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MP3 Miranda Barber - Barber

Miranda Barber''s songs are honest, gutsy & emotive. A storyteller & a soul-searcher, with a stunningly powerful voice- soulful, husky & sultry, it dips & slides like honey. Her music explores the humour, politics, pathos & fantasy in the human condition

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FOLK: Folk Blues, ROCK: Acoustic

Miranda is from the sun and sand kissed bays of the Mornington Peninsula, a stone''s throw from Melbourne, Australia. In 1999 she came to the thick of London''s feisty east, where she discovered a world of madness on the theatre and music scene. For the past seven years she has been thrashing about in it, trying her hand at all manner of live performance, for the instant pleasure of it, and because she can''t think of anything else she''d rather be doing which also affords her the right to say what she likes!

In London, Miranda has got her fingers wet, collaborating on live and recording projects with various producers and artists including Dave Dix, Sam Semple, Charlie Winston, Tom Baxter, Max Greenwood, Vashti Gleave, Vonnie Debrett and Raison D''Etre. In the summer of 2003, Miranda began to focus exclusively on her own music.

"I''m in love with a bloody good song, in telling a story and hearing them told well and exploring the voice that tells them. I''m into all the cracks, the gurgles, the lip smackings and the sounds of experience behind a voice delivering the news.

From the moment I could read music, my parents would come home from work with songs for me to play. My early influences are Cleo Lane, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Roberta Flack. These women don''t just sing, they interpret. Their voices can do anything, but the magic is in their restraint. They epitomise cool. Etta James rocks out dirty, Joni Mitchell is a genius, Cat Stevens got me through uni and Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen are oceans of inspiration. I identify with Joni Mitchell most as a songwriter and vocalist. For me, her songwriting and vocal expression is un-matched. More recently I''ve become hooked on Devendra Banhart, Jolie Holland and John Martyn. I admire songwriters and performers who experiment and who can write and exist outside their usual frame of reference. I think you have to look outside your own lunchbox to see what''s going on in the world, take a bit of interest, ask questions, have some stake in it. It''s easy to get caught up in your own stuff. I am also a voracious reader - mainly fiction. I love to devour language."

The Small Fish crew managed to catch Aussie songstress Miranda Barber @ London''s Troubadour. Pete reviews her performance on 24.05.06

''Another rainwashed Wednesday evening at the old Troub threw up this particular gem. Aussie songstress Miranda Barber plays both the audience and the piano like a Broadway nightclub hostess in a Sinatra film. The rich, cigarettes-and-whisky harmonics in her voice give her songs a seductive mix of the vampish and the innocent.

... the mournful energy of her solo piano and voice is perfectly suited to the intimate confines of the Troubadour. Her songs are narratives - occasionally bizarre, sometimes comic ...The soulful and world-weary number "Eggshells", shows that Barber has the rare gift of projecting intimacy, seemingly singing for herself, but at the same time opening up a peephole into her personal world. On that form, she makes the tiny venue feel like a huge and empty hall, and the rain battering the roof sound a hundred miles away.''"

Review of gig @ The Big Secret, Ginglik, London, 12 July 06
"...Back to the music. What possessed me to stray from my south London homies once again, you may ask. Quite simply, Miranda Barber. I can honestly say without fear of contradiction that Miranda is one of the very finest singer/songwriters and pianists working this fine city of ours, and goodness knows there is competition. From her impeccable lyrics to her finely structured tunes and amazing voice she is, in every sense of the word, a class act. She opened with "My Tomorrow", a typical Miranda song that starts gently and builds to a finale that shows the magnificent range of her voice. "Push too Damn Hard" was a lot of fun and is probably Miranda''s version of chilling out; it''s an up tempo song that she obviously enjoys performing very much to the delight of the audience. As she said, she took it right down for "Blues Day", which was sort of bluesy but then maybe not. One hell of a song, though. "Paprika Haze" had shades of "When Im Sixty Four" (she''ll probably kill me) in its structure and some of its lyrics but also boasted a killer chorus down at the low end of the keyboard. In addition to the wonderful songs, seeing Miranda perform is a pleasure because it is obvious that she enjoys the whole thing just as much as the audience and can''t wait to do it again. I can''t wait to see her again..."
Peter Coulston

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