Aminah Hughes is a singer /songwriter, spoken word artist, poet and emerging filmmaker. Her passion for storytelling is evident in honest lyrics that interlace political potency with a warm gentleness that leaves her audience feeling held, while her ethereal singing style takes them on a journey that can only be described as beautifully haunting. Her creative endeavours stemmed from an early alliance with the arts. Already a classical flautist and theatrical actor, she joined Perthís RTR.FM as a DJ at fifteen, leading to a four-year stint as film reviewer and interviewer for the stationís Breakfast show. Although her focus is on songwriting, Aminah has had spoken word pieces published on national compilation albums, one of which was featured on Triple J radioís Artery programme and has had airplay on Londonís Last FM. As Young-Writer-In-Residence, she conducted workshops on poetic songwriting at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (she continues to be a member of the Foundationís Alumni), inspiring songwriting circles and further workshops around Australia. An invited performer at a growing number of events and festivals, she has toured with cross-cultural singing group Yirra Yaakin Yowerliny, supported Robert James on his solo tour, shared the stage with Jimmy Little, GANGgajang and the Sydney Youth Orchestra and supported Canadian outfit, The Wailin' Jennys, and Ireland's Mairtin O'Connor Trio. A finalist in the Lyrics Only section of the 2005 Unisong International Song Contest, she was awarded 2nd Place in the Social/Political section for her song about the conditions of womenís prisons in Western Australia and again became a finalist in 2006 with her feisty, political spoken word piece, Out of Mind. Her song about an Irish convict transported to Australia in 1843 earned her a place as a Top 3 Finalist in the national Rebel Yelp Songwriters Award in 2008. She recently spent a year in Ireland, where she formed a musical alliance with Irish guitarist/singer/fiddler/blues-harpist Seamie O'Dowd (Dervish, Mairtin O'Connor Band, The Unwanted). Beginning with a few shows around Ireland in 2009, the duo brought their act to Australia in early 2010 in a growing partnership that has been pleasing audiences on both sides of the waves. Currently in preparation for the recording of her debut album, she continues to create and inspire.
I think it's really great....so I do!
review written by: Seamie O Dowd