8 March 2020
$5 Students with ID
Jean came from England to Dunedin in 1970 and joined the folk club. At the first concert she played at, Phil Garland and Christine Smith were also singing.
She joined Steve Barkman, Simon Gomez, Jane Faulkner & Steve Hudson as Sundays Problem. They toured New Zealand, recorded The Streets of London which got airplay throughout the country and made the charts. More latterly, she’s played in the Phil Corfield Band who have recorded at Greendale, and in a duo with Peter Madill as Hummingbird who also performed at Greendale and at the Christchurch Folk Club in February 2014.
Jean came to singing Country music and joined Silverpeaks Country Music Club in Dunedin. She started to write her own music in 2013, and has some success with her songs. She first performed at Gold Guitars in Gore in 2013, in the over 60’s section, and won Best NZ Song that year with her own composition. In 2014, she won the Traditional section, and in 2015 won Best NZ Song again with an original song, which also won her the overall trophy.
In 2017 she won the Gospel section plus Best Vocal Performance which won her the overall trophy once again. In 2019 Jean won the traditional section. Jean now lives in Waimate where she is involved with the local music scene, singing in the community choir and as a member of their 8 piece orchestra. She has been a guest artist at Whare Flat twice, with The Phil Corfield Band and with Hummingbird who also guested at the Wellington Folk Festival.