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. Set somewhere between a gospel church in Louisiana and a dimly-lit speakeasy in Melbourne, listeners will 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, 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.
Great Aunt have spent the last 18 months touring the east coast of Australia, including festival performances at Groundwater Country Music Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Deni Ute Muster, Nimbin Roots, Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival as well as repeat performances and showcases in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, with plenty of regional shows along the way.
Great Aunt are preparing for an extensive Australian east coast tour in July 2019, to celebrate the release of their forthcoming single, ‘FOMO’. Their first full length album, entirely self-produced and recorded, is slated for release in September 2019.
There’s a buzz about Great Aunt: theirs is an oddly joyous approach to making sometimes-sorrowful music.