If you've purchased tickets for Bassendean on the Green, then you're in for a real treat when it comes to all-girls a cappella group, Darling. If not, you'd better get in quick, or you really will miss out! in what is already a stellar line-up, you are sure to be inspired by Darling's extraordinary range of voices and extensive repertoire, from ancient folk songs to catchy modern tunes and everything in between.
Here, founding member Imogen Castledine - described as 'your friendly neighbourhood trilingual, swing-dancing seamstress, with a passion for neat handwriting and fine literature' - answers a few questions about Darling, mentors and why they've jumped on board Bassendean on the Green.
How long has Darling been together and how did you come to form as a group?
Our musical director and big boss lady Brooke Wilson and I have been friends for years, but it was only when we found ourselves sneaking off at parties to experiment with harmonies and test the acoustics that we discovered our secret mutual desire to start an a cappella group. More and more of our talented friends started joining in our vocal jam sessions, and we eventually decided to share our sound with the big wide world.
How would you describe your style of music?
A cappella sass and sweetness! We sing a really joyous mix of old and new tunes, with layered harmonies and body percussion.
Do you have any favourite performances that come to mind?
The beauty of our style is that no two shows are the same, so I have too many favourite moments to count! One of my best Darling memories is a house concert that my parents hosted - no bias, I swear - when we opened for a brilliant local band called Sparrow. Everybody was swinging and dancing and laughing, and there was just an incredible amount of love in the room. I don't think I'd ever played a gig like it.
Can people purchase or download any recordings of Darling?
For the moment you can find recordings on our YouTube channel, and we're looking to record sometime very soon - stay tuned.
What projects have Darling got underway at the moment?
Now if I told you that, I'd have to kill you. I can tell you we'll be taking it easy over the Christmas break and then greeting the New Year more inspired and determined than ever before.
Given that 12 Buckets is all about mentoring, who have been your mentors in life?
It's going to sound so clichéd, but my parents and my family have taught me almost everything I know. Growing up surrounded by designers, artists, musicians, actors and makers of all kinds meant that not only was no idea ever too outlandish, somebody was always on hand to give advice and get involved.
How did you come to be involved in Bassendean on the Green and what attracted you to support 12 Buckets in this way?
We were lucky enough to be invited to take part by the Gilmour family. Darling has performed for many excellent causes in the past and we love bringing people together through music. We're very excited to be involved!
What do you do when you're not playing music; what about the other members of Darling?
One of my favourite things about Darling is that we all do so many different things. Our girls do everything from teaching to tennis playing, from politics to puppy training. I personally spend my time swing dancing, reading, writing, language learning, making and discovering.
For more information, check out Darling's website - and come along to Bassendean on the Green to check them out live. You will not be disappointed - unless, of course, you miss out on tickets, which is very likely unless you get them today!