Rafe Mor­ris

Observant troubador

Rafe Mor­ris

Observant troubador

Rafe shares his pos­it­ive and unique per­spect­ive on life through lyr­ic­ally rich songs, ran­ging from laugh-out-loud funny to those that some­how man­age to be as poignant as they are gently amus­ing.

In this per­form­ance at TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2011, Rafe sings a num­ber of his humor­ous songs that reflect upon the oddit­ies of our lives, our obses­sions, and the relief of… well, you’ll just have to listen.

The clev­er thing here is Rafe’s abil­ity to look at the very darkest corners of the Aus­trali­an psyche and still find some­thing to joke about. 5 stars” – the-riotact.com

Rafe loves what he does. From pluck­ing strings with his fin­gers, choos­ing the per­fect words to fit the music to stand­ing on a stage in front of an attent­ive audi­ence, Rafe loves it all, and it shows. On stage, he’s relaxed and com­fort­able, happy to engage in con­ver­sa­tion with the crowd, and it’s these live shows that have given Rafe the repu­ta­tion that now sur­rounds him; as a very happy per­son.

His repu­ta­tion as a bring­er of joy comes not only from his con­ta­gious smile but from the songs which he writes. Rafe shares his pos­it­ive and unique per­spect­ive of life through lyr­ic­ally rich songs and invites you to travel the full spec­trum from laugh-out-loud funny to those that some­how man­age to be as poignant as they are gently amus­ing.

With music­al ele­ments of jazz, pop and folk, Rafe’s music has been likened to artists such as Flight of the Conchords, Tri­pod, The Cat Empire and even Ker­mit the Frog. Inspir­a­tion for Rafe comes from many sources. The per­fectly writ­ten jazz songs of com­posers from the ‘20s and ‘30s, the melod­ies, social mes­sages and energy from Ska and reg­gae, the friendly atti­tudes of the oth­er tal­en­ted musi­cians in Can­ber­ra and the intric­a­cies and fin­esse of gui­tar­ists such as Eric Clapton and Tommy Emmanuel, but mainly from just walk­ing around and look­ing at the world.