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"NT muso nabs top songwriter gong"

A Northern Territory musician has been awarded songwriter of the year from a field of 2400 professional and amateur Australian musicians. Michael Maher of Darwin band worldfly won the Australian Songwriter Association Incorporated Award in its 25th year at a ceremony in Sydney at the weekend. His pop balad Someone Special was selected from 15 categories of music - everything from blues to jazz to instrumental. 'It took me completely by suprise', Maher said in Darwin yesterday. 'I never expected it'. 'But as soon as they announced my name people were coming up from studios in Sydney and the Festival Record publishing guy, and they were all giving me their cards'. 'And than people were giving me CD's of stuff they had recorded to listen to'. Maher said as a result of the prestigious win the band was taken to sky lab recording studios in Sydney were it spent the day recording 4 tracks. worldfly - made up of Maher, Joachim Geaney and Rebecca Harris - is as yet unsigned to a contract. - NT News


Beautiful Place EP
Someone Special is receiving intensive radio airplay on commercial and community radio stations around Australia



Great musicians are not people you simply put on your stereo.....they are a people you invite into your life. Darwin's worldfly is one such band
treading their own unique path of aspiration.

“We wanted to perform under a name that embodied the idea of traveling, seeing how other people do things, being open to their way of life, and the elation and mystery that is part of being in other peoples worlds”.

Born in Alice Springs and growing up in Tennant Creek, Michael Maher left in 1993 on a blind date with destiny, with no definite plans, but to travel the world and experience life outside Australia. The following 9 years saw Michael travel and tour extensively throughout Europe, in particular Germany, establishing a studio in Heidelberg and playing lots of shows, and festivals before taking his journey full circle, back to Darwin in 2002.

On his return Michael teamed up with the principle cellist of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Harris. The two found an artistic fit with the blend of Rebecca's strings and Michael's songs quickly raising the attention of the local and interstate music scenes.

The band's hard work paid off with their debut EP ‘Beautiful Place’ earning Michael the 2005 Australian Songwriter's Association Songwriter of the Year award for his song ‘Someone Special’.

worldfly have toured the country with coveted slots at festivals such as Woodford, Peats Ridge, East Coast Blues and Roots, Fuse & Big Sound Music.