About The Band Members

Heather Frahn and The Moonlight Tide is a hand-picked group of commanding musicians who have each forged an enviable reputation, not just as gifted musicians, but as extraordinary performers. Please read below for more information about the individual band members.

Heather Frahn: Vocals, Hybrid Baritone-Guitar
Michaela Burger: Backing Vocals
Michelle Byrne: Backing Vocals
Neil Underwood: Keys
Kat Stevens: Violin

heather-frahn Heather Frahn: Vocals, Hybrid Baritone GuitarHeather Frahn is an Australian multi award winning, critically acclaimed singer song writer, vocalist and instrumentalist who’s been consistently performing since the mid 1990′s.

As the founder of the Conscious Music Movement, she promotes peace, unity and positive social change through her music and rich dynamic voice. Since 1999 Heather has composed many original sound design works for theatre companies and short films. She also teaches various music workshops in the community including drumming, singing, songwriting, sound healing.

Heather is the creative director of Harmonic Project, which performs and creates music for inner stillness, meditation and relaxation. As part of this, Heather works with Arts In Health at Flinders Medical Centre facilitating a ‘Sounds for Relaxation Program’.

michaela-burger Michaela Burger: Cello, VocalsAt 4 foot 11 inches audiences are never quite prepared for the powerful voice that comes from Michaela’s tiny frame. Her range is impressive and the quality, expression and emotion in her voice and songs are an experience not to be missed.Growing up with the backdrop of the vast Australian desert of Coober Pedy Michaela Burger [nee Lucas] knew, from an early age, that music was her life.

Writing her first song at age 12 she has since built an original repertoire of eclectic music styles with jazz, pop, rock, lounge and folk influences. Her music has been likened to Kate Miller-Heidke, Frente, Tori Amos, Missy Higgins, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush.

While performing Michaela plays: cello, piano, ukulele or guitar as a solo artist or with any combination of her band; lead guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and violin.


michelle-byrne Michelle Byrne: Percussion, VocalsMichelle Byrne is an Adelaide based musician, singer-songwriter, chantress, performer and singing teacher.

Michelle works in collaboration with her husband James Byrne in their duo ‘The Wandering Minstrels’ and with her four piece Kirtan performance group Shanti Sound Collective.

Michelle is the creative director of Shanti Sound, offering workshops and courses on mantra, voice and therapeutic sound. She also teaches choir for the Primary Schools Festival of Music.

Michelle studied voice at Adelaide Conservatorium and TAFE and holds a Diploma of Music. She has been singing as a backing vocalist in The Moonlight Tide since July 2012. www.shantisound.com.au

neil-underwood Neil Underwood: KeysNeil first played piano on stage at the Capri Theatre at age 7, where he first noticed than when he is nervous his right arm tingled. strangely enough though, it has swapped now to his left.

He later studied classical Piano under the respected composer and pianist David Gallasch. since then, his keyboard work has expanded to a variety of genres including classical/ romantic, blues, boogie woogie and funk.  he has accompanied the acclaimed Brougham Place UC choir, and provides an interactive music programme for nursing homes.

Neil’s day job is with infants and parents, and has spoken about communicative musicality and infant neurological development,  both nationally and internationally.

This has included a collaboration with Heather on a suite of therapeutic music for parent – infant therapy-‘ Circle Songs’- that is designed for services to use to support and strengthen the interaction between parent and baby.

kat-stevens Kat Stevens: ViolinKat Stevens graduated from an Honours degree in music performance at the Elder Conservatorium in 2005 after starting her degree at the Flinders Street School of Music in 2000.

Her interest in traditional Greek music started a couple of years ago and has developed into a love of playing the traditional dance music from the Greek islands and the music of Asia Minor.

Kat formed Melbourne band Byron and the Gypsy Cats in 2012 and can be seen performing as Gypsy Kat with West Timorese drummer and didgeridoo player, Oscar Asbanu in Lemorai.

Gypsy Kat