Telling Tales

Telling Tales

“Australia’s Janette’s keen love of urban-folk styled music seemingly takes her globe-trotting to Music Festivals worldwide, a balladeering troubadour of undoubted skills who delves into a wide range of introspective subject matter. She pitches her charming ditties at a wide age-range and culture perspective. ‘Telling Tales’ embraces wit-and-wisdom in happy-and-sad situational repertoire expressed in clear vocals. Catchy and engaging, the listener experiences romance and adventure in each of her story-telling ballads. While Janette is a singer/songwriter of note, for this one album she has taken traditional songs and songs by other songwriters to perform to great effect.” Paul Davis (UK)

“The CD starts with a terrific cover version of Kate Rusby’s “cowsong”. Geri plays all the instruments; from rhythm to harmony and singing this is a pure Janette Geri production. 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. Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention) wrote “crazy man michael” and Geri’s version is absolutely mesmerizing. The traditional “strichen toon” has been recorded together with Jason Resch on electric guitar. This song sticks out with the playing together of Geri’s acoustic rhythm guitar and Resch’s rather heavy solo guitar as well as the passionate singing and rhythm. The following “the water is wide” is a melancholic and lovely love song. And the final “hard times” by Stephen Foster (1826-1864) introduces us to the fine clarinet playing of Billy Abbot. This album was a real surprise for me as I had never heard of Janette Geri before. Well unfortunately here in Europe we don’t easily get to hear non commercial music from the other end of the world.” Adolf ‘gorhand’ Goriup, FolkWorld

Amazon customer review:
J. Schimel – 5.0 out of 5 stars  January 15, 2016
“Geri should be a folk superstar–spectacular singer and a great musician.”
“I found this record by listening to all the versions of “Lord Franklin” I could find–it’s a beautiful song and there are many covers of the classic Pentangle version. But John Rebourn’s version was a perfection. Many of the covers were beautiful, but still shadows of the haunting beauty of that original. Then I hit Janette Geri’s! The words may be the same, but the song is completely different–and oh, so beautiful. This may be Lady Franklin’s love song rather than the Pentangle lament of the frozen north. Geri’s voice has a warmth and clarity that puts her on my list of favorite singers–up there with Mary Black and Karen Matheson (of Capercaillie). Her music is original and simply wonderful. She should be a folk superstar.”