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Australian Folk-Country Duo Montgomery Church Release Highly Anticipated New Album

Cielle Montgomery and James Church are Montgomery Church - a blend of acoustic folk, Americana and Bluegrass influences, grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of NSW. With their organic union of dobro, guitar and harmony vocals, this captivating duo are breaking ground in the contemporary folk-country music scene through the masterful control of their instruments, inspired songwriting and magnetic live performances. They have toured far and wide and graced the stages of many iconic festivals including Nannup Music Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Groundwater Country Music Festival & Americanafest in Nashville.

The past eighteen months has seen them embark on the writing and recording of their second album, Where The Quiet Can Hide. Produced by 7 x GRAMMY nominated Producer and Engineer, Erick Jaskowiak (Della Mae, Crooked Still, Darrell Scott) and featuring the duo’s signature acoustic sound that is known to bury deep into the soul. With the addition of some magic from 11 x IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year & GRAMMY Award winner, Michael Cleveland, as well as a selection of Australia’s finest instrumentalists including Paddy Montgomery (Mandolin), Isaac Gunnoo (Double Bass), Rachel Johnston (Cello), Gabi Blissett (Fiddle & Strings Section) & Syd Green (percussion) this 10 track offering represents a true acoustic folk-country sound rarely heard in the Australian music scene today. “We called some of our favourite musicians from around Australia & abroad, the people who really know this music, and their interpretations of the songs breathed even more life into them" says James.

Where The Quiet Can Hide will be the duo’s highly anticipated follow-up to their 2 x Golden Guitar Award nominated debut from 2018. Featuring an all-original collection of songs written in a little house of stone amidst the scenic Snowy Mountains in rural New South Wales and inspired by a range of Australian landscapes and themes, including the isolation of the land, and the history of the Snowy Scheme. “We wanted to create something that is a true and honest representation of our acoustic music style that would stand up next to the sounds and songs of our greatest inspirations” says Cielle.


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