Back home from a songwriting residency in the Canadian rockies and a three-month tour with The Maes, Monique Clare has a stack of new songs and stories from the road.
Supported by local musician Ali Hasan performing music from his home country, Syria on the tanbur.
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 song writing has become increasingly daring and potent, with hard-hitting lyrics and an unconventional brand of classical-folk-pop cello. Her diverse career so far has included teaching cello in Afghanistan, hosting mountaintop sunrise concerts, playing cello with Eminem and touring internationally as part of The Maes.
Ali Hasan was a successful Kurdish musician and teacher in Syria, known as Shkaki on stage. He sings and plays the tanbur, a traditional stringed instrument like a bouzouki. His music is masterful: poetic expressions of love and respect for his culture and country. The powerful emotions cross language barriers to touch your heart and also get your feet tapping. Ali lived in Afrin. He and his family fled several years ago, arriving in Coffs Harbour last year. Ali has already performed at local events including the Dorrigo Folk Festival and Bello Winter Music Festival.
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