Only one word needs to be spoken with this duo

Acoustic duo OneWord are Christie and Andy McLucas.

By Angela Norval

Finding the right name when you are in the music business can sometimes make all the difference.

For acoustic duo, Andy and Christie McLucas, the perfect name came from days and days of brainstorming.

In the end they were so over it, Andy said, “I just want one word” to which Christie replied, “do you mean a name with one word or the name One Word because OneWord is pretty good” and it stuck.

The meeting of this duo was equally as memorable. They got talking on stage at a mutual friend’s gig and the rest is history.

This spontaneity carries over to live gigs for OneWord because Andy and Christie always invite people to come and tell them their favourite song; they’re always trying to bust out something new at each gig.

“Sometimes it works better than other times but we make up for it with enthusiasm and people appreciate that we’re giving it a go,” Christie said.

“OneWord is an acoustic duo that can pretty much play anything bar country; we know what we’re good at!

“We can get you on your feet dancing and keep you there all night.

“We can also entertain you and bring a few laughs or just quietly schmooze in the back.

“I think the main thing about our act is that we are incredibly versatile and our crowds love that about us.

“We take requests and will often give something a go for the first time – people appreciate that and we have a blast together.”

Christie’s mother noticed her natural musical talent and advertised in the paper for a teacher for her when she was four.

“It was 1984 and teaching young kids was not in fashion, but she found someone and then I began my career as a classical pianist,” she said.

“I was really controlled by one of my teachers so to be honest, I had no idea there was other music people were playing on pianos apart from classical!

“When I was 14 I started with a new teacher and she showed me my first blues song and encouraged me to listen to Billy Joel and Elton John.

“Nowadays, Tim Minchin and Ben Folds Five are the only two pianists and composers who really make me wish I could be as good as them because they are just brilliant composers and pianists.”

Andy’s musical journey was an interesting one, considering he started learning brass at school, mainly trombone.

Then his 65-year-old Nanna bought him his first Metallica CD and inspired him to pick up a guitar – which he never put down.

“I always joke that it pulled the chicks better than my trombone did and I learned completely by ear and practiced for hours; my poor mum, all that metal,” Andy said.

“Although I can credit my mother also for being a great musical influence in my life, as she used to work at a record bar in the ’70s and had an amazing collection of music.

“I credit her with a lot of my tastes including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Kiss, although Nanna kick-started my love for metal and then I went through all the usual suspects – Metallica, Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and a crazy amount of Black Sabbath.

“Also, my Grade 10 physics teacher Ian Carson somehow joined the band and introduced me to a tonne of different acts.”

Christie and Andy started OneWord with one idea – to play stuff others didn’t.

“We’ve stuck with that but I guess the only change in our sound is that Christie isn’t completely hopeless at guitar anymore and that we are really tight because we know each other back to front,” Andy said.

“We pretty much read minds at some gigs so it’s nice to say ‘I knew you were going to stuff that chord so I sang extra loud over the top!’

“Bundy is so lucky to have a thriving live music scene.

“We have friends in Brisbane and Sydney who would kill to have the amount of live venues that we do here.

“Bundy is so supportive of its musicians and we are so grateful.”

Look out for OneWord performing at The Railway Hotel on 10 April and 29 May, or for more information visit their Facebook page.