Terril Marais: songbird gets the bug

A biological pest controller by profession, Terril Marais made her album 2003, recorded at South Auckland Studio, Manukau.

She’s been an avid music fan since childhood, with a number of her earliest memories being of singing songs. Playing her grandparents’ 45 and 78 rpm records was always a highlight of family trips and helped her early appreciation of old time country and folk music.

Her music now is an interesting amalgam of country, folk, blues and americana, with the odd bit of punk thrown in. Described as sounding like a combination of Judith Durham, Linda Thompson, Dido, and Natalie Merchant, Terril explores an eclectic mix of music, with a few originals thrown in for good measure.

Terril’s first album ‘Full Circle’ was prompted by feedback after an appearance at Auckland’s Titirangi Folk Music festival some years ago, and is a collection of some of her favourite songs from around the world, including both traditional and contemporary material. Artist’s covered include Richard and Linda Thompson, Loreena McKennitt, Simon Nicol, Donovan, Tracy Chapman, Ralph McTell, and Natalie Merchant. It’s an excellent album.

But some years later she also fell foul of strict bio-protection measures in New Zealand:




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