the musical journey
At 10 yrs old my mother asked me did I want to learn the guitar or the banjo! That Christmas when I opened up a present of a new guitar a new world also opened up.
The typical start for a baby boomer learning guitar was a diet of American folk songs. A new passion flowed into playing music in my teenage years as I fell in love with the music of Cat Stevens.
I also had a penchant for Heavy and Progressive Rock. Using a tennis racquet I would impersonate my favourite bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Pavlov's Dog.
Mrs Magassy , one of those legend high school music teachers kept asking a friend Diane and I to perform songs from the band `America' on school assemblies.
stopped In my musical tracks
I was stopped in my musical tracks one day when I heard a song with an expolsive dynamicsm that I had never heard before. It was Joan Armatrading’s song ‘Love and Affection’ It was the expression in her voice and unique arrangement that captivated me. It was an epiphany that encouraged me to jump off the `safe’ cliff edge and dive into a new musical ocean.
picking up the bass
My first bass guitar was a short scale. It was hanging on the wall as a decoration and the owner gave it to me to use in a musical.
I was hooked and found a second hand Fender Precision in a Melbourne music shop in 1983.
When I started to play in local Griffith cover bands I easily adopted the persona of a bass playing rock chick!
third drawer down
the untamed shrews
music became a creative infectious pulse in my life throughout the seasons of personal challenge as a wife, mother and teacher.
a reawakening and new music passion
In 2008, a journey to Bourke in NSW was another epiphany. This experience left me longing to strip away the `suffocating layers' that I had built up around me and rediscover something that had been lost. This involved starting to `sing a new song'.
my first album `breath`
The album `breath' provides glimpses of this journey. It is an archive of songs written over 3 decades. Interestingly, in 2015 because of an injury I found the time and tools to get down to business and experiment with my own recording.
I was born into the Perry clan in Beverly Hills, Sydney.
I went to Sydney Teachers College and on graduation accepted a job at Griffith High School.
I married Steve and became a Campbell and we gradually expanded our family with the birth of Tim, Lachlan and Adrienne.
As a family we travelled to Thailand and experienced working in a refugee camp with Vietnamese, Hmong and Cambodian people in 1992.
After further study in history and listening to local Wiradjuri people, I gained new insights into our indigenous culture. This had a profound impact on me and would later motivate me to go to Bourke after the apology to our Aboriginal People.
We moved to Ulladulla NSW in 1995, besides teaching and music I discovered a new passion .... surfing!
Steve and I travelled overseas and did volunteer work throughout 2012. Consequently, we were inspired to open a bed n breakfast business called Surf House Narrawallee.