Helen Shanahan

Helen Shanahan

 Western Australia, AUS
SoloFolkSinger/Songwriter

Helens songs ride the joys and sorrows of love and life and draw the listener into an articulate and heartfelt world of story, melody and guitar, through her eyes.

Biography

HELEN Shanahan is a 28-year-old singer/songwriter from Perth, Western Australia.

Helen’s songs ride the joys and sorrows of love and life and draw the listener into an articulate and heartfelt world of story, melody and guitar, through her eyes. Helen’s thoughtful observations and introverted reflections of everyday situations are beautifully captured in her music, which can best be described as contemporary folk/pop with a strong acoustic feel. Helen graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) majoring in voice.

Helen released her EP ‘Driftwood’ in 2012 at the Fly By Night Musicians Club in Fremantle. ‘The title track was nominated in 2012 in the ‘love’ category in the Western Australian Music Industry ‘Song of the Year’ competition.

Helen has provided strong support to Australian group ‘The Basement Birds’ whose members include Kav Temperly (Eskimo Joe), Josh Pyke, Kevin Mitchell (Bob Evans) and Steve Parkin. She has also played in support of UK artist Passenger in 2010, and Matt Corby in 2011 in his secret garden shows around Perth. She joined Clare Bowditch on stage in 2014 as part of her ‘Winter Secrets’ Tour. She was nominated for ‘Best Folk Act’ in the West Australian Music Industry Awards in 2014. In 2017 she supported Ian Moss, and UK artist Lewis Watson.

In 2013 she won the songwriting award in the national competition ‘Telstra Road to Discovery’. This competition saw Helen play at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, BIGSOUND festival in Brisbane, Queenscliff music festival, iconic New York bar ‘The Bitter End’, and the Americana festival in Nashville.

Helen was signed to Mushroom Music Publishing in 2015, on the back of releasing her EP ‘Finding Gold’ produced by Melbourne based Pip Norman aka ‘Countbounce’.  

Helen released her debut album 'Every Little Sting' in May 2017, which was produced in Nashville by Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Bob Evans).

Lyrics

Driftwood

Written By: Helen Shanahan

The tides coming in and I can't stop it now
The only thing to do is leave somehow
Grains of sand in my toes
Feel like salt in a wound
I need to leave this place and leave for good

It always was a sinking ship
With water coming through
So I'll throw myself overboard
I'll sail away from you

So we'll sail
Sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we should have long ago
And we'll sail sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we can't stay afloat
I'll sail away in my boat

The tides moving forward and I cant help but see
It's moving closer and closer to me
The salt stings my eyes and the sun heats my skin
I need to find a new place to begin

So we'll sail
Sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we should have long ago
And we'll sail, sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we can't stay afloat
I'll sail away in my boat

It always was a sinking ship
With water coming through
So I'll throw myself overboard
I'll sail away from you

So we'll sail
Sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we should have long ago
And we'll sail, sail away like driftwood
Sail apart cause' we can't stay afloat
I'll sail away in my boat

I'll sail away in my boat

I Only Hide

Written By: Helen Shanahan

Living in this dark, broken house it stays locked
Living in this shell, can’t get out they can’t tell

And so I hide, cause I know
If I take one step out of line
They’re waiting outside

Living in this damp, dusty cave it stays grey
Living in this haze, I can’t stop what they say

And so I hide, cause I know
If I take one step out of line
They’re waiting outside
They’ll be outside

I only hide cause I know I’ll just get stung
I only hide cause from them I just can’t run
Why did he make me so weak?
I only hide, cause I know
I won’t be seen

Count to ten, follow me, come and seek
Count to ten, follow me, come and seek

Living in this dark, broken house it stays locked
Living in this shell, can’t get out they can’t tell

And so I hide, cause I know
What lives outside
They live outside

I only hide cause I know I’ll just get stung
I only hide cause from them I just can’t run
Why did he make me so weak?
I only hide, cause I know
I won’t be seen

Count to ten, follow me, come and seek
Count to ten, follow me, come and seek
Count to ten, follow me, come and seek
Count to ten, follow me, come and seek

Finding Gold

Written By: Helen Shanahan,Kim Richey

Nothing feels right
Nothing’s in the perfect place
Can’t sleep all night
Voices whisper in the dark
I can’t make them stop, but

I know underneath the sand and stone
My soul shall flower in
The rubble left out in the cold
I’ll keep finding gold

Morning half- light
Slips in between the window blinds
Wake up to find
The shadows from the night before
Have all but disappeared, and

I know underneath the sand and stone
My soul shall flower in
The rubble left out in the cold
I’ll keep finding gold
I’ll keep finding gold

Cause’ I know
Underneath the sand and stone
My soul shall flower in
The rubble left out in the cold
I’ll keep finding gold

Across The Sea

Written By: Helen Shanahan

One step forward into the river
One step toward the angry water
One more step and I am holding my breath

One step toward the open blue
Is one step further away from you
Can you send me a signal?
Help me before I drown

Oh get me out of this cascade
The waters falling on the bed we made
The rapids moving and it wont slow
I wish I could let it go

But I’ve got a body of solid rock
I need somebody to lift me up
And part the red sea
Build me a raft
Help me afloat
So I can get past
I’ve got a mind of heavy stone
Can’t cross the water all on my own
So who will build a ship for me?
Who will help me
Across the sea?

One step toward the eye of the storm
Is one step toward being broken and torn
Can you send me a rope now?
Pull me out

Oh get me out of this cascade
The water’s falling on the plans we made
The rapids moving and it wont slow
I wish I could let it go

I’ve got a body of solid rock
I need somebody to lift me up
And part the red sea
Build me a raft
Help me afloat
So I can get past
I’ve got a mind of heavy stone
Can’t cross the water all on my own
So who will build a ship for me?
Who will help me
Across the sea?

I’ve got a body of solid rock
I need somebody to lift me up
And part the red sea
Build me a raft
Help me afloat
So I can get past
I’ve got a mind of heavy stone
Can’t cross the water all on my own
So who will build a ship for me?
Who will help me
Across the sea

Who will help me?
Across the sea

Discography

"Girl In Love" EP - 2009

"Driftwood" EP - 2012

"Finding Gold" EP - 2015

"Every Little Sting" - LP due May 5 2017

Set List

EVERY LITTLE STING LP 2017

- Camouflaged

- I Want You For Myself

- Cover Is Blown

-  Smoke

- I'll Never Go

- I Only Hide

- Roll On

- Paper Thin

- Now You're My Baby

- Hazy

- Music On The Wind

- Every Little Sting


FINDING GOLD EP 2015

- Across The Sea

- Dead Weight

- Finding Gold

- Love Lost

- Windmill


DRIFTWOOD EP 2012

- Close To You

- Will Not Break

- Lonely Room

- Driftwood

- Mystery Man

- He Says

- Patience