“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.
With seven members having attended the same high school, this young band of hopefuls came together in late 2012 and began to make their name in and around their hometown of Albury, releasing a self-titled debut LP in 2015. For years The Northern Folk have been regulars at local venues and community events, notably at the Albury Entertainment Centre in aid of charity in 2016, and at the debut By The Banks Music Festival in 2017 which members of the band directed. Thanks to the continuing support of Albury’s audiences, the band were able to launch themselves into music festivals throughout south-eastern Australia, having now appeared at Woodford Folk 2017/18, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Illawarra Folk, Swagger Music, Yackandandah Folk, Cobargo Folk, Cool Summer, Happy Wanderer, Kangaroo Valley, Folk Rhythm & Life, Candelo Village, Dorrigo, Healesville and many more. The Northern Folk’s energy and spectacle, described as “madcap exuberance” by Beat Magazine, 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, winning St Kilda Festival’s New Music Stage Competition which will see them play the main stage in 2019. Sold-out headline shows at the Northcote Social Club and The Evelyn, amongst many others, a month-long residency at the Gasometer, and shows supporting The East Pointers (CAN) 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
” “Get On” epitomises The Northern Folk’s unique sound for me and was one of those songs that made me hit the repeat button again and again the first time I heard it.” – Gareth Evans, Timber and Steel