Freya Josephine Hollick is an old world songbird who harks from the Victorian Goldfields. Well versed in all kinds of music, she has followed a path back to a time that holds true to her voice, her songwriting and her story. Hollick’s voice has been described as haunting, as both powerful and fragile, it is truly a voice unlike any other, and one that is of another time. She immerses herself in her songs and the stories they tell, and it is no secret that she has certainly come through trials of her own. Her life story, tells tales much like those in the heartbreaking country tunes of yesteryear that she has come to love so much. Her live performances are often candid, her banter between songs becomes more of a refreshingly honest and often darkly humorous account of her lived experience as a single mother and the loneliness, difficulty and beauty of it all.
Hollick is a prolific songwriter, and each show introduces new material written on the quiet front porch of her country home. Her own songs such as Way Over Yonder With You, Turtle Dove and A Heart That Burns are truly stunning examples her aptitude for penning heart-wrenching tunes. Though it isn’t all woe, depending on when you catch her, Hollick also brings out her fast paced two-stepping numbers like Long Gone Daddy’o Yodel and When My Ship Rolls In.
To hear her perform live is not only an exceptional experience because of her own stories but also what she brings to the songs of others. Her rendition of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, is enough to both chill you to the bone and wrap you in a warm embrace. This song in particular highlights what a powerful voice Hollick has and her aptitude for phrasing and tone.