BEING a mum to 16-month-old son Angus means casually picking up a guitar or playing the piano in her spare time does not happen these days for Perth singer Toby Beard.
But it does mean she appreciates and enjoys her time on stage even more.
“It’s ‘my time’ and I feel so lucky to be able to be a full time mum and get up on stage and rock out,” Beard said.
“It’s such a release and the luckier I feel, the more the music feeds my soul.”
It has also made touring her latest album Nobody Told Me, launched with a ten-piece band to a sold-out crowd at Fremantle Arts Centre in February 2015, a very different experience.
“The best parts are being with him every day and waking up with him, but the worst parts are waking up with him too,” she said.
“We are lucky that he is used to being around people, that he loves interacting with people and we are even luckier to work with a very patient, understanding and loving band who really try and help us out with Angus while we’re on the road.
“The exhaustion levels do greatly go up with Angus on tour.
“For my wife Amy, it’s an incredibly full on time as she gets stuck in all kind of weird and wonderful hotels while I am off at a show, night after night; she does an amazing job.”
Last year’s tour schedule included Europe, Canada and Australia, while a whirlwind eight shows in 10 days around Holland and Belgium is keeping Beard busy in the lead up to a concert at The Ellington Jazz Club on March 29.
Beard said it would be an intimate night with special guests, new songs and old songs revisited.
“The Ellington shows are really something very special for both the artist and the audience,” she said.
“My new album is fun, it makes you stomp your feet, it’s real and honest and has some strong story telling in there.
“It’s mostly a really happy album, which is new for me; a little country, a little blues and a little pop roots all thrown in.”
What: Toby Beard
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club
When: March 29