On the Couch with Jane Patterson

Jane Patterson Arts Review On the CouchWho is Jane Patterson?
Musician, songwriter, one quarter of cabaret girl group Ginger and Tonic, foodie, living in Melbourne’s inner north bubble. Dreams of becoming a minimalist.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I’d like to think that in another life I would have been a doctor or a scientist – something solid and practical. Another career in this life, though? Probably a food blogger.

Who inspires you and why?
Awesome women who are living their dream, like Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse from Smith & Daughters!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I’d get everyone to sing more, especially in choirs. There is nothing like the sense of connection that comes from singing in a group.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Point Leo on the Mornington Peninsula. I love holidaying there with my family. It’s the most relaxing place on earth and holds so many special memories.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I’m realising as I’m answering these questions how obsessed with food I am… but my favourite places really are restaurants! So, I would take them to Chin Chin, Smith & Daughters, Radio Mexico, Tahina… a gastronomic tour of Melbourne!

What are you currently reading?
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I hope it works!

What are you currently listening to?
Undercurrent – Sarah Jarosz.

Happiness is?
A soy chai latte with the gal pals, cuddles with my nieces and nephews, D&Ms.

What does the future hold for you?
More touring, more laughs, more love and more soy chai lattes, I hope!

Jane performs with Ginger and Tonic, who are making their Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with their award-winning show, Desperate and Dateless at The Coopers Malthouse from 30 March 2017. For more information, visit: www.gingerandtonic.com.au for details.

Image: Jane Patterson