Bio

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 musical pull of Candelo Village on NSW's far south coast. 

The three now join forces, weaving tales of farmers, hippies, mothers, sea farers, history, lovers, the ordinary and the mysterious. 

Outspoken and understated, down to earth and other-worldly, honouring tradition and heralding that which is yet to come,  the New Graces are not to be missed.

 

 About The New Graces - Three Australian Songwriters:

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. Melanie has written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt and for film and television. She has just returned from showcasing at the International Folk Alliance in Montreal. 

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. Like all her siblings, Robyn was called Spin by her teachers at Ceduna Area School after her fathers nickname. She started playing bass at age 13 in family band Spineffex. The band played country festivals and SA pubs and clubs 
around the same era as Nullarbor family band The Dead Ringer Band (Kasey Chambers). At age 16 Robyn found herself adjusting to culture shock in the alternative culture hub of Lismore, taking time off school to tour with her sister, Jodi Martin, opening for The Waifs, Wendy Matthews, Arlo Guthrie, Glen Hansard and The 
Frames. Robyn is a sought after session bass player who has worked with UK bluegrass outfit Flats and Sharps, Claire Anne Taylor, Heath Cullen, Jodi Martin, and Kate Fagan.

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