Artist info


Indie, Roots

band members

Rachel Gorman - vox, guitar, drums, ukelele, keys Brett Crabtree - guitar, vox, drums, bass, harmonica Vim Leaf - drums, guitar, vox, bass, ukulele Jenny May - cello, vocals Rhian Todhunter - bass guitar


Fremantle's five piece quirk folksters, Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill formed in 2009 from the ashes of local duo Mikael and Michael Mongoose. Drawing on their coastal roots, Irish heritage and rural upbringing, their music tells of lost loves, pirates, pigeons and kite-flying, with the occasional haiku thrown in for good measure. As a stage act, the group is vibrant and unpredictable, with members often swapping instruments to explore new directions in sound. Together they create a kaleidoscope of music ranging from soothing acoustic folk to reggae-tinged indie-rock. The band has shared the stage with many great local and national acts such as the Basement Birds, Panda Band, Blue King Brown, Operator Please, Red Jezebel, Cut Off Your Hands and Clare Bowditch & the New Slang. They were a hit at both Southbound and the Nannup Folk Festival and won the Northbridge Festival's Band Comp in 2010. Most recently the music video for their song “The Kite Song” won Best Music Video at the Tupelo Film Festival (USA). With their debut album ‘All The Little things’ being launched to a sold out Fremantle Arts Centre in November 2011, the band are setting their sights on a national tour in 2012 as well as an extensive run of rural shows throughout Western Australia. Street Press and Media reviews: “Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill were next up, first intriguing the audience with their eclectic look and set-up, before proceeding to delight them with an enchanting string of quirky and clever folk-pop offerings, most of which were iced with the gorgeous and eloquent vocal lines of lead singer Rachel. The entire group interacted well with the crowd and emphasised their diversity within the carefully crafted and executed songs.' ~ Mia Roberts, Drum Magazine “Having forged a steady following in WA, playing gigs at Southbound and various haunts around Perth and Fremantle, Rachel & Henry Climb a Hill have frolicked onto the music scene with their debut EP First of a Few, an infectious pop confection, sure to be loved by indie darlings across the state. Telling tales of leap-frogging, kite-flying and lost loves, the melancholic local trio explore an eclectic mix of musical forms from folk rock to hip hop while still maintaining a strong twee pop sensibility. Sweet, playful, and always charming, First of a Few stands a very good chance of proving itself one of WA’s finest indie-pop releases of the year.” ~ Jennifer Peterson-Ward, X-Press Magazine