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Fig Night 27 May 2016

Taniela Moala
Rebecca Johnson band
The Morrisons
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Taniela grew up in Tonga and moved to Australia at 15. His love for singing was ignited by the inspiration and encouragement of his grandmother. She would take him to church choir rehearsals in Tonga and encouraged his singing from a young age.

Taniela’s love for music turned from hobby to dream career when he was selected as a feature artist for the 2015 School’s Spectacular which was broadcast live to millions on national TV's channel 9. To receive such a fantastic opportunity with no history of musical training was an honour and a great encouragement. Taniela went on to win scholarships at performance colleges and is now part of the NSW Art’s Unit.

He will be accompanied by Fig favourite Zoe Elliot, on guitar and backing vocals.

Rebecca Johnson is a bassplayer singer with 23 years professional experience in the music industry who has toured and recorded with Ian Moss, Margaret Urlich and Richard Clapton. She has also toured Malaysia with the Benson & Hedges band Light Tones, featuring Rahim Maarof.

Rebecca has made numerous television appearances including her own commercial for Electro Voice speaker boxes, and video clips with Don Walker's Catfish, Latin Fire and Vegimite Reggae. Her aggressive, funky and percussive slap technique which has become her playing trademark, is also on albums by Jenny Morris, Matt Finish, Margaret Urlich, The Jamie Wilson Band and Richard Clapton.

Con Settineri was playing drums by age 15 in restaurants and began session work at 18. At 20 he played at The Paradise Jazz Cellar in Kings Cross with 'Dumbala' and jammed with various overseas artists. Being versatile he did a lot of freelance work which involved all styles of music: afro, cuban, calypso, reggae, funk, blues, jazz, pop, and rock & roll. He has played at Sydney`s 'Basement' with Andrew Oh, Round Midnite, Doug Williams, Jeff Duff, Mark Williams, Erana Clark, Barry Leef and Craig Calhoun & The Brothers of Oz. Con has recorded with an African Band, 'Bu-Baca', Jeff Duff Orchestra, Doug Williams & The Black Mass and also toured and played with Jenny Morris.

Mark Johns is one of the world’s most renowned session guitarists and performers. As the ultimate all round player he has recorded and toured with Jeff Beck, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Sting, Mariane Faithful, Julie Driscoll, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Matt Bianco, Emma Bunton, Ray Davies (the Kinks), Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, David Palmer, Vanessa Mae, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Phil Coulter, Monica Mancini, Irene Cara, Desree, Roachford, Courtney Pine, and Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield.

Mark is as versatile a composer as he is a guitarist. His music can be heard on television series such as Absolutely Fabulous, Bottom, Monarch of the Glen and French and Saunders. Other television credits include: Down to Earth, Coupling, The Ralph Little Show, The Johnny Vaughan Show, The Ben Elton Show, The Lenny Henry Show, The South Bank Show, Manchild, Savages, 2 Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Bad Girls, Horrible, Stella Street, Murder Most Horrid, Bosom Pals and Hippies. Films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Best and Gangsta No.1.

Mark plays the dobro, banjo, mandolin and electric and acoustic guitars.



“The Morrisons play big band folk, like a mash up of both Inside Llewyn Davies and Oh Brother Where Art Thou’s T-Bone Burnett” – Concrete Playground. 

“An incredible bluegrass/country/folk 7 piece” – AU Review. 

“The Morrisons prove that Sydney bands can pick with the best of the them” – Timber & Steel.

Winners of the 2014 folk/acoustic song of the year at the Australian Song Writers Association Awards, The Morrisons play bluegrass, alt-country and folk from an Australian perspective. 

They have performed at major festivals around the country including Out On The WeekendSecret Garden, and The National Folk Festival, and have supported highly acclaimed international artists Lake Street Dive (US) and Lindi Ortega (CAN). They launched Country and Inner Western along with Lost Highway (Universal Music’s country label), where they have hosted artists like Shane Nicholson, Catherine Britt and Emma Swift. Their show Man of constant sorrow: A tribute to the music of Oh Brother Where Art Thou has sold out three years in a row, with a cast featuring Ngaiire, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Brian Campeau.

They have appeared regularly on ABC and FBI radio with a recent highlight being their performance of Paul Kelly’s bluegrass albums Smoke and Foggy Highway at Sydney’s iconic venue the Basement (March 2015). 





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