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‘a grown-up Angus & Julia Stone… a more melodic Waifs’ (The Drum Media)
Nick and Liesl have been busy since they formed in 2007. In their relatively short time together they have already completed four European tours, over 30 festival performances and now two self-produced releases.
This duo is as natural a combination as surf and sand. Both fantastic singers in their own right, together Nick and Liesl create an intoxicating sound that is unforgettable. Watching them perform is both delightful and inspiring, and it is easy to connect with their light sounds of guitar and piano blended with thoughtful and poetic lyrics. Stylistically they cover quite a range; from stripped-back and intimate to alternative, pop and soul, but the voices and the harmonies remain throughout, making their sound instantly recognisable.
Nick and Liesl have been touring extensively right from the start, both across Australia and through several European countries (Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden). The touring has included many festivals such as the National Folk Festival, Peats Ridge and Festival of the Sun, live radio performances including capital ABC radio stations (Brisbane, Perth) and BBC in the UK, as well as an invitation to Popkomm 2009 (Berlin) and supports for artists such as Kate Miller-Heidke, The Jezabels, Harry Manx and Shane Nicholson.
In late 2008 the pair released their debut EP ‘Wyong River’ which earned them national airplay across the ABC network and triple j, as well as an ABC Award for Best Sound Production having self-produced the recording. In May this year the long-anticipated debut album will be released, and listeners are in for a real treat. The 13-track album ‘Feather’, like Wyong River, was recorded mostly in the modest settings of Nick and Liesl’s home studio. Even so, after the sharing of demos with some of Australia’s top musicians, the duo quickly had the likes of Paul Kelly’s drummer Pete Luscombe, Kasey Chambers bass player Jeff McCormack (who also mixed the album) and guitarist extraordinaire Glen Hannah on board. The result is a collection of stunning songs given a royal yet tasteful treatment.
Described by Drum Media (Sydney) as “a grown-up Angus & Julia Stone…a more melodic Waifs”.
In a review of Home Grown Roots Vol 3 (which included artists such as, Paul Kelly, John Butler, Ash Grunwald & Mia Dyson) thedwarf.com wrote “There are some real gems like Nick and Liesl’s beautiful vocals and earthy lyrics on Wyong River”
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Reeperbahn ’11 (Ger), Palm Creek Music Festival ’11 (Qld), Maldon Folk Festival ‘10 (Vic), Ironfest ’10 (NSW), National Folk Festival ’10 (ACT), Festival of the Sun ’09 (NSW), Amersfoort Plugt Uit ’09 (NL), Popkomm ’09 (Berlin-event cancelled), Yeppoon Village Arts ’09 (Qld), The Gum Ball ’09 (NSW), Wintermoon ’09 (Qld), Nannup Music ’09 (WA), Illawarra Folk ’09 (NSW), Peats Ridge ’08 (NSW), Yungaburra Folk ’08 (Qld), Reverb Coastal Musicfest ’08 (NSW), Uranquinty Folk ’08 (NSW), Wallaby Creek ’08 (Qld), Chagstock ‘08 (UK), Mt Beauty Music ’08 (Vic), Yackandandah Folk ’08 (Vic), Peats Ridge ‘07 (event cancelled), Music at the Creek ’07 (NSW), Uranquinty Folk ‘07, Wagga Wagga Jazz & Blues ’07 (NSW), Coastfest ’06 (NSW), Twin Valley Jazz ’05 (NSW), Narrabeen Lakes ’05 (NSW) etc.
Nick and Liesl – Feather CD Review by John Williams
These two artists met several years ago at a folk festival gig and have been singing together for more than four years now. They are based on the Central Coast of NSW but have been touring and attending festivals for a large part of the time,as well as producing this CD. They completed their latest thirty gig European tour last year and have recently been touring smaller venues in Australia (see the report in the Trad and Now for July.)
You may have caught their act at one of the many festivals they have attended or been able to catch one of their gigs. This self recorded CD, their fi rst, is the result of their musical journey over the past few years.The talented duo are backed by fi ne musicians on most of the tracks including drummer Pete Luscombe, bass guitarist Jeff McCormack , guitarist Glen Hannah and Garry Steel on keyboard and accordion. The resulting sound is very professional and easy to listen to as you would expect from musicians of this calibre. Nick and Liesl’s voices complement each other and the lyrics seem to fl ow from one to another effortlessly. Nick has composed eight of the tracks and Liesl the other fi ve. The lyrics are very personal and quite poetic covering aspects of life and relationships such as loneliness, love, regret, hope and joy.
Each playing of the CD enables the listener to engage with the lyrics more.These artists have shown they are prepared to do the hard yards when it comes to touring and promoting their craft. They should be encouraged and, on the basis of this CD, they have a long and fruitful career in front of them. I hope to see Nick and Liesl perform at a festival in the near future. I enjoyed this CD and can recommend it.
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