The Festival of Small Halls has kicked off its Spring Tour with artists Monique Clare and Shane Pendergast playing dates around outback and south east Queensland throughout October.
The festival is a series of tours that takes well-loved folk and contemporary acoustic artists and sends them on the road to community halls all over Australia.
Wielding a cello and strikingly crafted vocals, indie folk songwriter Monique Clare embodies the cathartic lyricism of Björk with the rhythmic energy of The Waifs.
Her candid stage presence is born from years of touring the US, UK, Ireland and Canada with The Maes and playing cello for everyone from Kate Miller-Heidke to Eminem.
‘I’m looking forward to leaning into connection through music and finding the things we have in common in every community hall we step into,’ says Monique.
Shane Pendergast hails from a long line of storytellers and musicians from Prince Edward Island.
He is keeping the maritime folk tradition alive with his honest, insightful compositions.
From acclaimed folk festivals to the back rooms of Toronto cafes, Shane has cemented himself as one of Canada’s finest young folk troubadours.
‘I’m thrilled to soak up the sights and scenes of Australia, and present some East Coast Canadian music along the journey, says Shane.
For tickets, go to www.festivalofsmallhalls.com