T A N I S

T A N I S

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"..couldn't choose - flute, violin, tabla, bongo, english or elvin - so have touched them all - in a special place - a pop-rock-celtic dreamworld - where you run like the wind & fly like a bird & love like no other - that's my world..."

Biography

“With her flowing locks, big 'ol acoustic guitar & impassioned wailing, Tanis & her backup band deftly interweave touches of funk & jazz with folky pop. Not just another guitar-toting babe-o-rama, Tanis also plays a mean flute. Her sultry warbling is very reminiscent of Jewel, before she became just another blond pop tart.”
Amanda Factor ChartAttack.com Staff June 12th The Tranzac Club, Toronto, Canada

'Tanis' has written, recorded and performed across Sydney with some wonderful & talented musicians, artists & producers with many residencies such as Manly's In Situ bar, where the band is based. Collaborations with producer Daniel Phillip Golightly at Red Ferret Studios, King's Cross has lead to recording the 10-song DEMO CD entitled 'Enchanted Celtic Fairy Pop".
Now in Zaragoza, Spain with Luis Ruiz, Tanis is back to the studio writing and recording new tracks for a Spanish influenced album.
Tanis' unique vocals have been compared to Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks & Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) and with the inclusion of unusual instrumentation gives this band such a special flavour.

**Some notes about the songs**
- 'Daisy Chains' and 'Dreamkeeper' are percussive with the use of the indian tabla, congas/bongos, funky bass, trippy flute and acoustic guitar.
- A great contrast to the more celtic folk songs such as 'Witch', 'Unseelie Wight' and 'Every Bird' with spine-tingling strings and powerful lyrics.
- 'Lothlorien' was written and sung in the Elfin language created by J.R.R Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings.
- 'Shine' proves to be in a different genre altogether enforcing a groovy feel and added sexy tones.
- A recent addition 'That's Why I Sing' introduces a catchy rock number.

**Cool stuff**
- 'Tanis' was invited to play at the 2004 NXNE North by North East 10th Anniversary Music Festival & Conference in Toronto CANADA. She was 1 of 3 Australians who performed at the festival and was one of the 400 acts chosen out of over 1900 bands. She performed with brother Daniel on bass and was joined by 2 Canadian musicians on drums and guitar.
- Shine was awarded an honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest!
Only a small percentage of the thousands of entries recieved are recognized with this award.. The judges felt that this song was among the best entered into the Contest.
- Her celtic song 'Witch' has gained airplay with FBI.
- In February 1999 Tanis' girl duo DOLLSHAY auditioned and were chosen to appear on the series "Starstruck" on Channel 9. Since then Tanis has gained residencies in many venues around Sydney performing weekly through Southbeat Entertainment.

Lyrics

Shine

Written By: Tanis Alia

I know that if you love me baby,
There aint no lovin’ compared to mine,
And I know that if you love me baby,
There aint no need or place or span of time.

Hmmm But I’ll shine and I'll watch and I'll wait I won't be crazy like you baby
and I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine

I know that if you hate me baby,
There ain't no river with hate as wide,
And I know that if you hate me baby,
There’s nothin’ I can do or say that’ll break your pride

Hmmm But I’ll shine and I'll watch and I'll wait and I won't be crazy like you baby
and I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine
So I'll wait but you want me too late and I cannot be with you
So I'll shine I'll shine I'll shine I'll shine

All the time……….
OOOoohhhhhhhh, OOOoohhhhhhhh

I know that if you want me baby,
A sweet sugar sugar and a sexy smile,
And I know that if you want me baby,
Live a little, love a little, I’d run a mile

Hmmm But I’ll shine and I'll watch and I'll wait and I won't be crazy like you baby
and I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine I’ll shine
So I'll wait but you want me too late and I cannot be with you
So I'll shine I'll shine I'll shine I'll shine
All the time……….
OOOoohhhhhhhh, OOOoohhhhhhhh

The Gingerbread Girl

Written By: Tanis Alia Cox

Thinking everyday that I’ll blow you a kiss,
But it never seems to blow, never goes,
And I wonder Why?
Can’t I find am I blind no it’s just you.
It’s a shame, am I vein?
On some runaway train,
No it’s never gonna seize til I have a piece of you…
Again

And then she calls out my name
And so I tell her the same

Everyday when I say that I missed you,
Can I kiss you?
But you turn away..
Everyday never gonna learn that you’ll regret!
And I cried and I sighed,
But I never nearly died cause you see,
I never fall to my knees, you think why?
It’s easy, you’re not the one!

And then she calls out my name
And so I tell her the same
And then she asks me again
And so I tell her my name

I’m the gingerbread girl,
Never gonna catch me,
Cause I’m overbaked,
And I’m really warm

Now that I’m loose I now know the truth,
That I’m free to be me,
I’m a runaway bee…Buzz,
Like an unsettled pebble in the stream.
So you see I have won like the sun,
Never done always coming round round,
Never boring no… nobody nobody no none

Witch

Written By: Tanis Alia Cox

Liar, Cheater, She’s called a liar then she floats
Liar, Cheater, She’s called a liar then she floats

And then she flies away, Never never not today
And then she wonders away
And then she flies away, Never never not today
And then she wonders away
With her magic in her hands

Liar, Cheater, She’s called a liar then she floats
Liar, Cheater, She’s called a liar then she floats

And one day, In the rain did I lie and I lied awake
And one day, In the rain did I lie and I lied a rain did I lie and I lied a rain did I lie and I lied awake
And one day, In the rain did I lie and I lied awake
And one day, In the rain did I lie and I lied a rain did I lie and I lied a rain did I lie and I lied awake

Discography

Witch - 94.5 FM FBi Radio - Sydney

Set List

T A N I S' set is original based over either a 1 hour slot or 2 x 45 mins sets over 2 hours. Tanis Alia is the song-writer for all orginals played.

Originals -

1. Witch
2. Daisy Chains
3. The Goblin Song
4. Dream Keeper
5. Shine
6. The Gingerbread Girl
7. Unseelie Wight
8. Hush
9. Every Morning
10. That's Why I Sing
11. Lovely Stars
12. Tapa
13. Chief Warm Ears
14. Every Bird
15. Your Little Light
16. Go To Sleep

In an orginal gig some covers would be played but would be some instrumental type versions such as:

1. Entre de Agua - Paco de Lucia (depending if good ole Tom our flamenco man is with us).
2. Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore (mandolin based)
3. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
4 Van Morrison - Moondance (did I mention Tanis plays a mean flute?)

For a cover ONLY gig the sets could be a mixture of the following songs:


1. Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
2.I'm Like A Bird - Nelly Furtado
3.Turn Off The Light - Nelly Furtado
4. Proud M