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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare delivers raw, eclectic folk fusion.

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Brisbane-based, cello-wielding songstress. Raw, eclectic folk fusion; beautifully quirky songs, in which old traditions meet unconventional ideas.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare delivers raw, eclectic folk fusion. Her beautifully quirky songs are born out of old traditions, but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas.

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Cello-wielding songstress hailing from Brisbane, Monique Clare is embarking on a solo project after years of playing in various folk bands. Between a classical cello degree, a Beyonce obsession and ongoing explorations into traditional Scottish, Scandinavian and American folk, her songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences.

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Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into Scandinavian and American traditional folk, a classical cello degree and a Beyonce obsession, her beautifully quirky songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. This year sees her embarking on a solo project as the FAA’s Young Folk Artist of 2017, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw, eclectic folk fusion. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. Through performing at festivals across Australia she has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, winning awards as part of traditional folk duo, Rhiannon & Monique. In 2016 she was awarded grants to travel around the USA for mentoring in folk and contemporary cello, by the Australia Council and Queensland Government. This year sees her embarking on a solo project, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique.

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Cello-wielding songstress, Monique Clare hails from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha and delivers raw, eclectic folk fusion. Between ongoing explorations into music traditions from Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical cello degree and a Beyonce obsession, her songs are a melting pot of influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas.

In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, thanks to 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 events such as Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has worked as a session player for Hanneke Cassel, The String Contingent, the Viola Cloning Project and many others. Having been a member of folk outfits the Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique (Folk Alliance Australia’s 2012 Youth Award winners), she is now embarking on a solo project. She will be returning as a finalist to this year’s Youth Folk Awards at the National Folk Festival and has plans to release a full-length debut album of original songs in late 2017.

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Awards/achievements

  • 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Youth Artist of the Year
  • 2017 Grant recipient, Williamson Foundation for Music, for attendance at Sierra Fiddle Camp in the USA
  • 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 Monique Clare
  • 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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Contact

moniquebartkowiak (at) hotmail.com

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