Genni Kane has been writing songs and performing them for over 40 years. She first found her feet as a songwriter with the legendary 80’s band Flying Emus. It was during this time that Genni discovered a love of writing in her own voice; writing about what she knew and experienced every day.
Genni has written songs for many projects and artists in the ensuing years from Slim Dusty to Bananas in Pyjamas, and many others. After being involved in lots of other musicians’ recordings Genni finally released her first solo album SELFIES, at the ripe old age of 55. This new collection of songs set Genni on a path of writing about herself. Writing about the every-day life of a woman of a certain age. She has certainly struck a chord with both listeners and critics.
“Some singers act when they sing, frightened to expose themselves. Genni Kane builds a road of truth slap bang in the middle of her songs. Not a highway, mind, but a charming country road with overhanging trees, and at the destination you don’t just find Kane, you feel you get to know her as well, as if perhaps you had shared a couple of bottles of red wine with her.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald (January 21, 2017)
In 2019 Genni followed up on the success of SELFIES with her new release SONGS FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE. Here she continues her personal observations of life as a 58 year old woman.
“Here is a sublime collection of 12 songs celebrating the complexity of ordinary daily life. Genni Kane, one-time lead singer with the Flying Emus, looks at her life and communicates with understated passion and integrity the deep emotional power that lies in everyday activities…Kane has crafted these everyday events into songs of great simplicity and unswerving honesty, and set them in a country/folk context. Intimate and deeply personal…The end result has the vocal beauty of Emmylou Harris and the sharp clarity of Loudon Wainwright III. Every track is memorable and moving…”
Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald (November 15, 2019)
Genni has been a guest at many major festivals and venues, most recently in a series of sellout solo album shows. She has appeared at Folk by the Sea, Illawarra Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and the National Folk Festival. Genni was honoured to be the guest of the National Library at the 2017 National Folk Festival and recorded interviews and music for the National Sound Archive as well as presentations for the National Folkloric Conference.
With Flying Emus
1988: Best Country Album
1986: Instrumental of the Year
1986: Vocal Group of the Year
1987: Instrumental of the Year
1988: Instrumental of the Year
1988: Vocal Group of the Year
1991: Instrumental of the Year
Current as of July, 2020