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” (The Beauty Between Her Thighs, 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).
In 2015 she independently recorded and released her debut EP, Dramatic, Grim and Humorous – “…accomplished, heady stuff…” (Ibid), a collection of six songs spanning hundreds of years. The same year, she joined cello-rock ensemble Rasputina on their North American tour as first chair, alongside front woman Melora Creager and pianist Luis Mojica.
Since then, Sister Ursuline has headlined as a solo performer on Australia’s East Coast as well as contributing to a number of albums as guest cellist – notably Luis Mojica’s Wholesome and How A Stranger Is Made. In live performance, she uses effects and looping on the fly to create a multi-cello ensemble and vocal harmonies. She was nominated for the Newcastle Fringe Festival’s Artistic Integrity Award and is currently working on her debut album release.
2015 DRAMATIC, GRIM