Miriam Leiberman has an emotive and unmistakable voice. She is known for her own unique style on the kora, a West African harp, her guitar playing, and her songwriting. Miriam will perform alongside stellar violinists Lara Goodridge and Susie Bishop. They add soaring string arrangements and luscious vocal harmonies.
Miriam's songs carry a feminine perspective reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. While her songs affectionately are related to the backdrop of Australia's wild land and seascape, Miriam also merges the sounds of West Africa. These influences come from the long periods of time she spent living in and studying traditional music in Guinea and Mali. Her songs, infused with African rhythms yield a feeling of Wanderlust.
Miriam and her trio have been busy touring their latest album Full Circle around the country - a work that Rhythms magazine described as “A thing of intoxicating beauty”. Her song 'Legacy' won an Australian SongWriters Association Award. Miriam’s 2014 album Birds Of The Moon made Album Of The Week on Radio National. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally including at festivals in Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Mali, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Introspective and playful, multilingual singer-songwriter STAV. continues her story of migration with soaring melodies and bursts of rhythmic fire. An expressive voice playing as one instrument with her guitar, she has a compelling ability to tell a story in song in English, Hebrew and French. She was born in Israel, grew up in a small town in Australia and is now based in Melbourne city. Blurring the lines between singing and spoken word, STAV. is totally at home on stage, solo and with her band.
Her debut album The Horizon Line (2016) is a bold and heartfelt coming-of-age concept album about finding permission to speak between worlds.
Her recent single 'Weakening, Awakening' was premiered on Triple J in 2018 and her newest single 'Poison Remedy' was reviewed by HappyMag as "truly unique and captivating". The project toured Canada for the month of February, including the Folk Alliance International conference represented by Sounds Australia and is performing at Woodford, Port Fairy, The Blue Mountains and The National Folk Festival this year.
25 January 2020:
Jenny Biddle returns to Fairlight Folk!
We are delighted that Sydney songsmith Jenny Biddle will return to perform at Fairlight folk Jenny is touring here from Scotland where she currently lives and will be hot the the heels of her Canadian and European tour. Jenny is a crowd favourite with her extremely dexterous guitar playing in alternate tunings and her insightful fun and clever songs. Jenny is a wry observer of life and a concert with her is an intimate sharing of her stories . Jenny's music is described as Aussie indie folk with a twist of blues.
In the meantime...