A touch of folk

SHE'S like the artistic love child of folk singer Joni Mitchell and stadium rocker Robert Plant, and Rebecca Moore will be performing her unique, soulful folk songs at a solo show at the Jerrabomberra Hotel next Friday.

The Sydney-based singer-songwriter grew up in a musical family, and was encouraged to explore a range of instruments and styles.

"I've had music in my family and in my life for as long as I can remember really, and I've played piano and guitar from a young age," Ms Moore said.

"I play the mandolin now as well, which I really like. It's probably my favourite instrument to play now."

But despite her love of traditional folk and pop, she still recalls the seismic impact 70s rockers Led Zeppelin had on her creative process.

"I really love rock music, and Led Zeppelin really appeals to me because it's got that folk element but also strong lead guitars. I'd classify what I do as really folk rock. When I play with my band it's really a much fuller sound," she said.

As important for her art is travelling and seeking inspiration from abroad, Ms Moore said.

She spent three years travelling around Australia in a caravan, playing a stream of concerts and taking in the Australian landscape.

Some of her travelling mates inspired her to use her music as a way of creating lasting change, and she's become a champion of Phaung Daw Oo, a monastic orphanage school in Mandalay, which is home to thousands of Burmese orphans.

"It's definitely close to my heart," Ms Moore said.

"Besides the music, it's the thing that probably drives me the most to keep playing and travelling around and touring the music around.

"I take a tin around to every gig and at some of the shows you get $300 or more and people are just so generous," she said.

She's raised over $19,000 so far, all of which goes to the school.

Ms Moore will be playing songs from her soon-to-be-release new album, and said she's looking forward to playing for a Queanbeyan audience next week.

"I try and get away from Sydney as often as I can and play a bit more in the country areas as well. I'm looking forward to getting there," she said.

Ms Moore will also be playing a six-month residency at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel throughout this year's snow season.

Catch Rebecca Moore at the Jerrabomberra Hotel next Friday, May 10, from 7pm.


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