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Julia Rose

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | INDIE

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia | INDIE
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Julia Rose is a treasure from up on the Gold Coast that’s been sharing her talent in various guises for the past decade. Still performing in a collection of bands, she has released her second solo EP, Stairway to the Moon, and is currently embarking on a limited Australian tour.

With a three-octave range and multi-skilled musicianship, it’s a wonder her Aussie folk ballad-style hasn’t taken over the world yet. “The Rain it Came” is a revolving melody that’s catchy as hell. A fast-paced roots number that ducks in and out of an incredible violin accompaniment while Rose walks you through stormy Queensland weather via operatic vocals.

The rest of her EP follows similar lines: fun guitar licks, multi-instrumentation and flawless vocal technique. What strikes me most about Rose though, is that she’s writing some brilliantly honest tunes. She uses her music to tell narratives that comfortably transport you to where she is. Maybe she’s a better storyteller because of the genre she is working in but listening to a tune like “Melbourne Town” tells me otherwise. Such scope as she croons in ballad and is backed by a beautiful string section and jazz-influenced folk rhythms: she is bending genres to fit her style and not working for anything.

“Gina” steps into Cabaret territory in the same fashion as The Cat Empire with an energetic and comical vocal performance. Her operatic asides pitch it to a new level though; I’m shuddering trying to compare her against anything or anyone else.

What is clear is that this talented beauty is anti-essentialist and damn entertaining. This week she’s reminded me why I love music so much, and it’s been a while.

Julia Rose is currently touring around Australia but unfortunately won’t be joining us in Melbourne. Her second EP Stairway to the Moon is out now through Human Records.

REVIEW BY STEF ITALIA - The Ripe - New Music


Julia Rose is a treasure from up on the Gold Coast that’s been sharing her talent in various guises for the past decade. Still performing in a collection of bands, she has released her second solo EP, Stairway to the Moon, and is currently embarking on a limited Australian tour.

With a three-octave range and multi-skilled musicianship, it’s a wonder her Aussie folk ballad-style hasn’t taken over the world yet. “The Rain it Came” is a revolving melody that’s catchy as hell. A fast-paced roots number that ducks in and out of an incredible violin accompaniment while Rose walks you through stormy Queensland weather via operatic vocals.

The rest of her EP follows similar lines: fun guitar licks, multi-instrumentation and flawless vocal technique. What strikes me most about Rose though, is that she’s writing some brilliantly honest tunes. She uses her music to tell narratives that comfortably transport you to where she is. Maybe she’s a better storyteller because of the genre she is working in but listening to a tune like “Melbourne Town” tells me otherwise. Such scope as she croons in ballad and is backed by a beautiful string section and jazz-influenced folk rhythms: she is bending genres to fit her style and not working for anything.

“Gina” steps into Cabaret territory in the same fashion as The Cat Empire with an energetic and comical vocal performance. Her operatic asides pitch it to a new level though; I’m shuddering trying to compare her against anything or anyone else.

What is clear is that this talented beauty is anti-essentialist and damn entertaining. This week she’s reminded me why I love music so much, and it’s been a while.

Julia Rose is currently touring around Australia but unfortunately won’t be joining us in Melbourne. Her second EP Stairway to the Moon is out now through Human Records.

REVIEW BY STEF ITALIA - The Ripe - New Music


TIME OFF SEPT 2010

HAUNTINGLY ORIGINAL FOLK SONGSTRESS AND ANARCHIST DUCK MEMBER JULIA ROSE IS LENDING HER TALENTS TO THE LIVE TO SHINE FESTIVAL FUNDRAISING CONCERT. TONY MCMAHON CAUGHT UP TO FIND OUT WHY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR PUNTERS TO SUPPORT GIGS LIKE THIS.

“The fundraiser is all about fans being a part of the music world and artists being part of our fan’s worlds,” says Rose. “Without punters, our art falls on deaf ears. We love music; you love music and if people want to keep hearing great tunes then simply show up with your crew to support local live music. The Festival is about supporting artists in their struggle to be heard and also about keeping fans entertained. Most importantly, music is about having a good time, and we love good times and you.”
When it comes to the question of whether or not Rose will tailor her show for the fundraiser, it seems that we’ll be missing out on 20 or so dancers, but some new-found talents should more than make up.
“I was considering having the 20 dancers from my film clip make a special on stage hoedown appearance, however they're all now super famous and think hoedowns are so last month. I disagree. So it's just me and Flawless crackin' out some killer countryfied folk tunes. I'm still learning to yodel; hopefully it will be ready in time for the Festival.”
Rose has an EP coming out early next year. If what she says about it below is any indication, it should be well worth hunting down.
“It's my first Julia Rose EP and we've got four tracks for ya'll. We had so much fun in the studio with Guy Cooper at Serotonin productions. It's pretty much all the members of Anarchist Duck (Flawless and Anders Cassidy) playing folk/country. Our special guest banjo player, the legendary Sal Kimber kicks ass on two of the tracks, and you'll hear my big sis CC the Cat on mandolin, and little sis Louise Cottone ripping up the violin. It's a delicious treat for the heart and toes.”

WHO: Julia Rose
WHERE & WHEN: Uber Friday Oct 1
- Time Off - Brisbane, Australia Sept 2010


Discography

Julia Rose - Stairway to the Moon EP 2012
1-Melbourne Town
2-The Rain it Came
3-Broken Wooden Chair
4-Stairway to the Moon
5-Gina

Julia Rose self titled EP 2011
1-Wrap me up
2-Longest Night
3-Find the Words
4-Razorback Road

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“Julia Rose's new EP is a mix of folky soulful music that envelops you with every note, she is definitely a star on the rise.” E. Wheatley, CEO Bandtag.

“With well polished and highly entertaining shows coupled with vocals likened to Joan Baez and Roy Orbison, this is one truly talented muso.” KMC, Music Times MAG

Australian Heritage/Folk singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist JULIA ROSE is ripping up the music scene. After a massive 2010-11 of recording, releasing and touring Australia with her debut self titled EP produced by legendary producer Guy Cooper (Buena Vista Social Club, Newton Faulkner, Transport), her 2012 is set to be bigger and better.

Recently signed to Human Records, Julia has completed her 2nd EP and headed for a corresponding tour of Japan (July) and then Australia (Aug-Nov). The sell out shows and radio airplay her debut EP received was a testament to her music and the way it resonates with Aussie folk.

“We are so excited to share our music with the world, you are after all, our inspiration”.

Thematically, Julia Rose’s songs are about human behavior, intimacy, love, soul searching. isolation, and the itinerant nature of life on the road. She draws on Australian landscapes, people, cities & traditional stories for inspiration.

With a three-octave range and operatic techniques coupled with ballad style singing, Julia is sure to get your heart pumping and your toes tapping. Her soaring vocals, rhythmic guitar lines and bass licks, coupled with timeless tales and stories of love, blend beautifully. Julia takes you on a lyrical, rhythmical and melodic journey, drawing from the audience a feeling of familiarity that digs deep into the soul and stirs the senses.

She shares the stage with legendary guitarist and singer Felicity Lawless. Their golden stage dynamics are as if the two are playing as one, and have been playing together for over 10 years. Her EP boasts guest appearances from her sisters Louise Cottone (The QLD Orchestra) on violin and Claire Cottone aka CC the Cat on mandolin, Felicity Lawless (guitar) & Anders Cassidy (drums), Dan Briffa (drums).Julia has been performing and relentlessly touring for ten years as singer/ songwriter and bass player for a number of bands including Anarchist Duck (04-present) and Bertha Control (03-presesent), in which she performed and released 4 Eps and 3 albums. She has also undertaken 20+ Australian East Coast tours both solo and with her other bands. Julia has performed at past festivals including Brisbane International Film Fest QLD, 2High QLD, Island Vibe Reggae Festival QLD, Corinbank ACT, Perisher Spring Carnival NSW, 4ZZZ Market Day QLD, Mardi Grass NSW, Gold Coast One Way Project QLD, Wonderland QLD, St Kilda Festival VIC, Nannup WA, Supporting acts such as Kerrianne Cox, Hermitude, Dallas Frasca, Marshall and the Fro, Hussy Hicks.

Julia Rose won the Gold Coast City Council EP recording package in 2010, was a finalist in Hot Tomato FM Gold Coast Uncovered competition 2011 and was the national winner of $5000 Roey Idol WA in 2007.Julia is no stranger to Australian FM radio receiving airplay Australia-wide on local stations, with the track ‘Razorback Road’ reaching #1 on the AIRIT country chart. The EP was the 5th most played EP overall on Australian community radio in June 2011. She and her band have played live-to-air on stations Australia wide including ABC, 3CR, PBS, 4ZzZ and Bay FM. She has performed on and had her music on TV in Australia via The Rock n Roll Cooking Show, Underground Soundz and Getaway.

Performing internationally in venues in India, Spain, England and Portugal and Asia, Julia has taken her life and experience and talents as she explores the world of folk/heritage/rock with her new EP, available July 2012.