Wons Phreely
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Wons Phreely

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Debut EP out mid to early 2003


Feeling a bit camera shy


After a local Sydney musical identity convinced him that it was time he, his guitar and harmonica got out of the bedroom studio more often, the year 2002 turned out to be a highly eventful one for Wons Phreely. Beginning with becoming one of a handful of young musicians to gain a Buzz grant for emerging artists from the Australia Council, to record his debut EP. More recently he was announced as a prize winner in the ISC, a competition which was described by the New York Times as "the songwriting competition to take note of." But for Wons the "best part" came after a set on the emerging artist stage on the day of new years eve 02/03 at the Woodford Festival, "just going back-stage and finding out there was a queue of all these new people wanting to meet me and asking where I usually play and if they could get a CD."

With a sound that has been described as Bowie meets Backarach meets Bragg meets Beck, Wons’s live performances usually consist of just him and a dry joke or two. Such outings have also included a live radio interview and solo performance on Sydney’s 2SER. On other occasions he is joined by a friend or two in more of a band mode. On one of the more band orientated performances, the final of the 2002 Mascon band comp, one judge was moved to simply write on the score sheet "F**king good songs."

Originally from Australia’s West, Wons set out to Sydney a few years ago at the age of 21 and begun playing solo gigs in and around Glebe, Newtown and Darlinghurst. When not performing he spends his time trying to write that perfect song and has won prizes for his poetic musings. He has also clocked up many hours learning the ways of modern production, experimenting on home computers and various other recording technologies and techniques. In 2001 he teamed up with former ARIA award winner Dave Leslie, who upon hearing some scratchy demos was keen to have Wons lay down some tracks in his home studio.

When asked where he sees his future Wons replies; "I recently found out that my great, great grandfather was a famous song and dance man, but he died young, that’s what I’m gonna be only I’m not going to die."