March 29, 2021
I promised some exciting news and I'm beyond ecstatic to say I'll be supporting Ben Lee and Missy Higgins at the Fremantle Prison on April 15 and 16! Missy Higgins has been one of the biggest inspirations to my songwriting, so to say I'm excited is definitely an understatement. I hope to see some of you there?
Lots of love,
March 17, 2021
Happy Belated New Year!
Once again, its taken me an age to update my blog - but I think this time I have an excuse, as we welcomed our daughter Bonnie Anne Allen into the world in November! Life with a 4 month old is every bit as tiring and wonderful as they say! We are loving life with our new addition.
Although I've been navigating full time motherhood, I've been privileged to still be a part of some beautiful gigs. I was blown away to be asked to sing backing vocals for the inimitable Tim Minchin for two nights at Kings Park in February. I had the best time and learnt so much from him. Bonnie got her first backstage pass, and even got a fan photo - that will be one for her 18th!
We also travelled to the Nannup Music Festival for the first time, and soaked up all the weekend had to offer. It was such a refreshing and connecting event - thank you Phaedra for putting on such a magical affair! We loved it and hope to be back next year.
Coming up next, I'm part of the first WA Music Week! I am playing on Friday 19th of March at HBF Stadium alongside Stella Donnelly, San Cisco and POND! I really hope my baby brain keeps it together.
Hope to see you at a gig soon - and stay tuned for some more exciting news!
Lots of love,
Monday, 31st August 2020
I hope you're all safe and well.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported my new single 'It Goes For Miles'. Here in WA we are so lucky to be able to perform still, and we had a wonderful night at Lyrics Underground with the reformed 'Shanaband'. Were you there in the crowd? I also had 2 really special nights at the Kidogo Arthouse for Joanna's 'Candlelit Soiree's' - which were so intimate and filled with delicious food and the calming sounds of the ocean. If you came to a gig or if you've bought/streamed my new song - THANK YOU.
If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, never fear! I will pop the links below for you to check out. Thank you to my dear friend and collaborator Jon Clements for producing the song - he did an amazing job making it sound like a true road trip song. Although it's hard to travel as we once did, its always nice to reminisce and think about how lucky we are to be alive.
I'm planning a beautiful show for October 2nd, I'll keep you posted - hopefully baby doesn't arrive before then!!
Lots of love,
Tuesday, 28th July 2020
My husband Matt, Toby (dog) and I have well and truly settled back into our home here in Perth, WA. After a long 3 months our dog Toby finally got the all clear to travel from London back to Perth, and we are so happy to have him back with us! It's been an adjustment for everyone during this COVID 19 pandemic, but for once we're happy we're so isolated in WA. This means we are able to actually keep some normality here, and gigs are starting back up again! There's also another reason why things have needed some adjusting, and that's because I am nearly 6 months pregnant with our baby girl. This means I'm extra excited to play some shows for you all, as when she arrives in November I won't be able to say when my next gig will be! So the bump and I are taking to the stage for 3 special shows in August. For anyone north of the river, I'm launching my single 'It Goes For Miles' at the brilliant venue Lyrics Underground in Maylands on August 23rd.
It Goes For Miles was inspired by my travels around the UK, in particular the Scottish Highlands. I was taken with the beauty of the landscape after driving through the scenic Highlands with Matt in 2017.
The song is a celebration of the vast landscape, and the production by Perth based Jon Clements (02 Productions) helps to create the perfect road trip song. After a year living and performing in the UK, I'm so excited to reunite with the band to help promote the single, with special guests Sydnee Carter and Matthew Garrod!
If you're closer to Fremantle, you can see myself and Matt in a duo form while you have dinner provided by Kidogo Arthouse owner Joanna for her 'Candlelit Soiree'' shows. These will be on August 16, and August 29.
Ticket links here:
SINGLE LAUNCH: Oztix Ticket Link
KIDOGO ARTHOUSE CANDLELIT SOIREE: Kidogo Soiree Ticket Link
Can't wait to see you at a show soon, if you're lucky to be in WA. I hope wherever you are in the world you are safe and keeping positive. These are strange times and thank goodness we have music to help us get through it all.
Love Helen xx
March 26, 2020
To my dear followers,
Let me start by saying I hope you're all safe and healthy. For those who aren't living under a rock (but probably wish they were) you may have heard about a tiny little virus called COVID-19. This worldwide health crisis has thrown everything into chaos, and unfortunately myself and my husband (and dog Toby!). We had to make the tough decision to go home to Australia before the borders closed, and all our gigs and tours for the foreseeable future have been cancelled. Due to Australia's tough border restrictions, our dog Toby is not allowed in the country until mid June, so a lovely Austrian couple are being his foster parents until he's allowed home.
On top of all this, my dear husband found out only 2 days ago that he has tested positive for the virus. We were already in isolation when we found out, however now we must isolate from each other! So we are in separate rooms at all times, and I am hoping he gets better ASAP! His symptoms are mild, but it is lingering. Please, try and stay home if you can and stop the spread. It really can happen to anyone. One of the last things I did in London was record some acoustic songs. I am so glad I got to do that before we left. I'm trying to think about a creative way to release them - at least now I have a lot of time on my hands!
I did write a new song a few weeks ago (before all this) which scarily sums up how I'm feeling now. That life happens, and the only thing we can control is how we respond. "I can't control the waves as they crash on the sand. Out of my grasp, out of my hands - and not what I planned"
Not What I Planned
Enjoy, and please take care everyone!
Lots of love,
January 6th, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020, here we are. I was so lucky to spend the new year in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, where I saw glorious fireworks being set off from the castle. It was magical, although at one point I was being moved (not by my own accord) by a sea of the odd 80,000 people who had also shown up to join in the Hogmanay celebrations. However, it was quite the sight to see! How did you spend your New Years? I hope wherever you were, you were safe and happy. It's been absolutely devastating to watch as Australia burns in the horrific bushfires. Please check out the numerous websites to see where you can donate, I contributed my weeks coffee to comedian Celeste Barbers campaign (now at $31 million), which is outstanding.
How to help
For me, 2020 is going to be about continuing to play and reach as many people as I can as an independent musician. I would love to do some more recording, but I'm still in the process of working out how I can afford to do so- and what the people would like to hear (if anything!!). I've got a list of my upcoming shows updated in my 'shows' tab. I'm trying to work on a very special gig for June - I know its an age away, but I will keep you posted. I'm also hoping to do another 'cafe' tour around the UK - so keep your eyes peeled.
Lots of love and as always, thank you if you're reading this!
Stay safe and I hope all your 2020 wishes come true.
Looking forward to the new year...Edinburgh 2019 x
October 22, 2019
I am very excited to say that I am heading out on a tour of the UK in November! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid tea drinker! This inspired 'The UK Cafe Tour', where I will be visiting some intimate venues in Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester. To finish it all off, I'll be celebrating with a full band line up in London on November 28. Please feel free to spread the word if you live in any of these places, or know anyone who you think might like to come along!
Details below xx
September 21, 2019
Wow, look at me go! 2 entires in a month? Who am I? Someone who probably has too much time on my hands...haha! If you are reading this, then thank you!
I had my single launch at 'The Finsbury' last week. It was a truly amazing night. It was my first full band gig in London, and the room was filled with a wonderful supportive crowd. I couldn't have asked for anything more! Thank you, if you were there! We gathered to celebrate my newest single 'Unborn'. I wanted to talk a little bit about the meaning behind it.
Growing up in Perth, Australia, I have been truly blessed. We have such pristine beaches, the air is clean, and overall we do a pretty good job at picking up our rubbish. I had been thinking for some time though, that I wanted to broaden my horizons and try living in a different city. Living in London has always been a dream of mine! I have always felt so happy here, looking at all the old buildings and the shows on West End- there are endless opportunities and things to do and see. I am living near the green 'Battersea Park' which is so big and beautiful. There are plenty of amazing parks here, it's like what the beach is to an Australian I think!
The only thing that struck me after living here for a few months, is the constant litter and pollution. I guess that comes with living in one of the biggest cities in the world. It just showed me how lucky I was to have lived in such a clean city, and how I may have taken it for granted. I watched as my dog Toby ate old chicken bones tossed on the sidewalk and ran for the open plastic bags lining the streets - but it was a turning point when we found him vomiting glass, which may have been hidden inside something he got off the footpath. I found myself picking up rubbish in his doggy bag, it was just mind blowing how people didn't seem to care.
It made me concerned that people are still not worrying about the state of our planet. That we are living for us now, but not for the future generations. I don't want to preach, I just want to say how worried I am that this is not being treated as seriously as it should be. We are in the sixth massive extinction. I really want to have a family of my own, but I don't know what the future will look like. It was heartening yesterday to see the #ClimateStrike in London. I got emotional as I saw the young children with their signs, and it did give me some hope for the future. Greta Thunberg is leading the way, and she is so brave to stand up to the governments of the world and state the sad, but true facts.
I also listen to my favourite podcast 'Better Than Yesterday' by Osher Günsberg. He's definitely more than your "Bachelor" TV host!! I highly recommend this podcast if you want more insight into the climate crisis, and ways to deal with any anxiety you may be feeling.
I hope this movement will change the current leaders policies, and help us start living for not only us, but our #unborn. If you resonate with this song, please share it - and maybe you can change the way someone thinks about how they're treating the world.
September 11, 2019
I hope this update finds you well. Things have been wonderful here in London.
I've been playing a few gigs here and there, I've been lucky enough to start a residency at 'The Chelsea Corner' which has the best Italian food, and most amazing staff. I usually play 7.30-10.30pm while you enjoy your Friday night wine and pasta! I also joined my good friend Angie McMahon for her gig in Dublin, and we had such a lovely response. Thank you to everyone to listened to us!
I recently I had the chance to work with London producer Sue McMillan. She helped bring my new song 'Unborn' to life - and I'm so excited to be playing my very first band gig to celebrate it tomorrow night at The Finsbury. I have a London edition of 'The Shanaband', and entry is free! The song will be released on all streaming platforms on Friday 13th September. I'll make sure I do a post on here too - for all you following at home...
Thank you so much again for all your support - it means the world.
How I got here...
May 17, 2019
Today it's a bit of a grey day in London (I guess that's to be expected, although we have been having some lovely sunny days!!). Today I went to Australia House to cast my vote in the latest election, it was exciting on two levels 1) got to exercise my right to have a say on who leads our government 2) got to see GRINGOTTS (all Harry Potter fans know what I'm talking about haha).
Just checking in about my musical happenings over here. I got a little reminder on my Facebook memories that it has been 10 years since I released my first EP "Girl in Love". I remember the moment that I decided to pursue music as a career. I felt almost ashamed to tell anyone, as it made me feel guilty like I had some kind of crazy ambition that was too unrealistic and not 'the norm'. I have to say, its definitely not 'the norm', but it's been a wonderful journey full of highs and lows. Sometimes it feels like there are more lows, sometimes it's an endless battle to prove yourself and fight for your music in a world where there are so many others trying to do the same thing. London is certainly overwhelming on that level; the amount of people here is mind boggling, I'm definitely starting from scratch here and back where I started - open mic nights! There's such a great sense of community however, and although it can be hard, I need to stay positive and know that this is the right path. After getting another knock back this morning (I was waiting to hear back about a grant that would help me record over here), it made me a bit disappointed, but then I remembered that nothing good is meant to be easy.Hopefully the more I keep working and opening myself up to new opportunities, things will fall into place. I've really had to start believing in myself and vouching for me, something that's not an easy task for any artist (we're a doubtful bunch!). Anyway, it made me think back to when I first started at Mojos open mic, clutching for dear life at the microphone and taking that first step. Although I'm not as terrified, I'm still scared - but at least I know I can get through it and have everyone back home supporting me. I wanted to repost this song I wrote called 'Roll On'. I did write it with the music industry in mind, and to let things roll off you and stick to your own guns. I hope that resonates with someone today.
Lots of love,
May 6, 2019
I'm writing to you all after watching the latest GoT episode - any fans out there as stressed as I am??
If you need some calming tunes, I'm excited to play my first showcase gig here on Thursday May 23! I'll be singing at a place called 'SO.UK' in Clapham. I'd love to see you if you're around? Matt and I will be in duo form from 9pm!
Would love to see you there! x