Dramatic, Grim and Humorous is Sister Ursuline’s independently released and recorded EP – a collection of six historically-informed narrative songs, described by Dirge Magazine’s Brian Ennis as “manic, scissoring melodic line[s] contrasted with a majestic, soaring refrain – there is always something sinister throbbing away in the background. Sometimes dissonant and choral, sometimes spoken, and sometimes floating and harmonious.”
Sister Ursuline is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter and cellist. Dubbed a “sonic historian” by performance artist Betty Grumble and “found-object artist of musical influences” (Dirge Magazine 2015), she draws on historical sources and folk stories to create otherworldly narrative songs: asylum-bound nuns, shape-shifting witches and iron-willed aristocrats inhabit “echoing, off-kilter tale[s]… of madness, illness, obsession and suffering…” (Brian Ennis, 2015). She has headlined as a solo performer on Australia’s East Coast – in live performance, she uses effects and looping on the fly to create a multi-cello ensemble and vocal harmonies.