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MOJO (MICAELA & JOELY OSFIELD)

Fifteen-year-old twin sisters, Micaela and Joely Osfield make up the duo MoJo. They have been singing together since they were old enough to shake a toy tambourine. As a result, their compelling voices already showcase a mature and impressive ability to embrace vocal and emotional tone colours from a range of musical styles, including pop, jazz and folk.

Joely and Micaela’s twin connection gives them a shorthand that informs the phrasing, timing and emotional resonance of their performances. Whether singing in unison, weaving vocal lines around each other or joining in soaring, sweet or strident harmony, their combined voices demand attention, featuring the seamless, uplifting blend so unique to siblings who sing together.

In 2014 MoJo won an award in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation National Schools songwriting competition. Since then they have been busy writing more of their own material, which they play alongside polished cover versions of songs. In the last few months they opened both Winter Luminous (a night of music and dance for the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival) and the Pot ‘N Slam Folk Festival in Leura. They have most recently performed at the Gasoline Pony in Marrickville and will be returning there early next year.

 

Nic Cassey is a freelance composer and drummer who works across several artistic and cultural fields and disciplines around Sydney.

Nic performs and composes in styles from folk to rock and electronica to world music.

His band Nic Cassey and Friends are one of Sydney’s must-see bands and includes members such as piano player Louise Nutting (Wartime Sweethearts), jazz guitarist Scott Leishman (Jackie Orszáczky) and guitarist Leroy Lee.

As a solo musician, Nic mixes his feel for rhythm and composition to great effect.

Here’s a snippet of Nic’s sound for you to listen to, but why not come along to The Joan’s Friday Night Lights on 7 October from 5pm-8pm where you can hear him perform live – and free!

Come feast and be nourished!

 

LANA DE ANGELIS

Since her debut on the pub scene in 2001 as part of folk rock outfit Stiltzkin, 18 year old folksinger/song writer Lana De Angelis has been a regular around town.

After the split of Stiltzkin in mid 2003, Lana hit the stage running, playing a succession of fiery acoustic shows in and around Sydney. Armed only with her guitar and a ferocious way with words, Lana’s unique brand of post-modern folk has touched the hearts and minds of many.

 

ROBBIE MANN

Robbie Mann is a Blue Mountains local, currently based in Canberra after studying Classical piano at the Australian National University. He specialises in a rarely heard early Jazz idiom known as ‘Stride’. Stride piano was the infancy of jazz piano, born of Ragtime and nurtured within the debauchery of burlesque houses, brothels and bars. The pianist acted as a veritable one-man-band, encompassing the entire rhythm section in the left hand with the right providing highly syncopated rhythmic figures that adapted easily to the popular tunes of the day. It was promulgated chiefly by the likes of Fats Waller, James P Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion Smith’. Robbie belongs to a new 3rd generation of artists intent on reviving the rhythm, drive and pure joy that this virtuosic style offers. He likes to keep things fresh with re-imaginings of the old Jazz standards and ragtime favorites in addition to unexpected treatments of familiar tunes from the Classical canon to contemporary Pop covers. Click here to listen to Robbie on Soundcloud.

 

KARL-CHRISTOPH

Karl-Christoph is a singer/songwriter that has spent the last 8 years honing his sound and craft, busking and playing shows throughout Australia. He has received Triple J airplay and has supported artists such as Matt Corby and Bec Sandridge. His songwriting captivates you as you find yourself tangled up in the lyrics wondering where his soulful voice will take you next.

 

WOLFIE (LISA MCNAUGHTON)
6 January 5pm – 8pm

A Mountain Dwelling, Guitar playing, african dancing, wine loving howling lady is Wolfie.
She began a Music Career as LISALIVE performing folk roots music across east coast Australia, New Zealand and Mexico as a solo artist and now has found herself a band of misfits from across the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney to create her New Project Wolfie.
Expect huge vocals, groove, raw reggae and soul flavour and heart.
Wolfie is recording her debut independent album which is yet to be named, this year at Sound Heaven Studios with Producer/engineer John Stuart where the likes of Hermitude and Urth Boy have laid down tracks.
Enjoy Wolfie ;) later this year you will hear her full length album.


MERPIRE (RHIANNON ATKINSON-HOWATT)
13 January 5pm – 8pm

Merpire is the conceptualisation of Sydney singer/song-writer Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, who takes the typical mood of the ukulele, and warps it into new uncharted sounds.
Like a siren song, you are drawn in by her hauntingly beautiful melodies and intricate harmonies, as she explores philosophical ideas of love, life and death.
Since winning the 2015 Telstra Road To Discovery, Merpire has been busy expanding on her already unique sound, incorporating eerie pitch bending synths and walls of sound to match powerful vocals. This latest project brings together some of Australia’s premiere musicians, including the ground-breaking singer/song-writer/electronic producer Andy Bull as producer, and ARIA award winning engineer Paul McKercher (Augie March, Sarah Blasko).
Merpire’s highly anticipated single “Holding Breath” is scheduled for release in early 2017.

KARL-CHRISTOPH
20 January 5pm – 8pm

Karl-Christoph is a singer/songwriter that has spent the last 8 years honing his sound and craft, busking and playing shows throughout Australia. He has received Triple J airplay and has supported artists such as Matt Corby and Bec Sandridge. His songwriting captivates you as you find yourself tangled up in the lyrics wondering where his soulful voice will take you next.

 

BONNIESONGS (BONNIE STEWART)
27 January 5pm – 8pm

Based in Sydney, Irish multi instrumentalist Bonniesongs first began developing her solo singer/songwriter project while living in a treehouse near Byron Bay. Bonnie’s unique style ranges from mandolin-based folk songs with sweet melodies to looping grungy polyrhythms created between guitar, vocals and drums. Bonnie’s delicate vocal style brings a hush to the audience, as if she were letting us in on a secret. There’s a fairytale aspect to Bonnie’s  songs – a mixture of innocence, playfulness and dark humour that’s closer to Brothers Grimm than Disney.

Bonnie’s sweet airy voice sings imaginative lyrics that tell stories of mice, birds, dinosaurs, death and video games. Bonnie’s ethereal qualities beguile you into a dreamlike trance in the style of contemporary folk/alternative artists such as Joanna Newsom and Bjork.

“(Bonniesongs)’s work makes great use of how conventional folk sounds, stylings and instruments can be flipped with a bit of imagination to become the basis for something more daring and scene-setting.” Jim Carroll, Irish Times

 

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