About

Rock comedy trashbag Geraldine Quinn has been performing her original style of pop/rock songwriting in Australia and UK since 2005. Trained an actor, fermented as an English graduate, Quinn is a self-taught songwriter, comedian, guitarist, singer, ginger and wit-slinger who's black humour has local and international sell-out audiences in stitches as she and her bands carve up the stage at festivals including: Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Big Laugh Festival (Sydney), New Zealand International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Fringe Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Midsumma Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In 2013 she became a recipient of the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award for the second time, for her 2014 show MDMA - Modern Day Maiden Aunt.

In 2007 Geraldine Quinn won Victoria’s Green Room Award for Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste (also nominated for Original Songs), performed with renowned Australian artist Paul Kelly at The Spiegeltent (Just Came Out Of A Coma) and was inducted into Who’s Who of Australian Women. She is a popular guest at Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s all female showcase Upfront and hosted the event in 2013 and 2014 with her band Spandex Ballet.

Winner of the Short and Sweet Cabaret competition in 2009, Quinn went on to be highly commended for Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe, and was nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award at Melbourne Comedy Festival and three Green Room Awards for her 2010 show Shut Up and Sing.

Quinn has also appeared on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, Adam Hills Tonight, Rockwiz, The Comedy Channel (Stand Up Australia), co-hosted John Faine’s Conversation Hour and guested on ABC and BBC Radio.

In 2011, You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac (Moosehead Award recipient, directed by Casey Bennetto) won the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Golden Gibbo Award and earned 4 and 5-star reviews. It went on to be nominated for three Green Room Awards, winning for Original Songs alongside Quinn's second 2011 show 'The Last Gig in Melbourne' (also directed by Casey Bennetto). You're the Voice also won the Weekly Award for Cabaret in Adelaide Fringe 2013, and was nominated for Best Cabaret.

At the end of 2011, fronting a group of local musicians, she presented The Last Gig In Melbourne, a unique night of original songs inspired by the local live music scene, within the local live music scene, supported by the City of Melbourne.

Quinn recorded her live album Scream 'Jarvis Cocker' When You're Losing with a full band at The East Brunswick Club in October 2008 and released You're the Voice in 2013. Her 2013 theatre-cabaret Stranger debuted at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and relaunched at Melbourne Fringe - and she did all this while developing and launching the sold-out camp-ponce hit Sunglasses at Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret in Melbourne, and touring You're the Voice to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

After a sold out season of Sunglasses in Perth and taking Stranger to New Zealand Fringe, both in February 2014, MDMA received excellent reviews on debut and she lead the march of her epic rock cover band Spandex Ballet's fourth year as resident Festival Club band at MICF in March/April 2014.

Awards & Nominations:

  • 2014 - Nominee Music - New Zealand Fringe (Stranger)
  • 2014 - Nominee Stand Out Performer - New Zealand Fringe (Stranger)
  • 2013 - Nominee Green Room Award - Best Cabaret Artiste (Sunglasses at Night: The 80s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret)
  • 2013 - Nominee Best Cabaret - Adelaide Fringe (You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac)
  • 2013 - Winner - Weekly Award (Cabaret) - Adelaide Fringe (You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac)
  • 2011 - Nominee Green Room Award - Best Cabaret Production (You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac)
  • 2011 - Nominee Green Room Award - Best Cabaret Artiste (You're the Voice & Last Gig in Melbourne)
  • 2011 - Winner Green Room Award - Original Songs (You're the Voice & Last Gig in Melbourne)
  • 2011 - Winner Golden Gibbo Award (You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac)
  • 2010 - Nominee Golden Gibbo Award (Shut Up and Sing)
  • 2010 - Nominee Green Room Award — Original Songs (Shut Up and Sing)
  • 2010 - Nominee Green Room Award — Best Cabaret Production (Shut Up and Sing)
  • 2010 - Nominee Green Room Award — Best Cabaret Artiste (Shut Up and Sing)
  • 2010 - Best Cabaret - Highly Commended, Melbourne Fringe (Shut Up and Sing)
  • 2009 - Winner Short & Sweet Cabaret competition (Catchy Pop Tarts)
  • 2006 - Winner Green Room Award — Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste (Bad Ambassador)
  • 2006 - Nominee Green Room Award — Original Songs (Bad Ambassador)

Discography:

  • A Quick One (EP, 2006)
  • Scream ‘Jarvis Cocker’ When You’re Losing (Live LP, 2009)
  • You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac (LP, 2013)

Press:

THE LAST GIG IN MELBOURNE (2011)

(Bella Union Bar)

"Powerhouse vocals, clever lyrics and [...] complete and utter rock & roll spirit [...] There are few people with enough cred, talent and moxy to claim the right to the last gig in Melbourne, but Quinn has definitely earned the honour."
THEATRE PRESS, Melbourne (November 2011)

"Masterfully entertaining [and] immensely fun [...] Will delight anyone who has ever set foot in a sticky-carpeted music venue"
CHORTLE, Australia (November 2011)

You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac (2011)

(Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

“A brilliant blend of sass, satire and pathos, delivered with an electrifying voice that can strip paint off the walls or retreat into haunting vulnerability.”
THE AGE, Melbourne (April 2011) 5/5 stars

“Spine-tingling”
THE HERALD-SUN, Melbourne (April 2011) 4/5 stars

Shut Up and Sing (2010 - 2011)

(Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brisbane Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival)

“Magnificent on-stage charisma [...] With ballsy attitude like she displays so convincingly here, she could always be a rock goddess instead. And in any case, the chart's loss is our gain."
CHORTLE, UK (April 2010) 4/5 stars

“Quinn's razor sharp lyrics and vocal pyrotechnics grabbed the crowd by the short and curlies. It's fierce, funny and feisty fun as Quinn lets rip”
THE SUNDAY MAIL, Adelaide 4/5 stars

“Hilarious”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide (February 2010) 4/5 stars

“If there were a few more Quinnys in the charts, the universe would be a brighter, smarter, more fun place.”
THE AGE, Melbourne (April 2010) 4/5 stars

The Divine Cabaret: A Celebration of Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy (2010)

(Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival)

“Quinn strutted the stage with her proud figure making for a commanding comedic performance, [...] Clever, cunning and comedic, it was a divine tribute to one of the best.”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide (June 2010)

Hex and the City (2009)

(Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

"Cleverly bitter material"
THE LIST, Edinburgh (August 2009)

"Hilarious... outstanding... a gifted comic songstress"
HAIRLINE.CO.UK, Edinburgh (August 2009) 5/5 stars

"Magical musicianship... devilish charm... fantastic and her voice was truly beautiful, used with a terrific level of passion"
THREE WEEKS, Edinburgh (August 2009)

"Doesn't miss a beat... sing, you bloodnut, sing!"
THE AGE, Melbourne (April 2009)

“Cleverly devised, brutally honest”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide (February 2009) 5/5 stars

“A blazing hour of comedy”
RIP IT UP, Adelaide (March 2009)

“An amazing voice that easily switches between acoustic pop and full blown rock/gospel, not forgetting an intelligently inquisitive thirst to fully flesh out her subjects”
DB MAGAZINE, Adelaide (March 2009)

Dumb Things (2008)

(Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

“A gutsy, dirty-talking talent”ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide (February 2008)

SEXDEATHBOWIE (2007)

(Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

“Wonderfully bleak”
THREE WEEKS, Edinburgh (August 2007) 4/5 stars

“If you’re sick of the production line of stand-up comics, this performer is something refreshingly irreverent [...] Ferocious and funny”
THE SUNDAY MAIL, Adelaide (March 2007) 4.5/5 stars

BAD AMBASSADOR (2006)

(Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

“[The] unlikely lovechild of Mick Ronson and Kiki Dee”
THE HERALD, Edinburgh (August 2006) 4/5 stars

“Funny and a helluva singer”
ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide (June 2006)

“This brutal, beautiful androgyne is bound for untamed success”
THE AGE, Melbourne (April 2006)

“Very funny. Boy, can she sing, too”
THE SUNDAY AGE, Melbourne (April 2006) 4/5 stars