Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019

Charm of Finches - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2018 - in Katoomba!

Charm of Finches

Melbourne sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, Charm of Finches, make dreamy folk music to watch the stars by.

Since their debut release EP Home in 2014, these sisters (now aged 18 and 15) have played folk and roots festival stages throughout Australia. They were picked by ARIA winner, Clare Bowditch as winners of her 2014 Winter Secrets competition, and have since opened for the likes of Kasey Chambers and Jordie Lane.  

The award-winning duo sing dreamy, transporting harmonies: songs about heartbreak, solitude and whispering trees, delivering a unique dream-folk sound, delicate and authentic.

Having started performing at ages 11 and 8 busking Appalachian folk songs, and with an upbringing playing Celtic and classical strings, they released their stunning debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling in 2016, named one of the best releases of 2016 by ABC Radio National.

Produced by Nick Huggins and Mabel, it features the young duo's signature angelic sibling harmonies, with a distinct chamber-folk flavour coming from the instrumentation: gently picked guitar, ukulele, cello, violin, glockenspiel, lyre, banjo and piano, all played by the sisters.

The finches were awarded the 2017 National Folk Festival's Gill Rees Young Musicians Memorial Award and the 2017 Folk Alliance Australia Jim MacQuarie Honorable Mention Award. Their song Paper and Ink took out the highly coveted Darebin Music Feast Songwriter's Award in 2015.

Citing influences like Gillian Welch, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens, the finches are for lovers of soulful, intelligent acoustic music.

"folk purity...affecting and emotional" – The Music

Praise for their debut album: "For a duo so young to conjure a full album of music so candid and original as this is astonishing...Charm of Finches sound like they're mining something far more ancient and universal" – Rhythms Magazine NOV/DEC 2016