After releasing her debut album in summer 2019, Thelma Plum has announced two UK shows including a Manchester gig at the Deaf Institute in May.
The 24-year-old Gamilaraay musician and creator grew up in Brisbane, spending much of her childhood years on her Grandparents’ farm in Delungra, a small country town in rural New South Wales. Despite making music for her whole life, she has only recently been ready to share her story.
Her debut album Better In Blak is a story of culture, heritage, love and pain. It captures what it is like to be a young Aboriginal woman in Australia and charts her experiences since releasing her 2014 EP Monsters.
“On this album I speak about how it feels being an Aboriginal woman in this country. When I was younger I wasn’t ready to share this side of me, but I’ve grown a lot in the past few years and that’s changed,” she explains.
Thelma started working on her debut album four years ago. In fact, she had an album of songs ready to go, but she scrapped it entirely and decided to start again. “I’d written all these songs, but they didn’t represent what I’d been through. So, I rewrote the whole thing,” says Thelma. “The new songs just came to me, because I’d reached a point in my life where I was very ready to write them”.
When does Thelma Plum headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute?
Thelma Plum headlines at the Deaf Institute Manchester on 13 May 2020.