Charm of Finches
This stayed with us all day. As a young person, how do you deal with losing someone who was so young and had their whole life ahead of them? That evening we wrote this song."
“The songs and timeless melodies that you hear in a Charm of Finches performance, or in their recordings, are perhaps the nicest and sweetest sounds you will hear in a week, or a year...Incredibly young with beautiful voices and original, thought provoking song writing, COF are blowing audiences away wherever they play... Sensational and inspiring music is a wonderful thing and COF are indeed both.”
Charm of Finches are sister duo Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes from Melbourne, Australia. They sing dreamy harmonies and write haunted folk songs about heartbreak, solitude and whispering trees.
The award-winning duo began singing Appalachian folk songs outside their local veggie shop every Saturday morning from the ages of 11 and 8. Harmony singing has always been a kind of game, weaving melodies around in an attempt to surprise the other.
In 2014 they spent their busking pennies to release their debut EP "Home", which launched them onto the Australian folk festival circuit playing many notable festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival, to name a few. At ages 15 and 12, they were the youngest songwriters to win the esteemed 2015 Darebin Feast Songwriters' Award to join the ranks with Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason and Brooke Russell, and were awarded the 2017 National Folk Festival Gill Rees Memorial Young Musicians' Award (AUS).
In 2016, "Staring at the Starry Ceiling", their debut album was released, produced by Nick Huggins (Little Lake Records/Two Bright Lakes) featuring the duo's signature sibling harmonies and a distinct chamber-folk feel coming from the instrumentation: gently-picked guitar, ukulele, cello, violin, glockenspiel, lyre, banjo and piano, all played by the sisters. It was named one of the best releases of 2016 by ABC Radio National's Paul Gough.
Inspired by artists like Sufjan Stevens, Danish composer Agnes Obel and Gillian Welch, the duo are known for their unique "dream folk" sound and their signature interwoven sibling harmonies.
2018 saw them release their new single "The Bridge", again produced by Nick Huggins, with a sold out launch in Melbourne at the historic Horti Hall.
Charm of Finches were winners of the 2019 Blues and Roots Radio International Song Contest - Duo category- for "The Bridge" and their music video for The Bridge was a semi-finalist in the 2018 International Song Contest.
They are releasing their sophomore album Your Company, made with Nick Huggins, late 2019.
NEW SINGLE 'THE BRIDGE'
They released their new single, "The Bridge" in July 2018, inspired by an experience the two had while on tour last Christmas, heading up to play the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland.
"We were walking across a bridge when we came upon a group of young people, probably not much older than us, who were obviously grieving. There were flowers and beer cans hanging from the bridge, and we found out their friend had jumped off the bridge during a party and didn't make it. This stayed with us all day. As a young person, how do you deal with losing someone who was so young and had their whole life ahead of them? We had also been through this experience and it's very intense and complex. That evening we wrote a song as a kind of ode to our experience that day.
"In terms of the arrangement and production of this song, we were really inspired by Sufjan Stevens and his dreamy production on 'Carrie and Lowell'. We worked with producer Nick Huggins on our debut album and we returned to his peaceful studio in Point Lonsdale (near Geelong) to get creative for this song. He has a rustic old piano which we tinkled on playfully while we were waiting around. Nick recorded it casually, and it ended up being the opening sounds of the track. We love working with Nick, he's right in the creative flow from the very start. He's very open. It's also important for us to play all the different instruments on our recordings, so that dictates the sound too. Ivy has been deep into exploring Celtic fiddle, so the solo on the track has that vibe."
'The Bridge' music video was shot by Adalita (Magic Dirt) and features 7 teenagers on location in the Salt Lake country near Colac and the Otways forest.
"folk purity...affecting and emotional" The Music
"stunning new folk...a delightful and dreamy listen"
Paul Gough, The Inside Sleeve, Radio National
"Sister duo Charm of Finches make gorgeous chamber pop...Their harmonies are immaculate and stirring as they move through an honest, and well, charming lyric."
'Heartfelt and Melancholy, the debut album from Charm of Finches exists as a consolable, youthful darkness; a persistent but not perpetual foe whose shroud will be unable to disguise the world's beauty when light inevitably reveals itself anew.'
A Lonely Ghost Burning 2017 UK
Praise for "Staring at the Starry Ceiling": "For a duo so young to conjure a full album of music so candid and original as this is astonishing...Charm of Finches sound like they're mining something far more ancient and universal"
Rhythms Magazine NOV/DEC 2016
Live Review: "The Gill Rees Award for a promising young musician (or musicians) was awarded to the girls from Charm of Finches, only 14 & 17 from Melbourne who delighted one and all with their outstanding musicianship and smooth harmonies. "
Rhythms Magazine, APRIL 2017
“the two sisters … were a captivating, melodic taste of haunted folk tunes who are already festival veterans and whose fanbase is sure to swell.” Beat Magazine Woodford review