Jane M Harding is a singer-songwriter and musician who makes her home in Coonabarabran, in the Warrumbungle Mountains of NSW. People and places have always been her song writing inspirations, particularly the re-telling of interesting and little-known stories from her local area.
Jane has been a follower of the SE Australian folk festival circuit since she discovered it back in 2004, doing blackboard and walk-up spots whenever she could get on, and playing whistle in any sessions she could find.
She particularly loves the smaller festivals like Sessionfest, Uranquinty and Numeralla where there is greater opportunity for informal sessioning to the wee small hours, preferably around a camp fire!
Her song Sailing (Blown Away) was a finalist in the Roddy Read Memorial Songwriting Contest at the 2007 Maldon Folk Festival in Victoria, and her song Chillagoe Smelter was a finalist in that contest in 2009
Recent performances have been as vocalist, whistle and mandolin player with the Badja River Quartet, including the 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and National Celtic Festival.
Blessed with a fantastic voice and gentle touch on guitar, she weaves a story in song that will continue to haunt you, long after the performance is over.
Her first CD, Songs from the Road is now available.