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Monique Clare (The Maes) is joined by American fiddler Joe D’Esposito (The Railsplitters) in a mesmerising collaboration that draws on their diverse influences. Dancing between rhythmic cello lines, powerfully vulnerable vocals and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is an award-winning cellist and singer-songwriter. Since breaking out as a solo artist in 2017, her songwriting has become increasingly daring and potent, with hard-hitting lyrics and an unconventional brand of classical-folk-pop cello. Joe D’Esposito is a multi-genre fiddle player and improviser with infectious charisma. His work with The Railsplitters has seen him play Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Celtic Connections. This duo brings together a shared classical training, obsession with fiddling traditions and a mutual love of Björk to deliver intricate arrangements of original songs and tunes.
All the way from Brisbane, Ingrid Bartkowiak Art will be painting throughout the show, reacting to themes from the music and the places they visit. Ingrid and Monique have a history of collaboration; Ingrid’s artwork was the cover of Monique’s debut EP, By The Stars. She’ll have a selection of her incredible artwork displayed and available for sale on the night.
You’re invited to unleash your wild creative side too! Paper, pencils and clipboard folders will be on hand for you to use and try your hand at live reaction artwork.