Hear the sounds of folk music drift through Tasmania as Ruth Hazleton tours the Apple Isle.
Hazleton will tour her solo album Daisywheel, produced by Tasmanian musician and composer Luke Plumb, in late April.
The album is a lyrical voyage of history, struggle and resilience, and incorporates much of what has shaped Hazleton during her time as a musician.
IN OTHER NEWS:
Hazleton first discovered her love for music as a child, and she took a less formal route in learning how to play.
"My parents played some of that 70s folk revival music growing up, and for some reason it just really hooked me in," she said.
"[I learnt] to listen and play by ear.
"[Traditional music] is very intuitive, and about patterns."
Daisywheel is a mix of Celtric trad, old-time American, Eastern European and Middle Eastern music, folk revival and folk-rock.
The album is inspired by the symbol of the daisy wheel, which Hazleton enjoyed harnessing to bring folklore into her music.
"I loved that concept of the daisy wheel, fighting back in a way, being a shield in some ways and representing resilience."
The album is Hazleton's first solo work.
Though the folk singer has been in the industry for more than 25 years, transitioning to her solo journey was not easy.
"It was a real challenge actually, to ask myself what is my music, what am I trying to achieve and project," she said.
The hard times were not over though, with COVID-19 an unexpected twist.
"[The pandemic] was very hard," Hazleton said.
"I really put music to the side."
The musician instead shifted her focus to her children during the lockdown.
However, when Hazleton did get to dabble in music, she had to adjust her work style.
"My process is chaos. I'm a mum, and I had no idea prior to becoming a mum how difficult it would be to steal the right mood [to work]," she said.
"I prefer to work in isolation ... [but] obviously in the pandemic I have had to learn how to be less precious about that."
Then, when COVID restrictions eased and Hazleton could finally tour her album, she had to think about what was financially viable.
"It's been really devastating and a really hard time. You hear of people selling instruments to get by and that's really heart-breaking," she said.
"Travel is such a big part of playing music and doing shows."
However, an ease in restrictions meant Hazleton could bring Daisywheel to Tasmania.
"I find [Tasmania] an incredibly humbling place to be," she said.
Hazleton will perform at The Old Black Stump at Gowrie Park on April 30. She will also tour in Hobart and Swansea.
For more information visit ruthhazleton.com.au.