9 November 2023

Shellharbour's Live on the Lawn returns to showcase region's up-and-coming music talent

| Kellie O'Brien
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Shellharbour Live On the Lawn Daniella Walker

Shellharbour singer-songwriter Daniella Walker will perform at Live on the Lawn at the Shellharbour Civic Centre this Friday. Photo: Supplied.

Shellharbour’s Live on the Lawn free music series is helping to showcase the breadth of Illawarra’s up-and-coming talent by giving them a platform to perform live, according to singer-songwriter Daniella Walker.

The Shellharbour country-pop artist has been part of Live on the Lawn and other Shellharbour City Council-organised music events like Shellharbour Rocks, over the past couple of years.

She will be the next artist to perform in the music series that started last week, and will deliver a mix of originals and covers this Friday (10 November) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Creating a Day on the Green-style vibe, the free series will be held most Fridays between November and February on the manicured lawns of the Shellharbour Civic Centre.

“Last time they put out some little picnic blankets and it was a really nice, casual day and I got to perform for about two hours,” Daniella said.

“It’s really family-friendly and that’s what I love about it.

“It’s nice that Shellharbour City Council has all these events to support local artists. There’s a lot of people that are very talented around here, so it’s nice to go out and get to actually perform.”

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Daniella has taken her love of music one step further, teaching music to primary school students in the Illawarra as a casual teacher.

She handed in her final assignment in October for her Master’s Degree in Primary Education at the University of Sydney.

“When I really started to do music was in high school and then I did a Bachelor of Music,” she said.

“Now I just finished a Master’s Degree in Primary Teaching so I get to teach music to kids.

“I’m a casual teacher at the moment and I just handed in my last assignment and am waiting for my marks back.

“Not only that, but in my free time I love to just go out and perform in the area when I can when there are events like this.”

Daniella also released her first EP Seeing Stars in April on Spotify, which she recorded after requests from friends wanting another avenue to hear her original music.

“I’m usually country pop-ish, so I usually tend to play a lot of covers of popular music, but I also love to play my own music as well,” she said.

“I play covers like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, usually any popular music, but I try to cater it to the crowds that I have.

“If I’ve got an older generation in the crowd, I tend to play more classics.”

Her goals are to continue to play music live in the area to promote her EP and follow her path to full-time teaching.

“I do plan to hopefully release some more music in the future once I settle down with my degree,” she said.

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Shellharbour City Mayor Chris Homer encouraged the community to visit the Shellharbour Civic Centre to enjoy the music while supporting artists from the region.

“There are so many talented musicians and singers in our region. Council is proud to provide opportunities for them to share their love of music with our community,” Mayor Homer said.

“It is a great atmosphere. Sitting on the lawn, enjoying the performances and the warmer weather is the perfect way to relax and ease into the weekend.”

Artists still to come in the Live on the Lawn series include Grace Mae, Anthony Snape, Cameron Little, Yasmin Russell, Michael Bond, Glenn Whitehall, Josh Coyte (Jocean) and more.

Live on the Lawn is a free music event held every Friday from 11:30 am and 1:30 pm between November and February (except 15 December and public holidays). For the full list of performers and dates, visit Live on the Lawn.

For more information on Daniella Walker, follow her on Instagram.

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