Janette sadly passed away on 29th June 2018 but her music lives on. A re-release of her album, Describing the Sky will be available soon.
“..She is a wild self-owning woman with a 100 year old soul, the energy of a garden pixie and the ‘can do’ resolve of a born optimist.
I hope you’ll take the time to meet her, her incredible voice, her amazing musicianship, her inspirational songwriting and her wonderful humanity.”
Donna Williams (author)
Music feeds Janette’s soul. Her music is a potent mix of soulful blues, jazz, folk and Celtic strands, delivered with total honesty and rare warmth. A voice truly remarkable, rich in beauty and power, she delivers songs of substance with grace, passion and great tenderness. She can mesmerize with soaring and assured vocals, rich guitar work and luscious harmonies. She is foremost a storyteller, and has won acclaim for her songs, intelligent lyrics and production values.
Janette was born in Sydney, NSW, and has travelled and performed all over Australia and the UK. She is a self-taught musician, starting with the piano then falling in love with acoustic guitar, that she uses on stage in a career that has taken her all around the country and it also brought romance into her life. As she explains:”Twenty eight years ago a young girl playing guitar in a bar, met the gaze of a young man across the room, fell in love until girl lost boy. Twenty seven years later, a not so young girl, once again met a not so young man in another bar and fell in love all over again.
After moving to Melbourne in 1983, she developed a solid independent solo career including national and UK tours, television appearances, countless performances and feature concerts at many prestigious venues, folk clubs & festivals across Australia and overseas. She has recently moved to Central Victoria where she says she feels more at home than anywhere else in the world.
In 2005 Janette’s original composition, Olliebod’s Jig, won the Best Fiddle Composition Award Aust & NZ at the 2005 Inaugural Golden Fiddle Awards in Australia, with co-writer Mykl Lozin. Janette has also developed substantial skills as a recording artist, audio engineer and producer.
She has toured Australia as support for Irish and African artists, singing in various African Languages, and in the UK in 2008and 2010 performed as a soloist and with local artists. She plays a fine acoustic guitar, custom-made for her by Maton, Australia, and a Variax acoustic guitar. Janette also plays piano and other instruments, which feature on her albums.
“Her gift is obvious from the opening notes of any of her songs, and she brings an all encompassing love for Music that is conveyed to the audience the moment she walks on stage. It is an instant Love Affair. Janette’s music stops people in their tracks immediately.” Tim Quinn, QuinnPublications/Mighty Quinn Management UK
“She has a hauntingly beautiful and warm voice that puts instantly a spell on the listener. No matter if she sings traditional songs, Fairport Convention, Robert Burns or other historical ballads she gave them a new and wonderful re-make. Wonderful harmonies coupled with stirring rhythms and angelic singing make her music a real treat for your ears.” Adolf ‘gorhand’ Goriup, FolkWorld
“she has the voice and the musical ability to give the old standards a workmanlike airing”…. “Janette Geri has a superb voice that sometimes cannot be distinguished from the musical instruments accompanying it. Her songs are romantic and thought-provoking.” Patrick Hayes, The Age