ROE AT THE CARRINGBUSH HOTEL - 3 AUGUST 2008
Ginja Roe are not by any means a household name, but my impression is that they have all the potential to become one in the future, if their performance at the Carringbush Hotel last Sunday is anything to go by.
Ginja Roe are Pakenham born and bred Megan Doherty and Pamela Wouters, two talented young artists with enormous potential. They have been friends from childhood, and by a remarkable stroke of fate can both sing like angels and are accomplished musicians, each playing a variety of instruments.
They have been performing together since 2004; firstly as a duo called simply Meg and Pam, but later changed their name to Ginja Roe.
They have released two albums.
Home Made, their 8 track debut CD is just that, privately recorded in Meg's living room and distributed via their website and at shows. Polished is their brand new recording made with the assistance of Bob Spencer (Skyhooks, Angels) and builds on the accomplishments of Home Made with a more layered, indeed "polished" studio sound, though not losing the essential charm of their signature sound.
Meg is the songwriter, composing both the music and the lyrics. Their music encompasses pop, folk and country and the songs are fine examples of those genres.
One thing that instantly strikes the observer at a Ginja Roe gig is the big bold sound they generate with guitar and drum. There's nothing subdued about these girls. Almost immediately after that first impression, you are struck by the vocals. Pam and Meg take turns leading the singing and both have very fine voices, quite distinctive from each other, which when joined in harmony are truly something special.
Even though I didn't stay for the whole three sets, the two hours I spent watching and listening passed very pleasurably.
On Sunday they performed a mix of songs from their two CD repertoire along with a few covers, one of which was I'm A Believer the Neil Diamond composition made famous by the Monkees.
I would recommend you check them out, either live, and/or buy one of their CDs. You won't be sorry you did. These girls are going places.
For more information or to purchase a CD, please visit the Ginja Roe website at http://www.ginjaroe.com
Review and photos by Anne Sydenham.