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THE bent folk NEWS

Sunday 6 August 2017
Charm of Finches and William Alexander double bill

Charm of Finches On August 6th we're hosting a special double bill.

Our Melbourne act are the sister duo CHARM OF FINCHES.

Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes drown their audiences in angelic harmonies and songs of melancholy and whimsy.

The duo wowed audiences at Canberra's National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival this year, taking out the 2017 National Folk Festival's Gill Rees Young Musicians Memorial Award.

And yet: they're still in high school. They started playing folk festivals at the ages of 14 and 11, and they've already released a debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling" which was named one of the top releases of 2016 by ABC Radio National.

Influenced by Gillian Welch, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens, their dreamy folk was described by The Music as "affecting and emotional".

We're proud to host Charm of Finches as part of their winter tour.

William Alexander The second half of our double bill is Bendigo's own William Alexander.

William is a young folk singer with an old soul. Brought up and inspired by older songs, William seeks to keep tradition alive as well as bring forth new stories in the form of his poetic, ballad-style songwriting.

Born in Bourke NSW, Alexander spent his youth in the red dirt outback before heading to the bush outside Dubbo to live in a small community.

William was no stranger to the songs of early Bob Dylan and was inspired from a very young age to play guitar, sing and explore the rich history of rural American (and Australian) music.

After moving to Victoria when he was 13, William honed in on his songwriting and made his performance debut at 14. He left school aged 17 to move to Melbourne in an effort to make a career in the folk music scene. Since then William released his debut record in 2015 which he took on tour in September of that year. 2016 sees him living in the country again and releasing his second record "Had I No Heart".

Charm of Finches's website.

Charm of Finches's Youtubes.

William's Facebook page.

William's Soundcloud page.

Tickets available at the door - $15 or $10 members and concession.

3:00pm, at the Old Church on the Hill on the corner of Russell and Harkness Streets, Quarry Hill.

Friday 11 August 2017
Open Folk'n

Open Folk'n The 2nd Friday evening of every month sees the stage at the Old Church on the Hill opened up to performers who wish to secure a spot in front of our large condenser mic.

Bring your instrument to play, your voice to sing.

Come along to listen and support new and some experienced performers.

As with all Bendigo Folk Club events at the Old Church, there will be a 'Friday Night Drinks" bar service.

Every second Friday of the month at 6:30pm, at the Old Church on the Hill on the corner of Russell and Harkness Streets, Quarry Hill.