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"Spotlight on Mardi Pannan"

One of the things I love about my day job is that I get to seek out and book acts of all genres. In focussing on the local area and using all manner of online resources, like Triple J Unearthed, I have found a vast array of acts that I can not only book, but also feature here on Timber and Steel. One such singer/ songwriter I discovered late last year is the delightful Mardi Pannan. Now, I’ve been keeping her all to myself and listening to her self titled EP, but now is the time to share her with you all in readiness for the launch of her new single “Tattooed” this Thursday.

Writing since she was 18, Mardi achieves a certain delicacy in her music, that balance of innocence, experience, pain and joy all in delightful packages of rich sound. It’s no wonder she’s been a Music Oz finalist twice and has won the Lighthouse songwriting award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. With other festivals including Woodford, Falls and Tamworth Country Music Festival under her belt, it’s testament to the calibre of her music and style. Having seen her live, she is an unassuming performer who plays for the audience, clearly wanting to please them with the best set possible. Her career has taken a slower pace than most musicians try to push for, however, she has collected fans across her home town of Sydney and is now set to expand her fan base throughout Australia.

With her latest single “Tattooed” set for launch at El Rocco Room in Sydney’s Kings Cross tomorrow night (Thursday 12 May), we can only assume that her air play will begin to rise and many of you will be in the ‘I knew about her first’ category. Her soft and folky voice is an absolute pleasure and her EP is one of those recordings you just want to wrap yourself up in and have a cup of tea. With diverse themes to each track on her EP, you’ll find something for every mood, including a couple of nice summery numbers to while away the cold winter days.

Tickets are still available for her single launch tomorrow night, doors open at 8pm all for the princly sum of $10. Who said Sydney’s music scene is dead?
- timberandsteel.com


"Mardi Pannan Debut EP"

"The female singer-songwriter is by no means a rare specimen around these parts. Over the past few years, the success of artists like Missy Higgins and Sarah Blasko has paved the way for other young ladies to join the industry, expressing themselves with their words, guitars, and pianos. As they continue to emerge, and continue to impress, it has become clear just how much talent is bubbling under the surface of the mainstream Australian music industry. And Mardi Pannan is no exception.
Her self-titled debut may have only been released last month, but this Sydney-sider has been building a name for herself for a while already. She was a finalist in the Music Oz Awards in 2007, played at the Woodford Folk Festival as part of the Emerging Artists Program, and even made it to the top 10 in an international female songwriters competition. And it’s easy to see why.
Kicking the album off is “Tattooed”, a modern day love song with a sweet summery sound, which contrary to its video, evokes images of young lovers at dusk, holding hands on leafy hilltops. Second track and first single off the album, “Om”, is a desperate but optimistic ode to her inner inspiration - "And this is not just another old love song, no, this is dedicated to the one where my sound is from." It’s acoustic-folk with an oh-so-subtle country element in it has chorus that works nicely in balancing the highs and lows of the vocals.
“Fallen” picks up the pace a little bit with a snare-driven beat, before “Wise Woman” brings it back down, layering Pannan’s vocals with those of Daniel Conway, a fellow Sydney songwriter who features heavily on the album. In fact, it’s worth noting that only two of the tracks feature Pannan playing the guitar as well as singing…the rest is all Conway (including production and mixing credits). He must know a thing or two himself, because the three tracks he worked on are all so well polished, so catchy, and noticeably radio-worthy.
The final track “Rain” is the second Pannan-only song, and like “Om”, its acoustics make it distinctly softer and sadder than the rest of the album. You can tell that these are the songs right from her heart, and they are heavy with emotion and realism. One thing that sets Pannan apart is the fact that she has a great folk voice, without ever seeming like she’s putting an effort into making it sound that way.
This is a really great EP, featuring some really great talent from both Pannan and Conway. It’s a pity it’s only five tracks long, but the songs are sweet and catchy, and perfect for a summer soundtrack. No doubt we’ll be seeing more of Mardi Pannan in the not-too-distant future, as her live performances continue to generate buzz around the country. If you’re keen on seeing this black-bobbed darling do her thing, you can catch her at The Night Cat on Friday, 19 November, or at The Vineyard on Saturday.
Kelly Snyders - THEDWARF.COM
- Dwarf.com


"Mardi Pannan At Elrocco Room"

Mardi Pannan supported by Hello Vera and Caitlin Harnett
12th May 2011, El Rocco Room
Kings Cross, Sydney
How is it June already and winter settled in? On one cool Autumn night in May, I had the great pleasure of attending Mardi Pannan‘s Single Launch for “Tattoed” at a venue I’d never heard of. I traipsed off the beaten track and found El Rocco in Kings Cross and to my delight, discovered it was a little wine bar that had struck a deal with the next door Thai restaurant which meant I could sit down for a bite to eat before heading in to the gig. The barmen were lovely and certainly knew their range of wines and could recommend a very tasty drop to go with my dinner.
Once I was done, I headed through a red curtained doorway, down some steps into a converted cellar only to discover a delightful scene; cosy tables and chairs filled with people, red crush velvet backdrop on stage, flowers hanging from the ceiling and the lilting sounds of Caitlin Harnett captivating the audience. Caitlin’s sing-song, melodic style was beautiful if not a little reminiscent of a Lisa Mitchell lullaby. It was very cute when she performed her one ‘up beat’ song, “Into the Wild”, which even by her own admission was quite a relaxed song. Her delightful set was a perfect start the evening and matched my glass of Red rather well.
A stripped back version of Hello Vera hit the stage complete with a borrowed djembe (they forgot their own but were thrilled to find one at the venue) electric keyboard and baby grand piano! Now, it’s a small room with a long stage and with only two people on it, at complete opposite ends of the stage sometimes, you’d think something might get lost in translation. But no, it managed to bring a whole new intimacy and connection between the duo. Their music had such diversity to it, I really enjoyed the syncopation with the djembe and the languishing notes of combined piano and keys. I enjoyed them so much I bought their demo on my way out at the end of the night. I loved their finishing touch with their demo packaging – they turned each CD sleeve in to an original piece by wrapping it in newspaper print, I have no idea what the image is on mine but it looks like the inside of a fish tank or somewhere tropical. I look forward to seeing them in their whole four piece set up soon.
Finally it was time for Mardi Pannan to take to the stage. By now it was standing room only, I was not surprised to hear the gig had sold out. On a night of folk, you’d think that the music would all generally be of a similar beat and tempo, but as soon as Mardi started, the entire room lifted, although still folk, somehow her music took us to another plane. Mardi is an extremely confident performer who is so at home on stage. Her beaming smile warmed the audience and her band filled the small room with their music, enveloping us with harmonies and rhythms. Her set was tight and filled with up beat songs keeping spirits high. Of course the night was about her single “Tattooed”, but there were a couple of other stand out songs for me. The first was “Diamond” which was written about a man present at the gig, but who was not pointed out (just in case he would be swamped), and details his misfortunes in love. A beautiful song, very well performed and is one of my favourtie Mardi songs. There was another song where she invited Hello Vera and another friend up from the audience to be her ‘clapping orchestra’. It worked brilliantly, sounded fantastic and really enhanced and punctuated the song, I just wish I could remember the name of it to share with you! Hopefully some footage of it will make it’s way on to youtube one day. And finally, “Beautiful Day” swept us all away on a cold Autumn night. As a gift to everyone in the audience, Mardi gave away a copy of her single “Tattooed”, which she had only recently been informed included two other songs (“Diamond” and “Beautiful Day”) which was a happy surprise for everyone.
Mardi is such a beautiful spirit, I’m sure we can expect great things from her in the future. Currently she plays at a number of weekend markets, so check out her gig guide and get along to see her perform, you’ll be glad you did.
- timberandsteel.com


"Mardi Pannan"

"The female singer-songwriter is by no means a rare specimen around these parts. Over the past few years, the success of artists like Missy Higgins and Sarah Blasko has paved the way for other young ladies to join the industry, expressing themselves with their words, guitars, and pianos. As they continue to emerge, and continue to impress, it has become clear just how much talent is bubbling under the surface of the mainstream Australian music industry. And Mardi Pannan is no exception.
Her self-titled debut may have only been released last month, but this Sydney-sider has been building a name for herself for a while already. She was a finalist in the Music Oz Awards in 2007, played at the Woodford Folk Festival as part of the Emerging Artists Program, and even made it to the top 10 in an international female songwriters competition. And it’s easy to see why.
Kicking the album off is “Tattooed”, a modern day love song with a sweet summery sound, which contrary to its video, evokes images of young lovers at dusk, holding hands on leafy hilltops. Second track and first single off the album, “Om”, is a desperate but optimistic ode to her inner inspiration - "And this is not just another old love song, no, this is dedicated to the one where my sound is from." It’s acoustic-folk with an oh-so-subtle country element in it has chorus that works nicely in balancing the highs and lows of the vocals.
“Fallen” picks up the pace a little bit with a snare-driven beat, before “Wise Woman” brings it back down, layering Pannan’s vocals with those of Daniel Conway, a fellow Sydney songwriter who features heavily on the album. In fact, it’s worth noting that only two of the tracks feature Pannan playing the guitar as well as singing…the rest is all Conway (including production and mixing credits). He must know a thing or two himself, because the three tracks he worked on are all so well polished, so catchy, and noticeably radio-worthy.
The final track “Rain” is the second Pannan-only song, and like “Om”, its acoustics make it distinctly softer and sadder than the rest of the album. You can tell that these are the songs right from her heart, and they are heavy with emotion and realism. One thing that sets Pannan apart is the fact that she has a great folk voice, without ever seeming like she’s putting an effort into making it sound that way.
This is a really great EP, featuring some really great talent from both Pannan and Conway. It’s a pity it’s only five tracks long, but the songs are sweet and catchy, and perfect for a summer soundtrack. No doubt we’ll be seeing more of Mardi Pannan in the not-too-distant future, as her live performances continue to generate buzz around the country. If you’re keen on seeing this black-bobbed darling do her thing, you can catch her at The Night Cat on Friday, 19 November, or at The Vineyard on Saturday,
Kelly Snyders - THEDWARF.COM

- dwarf.com


"Mardi Pannan Debut Release"

"Conversely, Mardi probably hasn't got around to thinking about her European sales figures. She makes understated, honest, human music sitting next to you on the couch, having a quiet conversation with someone you know. Her voice has a lilt and a catch to it that sometimes can make you think of Kasey Chambers without the Appalachian twang. Songs that seem to have some intimacy to them, but with the craft that they could grow into a sympathetic arrangement. Unself-conscious music she probably just needed to make."
Ross McLelland, DRUM MEDIA

- Drum Media


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DEBUT self Tittled EP - Mardi Pannan

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The sweet songs of the female singer-songwriter, as popular as they are, never seem to loose their appeal, they just keep luring us in and Mardi Pannan is no exception.

Sydney-based alt-folk acoustic artist, Mardi Pannan draws on her exquisite musical palette to paint the landscape.

Her alt folk/ roots songs are more than a musical colour-by numbers; they are looking at paintings, exploring an old book store, or being intrigued by an old grainy photograph.

A top 5 finalist in the Music Oz Awards 2007 & 2010, part of The Woodford Folk Festival Emerging Artists Program 2005, and a finalist in this years 2011 PDA awards.

This last 12 months has seen Mardi playing her little heart out, sharing the stage with The Whitlams, Renee Geyer, Felicity Urqhart, Catherine Britt, Jez Mead, Watussi, Lanie Lane, The Botanics, Costa Rae, Caitlin Harnett, Tigertown and Teneille Neda just to name a few.

An artist that stays true to her art. Intimate, cathartic and slightly bohemian, she will clear your mind, take you by the hand, and lead you to a beautiful place far from the maddening world.

Her debut self tittled EP Mardi Pannan was released in October 2010. The first single Om -
‘is a desperate but optimistic ode to her inner inspiration - "And this is not just another old love song, no, this is dedicated to the one where my sound is from." It’s acoustic-folk with an oh-so-subtle country element in it has chorus that works nicely in balancing the highs and lows of the vocals’ Kelly Snyders the dwarf.com

Mardi - “ There are a couple of tracks on the EP that I have been carrying around with me for years and I wanted those songs to be the first to leave the nest. They are just a little piece of me I had to let go of to move on. Just me and the guitar. I tried to embelish the arrangement on them with more instruments or vocals but they just seemed to loose something..their honesty maybe. So I ended up leaving them as the demos that they were, originally recored years ago. Maybe down the track it might feel right to embelish or grow their arrangement, but for now it felt right to keep it kinda modest somehow’

The second single Tattooed prodcued by Dan Conway (formly Chasing Bailey) was released in March 2011. And it has already found itself on the airwaves of JJJ. And been added to radio nationally.

“we can only assume that her air play will begin to rise and many of you will be in the ‘I knew about her first’ category. Her soft and folky voice is an absolute pleasure and her EP is one of those recordings you just want to wrap yourself up in and have a cup of tea. With diverse themes to each track on her EP, you’ll find something for every mood, including a couple of nice summery numbers to while away the cold winter days. Mardi achieves a certain delicacy in her music, that balance of innocence, experience, pain and joy all in delightful packages of rich sound. It’s no wonder she’s been a Music Oz finalist twice and has won the Lighthouse songwriting award at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. With other festivals including Woodford, Falls and Tamworth Country Music Festival under her belt, it’s testament to the calibre of her music and style.” Katie Bell – timberandsteel.com

‘One thing that sets Pannan apart is the fact that she has a great folk voice, without ever seeming like she’s putting an effort into making it sound that way. This is a really great EP, featuring some really great talent” Kelly Snyder’s thedwarf.com

"Conversely, Mardi probably hasn't got around to thinking about her European sales figures. She makes understated, honest, human music sitting next to you on the couch, having a quiet conversation with someone you know. Her voice has a lilt and a catch to it that sometimes can make you think of Kasey Chambers without the Appalachian twang. Songs that seem to have some intimacy to them, but with the craft that they could grow into a sympathetic arrangement. Unself-conscious music she probably just needed to make."
Ross Celland, Drum Media

“It is a special experience when you go out to enjoy a great band that you have seen a couple of times and find the highlight was listening to someone who you have never heard before- the supporting act. We really enjoyed your show.”- writes a Whitlams fan after seeing Mardi open for The Whitlams