Artist info


Pop, Roots

Sounds like

Fat freddys Drop, Cat Empire, Kingfisha

band members

Jon Panic - vox/guits; Scott Gregory - Vox/trombone; Amy Nelson - vox/flute/sax; Nish Manjunath - sax/vox; Carla Dobbie - trombone/vox; Nick Calligeros - Trumpet; Freyja Garbett - keys; Jeff Reiss - drums; Tim Sampson - bass; Ed Johnston - guitar; Jake McDougall - guitar, bass


Earth, Friction, beats



"Wicked sounds!" - Kid Kenobi

“Tremendous local artist...” - Chris Taylor, the Chaser

“One of the highlights of Australian Music Week” - the AU Review

“...a fine artist” - Adam Spencer, mathematician (so must be right)

A blend of roots, reggae and folk, wound together with captivating hooks, solid grooves and striking harmonies.

Sydney artists black bird hum announced themselves to the world with their debut album “In Time” - a record that swung from gentle, thoughtful folk ballads to the type of big‐band reggae that throws everything at you from horns to percussion to tripped‐out synths and delay‐drenched keys.

The album was one of the last to be mixed in Sydney’s famous BJB Studio’s in Surry Hills and was co‐produced by singer Jon Panic and ARIA award‐ winning producer Tim Whitten (Powderfinger, The Panics, Augie March).

As well as supporting Arrested Development (USA) the band have shared the stage with the likes of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Collie Buddz (USA), Kingfisha, Six60 (NZ), King Tide, The Strides, Bobby Alu, Georgia Fair, and Kooyeh; exciting fans from Sydney to Byron Bay and back. Combined with a run of festival performances that includes back‐to‐back Peats Ridge Festivals, Sunlight Reggae Festival and FBi Radio's Reggae Carnival, their reputation for an impressive live show continues to grow.

Accolades include being hailed as “one of the highlights” of the inaugural Australian Music Week (AU Review), finalist nomination at the MusicOz Awards (blues & roots and acoustic singer/songwriter) and also nabbing a gong at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards (Innovation).

Relentless tourers, the band has spent the last four years travelling up and down the Australian east coast - all the while writing away at their new album in the back of the van. They will be touring their next single “Down” across Australia this Spring.