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 AND HUMOROUS INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED