Madeline Leman & The Desert Swells
Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells create an Americana retro surf sound that is both silky smooth and a little bit country kitsch. Influenced by the rock n’ roll, blues, surf and soul traditions Madeline and her band create a fresh sound that transcends the country genre. Influenced by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Eilen Jewell, Madeline captivates audiences with stories of strong female protagonists, cowboys and truck drivers who ramble their way through the mundane and the profound. With Fabian Hunter on electric honky tonk guitar, Alexander Bleakly on double bass and Leah Senior providing the rich Gram and Emmy Lou style harmony, Madeline Leman and the Desert Swells are a new Americana outfit that is both sinful and soulful, heartbreaking and leg shaking.
“Some of us come leaping into this world with a sparkly set of pipes ready to conquer the ears of the masses. Sarah’s tone, timbre and delivery sit squarely at the other end of the spectrum: honed by a life of keen listening, while supporting or collaborating with other singers and musicians, Sarah’s voice has matured into the kind of ripe fruit that artists dream of possessing - considered, compassionate, wise, strong and female” - Jackie Marshall, The Travelling Songwriter’s Almanac, April 2018.
Sarah Carroll has performed at most of Australia’s high-profile festivals over a 25 year career, and is noted for her work with GIT, The Junes and The Cartridge Family. She launched her epic progressive country album Star Parade, out on Sugarrush Music, with a national tour and a trip to the USA, where she appeared at Americanafest as part of the Australian contingent. Star Parade reached the top 5 on the Airit regional radio charts and has received golden reviews in the press as well as strong support from public radio and the ABC across the country. Sarah has enjoyed supporting high-profile artists at home such as Kinky Friedman (USA), Mic Conway, Old Man Luedecke (Canada), Eddi Reader (Scotland), Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers and one of Australia's finest songmen, Neil Murray. In the USA, she works with the likes of Anne McCue, Tommy Womack and Bill Kirchen. Sarah is an experienced radio broadcaster and music writer, having most recently published an interview with one of her favourite American songwriters, Robbie Fulks in Rhythms magazine.
Since picking a guitar up for the first time only eight years ago, Brooke Taylor has already crammed more into the resultant time frame than many performers do in a career. A musical grounding in both her home city Melbourne and Sydney, Brooke soon started travelling and playing around the world. Auckland witnessed her first “overseas” gig before an eventful tour of Canada followed, which included playing at venues in Vancouver, Calgary and Banff. The Canadian trip required Brooke to live in a seven seater mini-bus throughout the tour, while travelling over 3000k across country. The retirement of the 600 dollar mini-bus coincided with Brooke’s first visit to America and subsequently she played gigs in New York. Arriving in the UK on Australia Day (January 26th) in 2008, Brooke then moved to Leeds 2 weeks later, to pursue her music career in England. With a voice which can cover country to bluesy with equal poise and assurance, Brooke can turn from foot-stomping to poignancy with incredible ease. Song-writing two weeks after her first introduction to a guitar, Brooke has developed into an accomplished song-writer with a penchant for the human vulnerabilities, fears and joys which everyone experiences and which allows the audience to empathise and relate to.