Hail new Candelo trio full of grace, goodwill

HARMONY: Robyn Martin, Melanie Horsnell and Kate Burke are combining to form The New Graces for Candelo Arts Society's variety night.
HARMONY: Robyn Martin, Melanie Horsnell and Kate Burke are combining to form The New Graces for Candelo Arts Society's variety night.

Guitar, fiddle, double bass and the interwoven harmonies of three distinctly unique voices - The New Graces are sure to enthral.

Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke and Robyn Martin are each seasoned identities in the Australian music scene. Their lives have intersected through the magnetic pull of Candelo village.

Along with building houses, holding community meetings about flying foxes and preserving peaches the three find time to pursue this new creative endeavour, The New Graces.

They hope their project name, inspired by the Three Graces of Greek mythology, will aid them in their venture in bringing joy, creativity and goodwill to gods and mortals.

Horsnell has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of "the utmost delicateness".

She has released more than 10 albums and has toured with Glen Hansard and the Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko as well as touring solo throughout Europe and Australia. Horsnell has written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt and for film and television. She has just returned from the folk alliance conference in Montreal.

Multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Burke has won much acclaim as a member of folk duo Kate and Ruth and Irish/Australian traditional band Trouble In The Kitchen.

Geologist, science communication expert, session guitarist, producer and composer of music for film and television, Burke brings a swag of experience to the trio. She has performed at festivals and venues across Australia and internationally alongside artists such as Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty).

Like all her siblings, Martin was called Spin by her teachers at Ceduna Area School after her father's nickname. She started playing bass at age 13 in family band Spineffex. The band played country festivals and South Australia pubs and clubs around the same era as Nullarbor family band The Dead Ringer Band (Kasey Chambers).

At age 16, Martin found herself adjusting to culture shock in the alternative culture hub of Lismore, taking time off school to tour opening for The Waifs, Wendy Matthews, Arlo Guthrie, Glen Hansard and The Frames. She is a sought after session bass player who has worked with UK bluegrass outfit Flats and Sharps, Claire Anne Taylor, Heath Cullen, Jodi Martin, and Kate Fagan.

Candelo Arts Society presents The New Graces as the feature act for this month's Music and Variety Night. This Friday, March 15, Candelo Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at the door, and anyone who wants to perform as a part of the variety night gets free entry.


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