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Abbe May

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Biography

Abbe May spent her late teens and early twenties performing in Australia’s most notorious rock venues and busted up studios, touring relentlessly in unreliable tour vans in various solo and band incarnations. With sly humour, Abbe graduated from her critically acclaimed early explorations of rock and blues to become a guitar slinging, beat-driven, an iconic performer with an atmospheric cocktail of indie riff rock, gospel, soul and electronica.

Abbe is one of the strong women of the Australian music industry with much respect across radio, blogs and venues around the country. Abbe May has been named by Western Australian Music as WA’s best singer 9 times and has been nominated for 27 WAM awards, winning 21 since she began performing original musi c in 2008.
Abbe May is an ARIA, WAM, AIR, AMP and J Award-winning and nominated artist, the hand-picked guitarist for Peter Garrett’s Alter Egos and a champion of the LGBTQIA+ community. A constantly evolving artist, she has performed at a myriad of summer music festivals including Big Day Out, Meredith, and Pyramid, and supported Neneh Cherry, The Preatures, The Black Keys, Midnight Oil, The Motels, Art V’s Science, Tim Rogers, Adalita, Magic Dirt, Emiliana Torrini, Killing Heidi, You Am I, Peter Garrett, Bob Log III, Kim Salmon, Dave Graney and Claire Moore.

Abbe is known as an exciting performer and phenomenal singer, songwriter and guitarist, a poetic, insightful, hard-hitting lyricist and visual artist who harnesses and openly expresses her sexuality without shame. She has spent the past four years creating her fifth studio album “FRUIT”, released to tremendous acclaim in 2018. Named Album Of The Year in the 2018 WAM awards and shortlisted as one of the nine most important albums of 2018 by the Australian Music Prize, it is her most succinct and powerful declaration of identity yet. A melodic, upbeat and soulful collection of songs made to honour the lives of those who are ‘other’. In 2011 Abbe’s album “Design Desire” was also shortlisted as one of the 9 most important albums of the year. Abbe May has a built a critically acclaimed reputation which grows stronger with every release. In November 2018, Abbe May was inducted into the Hall Of Distinction at her former high school, Bunbury Catholic College, for outstanding service to the arts.

Abbe May is currently demoing her sixth studio album “Red Flag.”