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How did you feel when you were
announced as winner of Dikes On Mikes
I was standing on the stairs with everyone
backstage telling myself not to be too
disappointed when my name wasn’t called
out. We couldn’t hear what was being said
on stage so I was relaying the announcements
as they happened: ”Joyce you’ve won the
encouragement award! Shelley you’ve won
runner up! They’re announcing the winner …
F*** it’s me!”
What does a Lesbian Icon do by day?
I really should look into the job description
for Lesbian Icon because I’m sure it must
mention sleeping late and generally lounging
about being pandered to. In the meantime, I
work as a Health Education Officer for HIV/
Sexual Health on the Central Coast as well as
being a housing support worker.
Which singer would you liken yourself to?
I’m a rock chick at heart. First person to
come to mind is Bon Scott but that might
be because I’ve been singing AC/DC. Other
people think I have something very ‘kd lang’
happening. In fact a kd lang tribute is in the
How do you feel out there on stage?
When the crowd is with you it’s better than
any drug. It’s a very powerful feeling
What direction would you like to take
your music in?
I want to rock and croon with a touch of
blues and I’ll even throw in a dance number
for good measure. I’m very interested in
getting the kd lang tribute show together and
I’ve got some original songs stashed away
that I’d like to get ‘out there’. I’ve also got
the Launch Party for Stardom – Live and
Online to look forward to at the Manning Bar
on March 25.
What do you do backstage to psyche
Depends on the song I’m starting with but
generally I just tell myself to let it rip and
have a good time.
What do you have the worst reputation
Returning phone calls.
As a kid what did you want be when you
Is there a lovely lady in your life?
Aahhh…isn’t it better to leave a little
What are you looking forward to most
now that you’re a Lesbian Icon?
Apart from preferential treatment, VIP status,
any girl I want,when I want, girls swooning
and fawning at the mention of my name,
minions at my beck and call…? Singing…to
lots of people.
StarD.O.M Live & Online
Dikes on Mikes is pushing the
boundaries of karaoke by maximising
the interactive potential of www.
will be profiled, subscribers can
send them emails, join in forums,
download MP3s and videos, even
book them for private functions. Each
show will be videoed and uploaded
and made available to subscribers
(worldwide) for download or purchase
on DVD. Creator Yvonne Hall told
LOTL, “We’ve got such tremendous
talent who are more than karaoke
performers. This is going to open
windows of opportunity, as they’ll
reach audiences not possible before.
Women who live in remote areas and
never get to Sydney to share in the fun
will finally get the chance to see what
they’ve been missing.” The new DOM
also sees a venue change to Sydney
University’s Manning Bar. “Moving is
one way of achieving more affordable
drink prices for the girls in an effort to
keep costs down and generally make
the night out much more affordable,”
said Yvonne Hall. “We’re also
reverting back to Saturday nights, as
many women said there was nothing
much on that night in and around
Sydney’s inner west. We’ve locked
in the last Saturday of every month,
which is an easy way for people to
remember.” The 2006 Dikes on Mikes
season will kick off with a Launch
Party on March 25. Auditions are
currently being held. To apply email
full details and bookings visit
Photos: Laura Moore
AFTER A SIX MONTH SEARCH,
AUSTRALIAN LESBIANS WELCOME A
NEW MUSICAL ICON TO THE STAGE.
NIC VAN DYKE CATCHES UP WITH
RUTH FILEWOOD AFTER THE LESBIAN
ICON GRAND FINAL.
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