“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 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.
Defying the odds, The Northern Folk avoid overcrowding- in sound, if not on stage- to create songs that are tightly arranged and melodically driven. From the restraint of lyric-led ballads to horn-saturated explosions that prove the worth of a ten-piece band, their charismatic and varied sounds have developed over two records with the help of producers like Adam Rhodes (The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly) and Callum Barter (British India, Courtney Barnett). Upbeat and vivacious with a “strength of performance second to none” (Beat Magazine), their live shows deftly move between foot-stomping grooves and impassioned vocal pleas, wild sax solos and pristine harmonies.
“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
Seven members attended the same high school in Albury, where this young band of hopefuls came together in late 2012, and thanks to the early support of local audiences, The Northern Folk were able to launch themselves into music festivals throughout south-eastern Australia. Having now appeared at Woodford Folk Festival, St Kilda Festival, the National Folk Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Illawarra Folk, Swagger Music, Yackandandah Folk, Cobargo Folk, and many more, members of the band even directed Albury’s inaugural By The Banks Festival in 2017.
After moving to Melbourne at the beginning of 2017, the band quickly settled in, winning St Kilda Festival’s New Music Stage Competition which will see them play the main stage next year. Sold-out headline gigs at the Northcote Social Club and The Evelyn, a month-long residency at the Gasometer, and shows supporting The East Pointers (CAN) have solidified The Northern Folk in the Melbourne music scene, as they now work towards releasing their third album in 2019.
“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