“The String Contingent has wasted no time ensconcing itself in the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance.” - Tony Hillier, Rhythms
"The String Contingent ‘brings to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer…with elements of Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass…they are incredibly skilled…" - Ulf Torstensson, Lira
Facets (2015) ★★★★ - The Weekend Australian
Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre.
2017 sees the launch of their fifth album, recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Windsong Pavillion at Four Winds, Bermagui NSW. Holly, Chris and Graham embarked on a two-part residency at Four Winds to explore different creative approaches to music-making. The resultant album features music that they developed at and between the two sessions, and live free improvisations, which they collectively and spontaneously created in concert. Learn more about the project here.
Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC love nothing better than to play music for an intimate crowd – it’s called chamber music for a reason. Up close, their comradery and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
Want to hear Holly’s bass growl and sing up close? Book The String Contingent for a Parlour gig at your place!
1st - 3rd March - Melbourne
4th March - Gippsland
5th March - Mallacoota
16th - 19th March - Moruya, Nowra, Southern Highlands, Sydney
30th March - 2nd April - Dorrigo, Port Macquarie, Central Coast, Newcastle
6th - 9th April Orange, Young, Wagga Wagga, Temora
How does this thing work?
Once we confirm your gig you will be sent a secret URL to sell tickets to your mates. Parlour gigs are invite only.
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