THE YEARLINGS (SA)
Since they met back in 2000, Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson have been making music that exudes raw beauty, honesty, intimacy and passion, have made numerous festival appearances across Australia and internationally and supports include Steve Earle, The Punch Brothers and Justin Townes Earle. The Yearlings give a new strain of acoustic music, distilling Americana alt.country through the filter of distinctly Australian life.
With Parkinson’s signature tones and Chalklen’s hypnotic prose they deliver tunes with a confidence that carries an addictive fragility. Quiet, intimate, raw and powerful, drawing on influences as far-reaching as The Band, Gerry Garcia, Karen Dalton and Gillian Welch.
MEL PARSONS (NZ)
With home as a hotel room and a suitcase, touring wool sheds to festival stages all around the world, indie-folk troubadour Mel Parsons comes armed with a razor-sharp wit and deft hand on the guitar, and is one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars.