Wendy and Ray met while playing in acoustic groups in Sydney. They soon found that they shared a liking for well-crafted songs that had interesting and musically pleasing arrangements. They formed The Merrivales and now play in music venues around Sydney and surrounds.
Wendy has been classically trained and regularly performs in musical ensembles in Sydney, while Ray has developed his singer/songwriter style over many years of singing to his acoustic guitar. The combination of these different musical backgrounds provides a rich blend of harmonies from Ray’s voice and fingerstyle guitar, blended with Wendy’s exquisite violin playing of alternative melodies and music counterpoints.
The Merrivales often play as a quartet when joined by Steve, Nick and Kari who are skilled musicians. Steve expertly plays a wide variety of musical styles on keyboards, while Nick’s musical mastery is demonstrated on bass, flute and bouzouki. Kari adds the finishing touches with her delightful voice and uke strumming.
Familiar rock, pop and folk songs are adapted to The Merrivales’ unique musical style, and are mixed with their own contemporary and original compositions, offering a wide musical range with broad appeal.
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