BUMS Member Profile – Erin Harrington
Erin, known professionally as Miss Elm, has many irons in the ukulele fire. She is a song writer and ukulele performer and in 2019, released two singles – ‘Clean Slate’ and ‘The Castle’. Check out the video and music for ‘The Castle’ at https://youtu.be/IY1ZFh1NFKE
She is releasing her first solo EP ‘The Shape of Light’ on 6 February 2020 at the Junk Bar in Ashgrove as the first stop on an East Coast tour. See https://www.elmukulele.com/blog for more details.
She’s a music teacher, an endorsed artist with Lanikai and runs ukulele ensemble classes called Ukulele Rockers. She has developed her song writing skills using the I Heart Song Writing Club, a global online community. See http://www.iheartsongwritingclub.com/
She’s been a BUMS member since 2015 and talks positively about the value of the BUMS community in helping her development. She took a year off in 2016 to complete a fashion design degree in Melbourne but the lure of ukulele and her music drew her back to Brisbane.
Erin’s love of music started early encouraged by her jazz musician father and mother involved in the theatre. She started playing violin at age six and played piano during her later studies to gain a degree in Popular Music. She formed a quartet called Miss Elm which produced three EP’s and was a finalist in the Folk, Singer Songwriter section of the Queensland Music Awards.
Her conversion to ukulele started when working at the Morris Brothers Music store in Stafford. She loved the simplicity, variety and powerful sound of ukuleles. And much easier to take on the road. She soon became an accomplished performer which, together with her wide vocal range, gave her a unique sound. She has performed at festivals (including SPRUKE) and other venues across Australia.
Erin is now passionate about helping others find the joy in ukulele and music. Her Ukulele Rockers workshops are a good example where she leads a group of adult ukulele players in series of workshops over a ten-week period. The first series in 2020 starts on 3 February at The Grange. For more details see the flyer at https://www.elmukulele.com/music
Her favourite ukulele is a six-string Lanikai. For anyone not familiar with this style, it has double C and A strings tuned an octave apart to give a fuller and louder sound. After five hard years of work, Erin’s six-string began to fail. She approached Lanikai who liked her work so much that they gave her a new uke and made her an official Lanikai artist and endorsee in 2019. See http://lanikaiukuleles.com/artists/page/3/
Life hasn’t always been easy for Erin and her development as a ukulele professional has been challenging. On a positive note, these times gave her the experiences and wisdom which she used as inspiration for her song writing and the ‘Shape of Light’ EP.