Female Artist of the Year – Finalist
Song of the Year – Mermaid of Zennor
A soprano vocalist / harpist / flautist / songwriter/ who combines her classical training with Folk influences to produce a unique sound. She has performed in various venues around Australia, from Yarra Grange in the Yarra Valley to the Sydney Opera House Reception Hall. She has performed and toured as a member of the classically based trio “Cimarosa” and toured nationally with the Sydney based “Ten Sopranos” for 8 years.
Her music was featured in the wildlife documentary “Dance of the Lyrebird”. Tracks from Barbara’s album “From my Daddy’s Shoulders” have been played on various community radio stations throughout Victoria and Queensland.
Barbara has teamed up with Jose Garcia, baritone vocalist and guitarist. Their collaboration is known as “Tidal Moon”. They tour nationally performing Folk, Classical, Celtic and original music.
Mermaid of Zennor
This beautiful, enchanting and magical tune is the result of a collaboration between South Australian Songwriter Fiona Karamanlidis (lyrics/concept) and Victorian songwriter and performer Barbara Jeffrey (music/vocal/harp performance). Both Fiona & Barbara are of Celtic origin.
Based on the Cornish fable “The Mermaid of Zennor”, this song was debuted during the Kernewek Lowender (Cornish) Festival in South Australia, May 2017.
Here’s what others have said about Barbara:
“It all comes beautifully from her soul” Michael Herman “Beautiful inside and out, Barbara Jeffrey is simply entrancing. With the voice of an angel and a harp to match, she transforms the room into a state of bliss and harmony. Barbara’s music is a natural part of life…. it’s like breathing. It just gels. It soothes, it delights, it fulfills, it transcends and it captivates. It’s one of those things you just have to have in your life.”
– Deanna Roberts, Director, Think in Pictures Events
“Barbara’s voice soars like a bird with clarity and awe-inspiring beauty. Her harp playing is all encompassing – delicate, bold, key changing mid-song, transporting us to ethereal heights.”
– Kate Townsend & Dave Clark, The Singing Gallery, McLaren Vale
Review of Tidal Moon –
“Their collaboration was one of the highlights of the concert. Barbara’s ethereal voice and harp harmonising with Jose’s more earthy voice and guitar created an enchanting presentation. A delight to both eye and ear!” Erica – Fernlea House
Fiona C Karamanlidis (co-writer of Mermaid of Zennor)
A multi genre, multi-wward winning independent songwriter, keyboard player and rhythm guitarist from Adelaide.
Her songwriting capabilities are extremely diverse, including: Australian Country (modern & traditional), Adult Contemporary Pop, R&B, Jazz, Ballads, Celtic, Gothic Rock Ballads, Classic Rock, Electronica, Instrumental.
Fiona sourced some emerging and very talented local singers & musicians to work on her song-writing projects, notably including Trevor Warner (Australian Bluegrass Pioneer & father of Kym Warner ~ founding member of successful US Bluegrass band The Greencards ) and Rob Chenoweth (Adelaide based trumpeter who has worked with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Kenny Rogers).
Together with these talented musicians, Fiona wrote, co-produced and performed on her debut CD – “Kismet”, released in 2005.
Two professionally recorded demo EP’s have been finalised in October 2014. “From Out of Nowhere” features country songs and “WinterSong” ~ is a compilation of jazz, soulful ballads, and gothic rock.
Fiona has received numerous awards & accolades in various musical genres from professional music industry organisations since 2005. These include the Australian Songwriters Association, Songwriters Composers & Lyricists Association of South Australia and the South Australian Country Music Association. Fiona was a Finalist in the Tamworth Songwriters Association National Songwriting Competition in 2014 and also the 2013 MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards. Fiona’s Celtic piece entitled “The Bells of St Buryan” was Nominated for Australian Celtic Song of the Year (Traditional Vocal) in 2014.