May 05 2008

Pinder – Judy

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A graduate in fine arts from the National Art School in Sydney, artist/photographer and Gaelic speaker, Judy also performs solo and has presented several workshops on the sean-nós style of traditional Gaelic singing.

Foreign Shore, released in 1998, was her first solo album, featuring a collection of musicians from the Sydney folk scene, including John & Tinker Duffy and Anne Rowney (Cailleach) Peter Hicks (Born Again Pagans) & Michael O’Connor (Cooks River Ceili Band) with support vocals from Blake & Chris Swadling and Margaret Waters & John Warner (Roaring Forties).

Judy also performs with talented guitarist, Luke O’Neill, who features on her upcoming second CD, which is being made in collaboration with Irish composer & arranger, Colm O’Foghlú.

She has recorded with RTÉ, SBS television & radio and features in the soundscape which now forms part of the Irish Famine memorial at Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks.

Judy is a member of Triantán, a vocal trio that performs traditional & contemporary folk music.  Triantán is Gaelic for “Triangle”.

Three fine and powerful singers, Judy Pinder, Miguel Heatwole and Anthony Woolcott sing Irish and Scottish songs that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. They have a broad range of traditional and modern material, in English as well as Gaelic, weaving harmonies in the melodic, unaccompanied style which has become their trademark.

 Triantán grew out of the folk-singing sessions of Sydney and have been performing together since 1993. They sing for the pure joy of singing (although they have been known to accept the odd bit of financial incentive!)

Individually and collectively, they have appeared at major folk events around Sydney as well as Jamberoo, Glenn Innes, St Albans, Blue Mountains, Majors Creek, Wollumbi and Gulgong Folk Festivals and the National Folk Festival in Canberra . Concert performances include the Irish Famine conference (Macquarie University), New Theatre, Eastside Art’s Sydney Folk Gala and numerous folk clubs both in Sydney and further a field.