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THE bent folk NEWS

Friday 19 June 2015
Maria Forde and Janette Geri

Forde and Geri As an Irish- Australian, Maria Forde has always straddled both sides of her heritage in her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia’s premier songwriters.

Her first album - “Will You Dance With Me?” - features the title song, written for a friend’s wedding, that has become a theme for weddings, in Australia and internationally, by Maria’s original and various cover versions.

The trend, in Maria’s writing, to incorporate both her Irish origins and Australian sensibilities, are heralded by “Waltzing Matilda, My Darling” - a song about the torn spirits of the immigrant to both their country of birth and their adopted land, Australia.

Blessed with an angelic voice, Maria has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Through out her career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and internationally.

Janette Geri's music is a potent mix of Soulful Blues, Jazz and Celtic, delivered with total honesty and rare warmth. A compelling performer, earthy, playful, she weaves a spell around her audience with original contemporary and traditional songs, mesmerising her audiences with soaring and assured vocals, rich guitar work and a wicked sense of humour.

"Whether it's a fresh take on traditional songs or her own extraordinary compositions, Janette's music stops people in their tracks instantly." Tim Quinn, Quill Publications/Mighty Quinn Management. UK.

Born in Sydney, NSW, now living in central Victoria, Janette has traveled all over Australia and the UK. Self-taught guitar player, plus piano and other instruments, she is also a recording artist, music producer and audio engineer.

Career includes national and UK tours, television and radio airplay, music producing, 6 albums, countless performances and concerts at prestigious venues, pubs, folk clubs and festivals across Australia and overseas.

Warm and playful with her audiences, always professional, Janette creates a special atmosphere with earthy grooves, intelligent lyrics, rich sounds, great stories and great songs.

Maria's website.

Tracks and videos from Janette may be found here and here.

Tickets available at the door - $20 or $15 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.