At age 8, Meg started to receive Classical Guitar lessons, after she was given her first guitar from her fathers friend. By age 10 she was performing in Guitar & School concerts. At age 13, Meg learnt the Drums, which set a solid foundation for her rythym, which is clearly identified and seen in her performances and teaching. Meg continued to study music through VCE Year 11 & 12, receiving many accolades for her songwriting and vocal performances through the Kool Skools recording Project, 1996-2000.
Meg Doherty, Melbourne born and based, fashioned Ginja Roe (The Band) and burst into the live Australian music scene in 2004. Having had massive success at Victorian, Northern and Western Festivals, getting airplay on Triple J and PBS, and having sold over 2000 copies of their first original CD ‘Homemade’, Ginja Roe accomplished nation wide attention for their growth, huge potential and chemistry. Adding a little spice to those musical taste buds, Ginja Roe certainly was something original, new and exciting up for offer.
Legendary blues and rock icon Bob Spencer (The Sky hooks, Angels) joined Ginja Roe in early 2006. With over 30 years of industry, performance, and writing experience, Bob’s unique style added a soulful electric sound to the mix which in turn, helped them produce their debut album, 'Polished'.
Ginja Roe added a long, wide, and varied number of experiences and performances to their list along the way. With their influences stemming from the likes of The Waifs, Joni Mitchell, Sheryl Crow and the Counting Crows, their original style covers a mixture of genres, from country to rock, to folk and blues. In their short career, they managed to achieve reputable and memorable gigs. Most notably, they performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival from 2005 to 2008. This includes performing original music in the Telstra Road to Tamworth Competition and making it into the top 30 competitors in Australia three years running. In Jan ’07 they featured in the Victorian Country Music Showcase at the Tamworth Regent Theatre. In February 2006, Ginja Roe were invited to perform in the Young Talent Showcase at the Bunyip Country Music Festival, but it was their performances at the Mildura Country Music Festival in 2005 and 2006 that affirmed Ginja Roe as a strong force within the Country Circuit. Performing their original music they came away winning an astonishing number of awards – nine in total, in the Top of The State Talent Quest. They brought home awards in the song writing sections, including winning the Senior Australian Country Vocal and the Senior Vocal sections, eventuating in being the Grand Overall Winner of the competition. Ginja Roe were hired to open for multi-Golden Guitar winners Adam Brand and Adam Harvey in 2006 & 2008, and they supported Canadian Grammy award winner Corb Lund at the Hallam Hotel in 2008. Ginja Roe not only proved that their original music was a hit in the Australian country music scene, but they have also been seen performing at blues and folk festivals around Victoria, including the Maldon Folk Festival in October 2008, the Festival of The Sea at Barwon Heads in March 2008, Western Port Bay Music Festival in February 2008, and more recently the Mornington Food and Wine Festival in 2008.
Achievements & Highlights...
Won Jack's Muso's Competition Original Music - Studio Time
Jack's Bar, Mt. Eliza, Victoria
Telstra Road to Tamworth Heat Winner - Original Music
Tamworth Finals, NSW
Meg sang the National Anthem at the Super cross
Rod Laver Arena, Victoria
Came 2nd in the 'Open Songwriters' and 'Senior Open Duet' sections in the Top of The State Talent Quest Mldura Country Music Festival, Victoria
Performed in the Young Talent Showcase, Bunyip Country Music Festival
Bunyip Country Music Festival, Bunyip, Victoria
Top of The State Talent Quest.
Senior Vocal - 1st Place, Open instrumental/ Vocal - 2nd Place, Senior open duet - Ginja Roe came 2nd place in a stiff contest! Senior Australian Country vocal - 1st Place
Senior Overall winner of the top of the state talent quest - 1st Place, Grand Overall winner of the top of the state talent quest - 1st Place, Victorian Champion of Champions - Senior Female - 1st Place, Mildura Country Music Festival, Victoria
Jan - Feb 2007
Featured in the Victorian Country Music Showcase
The Regent Theatre, Tamworth, New South Wales
East Brunswick Club, East Brunswick, Victoria
Peninsula Lounge, Moorooduc, Victoria
Supported Adam Brand
Ferntree Gully Hotel, Victoria
Supported Corb Lund (from Canada)
The Rose, Torquay, Victoria and the Hallam Hotel, Victoria
Completion of album 'Polished'
Freeza Studio/Bob Spencer, Victoria
Supported Adam Harvey
The Palais, Hepburn Springs, Victoria
The Studio, Geelong, Victoria
Official Live Release and performance of Polished
The East Brunswick Club – Richard Moffat, Victoria
Official Release with Planet/MGM
Signed Distribution deal
MGM - Sydney