Taranaki musician ready to play Womad

One of Charlotte Johansen’s greatest wishes will be granted this weekend when she takes to the stage to perform at Womad.

“To be part of Womad is such an honour for me, it’s a dream come true,” the singer songwriter says.

“Being from this place, I am very aware that something special happens when the Womad train rolls into town.

“I’m looking forward to hearing what magic we can create.”

The Taranaki musician has recorded three albums during her career and opened for the likes of Dave Dobbyn and Shona Laing, but performing at Womad has been a goal for many years.

Womad is on at Brooklands Park this weekend. CREDIT: Dane Scott

This year she finally got her wish, and to make it even better she was also asked to join Womad’s Community Programme.

As a part of this she was asked to teach songwriting to school children alongside fellow Taranaki musician Victoria Girling-Butcher.

This week more than 100 students from across Taranaki collaborated with the musical pair and created a song especially for the festival. 

Their efforts will culminate in a performance on the TSB Bowl of Brooklands Stage at the opening of Womad on Friday night.

More than 100 Taranaki school children will help to open WOMAD 2019. CREDIT: Amandala

Johansen and Girling-Butcher will perform alongside the children, and then Johansen will have her own set on Saturday.

“Helping and inspiring people to write songs and express themselves is one of my greatest joys, and this year’s Womad has been really cool because of all the creative aspects that I have been involved in.”

The Make Every Word Count songwriting workshops are part of WOMAD’s community programme and are run in partnership with TSB Community Trust and Todd Energy. 

You can catch Charlotte on the Dell Stage at 1pm on Saturday.