Happy Axe uses violin, musical saw and vocals to create layers of sound that are beautiful, unsettling and cinematic. Organic instrumental sounds are melded with digital manipulation, looping and effecting, and sounds are generated live.
Happy Axe is the solo project of Emma Kelly (Mr Fibby, The Ellis Collective). Emma is a violinist, musical sawist and vocalist from Canberra. She grew up in the quiet bushland of Wildesmeadow, moved to Canberra to complete a classical degree in Violin, and has performed at major festivals including the Woodford Folk Festival, This Is Not Art Festival, Groovin the Moo and You Are Here, in groups ranging in styles such as electro-acoustic, folk, classical, cabaret, pop and rock. She was guest of honour at the 2015 New York City Musical Saw Festival, and has recently had performances in Berlin, New York, Sydney, Canberra and Yass. Happy Axe just launched a debut EP, This Topia.
Currently based: Canberra, ACT, Australia
Photo: Adam Thomas