Young Artist of the Year 2017 Folk Alliance Australia would like to congratulate this year’s Young Artist of the Year, Monique Clare. Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into traditional folk from Scotland, Sweden, and the USA, a classical cello degree, a Gregorian Chant-infused upbringing and a Beyonce obsession, her songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. This year sees her embarking on a solo project, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective, Maja and Rhiannon & Monique.Melbourne-based sister duo, Charm of Finches, were awarded the Jim Macquarie Honourable Mention. Other young artists that showcased were: Anatole Road Mel Taylor & The Sunchasers Theresa Young Georgia Rose Snail Folk Alliance Australia, in conjunction with the National Folk Festival, presents the Young Artist of the Year award to lead artists to the next stage. Previous winners have included The Mae Trio, George Jackson, Oh Pep!, The Bean Project and Kaurna Cronin who have all gone on to tour internationally. Applications for next year’s award will open in January 2018.