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The positive result of Abbe May's seizure

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Abbe May had something spiritual occur after suffering a seizure three years ago.

The fact that the seizure caused a pause in May's music career has been well-documented, but what hasn't been written about is this spiritual awakening after which May believes she now communicates with her dead grandmother.

"The best way I can describe it is I basically started to hear my dead grandmother talk and she'd been dead for ten years and the first night I heard her it didn't scare me," May told AAP.

The singer-songwriter was overheard by a friend who caught May's side of the conversation and said it sounded like best friends catching up after a decade apart.

May then had it validated when an indigenous woman approached her at an event.

"She pointed to the left side of my temple which is where I hear my grandmother and she said 'oh your grandmother loves you'," she said.

"I got confirmation for something I think I would have been questioning to this day. She saw what I was hearing which is amazing."

The seizure was stress-related. As an independent musician, May was managing and paying for everything for the launch of her last album Kiss My Apocalypse but it was all too much.

In the three years since, she has focused on family, basing herself in Fremantle close to her baby nephew who, along with her other nephew and niece, has given her a renewed sense of purpose.

"I'm quite interested in seeing if I can effect change so that they can not just inherit a collection of guitars from me when I die but also perhaps maybe I can help to contribute to a better world for them," she said.

Before the album is even complete, May has made a strong statement with its title, Bitchcraft.

It's already been censored from Facebook posts, although May's use of the word is done in a positive sense.

"Bitch is a powerful word and I'm basically saying it changes meaning I think depending on who's saying it and in what context," she said.

Abbe May Doomsday Clock Tour:

November 17 - Newtown Social Club,Sydney

November 18 - Transit Bar, Canberra

November 19 - Rad Bar, Wollongong

November 24 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

November 25 - The Grand Hotel, Mornington

November 26 - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenslciff

December 2 - The Workers Club, Geelong

December 3 - The Grace Emily, Adelaide

December 9 - The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay

December 10 - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane

December 16 - Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth


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