Paisley and Plaid is a trio that draws inspiration from around the world and around the corner. They sing about the big things of life – love, risk, justice and beauty. They sing about the small things – hanging out the washing, wayward supermarket trolleys and how to make chai tea. They weave their voices together in gorgeous harmonies, sometimes accompanied by guitar, ukulele and percussion… and sometimes by nothing at all. Their repertoire comes from far and wide – Appalachian tunes, children’s songs, local songwriters and their own creative imaginations. A Paisley and Plaid gig may swing from an old-fashioned hymn to a quirky mash-up to a country-style ballad with a raunchy edge.

Paisley and Plaid is Steph Payne (vocals, ukulele, banjo and laughter), Georgie Sinha (vocals, percussion and witty asides) and Alan Davies (vocals, guitar and Dad jokes).

Georgie Sinha

Georgie has been performing since she was 8 years old, in theatre and music.  At 16 years of age she regularly sang with 15 piece jazz band ‘Hyperjazz’ at various venues and events around Geelong, and also as a guest vocalist with the Geelong Concert Band. 

Around this time she also formed an A Cappella group with her friends, named ‘Sol’ who performed a multicultural repertoire at festivals, art galleries and vocal competitions. Nearing the end of high school, Georgie had the exciting opportunity to study Jazz voice at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary school for 2 years. 

Since then, Georgie has been performing solo, at weddings, in choirs, recording for radio commercials & writers, and composing her own pieces, in many different forms.   The future looks bright, with plans to finish music studies, pick up the guitar again, and there’s a dream to learn Banjo one day!  Oh yes.  Banjo.

Steph Payne

Steph has a big voice, a big laugh and a big smile. Steph directs community choirs, teaches singing at Melbourne’s CAE and has been in many small ensembles. If there are harmonies to sing, she’ll be there! Steph studied Jazz/Popular Music Performance at NMIT and Music/Education at Charles Darwin Uni and Uni of NSW. She might finish the degrees one day!

Steph also studied and worked in the theatre industry, lighting for Impro Melbourne, which sparked a particular interest in vocal improv.

Steph currently directs ReciproVocal - the barter choir, Willin Wimmin, Wyndukes, CAE singing short courses and teaches Unstrung Music small group ukulele classes.

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Alan Davies

Alan is a singer, guitarist and choir leader. Ever since listening to Simon and Garfunkel as a teenager, he has been hooked on harmony singing, and many years later decided maybe he could do it himself. He has been singing in choirs and small ensembles since the 1990s, and has led the Newport Community Choir since 2008. Alan’s musical influences range from Georgian choral music to shape-note hymns, the Everly Brothers and the Wailin’ Jennys.

Alan is very involved in the Newport Fiddle & Folk Club, is also a marriage celebrant, a theatre technician and generally there’s not much he can’t do!

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