Microwave Jenny

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Microwave Jenny, October 2013

Microwave Jenny is an Australian pop/folk/jazz duet that consists of Tessa Nuku on vocals and Brendon Boney on guitar and vocals.[1] They both have Indigenous backgrounds with Brendon having been born and raised in Wagga Wagga, and Tessa having been born in Ulladulla, New South Wales before moving to and growing up in Umina Beach, New South Wales[2] Brendon was the singing voice for the character Willie in film Bran Nue Dae. The phrase 'Microwave Jenny' comes from the 1997 film The Castle. The duo are married and have a daughter.[3] Brendon has a solo alternative, hip/hop project called The Magpie Swoop.[4]

Live performance[edit]

The band play live in multiple formats either as an Acoustic Duet, Trio, Quartet or full band. The duo feature heavily on the Australian music festival circuit with notable live performances including Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, Peats Ridge Festival and Nannup Music Festival.[5]

They also supported Thirsty Merc on their 2011 national tour of Australia.[6]


Microwave Jenny have cited James Taylor, Janis Ian, Bill Withers and Van Morrison as musical influences.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

They were recipients of the 2009 Peter Garrett Breathrough Grant.[7] Brendon won an APRA Professional Development Award in 2011 for his songwriting and composing.[8] In 2009, Microwave Jenny was nominated for a Deadly Award for Most Promising New Artist but did not win.[9]


They have released two EPs


1. "Mellow" – 3:59 2. "Mr Man in the Moon" – 3:47 3. "I'll Never Learn" – 5:02 4. "Summer" – 3:35

Crazy, Crazy Things[edit]

1. "Stuck on the Moon" – 3:06 2. "Homemade Lemonade" – 3:52 3. "Lyin" – 3:18 4. Locked in the Closet" – 3:54


  1. ^ a b Boney, Brendon. "Blogs and Story". microwavejenny.com. www.wix.com. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Zappin It". Vibe Australia. Deadly Vibe Group. 31 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Microwave Jenny - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Home". themagpieswoop.com.
  5. ^ Heath, Larry. "the AU interview at Bluesfest: Microwave Jenny (Central Coast NSW)". The AU Review. Heath Media and The AU Review. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  6. ^ Gomez, Mikki. "The AU Review: Thirsty Merc @ The Metro". The AU Review. Heath Media & the AU Review. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  7. ^ Williams, Meg (17 July 2009). "BREAKTHROUGH MUSICIANS ANNOUNCED". Music NSW. Music NSW, W$YK, Australian Government. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  8. ^ Sarlos, Eliza (14 March 2011). "APRA PDA WINNERS ANNOUNCED". Music NSW. Music NSW, W$YK, Australian Government. Retrieved 24 October 2011.
  9. ^ "JMC Academy News" (PDF). JMC Academy Newsletter. JMC Academy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2011.

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