Rose Water is a three-piece world music ensemble presenting heartfelt and ethereal renditions of beautiful folk songs from the Balkans and the Middle East. 
Featuring Katina Heard (voice, piano accordion), Wendy Lang (voice, clarinet) and Bonty Lehoi (classical guitar), the ensemble creates a hauntingly beautiful sound - Wendy and Katina's voices complement each other perfectly and Bonty's guitar forms an elegant framework for their songs. They perform songs of laments, hopes and dreams which transcend language and culture, singing in many languages such as Greek, Turkish, Ladino, Persian, Bulgarian and Roma (Gypsy).
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Rose Water formed in 2010 after Katina, Wendy and Bonty met in the Brisbane Balkan and Middle Eastern folk music scene.  They have performed at a variety of multicultural, folk and community events.
Listen to Rose Water here.

 For bookings and other enquiries please contact:


The Members

Katina Heard has come to singing through several years in the Brisbane Canto Coro Community Choir, which is not afraid to tackle gritty pieces in Greek and Spanish.  An amazing Balkan/Middle Eastern folk scene in Brisbane, in particular the WAZIZ community orchestra, inspired her to take up piano accordion and share her love of this music with wider audiences.

Wendy Lang began playing classical clarinet at the age of 10, but was lured into Brisbane's Balkan/Middle Eastern folk music scene more than a decade later, after hearing a Bohemian-looking gentleman unexpectedly play a Macedonian tune at an Irish music session. As a singer, she first gained experience in school choirs, but focussed on solo singing in recent years, experimenting with pop, jazz and various world music styles.



Bonty Lehoi started learning the classical guitar at young age in Germany. On his return to Australia, Bonty stayed true to the classical guitar repertoire but was intrigued by the folk music of other cultures including those of South America, Africa and the Middle East. Bonty stumbled into the Brisbane Balkan and Middle Eastern folk scene after purchasing a second hand Oud, a middle eastern lute. 

RoseWater EP  - recording available
We have a demo cd available for $7 (AUD) plus p & h.  Write to:
Track listing:
  1. Sao Roma (Roma trad.)
  2. Alma miya (Sefardic trad.)
  3. Ija miya (Sefardic trad.)
  4. Mia fora thimame (Greek; Giannis Spanos/Giorgos Papastefanou)
  5. Debreli Hassan (Rumeli Turkish trad.)



Rose Water CD EP - see details below
Upcoming Gigs
What: Music in the Gardens
When: From 2pm Sunday 13 May 2012
Where: Orleigh Park, West End
No cost
What: 63rd Folkrag Old & New Concert
When: 7.30pm, Saturday 19 May 2012
Where: Danish Club,
36 Austin St Newstead.
Delicous meals available.
Tickets: $15/12 conc
What: Zillmere Multicultural Festival
When: 11am - 5pm Saturday 2nd June 2012

O’Callaghan Park, Zillmere Road,  Zillmere

No cost
What: West End State School Fiesta
When: 10am - 5pm Sunday 3rd June 2012

cnr Vulture Street and Hardgrave Rd, West End

No cost
What: 'BUg' Brisbane Unplugged Gigs
When: 7pm Tuesday 7th August 2012

New Farm Bowls Club, 969 Brunswick St, New Farm

Door: $6/$4