“ […] folk-based Americana music tinged with shades of bluegrass and gospel. For an Australian band, they have a great handle on the Americana sound and could quite easily compete with American bands in this genre. […] We would love to see them tour the States, and believe they would be quite successful.” – Bob Leggett (Indie Voice Blog)
Great Aunt is a folk/Americana duo from Melbourne, Australia, rambling a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. Their music is raw and austere, simple and bold; full of stomping feet and clapping hands, chants and harmonies, whispered words and soulful lament. Listen, and you’ll hear tales of joy and grief, whiskey and wine, gratitude and purpose-seeking.
Formed in 2016, the duo is a collaboration between songwriters Megan Bird (mandolin, resonator, guitar, vocals) and Chelsea Allen (double bass, vocals, percussion), and draws inspiration from the traditions of old time, bluegrass, and gospel music. The instrumentation and arrangements are bare and bold: using only various combinations of mandolin, guitar, resonator, upright bass, and percussion, and the sonorous voices of Bird and Allen in harmony.
With the release of an elegant and ambitious debut EP in 2018, Great Aunt have begun to define for themselves a unique path in folk and Americana music. A Mess That I Left is an evocative debut that combines elements of contemporary folk with the traditions of old time, bluegrass and gospel music.
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