Artist info



Sounds like

Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers

band members

Phil Cilli - guitar, harmonica, vocals Tom Gourlay - banjo, vocals Charlie McCarthy - violin, vocals Derry Doyle - mandolin, vocals Robert Tomlin - bass fiddle, vocals


Old Crow Medicine Show, The Memphis Jug Band, The Avett Brothers

Unearthed artists we like

Jacob Diamond



Music that carries the bittersweet memories of a time where the whiskey was tainted with dust and well-earned sweat. Where the old timber floorboards groaned under the boots of good honest folk and where stomping along to a lively fiddle tune was the best tonic to a hard day’s work under the hot sun.

United by a fondness for whiskey, old time music and front porch fry-ups, this diverse collection of pickers features the talents of jazz pianist/mathematician/guitarist Phillip Cilli; accountant/Adonis/bassist Robert Tomlin and the fire-bearded Tom Gourlay on banjo.

The Seal pod is rounded out by Charlie McCarthy, the lightning-fingered Irish fiddler and WAAPA graduate, Derry Doyle on mandolin, who had the recent honour of being awarded runner up for best songwriter in the West Australian Country Music Awards.
Their debut self-titled EP was launched in the uproarious setting of an over-capacity crowd at Manhattan’s Bar that literally had people crawling through the windows in order to join in the ruckus.
The Seals have since been riding a wave of success ever since, taking to the stage with an ever growing list of elite Perth bands and interstate acts including performances at The Fleureau Folk Festival, South Australia (2013), The West Coast Blues and Roots Festival (2012), Fairbridge Folk Festival (2012), Boyup Brook Country Music Festival (2013), International Sailing Festival (2011), Nanga Music Festival (2011), Fremantle Street Arts Festival (2012) and the Perth Fringe Festival (2012).

The Seals thrive on infusing old time music with the exuberance of youth, mixing raw emotion with sweet vocal harmonies and occasionally lewd lyrics with a barnshaking live show. The Seals’ unique blend of blues, bluegrass and old-time will hit you like a steam train and have you coming back for more.

“No matter whether your preferred genre is country and folk or hardcore Christian death-metal, it doesn’t matter. You will love this band, and need them in your life. The Seals deserve your support, love and a spot on your playlist, because they bring the ruckus.” – Xpress magazine

“…a revelation, punching well above their weight with a big, ballsy, rollicking set… Make no mistake, The Seals were the standout of the evening.” – Xpress Magazine

“…picks you up by the scruff of your shirt and really lets you get your hoe-down on… The Seals songs are great uppers for when you’re feeling down and want to hoe down…” – Sounds of The Stage

“…proof that the Perth music scene is at least attempting to grow out of perceived genre specialities…Their debut EP almost guarantees that you will get up and start waving your legs around with/like a crazy person.” – Drum Media

The Seals are:

Phil Cilli – Vocals, Guitar, Free Reeds
Derry Doyle – Vocals, mandolin, Bones
Tom Gourlay – Banjo, Vocals
Rob Tomlin – Vocals, Bass Fiddle
Charlie McCarthy – Vocals, Fiddle