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The Great Song Cycle Down Under - The Film

A stunning short film documenting singer-songwriter, Joanna's 2000 mile zero emissions Australia solo bike & concert tour.

The Great Song Cycle Down Under - The Film

A stunning short film documenting singer-songwriter, Joanna's 2000 mile zero emissions Australia solo bike & concert tour.

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About

THE GREAT SONG CYCLE

When I tell people about my upcoming 2000 mile bicycle-concert tour in Australia, the first question I am asked is: ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE A FILM OF YOUR JOURNEY? I would love to be able to answer with a resounding YES! But, in order to do that, I need to ask for your help! 

The Great Song Cycle, Down Under is a totally unique, multi-faceted project that can essentially be described as a 2000 mile, zero-emissions, solo-female concert tour that takes in the breathtaking landscape and communities of Australia by bicycle, and then turned into a film by Ben Savage with original music written by Joanna Wallfisch (that's me!).

My route

 VIDEOGRAPHER

I am raising funds to be able to hire the amazing videographer, Ben Savage, to join me for just ONE WEEK of my 7 week journey between Moruya and Lakes Entrance, New South Wales. He will document my ride, my concerts, the ups and the downs, and together with the footage I have taken on my own, we will create an incredible 30-45 minute documentary of this unique journey and story that I can share with the world.  The concerts themselves pay me enough break even by the end of the tour, but I can't afford to document the journey without your help. Check out his drone reel - it is mouthwateringly beautiful work! 

 COST BREAKDOWNN

  • $600 per day to film x 6 days = $3600
  • $75 per hour to edit x 42 = $3150
  • $100 per day for accommodation / food = $600
  •  TOTAL COST: $7350 / my Kickstarter Goal = $5000 

TWO WHEELS = ZERO EMISSIONS!!

It is essential to me that if I talk the talk then I have I have to walk the walk, and I uphold the value of saving our environment at the top of my list. Our consumerist society makes it quite difficult to  avoid making massive carbon footprints at every turn - whether it's hopping in our cars, buying apples from the other side of the world wrapped in plastic, or even (and I'm a culprit!) buying a plane ticket. In order to somehow balance out my own footprint I choose to tour by bicycle, and show how much we can do as individuals - whether it's alternative transport, not eating meat or fish, and holding onto a battered tin water bottle instead of buying disposable plastics. If we all do something that can inspire others to do something, then maybe something will actually change, and perhaps we CAN turn this doomed ship around!

BACKSTORY...

In 2016 I released my third album "Gardens In My Mind", and planned a tour down the west coast of the USA, from Portland to LA. For reasons including environmental and existential I decided to travel on my trusty Condor bicycle, loaded with five Ortlieb panniers stuffed with everything from my camping gear to my musical instruments. I called the tour “The Great Song Cycle”(VICE MAGAZINE ARTICLE). What transpired was a regular concert tour turned effervescent. The journey not only changed my perspective on my life and career, but also inspired my new album, “Far Away From Any Place Called Home”, and my debut memoir, “The Great Song Cycle - Portland to LA on Two Wheels and a Song” (UWA Press).  

Book Cover

 I could never have known how creatively inspiring and fruitful the original trip was going to be, but now I’m hooked on this way of touring. Three years later I take to the road again for The Great Song Cycle, Down Under — 2000 miles, from Brisbane to Hobart, with the hopes and plans to write a second book, and of course make this film.

What makes my creative journey different?

What gives my way of touring a unique edge is that I am combining two very different aspects of myself: the restless adventurer who loves to live simply, sleep under the stars, bathe in freezing lakes, talk to strangers, deepen my smiley lines, and doesn’t mind turning my socks inside-out to save on weight, with the elegant singer-songwriter, who wears beautiful dresses, a touch of makeup, requires a modicum of stillness and routine to write songs, and performs concerts around the world. The concept of The Great Song Cycle is how I’ve managed to avoid simply running away from one dream (to be a professional musician) in pursuit of another dream (to be a bad-ass vagabond), but rather combining them into one mega-dream!

from my 2016 tour
from a concert in Bremen, Germany

AUSTRALIA

I always wanted to bike Australia to get back to my familial heritage, and to discover its incredible landscape, whilst simultaneously impacting the environment as little as possible with my own carbon footprint. My dad once described my bike-concert tours as travelling at the speed of the 18th century. It’s basically true. Time and space shifts and slow down when travelling by bicycle. I have even found that my eyesight improves from looking outward everyday, and I see details that otherwise pass me by. There is nothing like the sense of freedom and power in carrying your whole life on your bike, rumbling along the road knowing that you are completely responsible for yourself, and your own physical and mental resources to get you to where you are going. When I biked down the California PCH I learnt about momentum. No matter the pain, doubt, fear, loneliness, or even the friendships made, I couldn’t just stop. The journey was the destination. Author Laurie Lee once wrote, “it is easier to leave than to stay behind and love”. I started to understand this for myself. This feeling of trust in my abilities to push through almost anything carries with me even when I’m off the bike, and it flows into my performances - that same sense of being in the present, feeling grounded and trusting that I can carry the music, just as the wind carried me.

WHY FILM NOW?

Back in 2016 I did not have the wherewithal to professionally film my journey, and so  I documented everything through journals,  then tured those journals into songs, created an album, and wrote a book. This time, however, I want to create a beautiful film that can reach further than my book and music can. My inspirations include creative adventurers, such as: Alastair Humphreys / Brado Yelavich / Martijn Doolaard (notice they are all men), and each have created incredible short films documenting their journeys, which in turn have inspired thousands to follow in their footsteps, and take in the environment with renewed respect and awe. I want to do the same, but also be part of the movement of strong, independent, powerful women out there doing inspiring things!  

TOUR DATES... where you can hear me live! 

As I make my way down the east coast of Australia I will be performing many concerts and book signings along the way. Here is a list of all venues I will be appearing at - please come along if you're in the area!

A TASTE OF MY MUSIC

Here are a couple of videos of songs from my new record. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify  

Risks and challenges

I know that, even if I were driving this tour would be challenging. However - I will be travelling between each venue on my bicycle, carrying roughly 35kgs of luggage on my bike, with only my mind, body and two thin wheels to get me from A to B. The obvious challenges are going to be the physical and mental - dealing with exhaustion, fear, doubt is part and parcel of this trip, but I am experienced and as fit as a fiddle, and trust in my abilities to do this.
Staying on schedule is a big deal - unlike a bike tour that is simply for the sake of cycling, I actually have to get to places on time. As you can see, my schedule is chocabloc, so I have to make sure I am able to get to the venues in time, whilst also maintaining my vocal and physical health so I can sing concerts every other day. It's going to be a lot of fun... and also the hardest thing I have ever done in my life!!!

Side Note

In 2018 I successfully raised $5000 toward the making of my album via Pledgemusic. Through a number of corrupt and unfortunate twists Pledgemusic declared bankruptcy, taking all the money raised by artists on their platform down with them. So I never saw a penny of the donations I raised. It is NEVER easy crowdfundraising, let alone trying two campaigns in as many years. I hope that this time it will be far more successful!!

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    For most of my life I have been making a career as a songwriter, and I would love to write a song especially for you!
    Tell me a little about yourself, your life, your hopes and dreams, the one you love, the one who broke your heart... and I will write a song that is totally personal to you. I will even make a video recording of it, and create the sheet music as well, so you can keep it forever more.

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    If you are located in Australia and buy this option between the dates of Sep 14 and November 5th, I will be able to come to your home for a concert during my tour.
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