Artist Type Semi Professional
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.
The Water Runners play a high energy blend of original, contemporary, Australian folk with bluegrass, country and roots influences and have played at venues and festivals, radio stations and Folk Clubs from Sydney to the Snowy, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Majors Creek and beyond.
Drawing on their cross-generational experiences and tastes, The Water Runners enjoy sharing stories, particularly local stories and they always engage with and involve their audiences. The band connects with young and old alike through their fine musicianship, tight harmonies and stage crafted performances.
Established in 2016, The band’s influences include Paul Kelly, The Morrisons, Mustard Courage and Crowded House.
From South Coast NSW, The Water Runners’ original bluegrass-infused Australian folk/roots music with its four-part harmony story-telling has engaged and moved audiences at festivals, venues and events from Sydney to the Snowy, Tamworth to Tathra and Wollongong to Woy Woy.
The Water Runners’ song writing and musicianship has been recognised with semi-final and final honours in the Tamworth Song Writers Association awards in 2019 and 2020 and in achieving ‘Best Band’ in the 2020 Australian National Busking Championships and also second in the Open category. They have supported international acts including the USA's Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass and Scotland's The Elephant Sessions.
The band is a mix of experienced musicians John Littrich (guitar/vocals) and Neil McCann (banjo/mandolin/vocals, formerly of folk legends, Wongawilli) and younger musicians James Turk (double-bass), Danita Harris (violin) and Dom Littrich (percussion – Dom also plays in rock band Pacific Avenue and funk band Big Twisty and the Funk Nasty).
The band’s first album, Heading South, was released early 2017. In 2019, they released their second studio album, Point of No Return produced by John Kane (The Flying Emus). The Water Runners have recently been working with multi award-winning producer, Matt Fell (ABC’s The Recording Studio), to record a third album to be released later in 2021.
Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, double bass, percussion and harmonies combine with tight harmonies as The Water Runners’ take you on a musical journey through stories of love, loss, cautionary tales and South Coast trails. Come along for the ride!
Awards & Career highlights
2016- 2017 - 2nd place in 2016 and 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival Song Competition.
2010-2014 - Top 10 Australian Songwriters Association Songwriting competition in various categories 2010 - 2014
2019 - Invited to perform at The Sydney Folk Festival
2020 - Tamworth Country Music Festival Played 17 sets over 5 days. Finalist in Tamworth Songwriters Awards Bluegrass Section.