Mariah McCarthy is an enchanting and honest folk singer-songwriter, whose captivating story-telling and serene voice captures every ear in the room.
Growing up in small county town Heathcote, Victoria, Mariah was exposed to folk classics Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell from a young age. So it was natural that when she first picked up a guitar at 9 years old these were the songs she longed to play. With current Aussie influences from the likes of Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Kate Miller-Hedike – Mariah soon began writing her own songs. Mariah writes with maturity well beyond her years and produces compelling songs that are reminiscent of the ‘60s protest songs.
Having spent four years in Melbourne after high school learning the ins and outs of the music industry in folk duo Deer Prudence, Mariah settled in Bendigo in 2018 and released her debut 7 track EP Counting Sheep recorded by David Carr (Rangemaster). Touring the EP across regional Victoria, Mariah has made countless festival appearances across the state including Yackandandah Folk Fesitval, home-town favourite Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival and last year travelled up north to Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW).
Mariah is often joined by fellow singer/songwriters Ben Langdon (The Bean Project, Grand Baxter) and Cassie Ward (Cass). The seamless blend of Mariah and Cassie’s voices is something that can only be created through years of singing together, which for them began early on in primary school. With the addition of Ben’s smooth vocals and intricate guitar work, the trio creates something very special.
With a string of new songs under her belt, 2020 is bound to be a rewarding year as Mariah begins the exciting (albeit expensive) process of recording her debut album.