Whiskey Remorse - eclectic, acoustic folk music
Whiskey Remorse is what happens when you stay up late and mix folk music with traditional celtic tunes and fiddle music from multiple countries, add a dash of pop and sprinkle with country. A final garnish with rockabilly and punk completes the unique flavour.
"Whiskey Remorse has a vast range of styles which they perform and...they have the talented ability to make the songs their own" - The Argus (issue 20, October 10, 2012)
On their new album "Organic", Whiskey Remorse has stripped back to bare bones. It is a mostly-folk experience comprising fiddle tunes, acapella harmony singing, some originals, and a couple of sneaky covers. It's roots music at its very root.
"..listened to your CD and loved it!" - Judy Pomeroy, Triple T, Townsville
Regular pub, club and festival performances ensure that Whiskey Remorse remains new, innovative and fresh. Every performance features new songs and tunes from Mark and Rachel, and a healthy dose of whooping, foot stamping, clapping, whistling and dancing from their friends on the other side of the microphone.
Mark - guitars, vocals, mandolin, stompbox
Mark started playing guitar in a deluded attempt to join Guns'n'Roses in the early 1990s. When he eventually realised that this wasn't going to happen, he started entertaining the idea of playing acoustically and started a duo in Brisbane in the mid-1990s. After moderate success, he moved on to other projects, honing his skills and playing style.
After meeting Rachel and developing a rhythmic-yet-melodic style of playing DADGAD guitar, Mark found that playing not-quite folk suited him quite nicely. He is influenced by different guitarists, but maintains a sound that is purely his own.
Rachel - vocals, fiddle, guitar, shakey egg, stompbox
Rachel's rich, deep soulful voice and soaring, frantic fiddle form the melodic centre of Whiskey Remorse. She refuses to be categorised in a particular fiddle style, prefering instead to refer to her eclectic fiddle playing as "Rachel-style" - a combination of various Irish, Scottish, Shetland, English, Quebecois and some strange European style that nobody really understands.
Rachel can move audiences to tears with haunting renditions of original and traditional songs, before having them singing along and dancing to the next. Her approach to performing means that if the audience leaves happy (and possibly sweaty, and a little bit drunk), then she's done her job.