“The Northern Folk fall into a beautiful and untouched musical category that sets them apart from the rest… one of the country’s most dynamic groups to perform both live and in the studio.”– AAA Backstage
Hailing from Albury, NSW and now based in Melbourne, The Northern Folk are a collective of ten musical ambitionists spreading their unique brand of folk/pop/stomp/rock into the roots of small towns and big cities alike. Combining two powerful vocalists, roaring horns, bashful bass and addictive percussion, their big, diverse sound proves flexible both on stage and on record and is continuing to earn them a following wherever they travel.
Coming together in late 2012 as a merger of earlier projects, this young band of hopefuls first began to make their name in and around their hometown of Albury, releasing a self-titled debut LP in 2015 with a festival-style launch on the banks of the Murray River. For years The Northern Folk were regulars at local venues and community events, notably at the Albury Entertainment Centre in aid of charity in 2016. Thanks to the continuing support of Albury’s audiences, the band were able to launch themselves into music festivals throughout south-eastern Australia, appearing at Illawarra Folk, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Swagger, Kangaroo Valley, Candelo Village, Cool Summer, Folk Rhythm & Life, Happy Wanderer, Yackandandah Folk, Dorrigo, Healesville and many more. The Northern Folk’s energy and spectacle has always left a big impression at these festivals, and from that wave of momentum they released their second LP ‘Stumble On Home’ in 2016. Recorded at Sing Sing Studios with acclaimed producer Adam Rhodes (The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly, Angus Stone), it reached #27 on the iTunes Australia album charts, thanks to its colourful arrangements and increasingly varied styles.
“The eleven-piece outfit deliver indie pop and alt-country mash-ups full of charismatic charm and energy that seem to lift them high above the stratosphere and beyond.”– Speaker TV
After moving to Melbourne at the beginning of 2017, The Northern Folk have quickly settled in, selling out headline shows at the Northcote Social Club and The Evelyn, and playing a Gasometer residency. Upcoming shows supporting The East Pointers (CAN) for Woodford Folk Festival and appearances at Live n Local and Kingston Harvest Festival have solidified The Northern Folk in the Melbourne music scene. Now, with the same charismatic charm that has come to identify The Northern Folk’s sound, their latest single ‘Get On’, recorded with Callum Barter (British India, Courtney Barnett, Saskwatch) reaches further into more uncharted territories, in their most focused release to date.
“Everything works so well together, everyone shares their part, creating this huge surround sound of a track that just bursts in all sorts of directions.” – Claire Mooney, triple j Unearthed producer