Beginning in the multi-award winning Australian folk rock band, Goanna, for over 30 years Marcia Howard has mesmerized audiences with her beautiful voice and skill as a musician and songwriter. She was the first Australian female artist to feature on A Woman’s Heart A Decade On, with her song, Poison Tree, singing with renowned Irish singer, Mary Black along with other artists - Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton, Sinead O’Connor and the Corrs. Marcia has also shared the stage with James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Billy Connelly and Eric Clapton. She has sung, toured, recorded and performed with many Australian artists, indigenous and non-indigenous, she teaches vocal and songwriting masterclasses and is a passionate advocate for the environment and human rights. Her Masters in Education thesis, ‘Holywells to Waterholes’, examines her song writing - a belonging to ‘place’ through song.
For over thirty years, Marcia has sustained a diverse career as a performer/singer-songwriter and music educator. She was a member of the legendary Australian band, Goanna. Her song Angel Full of Grace recorded with Goanna on their 1998 release, Spirit Returns featured on the popular ABC
show Seachange. Together with Goanna they were invited to perform her
song Sorry, written for Margaret Tucker (a member of the stolen generation) at Parliament House with the release of the Bringing Them Home Report in 1997.
Marcia has released five albums and she has enjoyed a successful solo
career with her band, performing at festivals and concerts in Australia, Ireland, Denmark, England and America. Marcia has worked with some legendary International artists including America’s Carlos Santana and Ireland’s
Mary Black, performing and recording her songs in Nashville and Ireland. She was invited to Ireland to record her song Poison Tree with Mary Black on A Woman’s heart a Decade on, which also features singers Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Sinead O’Connor.
Marcia released her EP, Nashville Sessions (recorded in Nashville) with her band at the 40th Port Fairy Folk Festival where she was named Maton, Artist of The Year in 2016. There have been many performances on TV over the years, including her performance on Season 5 of The Voice, where she made it through to the Super battles as a part of Delta Goodrem’s team. She has sung on countless radio and album recordings of many iconic artists over her long career.
Marcia launched her new album, Everything Reminds Me with her band at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, April. 2018.
(Dip.T, ACU. Research MEd, Monash University ( Songwriting). Cert IV, Music).
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“It is with great pleasure that I acknowledge Marcia as the 40th Port Fairy Folk Festival, Maton Artist of the Year. This award is recognition of her generous contribution and support to many independent, local musicians and artists; her song writing, musicianship and stagecraft; her ongoing quest to sing out for justice; her persistence and strength as a role model for all female musicians in this country; and, her beautiful, generous and giving spirit to audiences around the world.
By Damian Howard.
"Throughout our childhood, we sang with our brothers and sister at home and in public, surrounded by the music our mother sang and played . . . I’m so glad we shared those amazing Goanna experiences together and many more since, from Indigenous Australia through to our ancestral Ireland. Marce is musically and personally brave. She has a great musical gift and an energy and exuberance to match, be it in her writing, singing or playing. She carries with her an old family tradition of music, passed down to us by our mother and many more mothers and fathers before her”.
By Shane Howard"
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