“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 Kymrie, Mobius, Tristan and Reuben instantly collect your heart.
Since releasing their debut album ‘Sangrael’, and being taken under the wing of prominent Australian Music Producer, Jordan Power (301 Studios Australia – Xavier Rudd, Lady Gaga, Angus and Julia Stone, Kasey Chambers, Powderfinger), The Heart Collectors have gone from strength to strength, making waves internationally – recording four studio albums and completing two world tours. The Raison D’etre of The Heart Collectors is to be a difference. This driving force of the band has led them to ignite and create an annual not-for-profit environmentally conscious festival in their home village, O’Heart Festival, as continually supporting a number of local charities in their region.
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 (as known from Rolling Stone Magazine), and John T Davis (as known from Austin Chronicle).
During this period, the band met Billy Crockett, owner of Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, who invited them to record their third studio album ‘Back To The Garden’ in the USA. Their single from this album titled “One”, an anthemic call to environmental support and action, fronted the release as a free download on their website.
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 headlining performances 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 Levi’s Corner House.
Continuing the momentum, The Heart Collectors returned to Australia and continued with performances at 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), inspired by their journey’s through England and Ireland. The title track being added to the Official Spotify Playlist “Fresh Folk”.
The Heart Collectors kicked off 2018 on a high, returning to Tasmania for a January concert tour, with special headlining appearances at ‘Tamar Valley Folk Festival’, and showcasing at Cygnet Folk Festival. Leaving for 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 Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal, Canada.
On to England and Ireland in May ’18 – headlining Rochester Sweeps Festival, along with performing for Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Concert (raising funds for Leukemia 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, receiving invitations to tour other European countries.
The Heart Collectors returned to the Australian festival circuit in August 2018 headlining O’Heart Festival, Folk By the Sea, Tyalgum Music Festival, Redfest, Gold Coast Folk Festival, and the spectacular Nimbin Blue Moon Cabaret.
Starting 2019 The Hearts were “On the Road Again” to Tasmania in January and to the USA in March 2019 with invitations to showcase at SXSW. In returning to Australia, the next 6 months proved tumultuous for the band. They were directly affected by the Australian bushfire crisis several times. With close friends, family and community losing businesses and homes, they collectively decided to postpone their September US Tour for a period of fundraising concerts, rebuilding local shops and supporting their community. During this time they physically participated in the rebuilding, along with performances. In November, despite the challenges, the band completed the recording of their 4th album “Time to Say I Love You”. The Heart Collectors released 4 singles from the album, before releasing the full album on July 24th.
In the wave of USA and UK tour cancellations due to 2020 lockdowns, the Hearts have continued to find creative ways to connect with both their Australian and International fan bases. They released one track a fortnight from their new record ‘Time To Say I Love You’, as well as being 1 of 12 Australian artists to be part of the premier programme Global Music Match – a world wide initiative to connect musicians and industry in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.
From the connections they built through 2020, The Heart Collectors have momentum in 2021, joining Folk Alliance International for Folk Unlocked Private Showcases, ISOL-AID Unlocked, and the Artists in (Their) Residence Programme. Now as the possibilities are opening to tour again in Australia, The Hearts are starting with Tasmania this January/February,
With soaring cello, intricate guitar, sparkling mandolin, boot banging banjo, passionate strikes of a tambourine and the thundering of the bodhran drum, these four charismatic performers create real musical synergy, marrying progressive folk feels, rock sensibilities and clean classical precision.
Get ready to have your heart collected…
The Heart Collectors are:
Kymrie Henge: Lead Vocals, Percussion, Piano
Mobius Barnaby: Vocals, Cello
Tristan Dafoe: Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin
Reuben Loire: Vocals, Guitar
– Listen (album 2) – 2015; Pozo Hondo Studios, Round Top, TX, USA; Spins the Gold Records Pty. Ltd; MGM Distribution
– Back To The Garden (album 3) – 2016; Blue Rock Artist Studio, Wimberely, TX, USA; Spins the Gold Records Pty. Ltd; MGM Distribution.
Tall Ships Festival – UK, 2017
Farm Fest Take Over – UK, 2017
Rochester Sweeps Festival – UK, 2017, 2018
O’Heart Festival – Aus, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
RedFest – Aus 2017, 2018