Marni is an established performer with a rock'n'roll past. She has played with many Melbourne (Australia) bands including Stilletto, Tinsley Waterhouse, Lola's Lost Weekend, Lola's Delight, The Gringo Stars, as well as central Victorian bands The Croakers and The Flying Tongue Kiss. Marni has a track record of songwriter credits including finalist placings in 2 ASA contests, & The Austin Texas Songwriting Contest, and her work appears in the albums of other artists such as The Stetson Family and Leslie Avril. Marni plays mandolin and guitar in the present lineup. Marni also plays in the Ladies Lounge, a four piece group featuring old timey tunes with a feminine flare.
Mark Smith has performed in countless bands in the Melbourne and Sydney music scenes since 1972, including the last twenty years in the touring backing bands of 60's legends Johnny Young, Normie Rowe, Marcie Jones and many others. Mark has always had a strong interest in blues and roots music bringing his own combination of picking and slide into his playing style and repertoire. Mark plays electric, acoustic, resonator, lap steel and slide guitar as well as banjo and is an accomplished vocalist.
Dave is an accomplished player of acoustic, electric and slide guitar and a songwriter. He has performed with many Melbourne soul and blues bands including Checkerboard and Heavy Earth with Kylie Auldist. Dave has a keen interest in early blues guitar and piano styles and is now doing some performances of his favourite selections. He has played lead guitar on cd recordings with the above bands and also on cds by Marni and cds by Lola's Lost Weekend and Lola's Delight.
feedback about our cd Down in the Valley..
CD is excellent! Voices are great! Styling is so good - the truth of traditional music coming through all the time. Loved the originals, and Walking Blues was spectacular! Wow! you should be very proud. Its a fine recording. Glenn Foster, Canada
Just about worn it out - love it! Very impressed. Brent Davey
Congrats on a great CD and a great band. First time I've ever seen bar tenders totally engrossed in a band and applauding! Have listened to your CD and Baz and I are totally blown away! Bloody excellent! Teana Amor & Barry Martin
Lovely work Sheehan Smith & Sheehan. Carmel Muggleston
CD sounds fantastic...love it! Tony Spizzica
Hassall gave me a copy of your veauiful new CD...I <3 it! Congratulations, so much talentXXX
Thank you for the album which is on high rotation here. Wonderful music, love it and you.
Sean & Ing Mangan
Inside Stories 2007
"Overall this album is much more polished as Sheehan seems much more confident in her song writing….Listening to and owning this album is highly recommended."
...Chris SpencerMay 07
"This album contains some real masterpieces"
...Country Startpage (Netherlands)July 07
‘"Marni Sheehan’s ‘Lonesome Blues’….a perfectly constructed blues piece. Marni can write a great story-song, such as the outlaws on the run tale of ‘True Hearts’. The Irish fiddle and mandolin laced ‘Rambling Rose & the Gardener of Love’ is also a credit to Marni."
...Trad & Now June 07
Critters & Specimens 2004
“Marni finds the soul in all the tunes on the release. She lifts the listener up and gently rocks them..............blends the folk tradition with a hint of country and a pop sensibility that make the tracks accessible to both folk purists and those who are more interested in pop music."
...Dennis HalseyBestFemaleMusicians.com Oct 2004
“Marni Sheehan is a real writer. Her songs are all substantial, they’re real stories not just cute ideas spun out over three minutes”
...Art Streams Magazine Oct 2004
Marni has gathered a rich and varied combination of musicians and instruments to support her nostalgically fresh collection of original songs...........Sheehan’s jugband and blues-rock background is fully represented in the layers behind the humour, candour, depth and simplicity to be found in her poignant lyrics”
...Folk Alliance Newsletter Sep 2004
.“Some of the lyrics are surprisingly dark compared with the sweet melody and relaxed presentation.......a thought provoking album”
...Country Music Capital News Jan 05