Vanessa Nugent

PROGRAM:

The Songwriters Session (fortnightly, Tuesday 2-4pm)

WHERE IS ‘HOME’?

Hungry Head

HOW DID YOU COME TO BE LIVING IN THIS AREA? 


I first came to this area as a 5 year old when my parents became the publicans of the Coramba Hotel. I went to the Coramba Public School which gave me life-long local friends, ensuring that I always returned for visits. We only stayed for a couple of years as my parents both had itchy feet and an adventurous spirit. After much travelling gypsy-style up and down the east coast of Australia we settled on Lake Macquarie long enough for me to finish school and meet my husband. I was able to return when I was 40 as my husband was transferred to Urunga as the local policeman. We have lived at Hungry Head for the past 17 years in blissful semi-retirement.

WHAT DOES YOUR PROGRAM OFFER TO LISTENERS? 


Each fortnight I feature a prominent songwriter and showcase their songs and back stories. I also include covers of songs from those songwriters. The other music is kept as much as possible to the same genre.

WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN TRIPLE B? 


I have recently resigned from the Urunga Surf Life Saving Club where I was a patrolling member and Executive member for 14 years. Since leaving, I have been looking for another community group to volunteer my time with. I love music and I am a musician involved in running a community music group and for that reason Debbie Spillane interviewed me on her Songversations session. This led to me having the opportunity to do the presenters training day in December and shortly after I was lucky enough to get my own program.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON AIR AT TRIPLE B? 


I run a community music group and I am an accredited ukulele teacher having completed a three year teacher certification program with the amazing James Hill from Canada. I am also a member of The Outlaws Ukulele Big Band with my fellow ukulele teachers and we perform at ukulele festivals throughout eastern Australia. I am a committee member of AUTLA, the Australian Ukulele Teachers and Leaders Association and (part of) our vision is to improve and expand options for music education in Australian Schools as well as offering support and resources for all teachers and leaders of ukulele groups throughout Australia. AUTLA organises professional development days at Ukulele Festivals where we run workshops (singing, playing technique, conducting, song arrangement etc) and provide support for our fellow teachers and leaders. I have a husband, an adult son who has moved out of home but still needs me (I hope), dog, chooks, acreage of land and a house to care for.

IF YOU WERE TO STAGE YOUR OWN FESTIVAL IN BELLO, AND COULD HAVE ANY THREE HEADLINE ACTS FROM ANYWHERE WHO WOULD THEY BE? 


It would be a ukulele festival and I would invite James Hill, Jake Shimabukuro and Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee from overseas or Ukulele Death Squad, Ryo Montgomery and The Loveys from Australia