Caitlin Plunkett is up-and-coming acoustic singer song writer and play regularly at Erindale Vikings on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
We sat down with Caitlin to learn more about her musical inspirations and what she gets up to in her free time.
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Q&A with Caitlin Plunkett
Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
A. I’m a 21-year-old Canberra based singer/ songwriter and I’m about to finish my degree in European languages. I play at Vikings about three times a month, at both Lanyon and Erindale Vikings.
How did you begin playing music and doing live performances?
A. I started learning guitar from my Dad when I was 11, but got really serious about playing and writing my own songs when I was about 15 and I started taking singing lessons. Other than school performances, I didn’t start performing until I turned 18, when I was an opening act for Sal Kimber & The Rollin’ Wheel at Phoenix Bar in 2011. I got to play at Corinbank in 2012 with some friends, which was awesome, but then took a bit of a break from performing until late 2014 because university got quite hectic!
Q. Who have been major influences for you?
A. My Dad has been my biggest influence as he’s the other muso in my immediate family. Growing up, there was always music playing and guitars in almost every room so it was hard not to want to get involved! He’s always been really supportive and comes to nearly all of my gigs (when his own band, Big Idea, isn’t performing), and lets me borrow his gear, which is very helpful. Musically, I draw a lot of inspiration from artists who try to say a lot lyrically and have a quite acoustic sound.
Q. Who are your favourite artists?
A. My taste is changing all the time, at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Damien Rice, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, Gabrielle Aplin, and Bastille.
Q. What are your favourite songs?
A. To name a few: Fields of Gold – Sting; The Lion’s Roar – First Aid Kit; I Don’t Want To Change You – Damien Rice; Soil, Soil – Tegan and Sara; I’ll Be Seeing You – Jimmy Durante.
Q. What are your other hobbies apart from music?
A. I love to travel (especially in Europe) and am constantly saving up money for my next adventure. I also love learning languages, which is why I chose to study European Languages at University.
Q. Why do you like performing at Vikings?
A. It’s a really calm and welcoming atmosphere and you never know what kind of crowd you’re going to get on any given night.
Q. What’s next for Caitlin Plunkett?
A. I’m finishing University soon, but, like many people my age, I have absolutely no idea what I’d like to do in the future. As long as music, travel and languages are all still in my life in some capacity I’ll be very happy!