Marcia has sustained a diverse career for over thirty years as a performer/singer-songwriter and music educator. The 40th Port Fairy Maton Artist of the Year presents House of Song, and invites you to join her at her vocal workshops where she will lead you through her musical journey in song. From her early years growing up in the local musical Howard family to the 1980’s and her time on the road as a member of the iconic Goanna band Marcia will introduce you to 'the vocal sound bath' and harmony. From the Australian outback to her solo albums recorded in Ireland with Irish singer Mary Black, and then on to America recording the Nashville Sessions and returning home to appear on Season 5 of The Voice on team Delta. Join her in concert with her band featuring songs from her latest album; Everything Reminds Me where workshop attendees will join her in song. "In my 5 years as Casting & Music Producer on The Voice Australia, I've come across thousands of Australian singers, and Marcia Howard is among the finest of them all. Her musicality, connection and depth of experience are beyond comparison. It was an absolute pleasure and delight to be able to meet, work with and learn from Marcia during her time on The Voice Season 5."
Rachel Rigg, Music Producer, The Voice, Season 5,
"The voice workshop was great. Pre-service teachers need to learn to use and care for one of their most important teaching tools – their voice. The Victorian Department of Education and Training recognises that voice care is essential to teachers’ professional and personal health and wellbeing. However, voice projection and protection is sometimes a neglected aspect of teachers’ professional learning. This workshop enables pre-service teachers to practise using their voice in different ways, understand how the voice works and how to care for it and learn how to use the voice and non-verbal communication to develop a safe and supportive learning environment (AITSL Standard 4). It does this in a fun and interactive way."
Rebecca Cairns, Deakin University, MALT Education Lecturer. September 2017.
Marcia Howard. Research Masters in Education. Monash University, Thesis on belonging and songwriting.
'’From the well where the song is sprung, the land and the sea were sung and the sunset it was pink and I saw the bluest water and the blackest stones It was the place where I was given my name, My country, Nunagini, Nangala, Two sisters dreaming place.” (Two Sisters Dreaming). Marcia Howard.
Celebrating, culture, the roots, the deep listening in place, where music and stories rise from the deep well of ancestral folklore and memory.
MARCIA HOWARD Vocal & Songwriting Master classes
Marcia’s experience as a Vocal Director, and Performing Arts teacher over the past thirty years, combined with her professional music career as a singer songwriter has given her a great breath of experience as both a Music Educator and performer. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of singing and song writing in both her vocal and songwriting masterclass sessions at Festivals, Concerts, Schools and Conferences. Marcia has a Master’s Degree in Education (her thesis and C.D are about songwriting and belonging to place through song). She has also released four solo albums. She currently conducts Vocal Masterclasses at Collarts in Melbourne as a part of the Music Performance Degree. She is a guest lecturer in Music Education at Deakin University, Geelong and Warrnambool Campus incorporating local indigenous partnerships through language, literacy and songs and songwriting. Marcia is trained in using the Estill vocal method, which looks at using the anatomy of the voice for vocal production and how to use the voice to create different vocal sounds. Vocal yoga breathing and various warm up methods are employed in her sessions and she will teach you two, three-part harmony songs to sing with her in a live performance.
"In my 5 years as Casting & Music Producer on The Voice Australia, I've come across thousands of Australian singers, and Marcia Howard is among the finest of them all. Her musicality, connection and depth of experience are beyond comparison. It was an absolute pleasure and delight to beable to meet, work with and learn from Marcia during her time on The Voice Season 5."
RACHAEL RIGG MUSIC PRODUCER, THE VOICE Season 5, 2016.
“Marcia Howard's performance at our event was mesmerizing. She is a beautiful musician, with lyrics and stories that match. Marcia was very easy to work with, engaging with the audience and I would have no hesitation in recommending her”. PAULA LEISHMAN Managing Director | PCOA CEM & CEC leishman-associates.com.au CONFERENCE | EVENT | ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT
Music Degree and Vocal Masterclass lecturer at Collarts, Fitzroy Campus Melbourne andMusic Education Lecturer, Deakin University Geelong and Warrnambool.
For the past thirty years, Marcia has sustained a diverse career as a professional musician, singer songwriter and backing singer, in the fields of live performance, studio recording, music theatre, music publishing and education. She has experienced firsthand the full breadth of live performance – as a band member, bandleader and as a solo artist. She is a commercial entertainer and was a member of the legendary Australian band, Goanna as a backing singer, keyboard player and songwriter. As a part of this triple Aria award- winning band she recorded and toured Australia for many years. Marcia has four solo albums and she has enjoyed a successful solo career with her band, performing at Festivals and Concerts in Australia and overseas. Marcia has worked with some legendary International Artists including America’s Tim O’Brien and Ireland’s Mary Black, performing and recording her songs in Nashville and Ireland. Marcia joined Mary Black on her live DVD performance opening over five nights at her shows at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin and recording songs together. She was invited back to Ireland to record her song Poison Tree with Mary Black on 'A Woman’s heart a Decade on', which also features singers from the diaspora such as Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Sinead O’Connor. She recorded her second solo album in Ireland, produced by Australian legendary musician now living in Ireland, Steve Cooney. It was recorded in Kildare, Dublin and Donegal with legendary Irish Bothy Band members. She has toured Europe and more recently America where she recorded her songs with Nashville musicians. Her third album Pearl was recorded with her Goanna Colleague, Rose Bygrave in their home studios. Marcia released her EP, Nashville Sessions with her band at the 40th Port Fairy Folk Festival where she was named Maton, Artist of the year, 2016. She has shared the stage with many great artists, including Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Mary Black, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Brian Kennedy, Bruce Cockburn, Shane Howard, Colored Stone, Bart Willoughby, Joe Geia, The Chieftains, Tiddas, Ploughboys, to name a few. There have been many performances on TV over the years, including most recently her performance on Season 5 of the Voice, 2016, 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 Australian artist albums.She has five solo albums and Goanna albums. Marcia has been a music educator for twenty years along side raising her family and performing and recording as a solo artist and on many peoples albums and live shows as harmony singer and keyboard player. She has a Masters in Education by research on her approach to songwriting and how her life experiences have influenced her writing. She has developed her skills and understanding of ‘pro tools’ recording and studio vocal recording. She has taught classroom music and performing arts at the primary and secondary level. She recently launched her stage show, Holy Wells to Waterholes, belonging through song with her band at the 2016 National Celtic Festival, which recounts her musical life and journey through song and includes readings from her book, projected images, and songs. Marcia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of singing and song writing and vocal health and regularly holds vocal and song writing master class sessions at festivals and concerts, and Universities, schools and conferences as a long-time music educator. She has just released her new Cd, Everything Reminds Me which she will be touring with her band at festivals and concerts. Please contact Marcia if you would like to engage her for a guest appearance.
Holy wells to Waterholes, belonging through song. Book & CD (Five songs). Research Masters Thesis. Monash University.
Using the processes of song writing Marcia Howard’s thesis, Holy wells to Waterholes, belonging through song, explores the notion of belonging and place and the ways in which practices and beliefs around water connect us to place. In the context of the politics of location it engages with personal stories that bring together understandings of the experiences of the Irish Diaspora in western Victoria in relation to colonisation and Indigenous communities in Australia. The songs that comprise the thesis draw on the meaning of family, loss, hope and identity. The thesis offers pedagogy of possibilities and hope.
The research for this educational thesis on song writing is located in Marcia’s family background and her experiences in music making with indigenous communities in Ireland and Australia. The work encourages others to be reflexive in relation to their own ancestors and the land that they build their lives upon. The five songs that the research is based upon were written by Marcia and recorded by her in her home studio. The songs are beautiful and relate to the political, to family and to place. The lyrics are emotive and the harmonies together with her voice and the different instruments evoke wonderful images for the listener. The mixing and recording process has been an additional task of the production of the thesis that Marcia has mastered. She has expressed her heritage and responses to injustices through her talent as a beautiful music maker. This is a very important thesis. A wonderful, enlightening and stimulating set of songs and stories. Nerissa Albon.
Abstract I explore issues of belonging to place, through the medium of song writing. I interrogate the historic social effects of colonisation and what it is that connects me to place in relation to my Irish immigrant ancestors and their subsequent relationships with the local Gunditjmara people whose land they were now occupying. My songs tell the story of my geographical location combining folklore from our area, memory and connectedness that has unearthed stories for me from an historical Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspective. As a songwriter I enter the liminal space of the song in order to put myself in the emplaced world of the song. I forge an imaginative engagement with place; just as Indigenous song creators and singers have always done in the Australian landscape. I discover how a shared history of oppression between local Indigenous people and my own Irish ancestors has affected my life and the choices I’ve made as an artist. My experiences have all influenced and informed my relationship to place, my identity and sense of belonging. I am writing about the complexity of the human experience in place by documenting my personal ancestral family stories in the context of South West Victoria, historically referred to as “a distant field of murder (Critchett).