Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


Sounds like

Trampled by Turtles, The Decemberists, Paul Kelly


band members

Justin Walshe - Vocals, Acoustic, Harmonica // Rhyll Wilson - Vocals & Percussion // Jason Snook - Mandolin & Vocals // Justin Castley - Double Bass // Duncan Strachan - Dobro & Vocals // Michael Blackburn - Banjitar & Vocals


Influences

Dylan, Lee Hazelwood, The Decemberists, Steve Earle


Website

www.justinwalshe.com

Bio

The Folk Machine is a sprawling acoustic storm of bluegrass instruments and wild storytelling with an irrepressible sense of humour and showmanship. From brooding convict tales to barnstorming bluegrass, The Folk Machine is notorious for their mischievous and rowdy live shows, rambunctious storytelling, high-calibre playing and off-kilter songs.
The band draws from American bluegrass music traditions but presents their local stories in an unashamedly and uniquely Australian way. This is Australian bluegrass or 'mongrelgrass' as they like to call it. Their latest album, The Great Escape, is a barnstorming hoedown of full speed originals celebrating all the glory and angst of escaping from all facets of our flailing lives and, for the first time in their storied career, have truly harnessed the wild energy of their infamous and spontaneous live shows.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

03 Mar 2020

Triple J
40

The way that both voices work together is cool, and the call and response section is my favourite part. I do feel like the mix could be worked on, especially around the vocals at the start of the song. It took a while for me to lock into the lyrics until the half waypoint. Still, the firm foundation of bluegrass roots is evident and appreciated.

The way that both voices work together is cool, and the call and response section is my favourite part. I do feel like the mix could be worked on, especially around the vocals at the start of the song. It took a while for me to lock into the lyrics until the half waypoint. Still, the firm foundation of bluegrass roots is evident and appreciated.