The Heart Collectors
Four Piece 'Epic Folk' Band
With the sentimentality of 70’s inspired harmonies, Australian four piece ‘Epic Folk’ band The Heart Collectors have graced stages around the world, accomplishing three international tours and releasing four studio albums. Picked as one of the ‘Top Bands To See’ at SXSW (The Austin Statesman), this independent group have found creative ways of staying connected throughout the 2020-21 lockdowns and the cancellation of their USA and UK tours.
The Hearts released their latest album Time To Say I Love You (2020) one single a fortnight, featured on Spotify with The Guardians “Australian Music for Isolated Times”. In August 2020, The Hearts were selected to be 1 of 12 Australian artists for the Premier Event Global Music Match – a world wide initiative to connect musicians and industry in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
Carrying the momentum in 2021, they joined Folk Alliance International (FAI) for ‘Folk Unlocked’ Showcases, ‘ISOL-AID Unlocked’, and were considered as one of “the outstanding groups of the week” by John Platt, founder of New Folk Initiative.
As a part of FAI's ‘Artists In (Their) Residence’ programme, The Hearts were commissioned to cowrite a song about the effects of COVID-19 with Native American singer/songwriter Charly Lowry, titled 'Navigating to Hope'. The project's aim - to raise awareness for the Village Fund charity.
As possibilities opened for touring in Australia again, The Hearts embarked on a Statewide tour of Tasmania in January/February 2021 to sold out audiences. In May, they showcased in Canadian Music Week as Official Artists, picked as one of the Top 10 international acts to see by FEMMUSIC.
With the advent of further lockdowns and restrictions in Australia, The Hearts returned to virtual performances and house concerts in the second half of 2021. Capitalising on new connections from the FAI conference - they performed with NB House Concerts, Arhaven House Concerts (at North West Regional Folk Alliance) and more.
In January 2022 The Heart Collectors showcased for Believe in Music Global Livestream at the NAMM Conference, California. Followed by Official Virtual Showcases at Folk Alliance Conference in May 2021. Out of restrictions, The Heart Collectors returned to live performances mid 2022, with a sold out east coast tour.
The Heart Collectors returned to the US in February to officially showcase at FAI’s 2023 conference in Kansas City, whilst their latest EP Timeless Space went to no. 5 on the FAI Folk Charts.
With soaring cello, intricate guitar, sparkling mandolin, boot banging banjo, passionate strikes of a tambourine and the thundering of the bodhran, these four charismatic performers create real musical synergy, marrying progressive folk/rock sensibilities and clean classical precision.