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Artist profile

Location Kiama

Artist Type Semi Professional

Summary

The Water Runners play a high energy blend of contemporary Australian folk with elements of bluegrass, country, roots and folk. Their songs tell of life and death, love and loss and tales from the South Coast’s past and present.

  • About

    The Water Runners sing songs of life and death and love gone wrong as well as songs based on South Coast (Kiama and Gerringong) stories and legends. They love to sing about Australian stories, ideas and longings.
    The Water Runners have featured at festivals such as Kiama Folk By the Sea, Illawarra Folk Festival and Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival and have supported numerous acts including the USA's Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass and Mic Conway. Their EP, Too Young To Be This Old, was released in 2016 and their first album, Heading South, was released early 2017.

    Influences
    Paul Kelly
    Perch Creek
    Starboard Canons
    Elvis
    Beatles
    Johnny Cash
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  • Biography

    John Littrich (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Neil McCann (banjo, mandolin, backing vocals) have played in various bands for years. Neil formerly played with Australian folk legends, Wongawilli and John spent much of his youth playing in Sydney pub band, The Creepers, who regularly supported bands such as the Cockroaches and Dynamic Hepnotics. On percussion and vocals is Dom Littrich (Pacific Avenue), joined by the talented youngster, Clayton Condon, on Double Bass. Danita Harris on fiddle has played in bands including Strung6teen and the Garth Brooks Tribute Show.

  • Awards & Career highlights

    2016 - 2nd place in 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival Song Competition.

    2014 - Top 10 Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting competition in various categories 2010 - 2014

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