LauraTargett

Laura Targett

Singer/songwriter, violinist, artist, mother, human being in progress…
Biography

Laura Targett is an acclaimed musician with a personal music style that crosses multiple genres, coloured by her background in celtic, gypsy and other folk traditions, her love of music from around the world, and her early classical training.

More recently she has emerged as a songwriter and singer with an evocative and unique voice. These original songs are intimate, direct and poetic, infused with a fragility and strength that defies genre, expressed through skilled musicianship.

While Laura’s soon to be released debut album and her live performances are being described as neo-folk, indie-pop or just quirky, the overall sense is of a woman sharing her experience of life through song, with a vulnerable and deeply honest authenticity.
Three of Laura’s songs were nominated for the MusicOz awards finals.

Born and bred in the woodlands of the UK, she spent her childhood playing the fiddle at every opportunity, studying classical recorder, and listening to her parent’s music collection on vinyl, from Irish folk music to Joan Armatrading, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles.
After serving her musical apprenticeship playing with various bands in the local pubs as a teenager, she spent a few years travelling, from busking the streets and subways of some of the world’s cities to touring with an Irish dance show and performing at arts and music festivals between hemispheres.

She then relocated to Australia and became absorbed in the vibrant and eclectic music scene here.
Life lived to the full over the last few years, including becoming a mother, motivated and inspired her to start writing, share her experience of life, and discover the commonalities we all share below the surface of our differences.With a strong foundation and training in traditional Irish, other traditional folk styles, classical and Middle Eastern music, her repertoire extends to contemporary and experimental performance including electronica, electro acoustic and “world music” fusion. As part of her life as a artist she regularly performs as a fiddler with diverse and eclectic line-ups, from Israeli wedding bands, to Dubstep electronic projects, to Classical violin duets, to Flamenco, “Gypsy”, Middle Eastern and trad Irish bands as well as playing string backing for contemporary singer/songwriters.

She has performed at music festivals globally, including Woodford, Port Fairy Folk Fest, Splendour in the Grass, Byron Bay Blues fest (Australia), Jerash Arts fest (Jordan), Broadstairs Folk Fest (UK) and many others, and has received awards for her compositions and performances in Australia and Internationally, including the Wiltshire Young Folk Award (UK), and composition awards at the Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals.

Her diverse performance credits include: collaborations with Australian legends Kerrianne Cox, Greg Sheehan, Circle of Rhythm, and members of Israeli supergroup, Sheva, touring with Irish dance show, Celtic Reign, as well as guest appearances with international artists including Toni Childs, Nano Stern (Chile), Tim Edey and Brendan Power (UK), Seamus Begley and Jim Murray (Ire), Flook (UK) and Kev Carmody and Blue King Brown (Au).

 

She also works as a session musician, and is a sought after violin teacher and workshop leader for her skills as a fiddler and her specialties in traditional fiddle styles.

She has released 2 collaborative albums through Vitamin Records (Wild Strings and Ali Baba), and is currently working on her debut solo album, “Fragile”, featuring her vocals and original compositions, which will be released 2014.

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Happy to be playing a few tunes and songs tomorrow evening with guitarist John Hoorweg at Club Muso in Narooma 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Stoked to be a part of the great line-up of one of my fave music festivals! Looking forward to stepping those boards again singing/fiddling some new tunes and some old ones too ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Stoked to be a part of the great line-up of one of my fave music festivals! Looking forward to stepping those boards again singing/fiddling some new tunes and some old ones too

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Stoked to be a part of the great line-up of one of my fave music festivals! Looking forward to stepping those boards again singing/fiddling some new tunes and some old ones too ... See MoreSee Less

1 years ago

Stoked to be a part of the great line-up of one of my fave music festivals! Looking forward to stepping those boards again singing/fiddling some new tunes and some old ones too

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Thanks for the new likes people! Fragile's taken a back seat for a while as life took an unexpected detour and I'm becoming a mum a third time round! However, an all-women swing band is in the pipeline... ... See MoreSee Less

2 years ago

Honoured to receive all these "likes", interest and support for my music, which is obviously finding its way out there into the world and into your ears! Live shows coming soon...will keep u all posted! "Fragile" is available on iTunes ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

Next..... playing at Uplift festival Saturday 13th dec, 12.30pm with Oles Krolikowsky ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

This evening! Looking forward to playing Mullumbimby Music Festival with my wonderful band who although minimally rehearsed are such truly great musicians they can do anything and make it sound amazing! honoured to have Thierry Fossemalle, Alex McLeod, Greg Sheehan, Cassie Rose and Jamie Patugalan joining me. 9pm Drill Hal ... See MoreSee Less

3 years ago

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Hope you go well my dear a new fanxxx

thankyou!

Looking forward to playing Mullum fest this year! 9pm Sunday 23rd at Drill Hall, with my truly awesome band feat Thierry Fossemale and Alex Mcleod!
Also will be playing the same Sunday arvo with Fiddlestrings - rocking youth fiddlers and a couple of young cellists too!
Then Uplift fest in December with Shakshuka, Hamsa, Fiddlestrings and my own band again!
Lots of music coming up! Must be summertime....
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3 years ago

Wow, 500 likes! nice round milestone 🙂 thanks everyone. I'll be playing at this year's Mullum fest, and will be publically/officially releasing the album through Vitamin records. It will be out on itunes and out and about soon... after a long wait! Thanks for your patience to those who've been keen to get hold of a copy!
Am also writing new songs and looking forward to gigging with this music again!
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3 years ago

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I'm # 502! 🙂 Your amazing x

Hi everyone,
This page has been a tad neglected lately due to the Bentley gasfield-free campaign being given all my energy for the last couple of months! Now that has been given a respite (so inspired by the power of collective community action!) I'm back in music mode, currently overseas, but planning gigs, more writing and recording and of course the official release of my first album, Fragile.
Thanks all for your support and interest!
Love,
Laura
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3 years ago

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cant wait to be kept in the loop as ill be in the audience if you are performing local xxx

Really beautiful!.. I'm collecting my grandmothers old violin soon that she played many years ago.. I would like to learn, I've done some amateur singing and have played piano for years. Hope to see you perform one day XX

We would love to have your CD, Laura Targett.

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wow! 3 of my songs in the MusicOz awards finals!! ... See MoreSee Less

4 years ago

album so close to completion..... last stages of labour! looking forward to getting it out there ... See MoreSee Less

5 years ago

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looking foward to hearing it!

ditto that 🙂

Push!!

thanks Ashley you'd make a good midwife

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busy magic fun weekend coming up! Mullum music fest: playing spicy gypsy inspired music to melt your heart, shake your hips and stir your soul with ShakShuka, concert Sunday 3.30pm Drill Hall and 11am Saturday, Big Mama cafe (musical deliciousness to enjoy with your coffee and cake) yay! my gypsy souled bro and sis are back, welcome home Rachel and Shai !! .....
Then Saturday night for any Gold Coast locals - a Laura Targett originals and tunes gig at Mandala Arts cafe accompanied by the lovely and so awesomely talented Steve Berry and Marley Berry-Pearce..... wooohooooo, bring on the sonic enchantment!
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5 years ago

Thanks for the love people! ... See MoreSee Less

5 years ago

music coming soon! ... See MoreSee Less

5 years ago

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hi Laura - any sound samples of what you been playing? Chris T x

in the "about" there are a few links to band stuff (soundcloud and youtube)..... solo sounds will be up soon! x

I look forward to it !

Thanks Laura, you are a shining star. Love your work indeed. Wuy Wuy xoxo

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