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maria forde

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"Anna Rose's Media Column 23 Feb 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival"

Another of my festival highlights was a triple treat and it happened at Tamworth Services Club on Wednesday, January 24. When Maria Forde (as support) stepped on stage after being introduced by Eric, and started singing and talking to the audience, I was absolutely enchanted. She was the perfect entrée to the main course. Her Irish wit and wisdom was a sheer delight – and I just loved the story she told about her grandmother, who when giving Maria her engagement ring, said: “To be sure, me darlin’ … it’s not as if you’ll be getting one of your own now!”. That led into the title track, Rough Diamond, from one of Maria’s collection of albums. Another highly recommended disc. - ANNA ROSE


"ERIC BOGLE TAMWORTH"

"Tamworth festival 2007 at the end of January, two concerts at a new venue for us, the Tamworth Services Club. … the concerts were very well received, probably no doubt in part because we had a class opening act, one Ms Maria Forde, well known to you Aussie readers. A very accomplished singer and songwriter." Eric Bogle - ERIC BOGLE


Discography

Will You Dance with Me?
Dark Island
Follow The Call
Rough Diamond
Next
Little Black Rose

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As an Irish- Australian, Maria Forde has always straddled both sides of her heritage in her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Her first album - “Will You Dance With Me?” - features the title song, written for a friend’s wedding, that has become a theme for weddings, in Australia and internationally, by Maria’s original and various cover versions. The trend, in Maria’s writing, to incorporate both her Irish origins and Australian sensibilities, are heralded by “Waltzing Matilda, My Darling” - a song about the torn spirits of the immigrant to both their country of birth and their adopted land, Australia. Her sophomore release, “Dark Island” like the title, exhibited noir attitudes, as Maria broached topics such as child abuse, the innocence of childhood, and family relationships. The next 3 albums - “Follow The Call”, “Rough Diamond” and “Next” all continued the themes, laid down on her first 2 albums, although her craft always progressed with each re-cording. Her most recent album, “Little Black Rose” bears testament to Maria’s endless quest to im-prove her musicianship, her songwriting craft and the desire to communicate to the listener. Already blessed with an angelic voice, Maria has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Through out her career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and internationally.