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