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Born: 4 January, 1952 Peoria, Illinois, USA

Address: P.O. Box 420, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285 AustraliaPhone: 61 897 573224

Education: 2 years Antioch College, Ohio/Summer school at University of Wisconsin and Colby College, Maine.

Private music study: 10 years violin and piano; Self-taught guitar/dulcimer since 1964/71.

Louisa emigrated to Australia from Arizona in early 1981. She played for a year with a bush band, also doing a lot of solo and duo work in folk clubs, pubs, campuses and festivals. In 1982 she joined the renowned Fremantle-based string band "Bungarra", which also included musician and luthier Scott Wise, whom she subsequently married in 1986.

They lived in Fremantle for 10 years, performing and recording with Bungarra and as a duo, enjoying and contributing to the vibrant contemporary acoustic/folk music scene there and at festivals across Australia.

In 1991 they moved south to the wine-growing and surfing area of Margaret River, where they now have a family of 3 daughters Ruth (17), Lucy (16), and Rowena (13), with whom they also perform as The Wise Family Band.

Both Louisa and Scott are full writer members of the Australian Performing Rights Association, Louisa having won or been finalist in many Australian song contests. Scott’s music/songs can be heard on films for ABC and SBS in Australia and in the unique repertoire of the Ten Cent Shooters, the acclaimed acoustic blues festival band of which he is a member.

Scott and Louisa have released 12 recordings over the years featuring Louisa's songwriting and original tunes, the latest being Louisa’s CD "This Blue World" released in 2001, and The Wise Family Band’s CD “Sweet Child” in 2002, “The Magic Fiddle” in 2004 and “Hold Up The Sky in 2006”..


1975 Louisa - Ladies' Champion award shared with Barbara Lamb-- Black Canyon City Fiddle Contest Arizona U.S.A.

1978 Louisa - Ladies' Champion, Old Time Fiddle Contest, Payson, Arizona.

1981 Louisa - winner Fleadh fiddle contest, Perth, Western Australia.

1988 Louisa's song "Many On Many" finalist in Declan Affley Memorial Song Contest. ( annual song contest at Australian National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT)

1990 Louisa's song "Widow's Song" finalist in Declan Affley contest.

1990 Louisa's song "Karridale Woman's Song" winner of Declan Affley contest.(Words by Karen Keely)

1991 Louisa's song "Fiddlewood" finalist in Declan Affley contest and Toodyay Festival song contest.( W. Australian state folk festival)

1991 Louisa's song "Antarctica Close To Home" winner of folk category of W.A. Music Industry song contest.

1992 Louisa's song "Doll In A Window" second place in folk category of W.A. Music Industry song contest.

1994 Louisa's song "The Man Mahlon Saxton" winner of Declan Affley Memorial Song Award.

1995 Duo-Arts & Culture Award, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

1996 Scott awarded Most Outstanding Instrumentalist at Blues at Bridgetown Festival.

1997 Louisa’s song “The Other Older Nation” winner of SCALA song contest, S. Australia (Songwriters Composers and Lyricists Association)


Louisa’s tune “Five Miles From Town” used as a long-standing signature tune for University of WA Radio RTR’s show Acoustic Roots.

Louisa’s solo recording of ’The Swimming Song” by Louden Wainwright III used on Australian Olympian swimmer Shane Gould’s website.

Louisa’s song “The Ballad of Grace and Sam” and other songs used on Southwest Tourist Radio.


1982 Louisa recorded "Midnight Cry" - traditional material with John Reed.

1983 "Harbour Lights" With Bungarra string band.

1984 "Beauty Bright" - traditional and original material with Scott Wise.

1986 L.P. "Faraway" - original material. (Scott and Louisa)

1988 "Waltzing Louisa" - original material.(Scott and Louisa)

!989 "Play us a Choon" Compilation of the Louisa’s fiddle tracks.

1990 "Timbertown" A Music Deli recording (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) Original music assembled on an Art in Working Life project in the timber industry.

1995 CD "Winterbeach" original material

1996 CD “Fiddlewood” Compilation of Louisa’s tune tracks

1999 CD ”This Blue World” Original songs and tunes by Louisa

2001 CD “Sweet Child” The Wise Family Band

2004 CD “The Magic Fiddle” The Wise Family Band

2006 CD “Hold Up The Sky” The Wise Family Band


1982 Louisa toured for three months to remote and country schools and communities in WA..

1983 W.A. Arts Council Arts Access residency in Geraldton W.A.

Workshop/concert weekends in Kalgoorlie and Esperance.

1984 Played at 8 folk concert venues in the U.S.A.

1985 Musicians in Residence for Top End Folk Club, Darwin, Northern Territory. This was the first non -classical residency funded by the Music Board of the Australia Council. The duo played in numerous Aboriginal communities.

!987 Played at several venues in Cremona, Italy while attending Stadivari Violin Festival.

1989 Musicians in Residence on Timber Music Project, Manjimup, WA.

1993 Toured Tasmania for Folk Federation of Tasmania.

1997 Toured Eastern States for appearances at three major festivals and several clubs.

1999 Two festivals-Melbourne and Canberra.

1999 Louisa performed at booklaunch of Australian Olympian swimmer Shane Gould’s autobiography at the Weston Hotel, Sydney.

2002 Family Band toured to eastern Australia for 3 fesivals and other shows.


1983 - Present- Performances at WA regional festivals: Toodyay/Nannup/Fairbridge

1986 Guests at 20th National Folk Festival in Melbourne.

1987 Guests at Pilbara Bush Music Festival, Karratha.

1987 Guests at Port Fairy Festival and the National Folk Festival in Alice Springs.

1988 Guests at National Folk Festival in Sydney.

1990 Guests at National Folk Festival in Kuranda Qld and at W.A. Folk Festival at Toodyay.

(A 5-year gap here while we raised a young family and relocated to Margaret River)

1996 Guests at Woodford, Port Fairy , National and SA Folk Festivals in Queensland, Victoria ,Canberra, and South Australia.

1997 Guests at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, and Apollo Bay, Woodford, Turramurra, Nannup, Fairbridge, and Cygnet Festivals in Victoria, WA, Queensland, and Tasmania.

1998 Debut of Wise Family Band at Bridgetown Blues Festival

1999 Wise Family Band featured on opening concert at Fairbridge Festival

1999 Duo guests at Brunswick Festival (Melbourne) and the Natl.Folk Festival in Canberra

2001 Louisa directed a large children’s choir singing French songs for the French Connection Festival in Margaret River.

2001 Family Band guests at National Folk Festival, Canberra

2002 Family Band-Spiegeltent performance at Adelaide Fringe Festival; Brunswick and National Festivals in Melbourne and Canberra


1982 Louisa performed as onstage musician in "Cider With Rosie", starring Greta Scacchi, Phoenix Theatre Company, Liecester, U.K.

1985 Scott and Louisa performed as onstage musicians in "Songs From Sideshow Alley" by Robyn Archer - W.A Theatre Company.1987 Onstage Musicians for "The Man From Muckinupin" by Dorothy Hewitt - W.A.Theatre Company.

1990 Scott composed and performed live music for "Eros" by Noriko Nishimoto - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. (erotic puppet theatre for adults!)

1992 Louisa composed and recorded music for "Sing a Rainbow" - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, which subsequently toured in Japan and China.

1999 Louisa improvised music for “Shoreline”- Loose Group Productions, Margaret River..

Duo performed music for The Man From Muckinupin, Stark Raven Theatre Company, Bunbury W.Australia

2000 Louisa played onstage for The Poets Dance, Quanrum Theatre Company, Margaret River


1986 "Bathers' Beach Glee Club" As musical directors for this long running variety concert series which was broadcast occasionally on ABC Radio and Television.

1988 That’s Australia, ABC-TV-song by Louisa

Under Southern Skies, SBS-TV-3 of Louisa’s songs

1992 Recorded soundtrack for popular ABC series “Consuming Passions”, now distributed throughout Europe, Australia and Asia

1994 A Taste Of Christmas, ABC-TV

1997 No Milk, No Honey, SBS-TV

1997 Appeared on Consuming Passions, ABC-TV

1999 Choice Funerals, SBS-TV-song by Louisa

2001 Barrelling the Biota

2002 The Southwest Of WA

2001 Birth Rights, SBS-TV

Other recording projects include :

"Pilbara Connection" Roger Montgomery.

"Let's Have Music" ABC cassette and book- three of Louisa's children’s songs.

"A Day With Dora" Anna Pemberton.

"Carney Bernaise" Bernard Carney

"Chasing the Weight" Bob Rummery for "Songs and Stories of Australia" ABC Radio

Two "Faces of Australia" albums - "The Anzacs" and "The Overlanders" Ted Egan.

"Patterns In The Sand" Steve and Ros Barnes.

"Franklin" / “Basic Blue” Ken Ferguson.

"Music Deli" compilation album.- ABC Radio National

1999 National Folk Festival compilation album

1999 SCALA compilation album (Songwriters Composers and Lyricists Assoc.)

2001 Fairbridge Festival Compilation Album-10 year anniversary album