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I'm a Jazz singer based in Edinburgh, Scotland; who performs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
I've been singing since I could talk, and grew up on musicals. Christmas was always my favourite time with The Sound of Music on at Christmas, and the Wizard of Oz at New Year. But by and far.. I loved Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I could sing along with every line and pretend tap dance on the bathroom tiles.
However, only my family and flatmates were ever privy to my singing, and it wasn't unti 2009 that I started performing in front of an audience at open mic evenings. I took part in the Fionna Duncan Jazz Vocal Workshop in 2008 (where one of the teachers was the sublime Liane Carroll) where my confidence increased and I learned how to sing with a band.
Following on from the vocal workshop, I started singing at open mic nights, and as my reperttoire increased, I recognised more and more songs from my favourite musicals - including the RKO musicals of Fred & Ginger.
Living in Edinburgh, I've gone to see shows at the Edinburgh Fringe every year... and decided that before I celebrated a milestone birthday, I wanted to say that I'd performed my own show at the fringe. And once I'd made that decision, there was only one thing to do - a tribute to the musicals that had gotten me singing in the first place - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, and so I signed up for Edinburgh Fringe in 2011.
The show was a complete sellout, and 2 days into performing at Edinburgh I was hooked, at that point in time I'd already decided to come back in 2012 with a show celebrating Doris Day. On day 3 - I learned that there was another fringe festival in Adelaide, and so in February and March 2012, I performed my celebration of Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, along with my new show about Doris Day at The Tuxedo Cat. I also fitted in another show at The Promethean - my tribute to George & Ira Gershwin. It was a busy month....
I've performed in every Edinburgh Fringe since 2011, and it's always my favourite time of the year. I get to perform with some truly wonderful musicians, and sing wonderful songs.
I've created and performed the following shows at Edinburgh Fringe
· Falling in Love Again
· Cheek to Cheek - A Tribute to Irving Berlin **new for 2018**
All of these combine my love of the musicals and great jazz standards along with celebrating my idols. And the research means that I get to watch the amazing musicals all over again......
I've been lucky enough to record 3 albums at the Sound Cafe, Nine Mile Bur, Penicuik. It was the most amazing experience, and I hope to get back into the studio again soon. In the meantime the albums are available on Itunes.
**Coming Soon** Marilyn Monroe - A Celebration in Song
The albums feature Tom Finlay on piano; Ed Kelly on double-bass; Dick Lee on clarinet/saxophone & recorder and Dave Swanson on percussion.
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers - A Celebration In Song:
"Utterly Infectious... Light-hearted... Classy" The Scotsman
"Nostalgic hour of honeyed hits" Rip It Up, Adelaide
"A wave of nostalgia.. enjoy facing the music and dancing" Adelaide Advertiser
Doris Day at the Movies - A Celebration In Song:
"Sweet, educational and beautifully performed" Three Weeks
"Whip Cracking.. Feet Tapping.. What A Great Feeling" Adelaide Advertiser
"This show will get you tapping away, moving in your seat and remembering favourite movies" Glam Adelaide
From Broadway to Hollywood - A Tribute to George & Ira Gershwin:
"A lovely afternoon of laid-back, smooth tunes" Rip It Up, Adelaide
**** Three Weeks