Bygrave grew up in western Victoria and later attended art school in Ballarat and Melbourne. Her musical career began in 1979 (early band: The Salty Dogs). Bygrave was invited to join The Goanna Band, rising to prominence as keyboardist/vocalist alongside Shane Howard and Marcia Howard in the early '80s. The band recorded three albums and toured extensively, performing in some of the remotest areas of Australia and forging strong bonds with Aboriginal people and their culture. Their debut album Spirit of Place won the ARIA Best Album of the Year, 1982, with "Solid Rock" winning Best Single of the Year. Goanna reprised with a fourth album in 1998.
Bygrave began performing solo in 1991, and has worked as a sought after session musician. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums (with some songs also selected for use on various soundtracks). Bygrave's work is renowned for compassionate songwriting - reflecting on the land, love, and especially issues of indigenous and social justice - and her voice and musicianship are regarded as among the best in Australian contemporary folk.
|Date of Release||Title||Label/No.||Format|
|1986||Maybe Midnight/Protection||Mercury 8724927||7" single|
|1999||White Bird||Black Market||CD|
|2001||Walking Home||Black Market||CD|