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“Monique Clare captivated her audience at The Black Malabar with her raw talent and inescapably honest songwriting… a wonderful performance that we all really enjoyed.”
– Zac Perrington, The Black Malabar
“The closeness of soloist Monique Clare’s voice and cello fosters an inviting warmth to her upending of folk traditions. Once you’re in… it opens up to be something quite special”.
– Nick Rodwell, 4ZZZ
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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.
Renegade folk cellist and singer-songwriter Monique Clare burst onto the scene in 2017, launching her debut EP as Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist of the Year. She weaves earthy cello and powerful vocals in a performance that dances between darkness and light.
Renegade folk cellist and singer-songwriter Monique Clare burst onto the scene in 2017, launching her debut EP as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year. She weaves earthy cello and powerful vocals in a performance that dances between darkness and light. Her diverse career has taken her as far as Afghanistan as a performer and educator, and the USA on a grant-funded exploration of folk tradition; she’s led patrons up the Glass House Mountains for mountain-top sunrise concerts; and in her secret life as a classical cellist, she performed in the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and in Kate Miller-Heidke’s string quartet.
- 2017 Ros Hales Award for Women in Music
- 2017 debut EP funded beyond its target, through a Pledgemusic campaign
- 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist of the Year
- 2017 Grant recipient, Williamson Foundation for Music, for attendance at Sierra Fiddle Camp in the USA
- 2017 QUBE Effect finalist
- 2012-2017 performances at Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, the National Celtic Festival, Dorrigo Folk Festival, Newstead Live Music Festival, Fleurieu Folk Festival, Gold Coast Acoustics Festival and many more as the Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique
- 2016 Finalist in the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Folk Awards as the Mulberry Collective
- 2015 Grant recipient, QLD Gov Individuals Fund & Australia Council Development Grant, for professional development in the USA
- 2015 Vada Jefferies Prize winner, for best performance of solo Bach (Queensland Conservatorium)
- Griffith Award for Academic Excellence in Bachelor of Music
- 2014 Performance in Sydney Opera House as the Australian Youth Orchestra
- 2013 Golden Fiddle Award for Youth Achievement, as Rhiannon & Monique
- 2012 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Artist of the Year, as Rhiannon & Monique
- 2011 Australian Society for Music Education composition competition winner: sacred music division
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