Grace Knight is that rare artist who not only crosses generations, she crosses genres.
Arriving in Perth from the UK in 1977, Grace found her way into the local band scene working her way through various combinations till snaring the lead vocal role in the pop/rock hit heavy "Eurogliders". Perfectly placed to take advantage of the promotional power of the Countdown TV phenomenon, " Eurogliders" enjoyed a string of major hit singles, platinum albums and international tours.
Then...as rock groups do, the band broke up. Fate stepped in once again and Grace was cast as the jazz chanteuse in the smash ABC TV hit "Come In Spinner". The soundtrack album "Come In Spinner" which also featured Oz jazz master Vince Jones was a multi-platinum smash.
This remarkable success caught everyone by surprise while providing the foundation and tone for Grace's critically acclaimed jazz recording success with "Gracious", "Stormy Weather" (Sony) and "LIVE", Willow (ABC Music) and fueled the enduring demand for her concert performances whether in Clubs or Festival mode.
Grace is currently touring her new album "Keep Cool Fool" (ABC Music/I Tunes). Enjoy the sassy, cool and wonderful interpretive vocal skills of Grace every chance you get. She also hangs out with the best musicians in the country!
for more info check out her website here
'If I get three musical discoveries of this calibre out of the hundreds of new musical experiences that come my way annually, I count myself blessed.' (JAZZWISE UK). 'Imagining life without her music and its surprises is too bleak to even think about. Jenny M. Thomas is that transformative an artist.' (fRoots UK)
With airplay on Triple J and ABC Radio this post-modern bush band play gothic tales of Australia's dark history retold with beats, bass and a fair bit of folk. Their new album, Bush Gothic, has created a genre unto itself with songs of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation: 'Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity, Thomas, plus two, have taken the foundations of a folk library and built a new architecture. Bush Gothic takes your breath away.' (The National Times)
Finding a cult following amongst those who like their folk, but are pretty keen on intelligent pop and jazz as well, their recent Adelaide Fringe performance was reviewed as 'An evolution in traditional folk music. Outstanding.'
"The birth of folk rock in the '70's made the purists cringe. But that was nothing compared to what Jenny (fiddle, piano, spoons), Chris Lewis (drums, percussion, piano) and Dan Witton (double bass) had done to traditional Oz fold music. And they have done it brilliantly! They sang about convicts, bushrangers and life in a younger Oz. They each worked tenaciously to perform their own unique arrangements to well known songs such as "True Blue", "Moreton Bay" and "Bound For South Australia". Jenny's voice was stunning. Their three-part harmonies were tight and passionate; you could sometimes imagine you were listening to Irish band Clannad. All fine musicians and their interpretation of songs may be just what's needed to bring younger musicians back to folk music. They're not alternative folk but an evolution in traditional folk music. The corwd should have been bigger but they were enthusiastic, resulting in a well deserved encore. Final Word: Outstanding!" - Rip It Up Magazine
"Who do I have to thank for this interregnum? A Melbourne trio, and their supporting cast. The trio are Jenny M. Thomas and the System. Frankly, wars could have exploded, governements imploded, revolutions sparked and faded, Shane Warne could have proposed, the trains could have run on time. I have been deaf to it all." - National Times: feature review of Bush Gothic - full review here
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