Helen Franzmann is a Brisbane based songwriter who performs as McKisko. At times she is a one-woman band, sampling and layering her instruments on stage. At times she plays with only an acoustic guitar. At times she plays with a drummer.

She has a rare, raw and achingly beautiful voice. Her first album ‘Glorio’ was released in 2009 through El Nino El Nino Records, a label she created with fellow artists Tom Cooney and Denny Ryan. The album received much praise and led to Helen receiving the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, allowing her to write and record in Berlin for three months.

She has supported Jose Gonzales, Tiny Vipers, Bon Iver and Juana Molina and played at Sunset Sounds Festival. She is currently recording her second album for release in 2011.

“..her voice is so full of raw intensity that it packs a heart-rending punch. Even on the more uptempo songs there is a warped broodiness lurking just under the surface…. a totally engaging and thoroughly exhilirating listen.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“..gorgeous, minimalist tunes with fiery blood… there is a folk-ish temper to her music, but McKisko is more glorious and wilful than the word allows. Amazing.”