Helen Begley


Helen Begley is a respected Melbourne Singer/Songwriter who writes exquisite observational songs from the suburbs and the country towns she has visited in her travels. She sings her work with deep affection, accompanied by her favourite fretted instruments. Trad n now’s David O’Connor writes that Begley, “writes a mean song performs like a rough angel”.  Like all rough angels, her favourite food is cake.


Begley is currently working to produce a song cycle along with Penny Larkins called The Good Girl Song Project. It explores the experience of immigration through the eyes of young immigrant girls who chose to journey to Australia as single free settlers in the 1830's. Her other writing credits extend to poetry, spoken word, short stories, blogs, scripts and arts reviews for online arts website, Artshub.


Over the years, Helen has travelled Australia playing to audiences in country towns and capital cities, in venues as diverse as concert halls at folk festivals, rickety stages in Tasmanian forests and iconic gig rooms in inner city Melbourne.


She produced her first solo album "The Bride" in 2010. Her songs have also appeared on three Milk CD’s, ‘Made’ (2001), ‘Golden Ring Life’ (2004) and ‘Shipwrecked at the Royal Oak’ (2007) as well as a number of compilation albums including ‘Girl Comp2’, ‘Reels and Roads’ with Lucie Thorne, ‘Rock Against Bullshit’ (2006), Carl Panuzzo’s album “20 Ukulele Greats” (2008), the Wilderness society’s “Forests Forever” (2008) and various Folk festival Compilations including Nannup and Cygnet.  


Helen has appeared at the Nanga Musci Festival in W.A, National Celtic Festival in Portalington, The Top End Folk Festival in Darwin, Kilmore Celtic Festival , Kangaroo Valley Music festival, Uranquinty Folk Festival, Canberra Country Music Festival, The Maldon Folk Festival, Songwriter in residence at The Boite Singers Festival and Yackandandah Folk Festival as well as appearing at venues across NSW, W.A, Victoria and Tasmania.


She has been a judge for the Victorian Bush Poetry competition and The Man from Snowy River Poetry Competition and has previously judged the Darebin Songwriting Competition Grand Final.


She has won the Loddon River Songwriting Competition, the inaugural Melbourne Ukulele Festival’s Songwriting Competition 2010, The Man from Snowy River Aussie Bush Idol 2012 senior section, and Albion Park Camp Cooking Damper Competition 2011. Her work has been played on ABC and community radio stations across the country.


In 2011, she was commissioned by Radio 3CR to write and perform a radio song tour of her original song “All aboard the Pirate Ship” and was also commissioned to write a song for The Wild Choir which was performed in Wodonga for the the Wodonga Festival and conducted by Peter Denahy.


Helen also runs her own business, "Chicks with Picks Melbourne" where she teaches and encourages women to learn ukulele, guitar and songwriting and to participate more broadly in music and song making. 


Helen Begley: West Brunswick

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The Good Girl: A Song Project