Janet Roddick Profile

Kirsten McDougall
10 Oct 2019

Janet Roddick’s powerful and individual voice has inhabited a multitude of characters through a long musical career that has ranged from improvised jazz, musical theatre, opera and pop, to latterly, composing film scores.

“I like strong characters and situations,” says Roddick. “I always want to know the whole story behind a song. I want to know the person who’s singing, that way I can inhabit the character.”

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The Six Volts - The Hills Are Alive, 1989.
Janet Roddick, Songs of Kurt Weill.
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Jungle Suite, c1986.
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Janet Roddick and Gerard Crewdson, c1985.
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Song of the Siren, 1997 short film by Fiona Samuel starring Janet Roddick.
Big Fiddle in the early 1990s: From top left clockwise - Ian Morris, Jackie Clarke, Callie Blood, Janet Roddick and Nick Bollinger
The Brainchilds, 1994.
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The Four Volts performing Come To The Sabbat. Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Anthony Donaldson and Neill Duncan. Directed and edited by Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader
Six Volts, 1989. From left: David Long, Janet Roddick, Neill Duncan, Anthony Donaldson, David Donaldson, Steve Roche.
Four Volts - Something's Burning, 1986.
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Janet Roddick in Fiona Samuel's short film Song of the Siren.
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Janet Roddick, Threepenny Opera.
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Janet Roddick and band, Threepenny Opera.
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Four Volts, 1985. From left: David Donaldson, Neill Duncan, Anthony Donaldson, Janet Roddick.
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The Six Volts c1990 - Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Anthony Donaldson, David Long, Neill Duncan.
Janet Roddick performing at Clare's, Wellington, late 1980s.
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Braille Collective, c1985.
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