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Remarkable Patients With IC – Louisa Joy Wise, Musician

Introducing Louisa Joy Wise – Musician, Artist, Mother

The healing power of music is undeniable. Whether you love rock, rap, folk or classical, music often makes us feel very VERY good. Louisa Joy Wise’s music inspires happiness! Take a moment and listen and you hear not only an accomplished international fiddle player but a voice equal to many country and folk stars.

Louisa Joy Wise was born in the USA and emigrated to Australia in the early 1980’s where she quickly made a name for herself as an accomplished musician, performing first at local events and then with a renowned Fremantle based string band, Bungarra. That’s where she met her first husband Scott Wise.

Louisa and Scott were blessed with three musical daughters who have vibrant musical careers in Australia. Lucy performs solo and with the Lucy Wise Trio. (She is currently touring in the United Kingdom – Learn more!)  Rowena is also a soloist and plays with the Rowena Wise and the Guys.  Ruth is a tune writer and helps run music festivals. They also appear together as “The Wise Women”

Playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, piano, dulcimer, spoons and even the mouth bow, Louisa has performed at many music festivals, including the Woodford, the National, Port Fairy, Cygnet, South Australian, the Top Half, Fairbridge, and the National Fiddle Festival. She’s been the opening act for several oversea’s music stars touring Australia, including: Richard Thompson and Louden Wainwright III, Warren Zevon, Andy Irvine, Tony McManus, Martin Carthy, Brendon Power, Alistair Anderson, Jez Lowe, Gerry O’Beirne, Richard Stilgoe, and Artie Trezise and Cilla Fisher. And she’s also worked extensively in the theater, live radio and television.

Louisa’s New Album – Sweet Birds

sweetbirdsalbumcoverReleased in 2015, “Sweet Birds” features songs drawn from over a period of ten years and cover subjects as diverse as riding on a Melbourne tram, flying up the WA coast in a small plane to get to a gig, the art of instrument making, the struggle to learn something new, listening with insomnia for the dawn chorus, relationships and lost loved ones, and an expat’s journey to her first homeland. There is also a fiddle piece about creatures named acidians in Sydney Harbour. The beautiful cover painting of flying instruments is by Geoff LeBlanc.

Listen to a sample and/or download the album here! 

More Videos

Louisa & Daughters Performing as The Wise Women in 2015

Louisa Wise – Many on Many – On Dulcimer

Louisa Wise – The Blue World

Additional Information

Learn more about Louisa on her website – http://www.louisawise.com

By |2017-01-31T08:28:56+00:00June 24th, 2016|Front Page Feed, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on Remarkable Patients With IC – Louisa Joy Wise, Musician

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.