Wake up Sister
The Lavender Blues
Between the late 1970s and the end of the 1980s, Australian women’s music groups produced four albums and four singles pressed on vinyl, and eight studio-recorded cassette tapes – all were self-funded. While a mere handful of recordings were produced, many of which are now rarities, we preserve a number of them at the Archives. The political imperatives of the second-wave feminist movement, including the creation of women-identified music and feminist community and cultural spaces, led to the formation of all‐women bands, largely self-taught, taking to the stage for the first time. In 1978 the folk-influenced group The Lavender Blues became the first to release a record, Wake Up Sister. Nikki Mortier was a founding member of The Lavender Blues, along with her then partner Dorelle Pinch, and Carol Deagan.