Since the release of her first album ‘Soon’ in 2006, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed songwriters and performers. She has recorded and released four studio albums, with her latest, 2012’s ‘Warm In The Darkness’, being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and named ‘Album of the Year’ by Brian Wise of RRRfm Melbourne and Rhythms Magazine.
In October 2014, Liz released a live solo album and DVD, ‘Live at The Yarra’. Recorded and filmed at the iconic Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, the release received significant critical acclaim (including making Triple J Roots and All’s ’10 best albums of 2014’ list), and led to sold out shows on a 15-date solo tour around Australia, immediately followed by a support slot on The Waifs’ national tour.
Highly respected by her peers as a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Liz has collaborated with many artists including Mick Thomas, Damian Cowell, Van Walker, Suzannah Espie and Mia Dyson. She is one third of the power trio Dyson Stringer Cloher, collaborating with friends and contemporaries Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher, who undertook a 35 date Australian tour at the end of 2013, earning the title of ‘Best Live Gig of 2013’ from the Rhythms Magazine readers poll, and followed up with appearances at Blues Fest and Queenscliff Festival in 2014. Liz is also a member of the critically acclaimed Livingstone Daisies, along with Van and Cal Walker and Michael Barclay.
A passionate advocate of independent music and extensive regional touring, Liz has become a favourite among punters across Australia for her generous and engaging stage demeanour and her skill as a songwriter.
Not content with conquering the local scene, Liz has recently toured in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and was officially showcased at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, USA in February 2014.
“These are some of the finest lyrics I have heard from a local artist in recent years.” - Brian Wise, Rhythms Magazine
“Her performance is as intense as it is personable, as profane as it is sacred” - Mick Thomas
“Twin Peaks is poised to become one of the most interesting and dynamic faces of British Columbia folk, and Canadian music in general.” Jesse Cole, Caledonia Courier
Rich harmonies, a piano, a guitar, two ukuleles and unlimited wit are at the heart of Twin Peaks - an emerging folk/roots with undertones of classic country and contemporary roots. Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt - although very diverse in their musical histories - have successfully combined individual experiences into a unique blend of genres. It is eclectic, creative and clever. Born and raised in the northern BC city of Fort St. John, their music reflects small town wisdom with lively humour and songs that immediately capture an audience.
“They take traditional country and pass it through a modern indie folk filter, coming up with a sound that really is all their own.”Mark Anthony Brennan, BC Musician Magazine
Lindsay and Naomi's onstage chemistry is totally infectious. They provide their audience with the whole meal deal: undeniably catchy tunes, adorable eye candy and a good laugh. They manage to combine all of these attributes into a genuinely endearing act.
“Heavenly harmonies and - between songs - banter that can border on the hellishly humorous. Those are the peaks of listening to Twin Peaks. And listen you must!” Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press
Over a span of only four years the duo have covered a lot of ground. They have released two albums, their Self Titled EP (2012) and their full length album Trouble (2014). Extensive touring has brought the duo all over Western Canada. In 2012 the band made the top ten for CBC Radio 3’s contest Tracks on Tracks, and in 2014 the group rose to the national finals in the CBC Searchlight contest. They’ve taken home a Vancouver Island Music Award for BC Wide Artist of the Year, and both albums have been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards. Most recently the Twin Peaks full length album, Trouble, won the Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year! The duo is proud to have shared the stage with some amazing acts such as Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Del Barber and Ariana Gillis.
“Go see them in an intimate performance while you can, once the word gets out about this talented young duo you’ll wish you had. Go see them!” - Doug Cox, Artistic Director - Vancouver Island Music Fest
Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "Australiana-soaked alt-country at its finest", Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel have emerged as frontrunners in the new wave of Australian alt-country and roots music.
Since her debut release ‘Sounds Like Thunder’ in 2008, Sal and her band have performed at some of the country's finest festivals such as Port Fairy Folk, Whittlesea Country Music Festival, National Folk Festival and supported the likes of Kasey Chambers and Felicity Urquhart. Sal's music has been recognised with numerous awards, including 2010 Victorian Female Vocalist of the Year at the Victorian & National Country Music Awards.
Their first full-band album, 'Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel' met with critical acclaim, and saw the band embark on a national tour in late 2011 and early 2012.
Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel - Stumble In The Dark (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Larissa Tandy is one of Australia’s finest emerging talents - a powerful, instinctive songwriter with an arresting voice.
Hailing from rural Australia, Larissa came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for potent stories and spinning them into songs that made their way onto radio in America, the UK, and Canada where the CBC ordained them as “songs you need to hear”.
Filtering the urgent poetry of Patti Smith and the untamed cool of Liz Phair, while fearlessly laying bare her road worn heart, Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern americana. Her momentum continues to gather, and in 2017 she makes the move to Music City Nashville as the recipient of The Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency.
"These woman are what make music great. Energy, passion, beautifully crafted songs, a kick arse drummer, and a powerful front woman who combine to make sure you can't stand still”- Higgo
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, guitar/drums duo This Way North are Leisha Jungalwalla (Jungal) and Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber & the Rollin' Wheel, Miss Quincy, Lisa Miller). The pair crossed paths on the festival circuit in Canada at ArtsWells Festival in 2013.
Recent shows have included supporting the likes of Thirsty Merc, showcasing in Toronto and festival stages such as Moomba, Nannup Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots and Swagger Festival. Audiences are constantly blown away by the fearless music and full band sound emanating from this duo, creating an original and rousing experience not seen or heard before.
As 2016 unfolds, This Way North will be gracing the stages of Wollombi Music Festival and have recently returned from recording a new double single in with producer Derek Downham in Toronto Canada this July. With every live performance, Leahy and Jungalwalla hone their craft, evolving their sound and writing swags of new tracks to unleash in early 2017.
This Way North 'Pretty Much' (OFFICIAL)
This Way North "Don't You Fly" (OFFICIAL)
The Wilson Pickers
The Wilson Pickers are an Australian ensemble with an impeccable pedigree. Comprised of four of Australia's finest singer/songwriters - Andrew Morris, Danny Widdicombe, Sime Nugent and Ben Salter - and one of its most highly sought after multi-instrumentalists - John Bedggood - they perform original folk and country tunes utilising bluegrass instrumentation and superb 5 part vocal harmonies. The group’s obvious kinship and desire to have a good time whilst playing music together has garnered them considerable favour with live audiences across the nation.http://www.wilsonpickers.com/
The Wilson Pickers - Half a Man
Well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons’ star is on the rise. Following the success of both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009, and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ in 2011, Parsons is on the cusp of the release of her third full length record ‘Drylands’. The Kiwi singer/songwriter and two time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year, has just released the first single from ‘Drylands’ - the gutsy & rhythmic audience favourite originally performed with Fly My Pretties, ‘Far Away’. With a dynamite live show, solo or with her band, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story.
The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers. They sing love songs like union songs, write union songs like love songs, and want to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.
Often described as New Zealand’s hardest working band, they have spent the last few years playing over 200 nights a year up and down NZ and beyond. They have toured with, and opened for, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Jayhawks and Jimmy Barnes, but they’re just as happy on a street corner or in a backyard singin’ and kickin’ up their heels.
Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding member of the internationally-renowned trio The Wailin' Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared many times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion. 2013 saw Ruth embark on a world tour in support of her sophomore solo album, These Wilder Things, which included 12 European shows opening for Mark Knopfler.
Ruth Moody- Trouble & Woe (Live from the Great Hall)
For some time now The Yearlings have been calmly carving out a giant piece of real estate in the Australian alt country landscape. Their latest album ALL THE WANDERING (Vitamin Records) is another gem to add to an already glittering catalogue.
Their fifth studio album, ALL THE WANDERING, released in May 2014 ended up on many top album lists of the year, including a spot on Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 by Marty Jones and a Top 50 spot for their song 'Blue Sky Boy' on ABC Radio National's Inside Sleeve with Paul Gough.
Since they met back in 2000, Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson have been making music that exudes raw beauty, honesty, intimacy and passion, have made numerous festival appearances across Australia and internationally and supports include Steve Earle, The Punch Brothers and Justin Townes Earle. The Yearlings give a new strain of acoustic music, distilling Americana alt country through the filter of distinctly Australian life.
With Parkinson's signature tones and Chalklen's hypnotic addictive prose they deliver tunes with a confidence that carries addictive fragility. Quiet, intimate, raw and powerful, drawing on influences as far reaching as The Band, Gillian Welch, Gerry Garcia and Matt Walker.
Robyn Chalklen Guitar and Vocals
Chris Parkinson Guitar and Vocals
"This is the record I've been waiting for" - Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine
"In ALL THE WANDERING, individual crafts come together to create a polished river stone, so picking standout tracks on this record is an act of futility. Press play - they've taken care of everything" - Hayward Williams
Hayward Williams (USA) grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafes and bars throughout his home state of Wisconsin and around the Midwest. With two albums under his belt, he has visited Australia numerous times in the past two year to share his unique brand of alt-country Americana. Built on a foundation of folk and blues, Williams’ performances display a raw intensity tempered by his easy self-possession and wry charm. His latest album, Cotton Bell, was released in Australia last April and is a showcase of his effortless guitar playing and thoughtful, distinctive tenor. Williams has appeared at Yackandandah Folk Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Sydney Fringe Festival, among others.
From the high mountain hunting grounds of northern BC emerges Miss Quincy; knife strapped to her leg and guitar slung over her back, ready to rock 'n' roll like the bad ass...excuse me, Lady, she is. Trusty sidewomen in The Showdown at the ready, Quincy gives a sly glance and launches into a raunchy blues riff, promising the expectant audience, "This one's gonna hurt..."
It's truth in imagery for Canadian all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band Miss Quincy and the Showdown, who recently released Roadside Recovery, their third full-length album. The album is a testament to the touring warriors Quincy and the band truly are; having clocked over 100,000 kms while honing their musical skills crossing no less than seven countries, playing every dirty barroom, music club, house concert and festival on the way. They've mostly seen it all, made their choices good or bad, and now they're gonna to tell you all about it. You won't find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, this is down and dirty roots & blues and straight up rock n' roll.
Miss Quincy began her music career in the wild mountains of northern BC, though she's been a touring warrior since the beginning, releasing her debut Your Mama Don't Like Me in 2010, and follow-up Like The Devil Does in 2012. In the past two years with The Showdown, Miss Quincy has chalked up over 250 shows and 15 festivals through 7 countries throughout Europe and North America, winning fans from near and far.
Along with her rock and roll life on the road, Quincy has another, lesser known, vocation: for one to three months a year she lives off-grid as a bush cook in northern BC and has recently launched her first blog, Rock n’ Roll Bush Cook, a collection of recipes and stories from both life in mountainous hunting camps and life as a touring performer.