Charm of Finches, aka sisters Mabel and Ivy, aged 16 and 13, emerge from an eclectic musical environment of classical strings and Celtic folk, and have been likened to artists as diverse as Danish chamber songstress Agnes Obel, First Aid Kit and Gillian Welch.
Their debut album "Staring at the Starry Ceiling" features the duo's signature angelic sibling harmonies, with a distinct chamber-folk flavour coming from the instrumentation: cello, violin, guitar, ukulele, lyre, banjo, piano, glockenspiel: all played by the sisters, now aged 16 and 13.
The "singing finches" have played Australian folk and roots festival stages since releasing their debut EP "Home" in 2016.
Their song "Paper and Ink" won the 2015 Darebin Music Feast Songwriter's Award.
This album was recorded with the assistance of the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
"The girls sang with an angelic beauty, hitting high notes with ease. Their harmonies rose and fell seamlessly with an impeccable blend. The performance captured the innocence of their youth, and the breadth of their talents. It was pure and natural and heart warming. "
released July 29, 2016
Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written and arranged by Charm of Finches
Produced and Engineered by Nick Huggins and Mabel Windred-Wornes
Mixed by Nick Huggins
Mastered by Sam John at Precise Mastering, Scotland, UK
Additional Engineering on tracks 3, 4 and 7 by Neil Thomason
Mabel: vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, cello, banjo and glockenspiel
Ivy: vocals, violin, lyre, banjo
Nick Huggins: percussion on track 1
Georgia Dillon: flute on track 8
Andy Rigby: hammered dulcimer on track 9
All Photography by Emma McEvoy
except Mabel solo by Loc Nguyen-W.D.N
Layout and Design by Di Diddle
Recorded variously at:
Nick’s studio in Point Lonsdale, VIC
Mabel’s home studio in Northcote, Melbourne
Head Gap, Preston, Melbourne by Neil Thomason
Andy Rigby’s beautiful harp studio in Malmsbury, VIC