Sadie and Jay sing captivating songs accompanied by intricate finger style guitar and double bass.
Their contemporary and original folk music styles have leanings to the alternative with a tinge of blues and roots. Blending vocals of rare calibre with an evocative back-drop
of traditional folk instruments this duo perform intimate, expressive and resonant music.
With Welsh heritage, Sadie's love for singing is instinctive. Born in England and raised in Australia, Sadie's distinctive voice and versatility led her to perform in bands, theatre and cabaret. From singing jazz & blues with pianist Michael Kenny to world & roots music with The Romaniac's, Sadie has performed
with accomplished musicians enriching her spellbinding vocal ability.
Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk music. For many years Jay has been a member of the PENMANS, a four part family A-Capella group. This collection of brother, sisters and father have entertained at folk festivals and concerts in New Zealand. Their album "Homemade Jam" is a celebration of the traditional folk genre.
Sadie and Jay have been performing as a duo in and beyond the Brisbane folk and festival scene for the past five years. They have been return performers at Maleny Music Weekend, Neurum Creek and Redlands Spring Festivals.
They have attended the National Folk Festival, performed at the Illawarra Folk Festival & have taken part in workshops at two Auckland Folk Festivals.
In mid 2016 they had a successful first tour of the UK and are preparing for their second UK Tour in 2018.
Since their UK adventure, Sadie and Jay have become "antipodean correspondents" for the Folk and Blues radio show based in York England & streaming online. So far Sadie and Jay have interviewed south east Qld musicians Mark Cryle, The Company, Cloudstreet, Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay, Caroline Hammond, The Goodwills,
Gone Molly, Anne Infante, Noel Gardner & Sarah Calderwood.
They released their first all original album 'Curious' in early 2015. Several of their songs have been awarded and two, 'Why Would You' & 'Trinity' were shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Songwriters Awards. 'Taking My Time' and 'Long Way From Lost' came first in the open category of APRA/AMCOS Illawarra Folk Festival contests 2015 & 2017.
Sadie and Jay released their second original album “Rogue Folk” in September 2017. Within a month Rogue Folk was ABC Radio Brisbane's Album of the Week. “Red Red Dirt” from the album reached no2 on the Australian AMRAP Regional Charts. The album features a host of prominent guest musicians and is produced
by acclaimed guitar virtuoso, Michael Fix.
Sadie and Jay return to the UK in April/May touring as featured artists at folk clubs from Wales to Scotland. They are guests at The Upton Folk Festival and The Great North Festival where they will perform songs from 'Rogue Folk' and present a series of special concerts featuring songs of prominent South East Qld folk artists.
Over the ditch and far away...
David "Jay" was born in Edinburgh Scotland and grew up in New Zealand in a household that was always awash with all kinds of folk music. Public holidays and long weekends were invariably spent camping at one festival or another.
For many years Jay has been a member of the PENMANS, a four part family A-Capella group consisting of Jay, Christine, Thiea and Jack. This collection of brother, sisters and father entertained at folk festivals and concerts throughout New Zealand. Their album "Homemade Jam" is a celebration of the traditional folk style. https://myspace.com/thepenmans
Jay strayed from the A-Capella flock to hone his considerable skills playing stringed instruments from mandolins to banjos, bouzouki to guitar. He is known for his intricate finger picking style and beautiful chord progressions. With influences from Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Dougie Mclean to David Bowie to mention but a few, Jays musical style is some what eclectic. Either playing solo or singing with Sadie, Jay captures a room as he unfolds humorous ditties and heartfelt ballads. Jays songwriting is an exercise in pure emotion and at times a hard hitting comment on the reality of life. Jays style cannot fit into any one genre but is certainly great entertaining.
"Music for me is about the enjoyment of the audience. A good performance is when the audience is moved and excited. I would rather sing a simple song that captured the heart than perform a musical masterpiece that stood apart from the crowd."
After moving to Brisbane Jay become involved with the local folk scene performing at Woodford Folk Festival, Folk Redlands and the Bug in New Farm.
It was one night while being entertained by the amazing performers at The Bug in New Farm that Jay met Sadie. Both looking for a possible collaboration they tried out their chops at Folk Redlands to "see how it goes…."
West to East, up, down and back…
Sadie has built a lifestyle around her work melding the entertainment and tourism industries. From choreographing and performing in high school productions and Rock Eisteddfods in Perth, started to explore other avenues of entertainment further afield.
From 1995 Sadie collaborated with well known pianist and composer Michael Joseph Kenny (of Crossfire and Supermarket fame.) They struck up an immediate rapport and soon Sadie was singing centre stage backed by one of Australia's finest Jazz trio's on stunning Brampton Island.
Port Douglas became her next port of call where she sang in candlelit rainforests and alfresco bars for eight years. Mick Kenny continued to accompany her and became her comrade and mentor. For many years local icon Graeme Spark (Sparksy) and Sadie entertained at restaurants, clubs, weddings and functions as an acoustic duo. She performed in the dance club scene with the late George Almanza, she was featured guest with Clancy Grigg's bush band, Greg Buckannan's retro folk trio and later she performed in an energetic five piece outfit with the local "legends."
In 2003 Sadie moved to Sydney and immersed herself in the rich live jazz and blues scene. She became involved in Freddie Wilson's Jazz Workshops and performed regularly with his big brass band. Drawing on the talents of Sydney's session players, Sadie formed a 5 piece band which oozed the laid back sophistication of an intimate jazz and blues club. She also became lead singer in a multi-instrumental band who would play popular dinner dance music for corporate events.
In 2007 Sadie returned to Port Douglas for a season to play her first major acting role as the lead in Jack Heywood's "The Sins of Ellen Thomson'" a stage musical based on true events of historical and tragic significance.
Sadie's next move was to the Northern Rivers of NSW, a stunning location which inspires a thriving artistic and creative community. She started singing jazz and blues with some of the local session musicians. The Bangalow and Nimbin Cabarets provided a stage for her theatrical interests. In 2008 Sadie became guest singer with the well loved local band The Romaniac's and the dynamic 5 piece Somersault was born. Playing a broad array of eclectic songs and instrumentals from the folk, blues and world genres, Somersault became very popular at venues, festivals and cabaret shows throughout the Byron Hinterland.
Sadie has now come to live in Brisbane. In late 2012, Sadie and Jay met at The Bug in New Farm. Both looking for a possible collaboration they tried out their chops at Folk Redlands to "see how it goes…."