Wielding a cello and strikingly crafted vocals, indie folk songwriter Monique Clare embodies the cathartic lyricism of Björk with the rhythmic energy of Crooked Still. She draws listeners into her storytelling, sifting through the raw, the imperfect and the unspoken. Driving rhythms collide with heart-tugging harmonies; compelling vocals are laced with intricate cello lines. Her disarmingly candid stage presence is born from years of touring the US, UK, Ireland and Canada with The Maes and playing cello for everyone from Kate Miller-Heidke to Eminem. Featured on ABC’s The Music Show, described as a “laudable and overdue debut” by Listening Through The Lens and earning her a QLD Music Award, her debut album ‘Sight’ was released in 2022 and tracks a journey through trauma and pain to growth and love. During the pandemic she was commissioned by Folk Music Canada to record and release a cross-cultural co-write with Amanda Rheaume, and produce collaborations with musicians from around the world as part of Global Music Match. Monique's intrepid nature has seen her teach cello in war-torn Afghanistan, lead audiences up a dark mountainside for sunrise concerts, and represent Australia at the World Expo in Dubai. With a smile as wide as the Cheshire cat's, and an audacious tendency to reveal her deepest secrets onstage, her live show is offbeat and mesmerising.