Artist info


Pop, Indie

Sounds like

Amanda Palmer, sarah blasko, regina spektor

band members

Vocals, Piano, Ukulele - Erin Harrington Drums - James Peeters Bass, Guitar - James Lord Flute, Melodica, Backing Vox, Synth - Lucinda Bopf


potent sugar, Musical Theatre, Ukuleles

Unearthed artists we like

Elana Stone , The Ride (Bris) , MEG MAC



“Idle Away signals a band that have found the sound that they wanted to achieve and are now exploring exactly what they can do with what they have.” – 4ZZZ Community Radio Brisbane “Idle Away is a gorgeous rendition of the good old days of adolescence where the world seems limitless and the simple things in life like toy pianos are all that matters.” - Tone Deaf “If I saw someone going down the road on roller-skates and licking an ice-block I would say they probably have Miss Elm on their iPod.” – Lauren P, On The Door 2012 saw the vibrant Miss Elm progress to a collective of quirk, sugar, pop, jazz, and all things in between. The name is fast spreading as a cohesive four-piece with front-woman Erin Harrington’s high-pitched yet intriguing voice amalgamating with a gluey rhythm section, including James Peeters on drums, James Lord on bass, and the sweet addictive tones of Lucinda Bopf’s flute, melodica, and backing vocals. The word is quickly spreading that this energetic act who project fresh and addictive pop hooks are here to stay on the Australian music scene. Late 2012 saw them sharing the lineup with some of the finest talents this country has seen at Caloundra Music Festival (John Butler Trio, Ball Park Music, and backstage jamming with Trombone Shorty) and Brisbane’s own successful Red Deer Festival (Clare Bowditch and Regurgitator). Their online presence continues to grow, with their hit "Little Trees" music video premiering in early 2012, the out-of-this-world video for "Space", and the kitsch and wonderful clip for the sassy "Baby Song". Miss Elm followed an April 2013 East Coast tour with the launch of their debut EP, "Idle Away", and the release a second single, "Growing Pains". Now swapping gigs for some serious tune-writing, Miss Elm are gearing up to make 2014 the Year of the Elm. Their truly unique sound is generating buzz in Brisbane and surrounds, and refuses to be forgettable.


Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

20 May 2013

Triple J

A nice little po...

A nice little pop song, overflowing with melodica and fizzy energy that disguises something a bit more sinister beneath.

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Reviewed by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

04 Nov 2011

Triple J

This is a lovely...

This is a lovely, polished, snappy little number, infused with a bit of jazz vocal and some great backing by the band. Nicely done.

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Reviewed by Sarah Howells Sarah Howells

19 Aug 2011

Triple J

A great upbeat l...

A great upbeat lil' ditty, and a fabulous voice...

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