THE NEW MELBOURNE FOLK CLUB presents

Folk Alliance International's FOLK UNLOCKED 2021

MELBOURNE INDIE FOLK UNDERGROUND

Virtual Showcase

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2021 - 6AM -10AM CT

Eight of the brightest stars of the Victorian music scene come together for the Melbourne Indie Folk Underground showcase in the inaugural performance of the long-awaited New Melbourne Folk Club. 

Melbourne is the official live music capital of Australia and home to the largest percentile of country, folk and indie musicians and the New Melbourne Folk Club is thrilled at this opportunity to showcase this talent to the Folk Alliance International community. 

Drawing from the best of urban and regional artists, the Melbourne Indie Folk Underground Showcase presents a full range of genres from folk to indie pop to roots, soul and rock, representing a fusion of styles, distilled into a uniquely Melbourne flavour of honest, innovative and bold song writing and disarmingly charming performances. 

From the rising stars of contemporary indie-folk sisters Charm of Finches, the soulful power of Fenn Wilson, the warm embrace of Khristian Mizzi, the mesmerising indie sounds of Hannah Cameron, Anna Cordell's spellbinding ethereal folk, the vocal purity of Lucy Wise, the charismatic wit and humour of Alana Wilkinson and the lyrical genius of Charles Jenkins; see what all the hype about Melbourne's underground scene is about in this 4 hour pre-recorded showcase premiering on YouTube with a live chat and available for viewing throughout the conference. 

Intimate, unplugged and unmistakably Melbourne. This taste of Australian music is one not to miss!

ALANA WILKINSON

TUE 23 FEB 6AM CT / LONDON 12PM / MELBOURNE 11PM

Folk singer and pop punk poet Alana Wilkinson is turning heads with her debut releases and a string of high profile shows showcasing her wit, humour and social commentary. Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin. Her songs skewer ex-lovers, would-be suitors, ridiculous social norms and the absurd challenges of suburban life in a merciless, yet strangely affectionate way.

She's been compared to Australian success stories like Courtney Barnett and Emma Louise, and even to the idiosyncratic Tim Minchin yet Wilkinson is carving her own path through the undergrowth, raw and unadorned.

“Alana Wilkinson takes the stage, barefoot, and with her trademark sunflowers woven around the mic stand. Through a combination of honest (sometimes painfully so) anecdotes, powerful vocals, and poignant, witty lyricism, Wilkinson delivers what may be her best performance to date…

….. ‘Follow The Sunflowers’

FENN WILSON

LUCY WISE

TUESDAY 23 FEB 7A CT / LONDON 1PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 12AM

Lucy Wise’s whimsical contemporary folk sound has won the hearts of listeners across Australia, NZ, the US and the UK. She explores themes of love, the natural world, friendship and healing with disarming honesty, and accompanies her stunningly pure vocals with fingerpicked guitar, ukulele, and Appalachian dulcimer. Lucy’s 2018 album, “Winter Sun” was received with critical acclaim: a 4.5 star review in the Weekend Australian and was a finalist in The Age Music Victoria Awards’ Best Folk or Roots Album. Lucy is currently recording her fourth album, to be released in 2022.

"If Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny had a child together, she might sound a lot like Lucy Wise...Wise is extremely talented, and one can hear her influences, but for the most part she makes her own distinct sound. This is pure folk music, played well and with a great deal of emotion." SPILL MAGAZINE

CHARLES JENKINS

TUESDAY 23 FEB 7:30AM CT / LONDON 1:30PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 12:30AM

Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years experience in the Australian Music Industry.

 

He has released 18 albums, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014 he won the AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album and in August 2020 Icecream Hands released their first album in 13 years – No Weapon But Love.

 

Charles has a Masters In Music and is an Ambassador for APRA/AMCOS.

 

“He's too good a writer not to be in your life.” Sydney Morning Herald

“…delivers the kind of set that astonishes in its depth, variety and good humour. (and) reinforces Jenkins’ position as the songwriter’s songwriter’ - Matt O’Neil Time Off Magazine

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HANNAH CAMERON

TUESDAY 23 FEB 8AM CT / LONDON 2PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 1AM

 

Hannah Cameron is a weaver of emotionally wrought, alternative folk music that navigates the spaces between relationships, trust, acceptance and forgiveness. A master in the art of subtlety, her nuanced songwriting holds at its core an assured grip on life’s bewildering juxtapositions, finding strength in fragility and intimacy amongst universal chaos. This tenacity is precisely what sets the flourishing Melbourne songwriter apart.

 

Adorned by delicate coos that hark back with nostalgia to the great folk era of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Hannah Cameron’s music has floored listeners the world over since first breaking onto the scene with her debut LP Blow My House Down in 2015. Three years on from its release and following a subsequent B-side EP titled Offcuts, Cameron released her acclaimed sophomore album I Lay Where You Lie.

 

Her latest single Backsliding, released in April 2020 received rave reviews upon its release  featuring in the Triple J Unearthed roots and overall charts for several weeks and received regular airplay from Triple J, Double J, Triple R, FBI and PBSFM. In late 2020 she was named one of the top ten finalists for the prestigious Upstart Songwriting Award.

 

 

Hannah has shared stages with the likes of Luluc, Leah Senior, Ryan Downey, Broads, The Northern Folk and more, and has graced the lineups of Australian music festivals Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival and Leaps and Bounds. In addition to her solo project, Cameron also performs with several Melbourne based bands and musicians including On Diamond, Clio, Grand Salvo, Brain Romance, Brian Campeau and Husky Gawenda, and in 2019 completed an extensive tour of North America and Europe with local outfit The Paper Kites.

KHRISTIAN MIZZI

TUESDAY 23 FEB 8:30AM CT / LONDON 2:30PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 1:30AM

"He's young, good looking, extremely talented and a very nice fellow...Everything I hate in another musician. I saw him at a house concert and I reluctantly enjoyed myself very much” - Eric Bogle

 

It’s often said by audiences that "Khristian Mizzi’s songs take them to a place they'd forgotten in themselves". With a strong yet gentle voice, and an art for weaving beauty and truth into each song, Khristian Mizzi reaches the hearts of his audience. 

His award-winning songs articulate contemporary issues facing Australia and the world today with elegance and subtlety, leaving listeners feeling they have experienced something truly special. 

Born in regional Victoria, Australia, Khristian spent his early twenties balancing young fatherhood and life as a travelling musician. He released his first EP (The Road Between) in 2009 and first full length album “Some Other Morning” in 2019, some songs becoming anthems at Australian folk festivals.
Poetic lyrics, meandering melodies and 'a voice like a big warm hug', along with a unique picking style, Mizzi really is a complete artist. Fast becoming renowned throughout Australia’s folk/roots scene for his intimate, thoughtful performances, Khristian draws inspiration from the contemporary folk era of the early 1970's. A genuine music lover, he has performed as a solo artist for over a decade, regularly playing at regional concert halls, house concerts and festivals around Australia.  

 

ANNA CORDELL

TUESDAY 23 FEB 9AM CT / LONDON 3PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 2AM

Anna Cordell has always been a ‘maker’. From her youngest years spent singing and writing folk songs on her nylon string guitar, to the first stitches of her design work, and all the way into motherhood, Cordell has a natural flair for creation.

After taking an almost decade long hiatus from music making - a period in which she became a mother to five children and began working on her now thriving clothing label - Anna has now made her return to music, having released  her first full-length record ‘Nobody Knows Us’ on February 14th, 2020.

Recorded in Lyttleton, New Zealand by Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin) ‘Nobody Knows Us’ is an album that wears its heart on its sleeve.

Taking inspiration from folk writers of the 60s and 70s, from Joni Mitchell to Nick Drake and Sibylle Baier, as well as more contemporary counterparts like Midlake and Weyes Blood, Anna has created a collection of songs that stay true to her belief in the value and power of art.

 

“the most moving and enthralling folk tunes we’ve heard all year

Tonedeaf

 

CHARM OF FINCHES

TUESDAY 23 FEB 9:30AM CT / LONDON 3:30PM / WED 24 MELBOURNE 2:30AM

Award winning Melbourne sister duo, Charm of Finches, sing haunted folk tunes about love, grief and whispering trees with tight sibling harmonies and chamber folk sound.  

Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes emerge from an eclectic musical childhood of Celtic strings and busking old-time tunes.  

Their debut album “Staring at the Starry Ceiling", produced by Nick Huggins of Little Lake Records was praised for its candour and originality and named one of the best releases of 2016 by ABC Radio National.  

Their influences include Sufjan Stevens, Gillian Welch, Danish artist Agnes Obel and First Aid Kit, as well as the homegrown talent in their local Victorian folk scene. 

The duo has won many awards nationally and internationally and their music has featured on Australian TV.  

Charm of Finches independently released their sophomore album “Your Company” in November 2019, touring Australia widely.  This album was Melbourne's PBS Radio Album of the Week, winner of the Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album in the Independent Music Awards (IMA) and nominated for the Music Victoria Award for Best Folk Album and the prestigious 2020 Australian Music Prize. 

Their unique music video collaborations with Magic Dirt's Adalita Srsen have won worldwide attention, with their "Lies" video winning third place in the 2020 International Songwriting Competition music video category. 

At the start of 2020 they showcased at the Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans, US. They were one of 96 artists selected worldwide to participate in the first Global Music Match. 

They are currently recording their third album to be released through Anti Fragile Music in 2021. 

“Profoundly intimate, the album shines in its ability to feel as immersive as it does exhaustingly emotional – rarely does melancholia feel this mesmerising.” – troublejuice.co

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