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  • Writer's pictureNeil Mitchell

Melbourne Twin Sister's Alanna & Alicia Release Their Gypsy Waltz Single 'Sincerely, Covid' Ahead Of Forthcoming Album

By Neil Mitchell. Ferne Millen Photography.

Alanna & Alicia are excited to release the album version of their gypsy waltz ‘Sincerely, Covid”, a satirical, cautionary tale Alanna wrote amidst the gloom of Stage Four Melbourne lockdown, during those isolating days which froze the live music scene. ‘Sincerely, Covid’ was initially recorded remotely in the musicians’ homes.

Melbourne twin sisters Alanna and Alicia captivate audiences with their original folky/jazz/ roots songs, their sweet harmonies, and onstage warmth, wit and fun.

Both are gifted songwriters who have won awards at national level, including Best New Talent at Port Fairy Folk Festival earlier in their career. Their lyrics, equal parts heart and humour, sparkle with an original, intimate voice as they explore world and personal issues. As identical twins, their rich, intuitive vocal blend, creates the magical close harmonies unique to siblings.

They are excited to be launching their much anticipated fifth album, ‘Heart Song Listen,’ produced with the support of a Creative Victoria Music Works grant in 2023. On the new album there are personal songs about their grandmother’s battle with dementia, the emotional experience of miscarriage, life in lockdown, and others about the effects of sea level rising, contrasting with upbeat, fun ones such as Everybody Dances in New Orleans and The Teetotaller

Their stunning back catalogue includes the beautiful songs of John Beavis on ‘Songs I’m Singing with Me’ (2017), and original material on ‘Twinlines’ (2013), ‘Two in a Book’ (2010) and 'Funny She’s so much Like Me' 2006. 

They have played at many festivals including the National, Port Fairy, Blue Mountains, Fairbridge, Maldon, Dorrigo, Illawarra, Brunswick, Kangaroo Valley, Woodford, Yackandandah, Cobargo and Newstead Live, as well as folk clubs such as Fairlight Folk, the Merry Muse, Hornsby Ku-ring –gai, the Shack and the Troubadour, Woy Woy.

 In 2015 they went to the US where they played at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City. 

 ‘In concert they are entertaining and lively characters with an unpredictable, unscripted natural humour inspired by close observations and wry story telling. They are brimming with talent, a free spirit and endearing charm’. Jamie McKew, Director Port Fairy (1977 – 2016).



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