My love of Cary Lewincamp is not a current crush, it’s an everlasting one. Like many locals alike I have loved his music for many years, and you couldn’t talk about quintessential Tasmanian music without including him.
My first encounter of Cary was not long after we moved to Tasmania – I am pretty sure he played at my primary school on one occasion. He’s a regular performing face at Salamanca Market too, occupying a spot near the Supreme Court end of the market strip.
Thanks to the connections most Tasmanians seem to have with each other, we actually also share a few mutual friends although we do not directly know each other.
Cary composes his own music and plays a customised 7 string archtop guitar, which he crafted himself from Huon Pine. He has released 7 albums (of which I have 4), including a compilation collection and a duet edition made with Japanese koto player, Etsuko Sakai. I attended the live performance they did at UTas when Sakai-san came to Tasmanian in 2007.
For the uninitiated, it’s easy to fall in love with Cary’s sound. The resonance of his guitar combined with his mellow style is the acoustic equivalent of Cloud Nine in many respects, but at the complete opposite end of the scale to Kygo’s electronic offerings. If you listen to enough of Cary’s music, you’ll be able to identify certain musical markers which immediately pinpoint him as the composer. Despite this constancy, I don’t find his music repetitive. Each piece is beautifully unique and has their own defining flare, inspired by his home life, friends and family, and the state itself.
If you’re in need of music to quite literally calm your nerves at the end of the day, accompany you as you potter around home, soundtrack a dinner date, or just to enjoy outright, you can’t go wrong with Cary Lewincamp. I find myself enveloped in a very heavy cloud of wellbeing when I binge on his tracks; it’s a place I don’t want to exit out of quickly or abruptly.
Cary is available for private functions, weddings, conferences, and can be commissioned to write music as well. Find him live every Saturday at Salamanca or online here where you can also buy his music. He also has CDs available for purchase at the market too.