Thursday, 05 August 2004 10:00




5th august 2004


Following the demise of local Sydney band Swirl in 2001, bassist Richard Anderson continued playing solo around the traps, bringing his “moody melancholia with a silver lining” to the likes of those drinking at the Commercial Hotel, the Roxbury, the Landsdown, and the Cat & Fiddle, as well as semi regular spots at Club Acoustica in Darlinghurst. After a “year off” which included a brief stint with country rockers Spurs for Jesus he resurfaced in 2003, this time playing and touring the country with Genevieve Maynard (Stella One Eleven), as well as another brief stint with Sydney band Transporter (now The Fragments).

Richard has shared stages with the likes of The Violent Femmes, Gerling, Bernie Hayes, Rumanastone, and Jigzag. He is soon to appear on the new album for singer-songriter Steve Bevis, followed by further tours with Genevieve. This will be his first appearance at Eight O’Clock Sharp.


Jodie Goldney :: recorders (sopranino, descant, treble and bass at 440 and 415 pitch)

Georg Mertens :: cello and guitar

Repertoire: Mediaeval right through to 20th century

Georg was born at Aachen, Germany. He did his degree in cello (and classical guitar) at the reputed Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg. As a student he conducted international Chamber music classes in Salzburg and Konigstein. Upon completion of his degrees he taught in Berlin, and became head of the strings department at the Conservatorium of Schleswig-Flensburg. Georg now lives in Katoomba, teaching at the Conservatorium of Penrith, Mitchell (Bathurst) and the Blue Mountains. From here he has produced a number of CDs and performs regularly at venues including the Jenolan Caves.

Jodie grew up in Bathurst, and began her study of the recorder at the age of 7. At 16, Jodie was invited to teach recorder at the Bathurst Conservatorium of Music. Whilst in Bathurst, Jodie completed her A.Mus.A (Associate Music Diploma in recorders) aswell as a Diploma of Teaching, and Bachelor of Education. She taught for 3 years before auditioning successfully for the Masters of Performance-Recorders at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Jodie completed this degree in 2001 with a thesis on "The Australian Recorder Exposed". With her quartet "Fortune" Jodie has produced a CD-Rom of Australian Recorder Quartets, and a CD of Australian compositions entitled "Frogs".

Together, Jodie and Georg have completed their first CD of recorder, cello and guitar music "WaveSongs".


"Frencham is a superb singer as well as a solid & melodic bass player. She has a rich & distinctive voice that carries as much emotion as the song requires" Graham McDonald, (Canberra Times, Sept 03)

One funky double bass + one warm sensuous voice + one beaming cheeky smile! Liz Frencham combines an hard earned folk pedigree (part of the well known contemporary folk trio Jigzag) with jazz/blues sensitivity to deliver her disarmingly honest & often lighthearted material.

An unusual marriage of a gal & her Man of Wood make for a perfect blend of earthy voices.