“The delicate interlace of string instruments – Reuben Loire on guitar, Tristan Dafoe on mandolin and banjo, Mobius Barnaby on cello — in this Australian folk rock outfit underscores ethereal lead singing from Kymrie Henge and beautiful vocal harmonies from all. Though the band has been compared to numerous contemporary Americana groups its roots seem to lie more directly in the classic 1960s British folk rock epitomized by the likes of Fairport Convention, Pentangle and Steeleye Span. Like those musicians the members of The Heart Collectors are as interested in American folk rock songwriters as much as they are in their own traditional folk melodies. They are particularly adept at covers of Joni Mitchell, whose “Woodstock” and “The River” are both in their repertoire.
The band’s single “One” is an inspiring anthem for world unity and peace in troubled times.
This will be the second appearance for The Heart Collectors at SXSW after debuting in 2016. The band’s second album, “Listen” was recorded in Austin in 2015. A third album, “Back to the Garden,” was recorded last year at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberly, Texas.”