Sister Ursuline is a cellist, vocalist and songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. Her work marries classical cello training with contemporary songwriting to create songs for cello quartet and voice. Drawing on historical characters and events, literature, and a love of strange names, her debut EP – the self-titled Sister Ursuline – features “tales of madness, illness, and obsession… this [is] accomplished, heady stuff” (Dirge Magazine, 2015).
From 2008 – 2011 she trained classically under cellist Anthea Scott-Mitchell at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, later studying composition under Berklee faculty songwriter Keppie Coutts and Australian author and composer Clive Harrison.
In 2016 she contributed cello to American pianist and baroque beat-boxer Luis Mojica’s debut album Wholesome, alongside Rasputina’s Melora Creager and Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes. She also collaborated with performance and burlesque artist Lucille Spielfuchs, composed and recorded cello for poet and performance artist Candy Royalle’s title track ‘Birthing the Sky, Birthing the Sea’ and opened for performance artist Betty Grumble’s solo show Grumble: Sex Clown Saves the World. Most recently she performed in Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney’s otherworldly installation House of Mirrors at Brisbane Powerhouse.
Sister Ursuline plays a copy of the 1777 ‘Simpson’ Guadagnini maintained by Australian luthier Matthew Tucker of Bresque Basses and Cellos.
She is currently working on a debut album for release in 2020.