This Years Artists

Jane Germain

Jane Germain 2018Jane Germain’s musical journey has taken her from her hometown, Sydney, to Western Australia and all the way back to her Chinese heritage (her Manchurian great-grandmother married a Scottish missionary).

She’s played all the styles from folk to funk, blues to bluegrass that express her emotions and musicality in a career that’s won four consecutive WA Country Music Awards, Country Arts funded headline tours of regional WA, a residency in Beijing awarded by the Australia–China Council (where she collaborated with Beijing based traditional Mongolian musicians, Hanggai on her album, Chinese Whispers) and an invitation for her to represent Australia at the 2010 World Expo in China.

Jane has recorded 6 albums, as well as being in high demand as a session player on other projects.

Jane’s musical career has been on hold over the past 2 years due to her battle with breast cancer, but she is now raring to go! Audiences and performers value live music – there is a flow on effect to people’s health & wellbeing from engaging with live music as Jane has found herself – after her struggle with breast cancer, she hopes that her music sends a message of hope and courage to other breast cancer survivors.

Jane was happy to be presented with the Tasmanian Composers Festival - 2016 Song of the Year with her song, Listen to What You Know (from the album, No Fun Allowed)

Jane is proud to be invited to be a part of the great Banjo Babes International Ltd Calendar – 5th annual edition in 2018. She is the first Australian artist to be included and features as Ms May...

Her new album, Home on the Hill has been receiving rave reviews and was awarded Independent Album of the Year at the Western Australian Country Music Awards in February 2018.

Banjo playing sometimes gets a bad rap. But if you were ever in any doubt about the magic that can be woven by a couple of banjos (and a couple of amazingly talented players), you need go no further than this album. Together, Jane and Ian have crafted a gorgeous, fascinating tapestry of old and original new music, evoking laughter, tears and plenty of toe-tapping along the way. Amongst the album’s many highlights, the heartfelt Grandson of a Sailor stand out, as do Home on the Hill and I’ll Meet You on the Outskirts of Town, along with Too Much is Not Enough. All Aboard the Maglev is a killer instrumental inspired by a real trip, and for lovers of traditional music, Big-Eyed Rabbit and Sleepy Eyed John/Cripple Creek are shining examples of the craft. Other highlights include the wonderful gospel tune The Wrath of God and The Girl from Daisy Dell. This album is full of amazing playing and singing, and simply exudes the joy of music. It’s a wonderful musical journey.