Robyne Dunn is a singer/songwriter based in the Blue Mountains. Since being signed to Mushroom Records on the strength of a demo tape in 1987, she has released four CDs, including the 2002 live album ‘Live at the Basement’ (Laughing Outlaw Records).
Her debut album ‘Labour of Liberty’ (Mushroom Records) was nominated for an ARIA award for best female album of the year and subsequent albums have been consistently and generously lauded by the music press. Not only a singer/songwriter, Robyne has arranged, programmed and produced two of her albums ‘Stowaway’ (MDS) in 1994 and ‘Spindrift’ (ABC/EMI) in 1997.
Robyne was featured on Andrew Denton’s notorious ‘Stairways to Heaven’ CD, sang on the underscore of the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert and in the past has worked with Billy Joel, Luka Bloom, Marius De Vries (Bjork and Moulin Rouge soundtrack), David Lord, Iva Davies, Kate Ceberano, Chris Bailey (Saints), Charlie McMahon and Jodi Phillis.
She can also be heard on the Nick Drake tribute album ‘Jeremy Flies’ (Um & Ah Records) singing the song ‘Parasite’.
Her music is highly melodic, tinged with folk and jazz influences, while her lyrics jump into the deep end of human relations… marrying the observational with the confessional. Whether standing behind a microphone fronting her band of awesome jazz players or sitting at the piano accompanying herself, her talent for weaving lucid, heartfelt tales of human experience transfixes and charms with an unremitting intensity, notorious for sending grown men to the toilets to weep!
Ducking and weaving between smouldering sultriness and an angelic purity of tone rarely heard, she has fashioned herself into one of Australia’s most versatile and beguilingly expressive performers.
She is currently working on her fifth album ‘Songs from the Belfry’ due for release in 2004.