As most live music enthusiasts in Canberra know the Transit Bar hosts a collection of local musicians each Thursday as part of Cardboard Charlieâ€™s Live at the Underground gigâ€™s.
Last week saw the likes of Playing with Breasts (I strongly advise NOT going a google search for them from work), Little Smoke & Smitten. Also playing was Marianne Mettes, a delightful young Dutch lady via Bris-Vagas waysupported by her younger brother Jonathan on Djembe. Marianneâ€™s music was beautiful with her having a sweet, slightly folky voice which she complements with both guitar and harmonica and a style which one of my fellow audience members described as having elements of BjÃ¶rk and An DiFranco.
After her set Marianne sat down and was kind enough to have a chat with the raucous lads in the front row (she couldnâ€™t really avoid us â€“ we had sat down next to her parents) and we picked up a couple of her CDs which she was initially unprepared to sell as she didnâ€™t have a price set for them. Her CD showcases some of her work from a few years back (it was put together in 2004) and even more so highlights her willingness to experiment with styles and world music influences.
Although not leaping to the top of my must see Canberra acts (and that list is getting crowded I admit) she is definitely worth catching when able.
Oh, and for those interested, Marianneâ€™s mother, Panta Rei, has just started up choreography and Worldmusic dance classes at Gorman House.