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Ensemble Formidable

Years Active 2012 - present

Genre Roots, World/Global, Jazz

Members Laura Bishop, Ellen Paynter, Richard Watson, Karri Harper-Meredith, Maisie Glen, Romain Guéry, Owen Duncan, Kaprou Lea, Shaun Cowe, Charlie Jones, Holly Norman, Julia Watson

Describe Your Sound

Live electroswing from WA! Jovial chaps and flappers spitting Django licks and tango trips with horns, strings, synth and doof. Imagine Beyonce getting down at a 1940s Parisian rave. Got it? OK. Lets dance.



Maisie Glen


We'd been talking about making a huge band of as many awesome people as we could find, mostly just to get a massive dance party happening at Fairbridge Festival. Most of us had played together before in different bands or orchestras. Things started to get out of hand so we ended up capping numbers at 10 people.


Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics, Grace Barbé, The Sunshine Brothers, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Joe Black Trio, Minky G & Rosco, Little City Dream, Kooii, Junkadelic, Woohoo Revue

Career Highlights

Nominated for WAMi for Best World Act
Finalist in Rode Rocks comp (worldwide)
Fairbridge Festival, Eclipse Festival (QLD), Hidden Treasures, WAMi Festival

Current Activity

Plotting tours, festivals, recordings, film clips. Practising.

Shared Members With

Double Entendre, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Zigatango, Joe Black Trio, The Lonely Brothers, Mr & Sunbird, Xave Brown, Echoes of Django, Toby, Sit Down Cedric, Dilip & The Davs, Junkadelic, Charlie Mgee AKA Formidable Vegetable SoundSystem, Lexie Mgee & The Channel 3

Releases by Ensemble Formidable

Industrial Chook