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.”

The Night Sky is a Jewellery Store Window

CHARM OF FINCHES

Charm of Finches, aka Melbourne sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, sing dreamy harmonies: haunted folk tunes about heartbreak, solitude and whispering trees.

The award-winning teens sing angelic harmonies: songs about heartbreak and grief, solitude and whispering trees. They 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 sees them release their new single "The Bridge", again produced by Nick Huggins. The launch tour kicks off in Melbourne 18 AUG at the historic Horti Hall.

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Festival Appearances

2014 
Maldon Folk Festival, Roddy Read Songwriting Award Final Concert 
Playfest- Kid's Music Festival@ Myer Music Bowl 
Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-in-the-Door Competition 
 

2015 
Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania 
Newstead Live Festival , VIC
Brunswick Music Festival, Sydney Rd Street Party 
Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC 
The National Celtic Festival, Portarlington 
Surrey Hills Music Festival 
Fleurieu Folk Festival, Willunga, SA 
Maldon Folk Festival, Roddy Read Songwriting Award Final Concert 
Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival , NSW
The Gasometer Leaps and Bounds Festival Songwriters in the Round

2016
Queenscliff Music Festival   Foot-in-the-Door, Vic
Bendigo Blues and Roots Fest, Vic
Wonderland Spiegeltent, Melbourne- Album Launch

2017 
The National Folk Festival, Canberra 
Port Fairy Folk Festival , Vic
Yackandandah Folk Festival, Vic
Seddon Festival , Vic
The National Celtic Festival, Portarlington, Vic
Woodford Folk Festval, Qld

2018
Cygnet Folk Festival, Tas
Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW 
Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC

Awards and Grants

2018 City of Melbourne Arts Grant2017  National Folk Festival Gill Rees Young Musicians  Award 
2017  Folk Alliance Australia Jim MacQuarie Honorable Mention 
2015  Darebin Music Feast Songwriter's Award

2016 City of Melbourne Arts Grant 
2014 Deakin University Arts Participation Incubator Arts Grant 
2016 Apra/Amcos Songmaker Mentorship 
2015 The Push, Push Songs Mentoring Program

 

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