Coral Lee Farrow cuts loose in The Wangi Barber Shop and Beardery

CUTS AND TUNES: Coral Lee Farrow will perform at The Gumball in April. She is also gigging around Newcastle in her new instrumental surf act Neptune’s Tide Machine. Picture: supplied

CUTS AND TUNES: Coral Lee Farrow will perform at The Gumball in April. She is also gigging around Newcastle in her new instrumental surf act Neptune’s Tide Machine. Picture: supplied

HER music has taken her across the globe, playing festivals and even living and recording in Berlin, but for now local talent Coral Lee Farrow has made her home in Wangi Wangi.

Farrow moved from Berlin to Lake Macquarie about two years ago, where she bought The Wangi Barber Shop and Beardery.

She cuts hair during the day and at night she closes the doors and bangs on the keys of the barber shop piano. Farrow installed the piano hoping to play it in-between hair cuts, but the barbering business has been too busy for that. 

“Guitar and vocals are my main instruments but as I have a piano in my barber shop I can’t help being sucked in,” Farrow said.

Farrow has been working up material around the piano and has a “sneaky plan” to play some piano shows at a future date.

But for now, she is concentrating on writing material for a fourth solo recording, which she plans to release on 75rpm vinyl.

The recording, which she hopes to release this year, will follow Rocky Road to 10, The Weather Vane, recorded at the famous German Lightning Recorders;  and her self titled, limited edition 7 inch vinyl release. 

Making news:

Farrow has also pulled together a new instrumental surf act, Neptune’s Tide Machine, which has just begun gigging in Newcastle. 

Farrow attended Hunter School of Performing Arts, for her senior high school years. Early in her career she played in and wrote material for Newcastle act Funk Q. 

“I ended up staying in Newcastle for seven years before moving to Melbourne,” Farrow said.

“When I moved to Melbourne, through working in pubs, I found the rocking, country, rockabilly scene and realised that’s where I wanted to drive my music from there on in. 

“I guess I’m still dabbling with those genres.” 

Farrow’s sound sits broadly within the American roots tradition. 

“It’s definitely rootsy, a bit of country, rhythm and blues, bit of rockabilly and early ‘60s sounding rock’n’roll,” she said. 

“It varies but mostly it dates back to the ‘50s and ‘60s.”

Farrow spent 20 months living in Berlin and the city’s music scene left an impression.

“When I moved to Berlin, I’d never met so many Elvis fans,” she said.

“They are all about Elvis over in Germany and I got into that.

“I love Elvis Presley, his early Sun Studio recordings.”  

Find out more: corallee.net.

Download her tunes on digital platforms. 

Next gigs: Quill and Compass, March 15, and the Gumball, April 25-28. 

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