• The String Contingent

  • Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have a unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) have made five albums and toured many thousands of kilometres together, performing at festivals and concert venues in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia. 

    2018 sees them taking a road less traveled along the Savannah Way from Cairns (QLD) to Broome (WA) to deepen their experience of Australia and form the basis of their next major project. 2017 saw the launch of their fifth album, ‘Iterations’, recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Windsong Pavillion at Four Winds, Bermagui NSW. Holly, Chris and Graham embarked on a two-part residency at Four Winds to explore different creative approaches to music-making. The resultant album features music that they developed at and between the two sessions, and live free improvisation, which they collectively and spontaneously created in concert. 

    Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive. 

    Throughout October and November, they will be performing music from their latest album ‘Iterations’ alongside sharing stories and new material inspired by their trip across ‘The Top’.