Alice Terry

The year that was...



Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all.

At Art, Not Apart 2020 she will be presenting new works from what has been the most challenging year of her existence. Going from performing to 200-300 people, to over 10,000, navigating through major surgeries, family illnesses - the list goes on. She will perform new works which will make audiences laugh, sob, and understand why she's been dubbed "Sydney's first lady of blues". 

"The Real Deal" - Beth Hart


Terry began life singing classical, jazz and music theatre but was beckoned by the Dark Lady of Blues when she fronted her first touring blues band at the tender age of 17. Since then she has mastered the art of songwriting and storytelling, and is considered to have one of the finest voices around.

Her spirited performances and clever writing draws die-hard fans that never leave. Many lifers have found Terry whilst she was supporting an impressive cohort of both local and international headliners. With Allen Stone, Beth Hart, St Paul & the Broken Bones, Thirsty Merc, Matt Corby, and The Waifs, as well as festival appearances at Sydney Festival Main Stage, Woodford Folk Festival, Narooma Blues and Rockabilly, and Thredbo Blues Festivals, just to name a few.

Onstage, Terry is as witty and engaging as she is mournful and heartfelt. Her tongue is firmly planted in her cheek delivering sassy one-liners but will never fail to leave a tear in the eye after brutally examining her own life, psyche and the human condition.

Terry demonstrates she can write for purpose as well as her therapy. Her alter-ego and band ‘Jimmy Rigg and the Crow Bars’ saw her as the swaggering, loud-mouthed, whiskey spraying blues man. Her raw talent and propensity for drama has audiences completely sold on the glorious music and trash-talking rawness that was Terry as Rigg. Miss Alice Terry has also provided the backbone to such dramatic pieces as ‘Tiger Country’ by Jonathan Gavin, an enigmatic play about the stark violence in rural Australia that shocked and shredded audiences underpinned by Terry’s score and live performance.

Fresh from touring Australia and New Zealand as a backing vocalist for Matt Corby, she will be returning to perform with him in the next run of festivals over 2019/20 including Lost Paradise, Falls (Fremantle), and Party in the Paddock.

"The Real Deal" - Beth Hart



2:30 pm - 3:10 pm | Courtyard Stage