Renegade folk cellist and singer-songwriter Monique Clare burst onto the scene in 2017, launching her debut EP as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year. She weaves earthy cello and powerful vocals in a performance that dances between darkness and light. Her diverse career has taken her as far as Afghanistan as a performer and educator, and the USA on a grant-funded professional development tour; she's led patrons up the Glass House Mountains for mountain-top sunrise concerts; and in her secret life as a classical cellist, she performed in the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
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Monique Clare Brisbane EP launch
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
I could die happy if I played cello for Sigur Ros.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Banjo... or flugelhorn.
3: What was the worst advice?
I don't think any advice has been bad, because everything I've ever done because some told me to has just been a learning experience.
4: What was your first concert?
Queensland Symphony Orchestra, when I was really young. I think I slept for most of it (it was way past my bed time)...
5: What/where is the best road food?
There's a new chain that's opened up on Australian highways called Oliver's. They do 24/7 healthy food, which is a godsend for late night long drives.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Be stubborn and just get on with it.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?