The Heart Collectors are a popular Australian Folk Band. Since releasing their debut album ‘Sangrael’, and being taken under the wing of prominent Australian Music Producer, Jordan Power (301 Studios Australia – Lady Gaga, Angus and Julia Stone, Kasey Chambers, Powderfinger), the band has gone from strength to strength, making waves internationally – recording three studio albums and completing two world tours.
The Heart Collectors trajectory within the international music scene began in early 2017, representing Australia at South By South West Festival, Austin, Texas. Here, they were enthusiastically watched by public and media alike, receiving a ‘Top Bands To See At SXSW’ ranking in the Austin Statesman, and glowing reviews by prominent music journalists such as John Swenson (Rolling Stones), and John T Davis (Austin Chronicle).
Having been noticed at SXSW by Billy Crockett, (owner of the prestigious Texan Studio, Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio – a prestigious venue on the Folk Alliance International House Concert circuit), they were invited to record their third studio album ‘Back To The Garden’ in the USA. The band was also approached by Gretchen Barber from “Barber Entertainment”, (Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)), who has expressed great interest in promoting the band in the USA, on future tours.
Following this, the band launched their music on the UK music scene with their first ‘UK/IRE’ tour. Here, they enjoyed the warmth and receptivity of UK audiences with a 60 date Concert Tour, including a headline appearance at the classic ‘Rochester Sweeps Festival’ and ‘Greenwich Tall Ships Festival’ in front of thousands. Journeying to Ireland in April ‘17, The Heart Collectors also performed a concert tour across the country, including an appearance at renowned venue Levi’s Corner House.
Returning to Australia in June 2017, they continued the momentum, headlining O’Heart Festival in August, Tyalgum Music Festival, and Redfest in September. The band finished the year recording their fourth album EP ‘Out of the Ashes’ with Jordan Power (the beginnings of their 4th studio album), which has been warmly received by audiences the world over – the title track being added to the Official Spotify Playlist “Fresh Folk” and receiving 20k plays in the first 6 months.
The Heart Collectors kicked off 2018 on a high, returning to Tasmania for a January Concert tour, with special headlining appearances at the famed ‘Tamar Valley Folk Festival’. They then returned to international audiences in March, again invited to showcase at SXSW. Here they were sought out by the Director of Folk Alliance International, Angus Finnan, who invited the band to tour Canada in late 2019.
Then on to England and Ireland in May ’18 – headlining major festivals again, such as Rochester Sweeps Festival, Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Concert (raising funds for Leukaemia research), Sofar Sounds London, and on to a sold-out concert tour of Ireland. In addition to their festival and concert appearances, the band performed on 15 high profile radio shows in both UK and Ireland, and have received many invitations to tour other European countries.
The Heart Collectors returned to Australia in August 2018 to another high profile festival tour, headlining O’Heart Festival, Folk By the Sea, Tyalgum Music Festival, Redfest, Gold Coast Folk Festival, and the famed Nimbin Blue Moon Cabaret.
With a USA tour in the works in March 2019, The Heart Collectors are surfing a retrorocket of recognition and are inspired to be able to share their musical creations with bigger audiences. Despite great interest in the band by European promoters, The Heart Collectors feel inspired to press forward with their first tour of the USA. Their experience showcasing at SXSW gave them a feeling of deep connection with American audiences, and a great sense of re-connection with the Americana Folk music genre that has deeply inspired their songwriting and harmonies.
Imagine Fleetwood Mac with more of an organic, Celtic-inflected lilt of vocals and melody, and you have a rough idea of why The Heart Collectors are so instantly appealing. Add the sentimentality of 70’s inspired Americana Folk harmonies, combined with a progressive lyrical wisdom to invite positive change, and you can see why they are taking the international folk music scene by storm…