The Water Runners hail from Kiama, NSW and play a high energy blend of folk, with bluegrass, country, roots and rockabilly influences. In 2019, they released their second studio album, Point of No Return, recorded and produced by Australian country and bluegrass legend John Kane at Maggie’s Farm studio in Kangaroo Valley. This new album was facilitated by cultural grant from Kiama Council and follows on from their EP, Too Young to Be This Old, (2016) and their first album, Heading South, (2017).
John Littrich (guitar, vocals, and harmonica) misspent his youth playing in Sydney pub band, The Creepers, who regularly supported the Cockroaches and Dynamic Hypnotics. Neil McCann (banjo, mandolin, backing vocals) formerly played with bluegrass, celtic and bush bands such as Australian folk legends, Wongawilli. On percussion and vocals, Dom Littrich lays down a tight beat and great harmonies and also plays rock-star heart-throb indie rock band, Pacific Avenue. Young Sydney-sider and music teacher Danita Harris plays a mean fiddle and her amazing vocals take the sound to the next level, while double bassist James Turk slaps along to complete the line-up.
With songs about love, loss, legends, South Coast tales and Indigenous heroes, The Water Runners have become a popular act at pubs, clubs, festivals and other events in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, far south coast NSW, Sydney, the Snowy and beyond.