Folkus Room, Friday 29th August
by Viking Princess
Local Canberra artist Rita Marchant launched her debut album “Strong” to a packed house at the Folkus Room last night. The large crowd seemed suitably impressed with Rita’s stellar performance. She was ably supported by a five piece band which included her husband/drummer Peter Marchant. Kingsley Bruce added his keyboard talents in cameo appearances during the evening.
Rita’s music defies genre’s and crosses boundaries with joyful enthusiasm. Her performance last night was full of the colour of folk, blues, pop rock and jazz. She was thoroughly entertaining.
She surprised me with her versatile vocal range from sweet as honey to those deep earthy tones and everything in between. My favourite was “Have Mercy”, so full of life and energy!