ABOUT

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Armed with the warmth of her cello, vocals that cut to the bone and lyrics that dance between darkness and light, Monique Clare delivers unfeigned modern folk.


“Monique brings courage and a zeal for life together in her music – she’s a joy to hear”.
– Punch Brothers bassist, Paul Kowert
“Monique takes her years of music training and her brilliantly quick and creative mind and delivers a performance that is stunning to fans of any music genre.  Her songs are intimate and soaring – both sonically and lyrically, and her stage presence is pure joy”.
– Matt Smith, Folk Alliance International president and Club Passim managing director
“Monique Clare captivated her audience at The Black Malabar with her raw talent and inescapably honest songwriting that flowed throughout her set, neatly broken up with her humorous on-stage banter. A wonderful performance that we all really enjoyed.”
-Zac Perrington, The Black Malabar
“Absolutely delicious”
-Wendy Harmer, ABC Sydney

BIO

Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw, modern folk. Representing the Folk Alliance Australia as their current Young Artist of the Year, she is broadening the landscape of Australian music with her innovative writing for voice and cello. Between deep explorations into the music traditions of Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical music degree and a Radiohead obsession, her songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping melodies and lyrics are woven between the earthy tones of her instrument, born out of old traditions but injected with newfound ideas. Her debut solo EP, By The Stars, will be released in August 2017, and was backed by a Pledgemusic campaign that went far beyond its target and drew supporters all the way from the USA, UK, Germany and Japan.

In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, with the help of grants from the Australia Council and Queensland Government. She has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, having performed across Australia at major events including Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has previously appeared in a number of previous projects, as a member of The Mulberry Collective and award-winning duo Rhiannon & Monique, and as a guest with The String Contingent, the Hanneke Cassel Trio, the Viola Cloning Project and more. She is a passionate educator, and teaches at Sunshine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser’s Stringmania fiddle camp in Australia. Performing and teaching has taken her as far as Afghanistan, where she held a two-week residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music as part of the String Contingent.

PERFORMANCES

Solo
Dorrigo Folk Festival // 27-29 October 2017
Melbourne Fireside Sessions // 27 September 2017
A Day in Bloom Spring Riot // 10 September 2017
Supporting Hannah Cameron // 20th August
Restrung Festival // 17-19 August 2017
Winter Songs @ Junk Bar // 10 August 2017
Supporting The Bean Project @ Brisbane Unplugged // 1 August 2017
City Sounds // 29 July 2017
Club Passim (Boston) // 5 June 2017
City Sounds // 13 May 2017
National Folk Festival closing concert // 17 April 2017
FAA Showcase @ National Folk Festival // 13-17 April 2017
Folk at the Friary // 1 April 2017
QUBE Effect // 1 April 2017
Supporting Georgia Rose @ Bearded Lady // 12 March 2017
Sofar Sounds // 14 Feb 2017

The Mulberry Collective
Supporting the Bean Project // 29 Jan 2017
Woodford Folk Festival // 27 Dec 2016 – 1 Jan 2017
Soul of Summer // 1 Dec 2016
The Bug // 1 Nov 2016
Dorrigo Folk Festival // 13-15 Oct 2016
Folk at the Friary // 14 May 2016
Supporting Oh Pep! // 13 April 2016
Paint It Red // 8 April 2016
Folk Alliance Showcase // 27 March 2016
Supporting Simon Simon // 23 March 2016
Study Brisbane Welcome Fest // 27 Feb 2016
Folk on Hazlewood // 5 Dec 2015
City Sounds // 4 Dec 2015
City Sounds Southbank // 24 Oct 2015
The Milk Factory // 27 Sep 2015
City Sounds // 6 Sep 2015

Rhiannon & Monique
Exhale, International Women’s Day event // 8 March 2014
Newstead Live Music Festival VIC // Jan 2014
Supporting Elbury // 20 Dec 2013
Dorrigo Folk Festival // Oct 2013
Neurum Creek Festival // Sep 2013
Hostle Euphoria (Estonia) // July 2013
National Celtic Festival // June 2013
The Bug // 7 May 2013
Warwick Peace Festival // 5 May 2013
Brisbane Brewhouse // 23 April 2013
Supporting Adam Cousins // 10 April 2013
National Folk Festival // March 2013
Supporting the String Contingent // 21 March 2013
St Patrick’s Day concert // 16 March 2013
Port Fairy Folk Festival // March 2013
Celtic Hum concert // 2 March 2013
Tamworth Golden Fiddle Awards ceremony // Jan 2013
Woodford Folk Festival // Dec 2012-Jan 2013
West End Twilight Markets // Dec 2012
The Manly Deck // 20 Dec 2012
The Bug // Dec 2012
Folk Alliance Showcase // 11 Nov 2012
Fleurieu Folk Festival // 26-28 Oct 2012
Gold Coast Acoustics Festival // 22 Sep 2012
Fiddler’s Meltdown Concert // 26 Sep 2012
East West Festival // 29 August 2012
Australian Ireland Fund luncheon // 12 August
National Celtic Festival // June 2012
Folk Alliance Youth Showcase // March 2012

Session work
Steve Newcombe Orchestra // 26 May 2017
The Whitlams @ QPAC // 28 April 2017
Dead Letter Circus // 2 March 2017
Beatles Orchestrated @ QPAC // 25 Feb 2017
Kathak dance + Indian classical music collab @ Judith Wright Centre // 29 Oct 2016
The String Contingent @ Afghanistan National Institute of Music // May 2016
The String Contingent @ Kabul University Music Department // May 2016
The String Contingent @ The Australian Embassy, Afghanistan // May 2016
The String Contingent @ various UN compounds, Afghanistan // May 2016
The String Contingent @ Parwarishga Orphanage, Afghanistan // May 2016
The String Contingent @ Mercy Corps, Afghanistan // May 2016
Argo Meditations concert // 19 March 2016
Dots + Loops concert // 12 Dec 2015
Viola Cloning Project // 18 Oct 2015
Viola Cloning Project @ Paint It Red // 19 June 2015
Maja & the Good vibes, various shows // 2015
Viola Cloning Project @ Woodford FF // Dec 2014-Jan 2015
Andrew Clermont’s Supper Club @ Woodford FF // Dec 2014-Jan 2015
Ian Dearden Album Launch // 7 Dec 2014
Bridgette Winten EP Launch // 3 Oct 2014
Charlotte Emily @ Powerhouse // 24 Aug 2014
Steve Newcombe // 25 July 2014
Sunshine Coast Chamber Orchestra // 28 June 2014
Viola Cloning Project // 13 April 2014
Dots + Loops concert // 22 March 2014
Charlotte Emily // 8 March 2014
Charlotte Emily // 19 April 2014
Halfway @ Old Museum // 8 April 2014
Charlotte Emily EP Launch // 8 Sep 2013
Charlotte Emily // 24 August 2013
Mooshim // 28 June 2013
Mooshim // 21 June 2013
Band of Dawn @ Woodford Folk Fest // Dec 2012-Jan 2013
Woodford Fire Event // Jan 2013
Hanneke Cassel @ the Irish Club // 26 Sep 2012
Hanneke Cassel @ Gold Coast Acoustics Festival // 22 Sep 2012


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