“A masterclass in bluegrass” Sean Sennett, The Australian
“The quartet is at the pinnacle of the Australian acoustic country scene.” David Costello, Courier Mail
The Company have a passion for high-energy original and traditional acoustic music. The playing and singing is crisp, melodic and soulful. In concert you witness the band’s virtuosity but also a wry humour and engaging camaraderie.
Their critically acclaimed third album ‘Six & Five’ (released 2016) featured as ‘Album of the Week’ on ABC Saturday Night Country and is The Company’s most ambitious project yet culminating in thirteen all original tracks and showcasing the band’s individual and group virtuosity, ranging from traditional bluegrass style arrangements to through composed pieces.
The Company includes Mick Patrick (Vocals/Mandolin/fiddle) National Folk Festival “Declan Affley” Award winner who grew up in a family band playing bush dances in North Queensland; Jamie Clark (Guitar/Vocals) CMAA Bluegrass Flatpicking Champion in 2011 and described as “a cracking guitarist” by Rolling Stone Magazine; George Jackson (Fiddle/Banjo/Vocals) a 7th generation fiddler and 2012 Golden Fiddle Award for “Best Fiddler”; and Norwegian born Markus Karlsen (Double Bass/Vocals) a highly sought after session bassist in Australia.
Appearing in place of George Jackson will be two-time National Banjo Champion Gary Vann.
Gary is a stalwart of the Australian country music scene having performed for over 10 years with legendary entertainer John McSweeney and now tours with Tamworth Golden Guitar nominees The Pigs.
Tin Star are a Brisbane band melding traditional folk tendencies with a bit of rock and roll and comprises members of The Poachers, Doubting Thomas and Jeremiah. Soaring vocals and sparse but powerful instrumentals present songs with heart, both original and borrowed.
Tin Star have the prerequisite ‘folkie’ acoustic guitars, fiddle, accordion and three-part heavenly harmonies, but their sweet sound is more reminiscent of the burgeoning folk scene of 60’s Greenwich Village. Penny Boys has a pure, unrestrained voice that would make the most jaded of listeners sit up and take notice. However it is the combination of three powerful singer/songwriter/