Marilla Homes - Singer and Performer
Marilla Homes and the Housemen      

Folk, Celtic, trad, originals - both songs and tunes

Marilla Homes and the Housemen (Stephen O’Hern, Liam Davis, Silas Palmer and Sarah Busuttil) are a diverse group of singers and musicians who bring together their successful international backgrounds in music and entertainment. From the streets of Melbourne to the streets of Dublin, this bunch of like-minded souls bring a collection of original songs and tunes to life alongside traditional ballads and airs from many folk influences. Their various performances in 2013 at Newstead, Kilmore, Maldon and the usual hotspots around Melbourne have been well received and samples of their shows can be found on Facebook and ReverbNation. Their varied musical talents and vocal harmonies give an experience that is more than the sum of its musical parts.

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Marilla Homes and the Housemen - Star of the County Down
Live at the Boite World Music Cafe on 20th July 2013, new Melbourne band Marilla Homes and the Housemen started with Star of the County Down.Marilla Homes and the Housemen are (L-R):Liam Og Mac ...
 

Marilla Homes and the Housemen
Marilla Homes and the Housemen
Photos by Roger King, from the Boite 2013
Marilla Homes - Lead vocals (Photo R. King)
Marilla Homes - Lead vocals (Photo R. King)
Marilla is the lead singer in the band, and loves to let the others sing so she can harmonise. Marilla Homes is an opera trained singer who is well known on the Australian folk scene. Her crossover to folk music is reminiscent of the bygone theatre based classically trained folk singers. Marilla’s unique and unmistakeable voice is a delight to listen to, that gives breath to her original compositions and new life to some well-known oldies. Her appearances with some of Australia’s best known folk singers goes to highlight how diverse and emotional her voice can be. Her welcoming character plays perfectly as host to the Housemen.
Liam Davis, vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran (Photo R. King)
Liam Davis, vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhran (Photo R. King)
Liam has joined us from Dublin, and brings with him an enormous wealth of musical knowledge, and plenty of craic. Liam has grown up in an irish singing and dancing household and was a founding member of the irish traditional band Drantan. As part of Drantan, Liam has sung and played guitar, bazouki and bodhran in many of Dublin’s well known venues bringing new original tunes to growing audiences and reviving some of those lost songs from kitchen sing-songs and forgotten family memories. His appearances in recent years at the Marymass Folk Festival in Irvine, Scotland, has put him on the same stage as folk greats such Vin Garbut, Tom McConville and the late Johnny Silvo. He has also explored the R&B genre supporting Liz Davis performing her original compositions. After moving to Melbourne in 2011, Liam has brought his authentic sound, emotion and sense of humour to the Australian folk scene and can be frequently found at the irish traditional session in The Lomond Hotel.
Steve O'Hern - guitar, bouzouki,banjo, vocals (Photo M. Homes)
Steve O'Hern - guitar, bouzouki,banjo, vocals (Photo M. Homes)
Playing his new Shane Briggs Fan Fret guitar for the very first time! At the National Folk Festival in Canberra, Easter 2014. Stephen O’Hern is a guitarist of extraordinary talent. His percussive style of playing brings new rhythm to some tired old tunes and his expertise migrates seamlessly to bouzouki, mandolin, banjo and bodhran. As a winner of Young Instrumentalist of the Year 2011 at the National Folk Festival, you know that you’re in for a treat when you see him on stage. Steve also brings a catalogue of original songs from many of his musician comrades, which he performs with an engaging style. His vast theoretical knowledge can lead the Housemen down some interesting paths of musical arrangements.
Silas Palmer, fiddle, keys, vocals (Photo R. King)
Silas Palmer, fiddle, keys, vocals (Photo R. King)
Silas Palmer is a charismatic violin and piano player who has music in his veins and at his fingertips. No matter what style you want, he has it. He can regularly be seen with many touring groups such as Women in Docs, Alanna and Alicia, and also with legends such as Kamahl. Silas’ great sense of humour is evident in his playing and singing and easily engages the audience to join in the fun. His musical history with Stephen O’Hern sets the stage for innovative interpretations and musical hi jinx.
Sarah Busittil - fiddle and vocals
Sarah Busittil - fiddle and vocals
Sarah Busuttil is a violinist of great talent and energy. A recent addition to the band, Sarah brings awealth of performing experience and vibrant style to the ‘House’. Sarah is a regular on the touring scene with Silas and also many other well-known and emerging folkies – Kamahl, Jen Hawley and Alanna and Alicia, and formerly with Woohoo Review. Her vocal harmonies blend easily with the Housemen to give a delicate touch and enchanting sound and her violin gifts the audience with haunting tones and gypsy wickedness.
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