Guitar, fiddle, double bass. Interwoven harmonies of three distinctly unique voices. Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke & Robyn Martin are seasoned identities in the Australian Music Scene. Their lives have intersected through the magnetic pull of Candelo Village on NSW’s far south coast where the three now reside. They now join forces, weaving tales of farmers, hippies, mothers, seafarers, lovers, history, the ordinary and the mysterious. Outspoken yet understated, down to earth and other-worldly, honouring tradition and heralding that which is yet to come, The New Graces pack a serious punch.
Melanie Horsnell has been described by The Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’. She has released over 10 albums and has toured with Glen Hansard and the Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko as well as touring solo throughout Europe and Australia.
Multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter Kate Burke has won much acclaim as a member of folk duo Kate and Ruth and Irish/Australian traditional band Trouble In The Kitchen. Geologist, science communication expert, session guitarist, producer and composer of music for film and television, Kate brings a swag of experience to the trio. She has performed at festivals and venues across Australia and internationally alongside artists such as Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty).
Robyn Martin grew up in remote coastal desert town of Ceduna, SA, playing bass with family band Spineffex at country festivals and SA pubs and clubs alongside The Dead Ringer Band (Kasey Chambers). At 16, Robyn found herself in the alternative culture hub of Lismore, taking time off school to open for The Waifs, Wendy Matthews, Arlo Guthrie, Glen Hansard and The Frames. Robyn has worked alongside renowned musician Greg Sheehan (Black Arm Band) delivering music workshops in the remote indigenous communities of Ampilatawatj and Utopia. As a songwriter, Robyn reflects the diversity of the Australian experience and she is a sought-after session bass player who has worked with a huge range of Australian and international bands.