Tim Steward has won the 2015 Grant McLennan Fellowship. The Brisbane-based songwriter, singer and guitarist writes and performs solo, as well as with indie-rock band Screamfeeder and power-pop super-group We All Want To.
Founded in 2007, in honour of singer-songwriter Grant McLennan (The Go Betweens), who passed away in 2006, the fellowship provides a Queensland-based singer-songwriter with $25,000, to be used for up to six months’ travel in London, Berlin or New York. It’s an opportunity for the winner to develop creatively through immersion in a vibrant musical culture.
Steward plans to spend time in London, writing songs for We All Want To’s next album. He topped a competitive list of finalists: Hannah Macklin (MKO SUN), John Carty (Jack Carty) and Stephanie Pickett (Ella Fence), judged by Sally McLennan, Adele Pickvance (The Go-Betweens), Ian Haug (Powderfinger, The Church) and Sean Sennett.
Ms Pickvance said, “The decision gets harder and harder each year because of the calibre of song writing, but Tim stood out because of his playful yet really strong songs … [He] proved the fire in his belly is as strong as ever and he really nailed the application. I can’t wait to hear what Tim brings back from his old stomping ground in London!”
Mr Haug added, “With no distractions of recording or playing shows, we are all extremely excited to see what such a passionate and experienced local songwriter and musician comes up with and brings back to Brisbane.”
Previous winners of the Grant McLennan Fellowship include Thomas Calder from The Trouble with Templeton (2014), Seja Vogel (2013), Louise O’Reilly and Paul Hannan (2012), Scott Spark (2011), Danny Widdicombe and Andrew Morris (2010), Helen Franzmann (2009), John Busby and Chris Dale (2008) and Greg Charles (2007).