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| 6 March 2015 | Reply


Wafting through the Autumn air this March/April will be the sounds of Alt Folk singer-songwriter MARTA PACEK and Canadian Folk/Jazz power trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW, co-headlining their first Australian tour together.

Marta Pacek and Jessica Stuart Few - Australia 2015

Over the last few years, Canberra’s MARTA PACEK has drifted between North America and Australia with her guitar, the “modern day gypsy” delighting audiences with songs from her debut album Rebel Baby, and 2014’s Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms. ‘Voodoo Dolls…’ features Marta’s heartfelt & wistful Alt folk / country offerings and was produced by Brooklyn’s Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard). Its Australian release saw first single ‘Nothing Going On’ added to DIG/Double J & the Country Music Channel’s ‘Alt Country’ slot, along with community radio airplay, favourable reviews & ABC Radio live performances. After beginning her career writing, recording & touring with Mark Seymour, Marta has gone on to win various music awards and secure worldwide TV & film placements. Live, this lady will have you under her spell when she takes to the stage. To coincide with the upcoming tour, Marta will release her new single & video Sometimes You Lose (lifted off her latest album Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms)…listen here –

“(Pacek’s) fine voice will capture you right away, and she has the songs to match up with the best.” Bob Mersereau (Veteran Canadian Broadcaster/CBC Music)

If you have never witnessed a Japanese traditional 13-stringed floor harp instrument (Koto) in action, then let Canada’s award winning Indie Folk/Jazz trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW show you how it’s done. Living in Japan as a child and growing up with a Koto master for a mother, Jessica’s innovative take on the instrument has put traditional Asian sounds next to double bass, drums & three-part harmonies in a compelling contemporary singer-songwriter context. Stuart’s beguiling vocals (often compared to that of Joni Mitchell) and signature songwriting, coupled with The JS Few’s upbeat fusion of folk, soul, jazz & rock has seen the trio gain worldwide critical acclaim – garnering rave reviews, international airplay, a Top 40 single (Don’t Ya) in Japan and numerous awards. Renowned for their dynamic live performances, The Jessica Stuart Few have graced the main stages of Festivals in Canada, Japan, Germany & USA, and have performed alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and members of The Barenaked Ladies among others. Be sure to keep an ear out for the exclusive Australian pre-release of their infectious new single What Is It For, a sneak peak of what to expect from their late 2015 album.

“It’s a rare album that comes along that truly sounds unique and independent of the rest. Toronto’s The Jessica Stuart Few gave me one of those WTF moments, stopping me in my tracks for a good, close listen… Stuart has a gorgeous voice, pure and expressive… All that, and the distinctive koto playing, a blend not heard anywhere else.” Bob Mersereau (CBC Music)

Don’t miss MARTA PACEK and THE JESSICA STUART FEW at the following shows:

March 18 – The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda VIC
March 19 – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
March 20 & 21 – Yakandandah Folk Festival, VIC **THE JS FEW ONLY – HEADLINERS**
March 22 – Elwood Food & Wine, VIC
March 23 – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick VIC
March 25 – The Music Man Megastore, Bendigo VIC
March 26 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC
March 27 – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta VIC
March 28 – Smiths Alternative Bookshop, Canberra ACT
March 29 – The Rum Bar (3-6PM), Kingston ACT
April 01 – The Royal Exchange, Newcastle NSW
April 02 – Shirt Bar, Sydney NSW **THE JS FEW ONLY**
April 03 – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW
April 04 – Django Bar, Marrickville NSW
April 07 – The Ellington, Perth WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**
April 08 – House Concert, Mt Hawthorn WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**
April 09 – Venue tbc, WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**
April 10 – 12 Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge WA **THE JS FEW ONLY**

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