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Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder

Who: Serena Ryder
Where: Newcastle Leagues Club
When: Friday August 12, 2005

Young singer's power and passion THE last time Canadian singer Serena Ryder was in Australia she impressed Missy Higgins with her three- octave range during a New Year's Eve festival in Queensland.

She now returns to our shores with Triple J's Roots 'n' All program, which is presenting the tour.

Armed with a rivetting stage presence, a powerful voice range and songs of intense passion, she invites the listener to observe her soul stripped bare.

Although only 22, Ryder has already sung with the likes of Bobby `Blue' Bland and Texas legend Jimmy LaFave.

She has played festivals in every part of Canada and Australia and appeared in dozens of alternative music clubs in major cities all around the globe.

Over the past year she has toured the US, Canada, France and Australia, headlining shows and supporting other artists such as Missy Higgins and Steve Earle.

She made her first CD at 16 and her first international release, Unlikely Emergency, had its genesis in the summer of 2003, when Canadian legend Hawksley Workman invited her to use his schoolhouse studio in Huntsville.

Over several weeks she honed the songs and recorded them on her own, playing guitar, drums, bass, harmonica, banjo and keyboards.

Workman was mightily impressed with the results and signed Ryder to his bfIsadora Records nfimprint.

In early January, he invited her back to the studio and, playing drums, guitars and banjo, produced 10 songs in an intense three days of recording.

With Derrick Brady on bass and Todd Lumley on organ, Workman was anxious to capture the energy of her live performance and the passion of her songs.

She will perform at The Band Room, Newcastle Leagues Club, on Friday.

Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $18 at the door.

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