Studio Guest Jeri Forman on Trad Spotlight with Kirsten Forsyth Thur 14th Mar 4-6pm
Jeri is a highly respected name in Australian folk music. A fiddle player from Adelaide (South Australia), Jeri’s debut in the Australian folk scene was winning back-to-back Young Traditionalist’s Awards at the Victor Harbour Folk Festival, age 11 and 12. Jeri won Most Outstanding New or Emerging Artist/Group in the Folk Federation of SA Folk Awards in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, her performances with Adelaide band, Garida, won the inaugural Peter Daly Award for the finest performance of Celtic music at the National Folk Festival and in 2010, Jeri was awarded two grants and multiple scholarships to travel through the USA and Canada, to study with many of the world’s top fiddle players. In 2011, she was the South Australian representative in the Fiddler’s State of Origin project at the Fleurieu Folk Festival, a project celebrating traditional Australian music.
Jeri released her debut album in 2013, which was recorded in Melbourne by Joe Ferguson (Trouble in the Kitchen) and features Paddy Montgomery (Mustered Courage), Evan Davies (Squeebz) and Bec Simpson (The Simpson Three). The album features Jeri’s original compositions, in the traditional Celtic style. In 2014, she won the Best Composition Golden Fiddle Award for one of the tracks, “No Bigger Than an Envelope”. In July 2017, Jeri released a follow up album of new Australian Celtic tunes, featuring Rachel Johnston (formerly of the Australian String Quartet) and Paddy Montgomery.
When she is not playing Celtic fiddle tunes, Jeri performs with a wide variety of bands and artists, both local and international. In 2016, Jeri won the Australian Bluegrass Scholarship, becoming the first female to do so. She is well respected for her extensive knowledge of fiddle styles and in 2016, taught at most Australian fiddle camps, including the Sunshine Fiddle Camp (alongside Brittany Haas and Tristan Clarridge) and Stringmania (alongside Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas and Catriona McDonald).
In 2017, Jeri performed at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Scotland), the Kaustinen Folk Festival (Finland) and the Americana Festival (USA) as well as smaller shows in England, Scotland, Canada and the USA. After self-funding six months of learning fiddle styles , Jeri settled in Glasgow, where she teaches, performs and hosts sessions on a regular basis. 2018 has included performances in France, Norway, Germany, England, Scotland and the USA and highlights include the Sound Festival (of new music, in Aberdeen) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.