Our Story

The Water Runners hail from South Coast NSW and have become a popular act at pubs, clubs, festivals and other events in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Sydney and beyond. They play a high energy blend of Australian folk with bluegrass, country, roots and rockabilly influences.

John Littrich (guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Neil McCann (banjo, mandolin, backing vocals) have played in various bands for years. Neil formerly played with Australian folk legends, Wongawilli. On percussion and vocals, Dom Littrich (usually busy behind the kit in popular South Coast rockers, Pacific Avenue) keeps things bouncing along together with the talented youngster, Clayton Condon, on Double Bass.  In 2017, The Water Runners were joined by the talented Danita Harris on violin. Danita has played in various bands including folk roots band Strung6teen and, more recently, the Garth Brooks Tribute Show.

The Water Runners have featured at festivals such as the Peak Festival, Kiama Folk By the Sea, Kiama Jazz and Blues, llawarra Folk Festival, Viva la Gong and Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival and have supported numerous acts including the USA's Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass. Their EP, Too Young To Be This Old, was released in 2016 and their first album, Heading South, was released early 2017.The Water Runners have twice been runners up in the Illawarra Folk Festival Song competition. In 2018 they received  a Kiama Council Cultural Grant to help with the recording of a new album incorporating songs based on local stories which they look forward to recording with Australian bluegrass legend, John Kane.

The Water Runners sing songs of life and death and love gone wrong as well as songs based on South Coast stories and legends. They look forward to bringing their special blend of music to somewhere near you soon. In the meantime, they'll be trying to write more songs, hanging out at festivals...and tuning the banjo!