I’d heard about her at the Majors Creek Folk Festival – but wasn’t really sure what to expect when I went to the Merry Muse Folk Club this evening. All I can say is catch her when you can. Singer songwriter Ami Williamson has a wonderful liquid tone in her voice and tremendous range. Whether singing quiet ballads or slightly wicked songs her combination of voice, keyboards and drums makes for one heck of a solo act. And she knows how to relate to an audience and work with them through looks, gestures and above all sharing of herself with integrity.

Ami Williamson

She has played a number of the major festivals, and recently toured the war zones with her father John Williamson, in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Solomon Islands, entertaining the troops – continuing an age-old tradition.

Ami Williamson

The other acts were Freyja’s Rain – a four-piece band from Canberra, and the Rooftop Revellers.

Freyja’s Rain was formed in 2007 by vocalist/pianist/guitarist Jenny Sawer, their name is taken from Freyja, the Norse goddess of love and beauty. Joined by vocalist/bassist Jen Simpson, guitarist/vocalist Brendon Houlahan and drummer Ben Harris, Freyja’s Rain have a great style, with Jenny’s gutsy jazz-style voice.

Freyja's Rain

And the evening kicked off with the combination of Appalacian and gospel style of the Rooftop Revellers. The Revellers are made up of musicians from a number of other bands – comprising Pablo Shopen (banjo, guitar and fiddle) and Ed Radclyffe (double bass) of Dr. Stovepipe and the Fuelers, and Krista Schmeling from the Honeybells.

Overall a great night – and next week promises even more with the Hottentots!

See you there

Cheers
Jerry

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A great night on Friday celebrating 19 years of the Merry Muse Folk Club in Canberra. My band, Full Circle was there to liven up the end of the evening, and there were a number of great acts including teh Ferral Brothers with Sandy on fiddle and Michael on accordion playing Bulgarian czardas and celtic folk; Humbug focal group, and some of the Merry Muse originals.

The place was packed and the audience ripe for a good time and Guy as usual did a fabulous job mixing the sound. The whole evening was credit to Eileen Newmarch – who organised the show.

Cheers
Jerry

After stepping off the plane in the morning back in Australia, my band had a gig that night at the Merry Muse Folk Club in Canberra, Australia. My body was telling me it was 07.00AM and I hadn’t slept all night, despite it being 9.00PM in Canberra. But it was a good crowd and we fired well off each other to make a good show. The audience was larger than usual and the evening had a really good feel to it. We were supported by vocal harmony group Humbug.

Full Circle Band at the Merry Muse Folk Club, Canberra

We played a great version of Farewell to Chernobyl and Trip to Pakistan – good Celtic tunes – and the folk club was nearly full – quite a contrast to some previous occasions.

It’s good to be home again after a fairly hectic two weeks away in Canada and USA, but it was also great to play in some wonderful sessions overseas.

Cheers
Jerry