After their Big Sound performance in Brisbane earlier this year knocked the socks off our festival director Peter Noble, we couldn’t wait to have The McMenamins on the bill for Bluesfest 2013.
The brother and sister duo who hail from Cairns, draw on alt country and folk influences, using honeyed vocal harmonies with mandolin and violin driven instrumentals to deliver, as Peter Noble puts it, “Truly beautiful Music”.
The pair were first exposed to the limelight back in 2005 when they recorded their debut album and wrapped up their first national tour opening for Missy Higgins. This entered them into the consciousness of the masses performing to crowds of thousands in large outdoor stadiums. The McMenamins have since supported the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, The Waifs, Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Toni Childs, Deborah Conway just to name a few.
After an overwhelming response from US audiences, The McMenamins have toured the states twice in the last 6 months , back home they have also made quite the stir;
Mesmerising” – Sydney Morning Herald.
“A delightful brand of country-folk” – Drum Media.
“Frontwoman Fleur has a faultless voice” – Rolling Stone Magazine
2011 was a successful and busy year for the duo with their song "Umbrella Town" winning a Queensland Music Award, their Second Award and Fifth Nomination to date and also winning the "Folk & Country" category of the OzSong International Songwriting Competition with their song "63 Years".
From storytelling within intimate and sensitive soundscapes to high energy folk, come along and let this brother and sister wow you this Easter.
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