Boogie will be released on October 5.
DIRTGIRL LIVE PERFORMANCES
SAT 06 OCT | FLORIADE, CANBERRA, ACT | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND SCRAPBOY GET BUZZY | FREE EVENT | STAGE 88 | 10.45AM
SAT 06 OCT | FLORIADE, CANBERRA, ACT | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND HER BAND | FREE EVENT | STAGE 88 | 12.30PM
SUN 07 OCT | FLOURISH, NGA SCULPTURE GARDEN, ACT | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND SCRAPBOY GET BUZZY | FREE EVENT | NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA
MON OCT 10 | MACDONNELL COUNCIL, NT | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL GET GRUBBY MEET AND GREET | FREE EVENT | 9.00AM
SAT 03 NOV | THE LOST LANDS, WERRIBEE PARRK & MANSION, VIC | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND SCRAPBOY GET BUZZY | Tickets available from www.thelostlands.com.au
SAT 04 NOV | THE LOST LANDS, WERRIBEE PARRK & MANSION, VIC | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND HER BAND | Tickets available from www.thelostlands.com.au
THURS 08 NOV | THE GREENHOUSE OF ORANGE, ORANGE NSW | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL AND SCRAPBOY GET BUZZY | Tickets available from www.thegreenhouseoforange.com.au
FRIDAY 16 NOV | CLARENDON, TAS | ALL AGES
DIRTGIRL NATURE PLAY | FREE EVENT | 2.00PM