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, the Snowy's, Far South Coast, Sydney and beyond. We play a high energy blend of original, bluegrass-infused Australian folk with additional influences from country, roots and rockabilly.
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, we were joined by Danita Harris on violin and sweet vocals. Danita has played in various bands including folk roots band Strung6teen and, more recently, the Garth Brooks Tribute Show. In mid July 2019 Clayton got his wish and was called up to the army. Fortunately Gerroa double bass legend, James Turk, has been able to step into the breach and take up where Clayton left off.
The Water Runners have featured at festivals such as the Perisher Peak Festival, Kiama Folk By the Sea, Kiama Jazz and Blues, Kiama KISS ARTS Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Viva la Gong, Jamberoo Music Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival and the inaugural Sydney Folk Festival and have supported numerous acts including the Scotland's Elephant Sessions and the USA's Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass. We were invited to play to the South Sydney Folk Club and The Troubadour Folk Club Woy Woy and we played a weekend residency at Tathra Pub in the summer of 2019. We have a host of festivals coming up and can't wait to play at Tamworth Country Music Festival in Jan 2020.
Our EP, Too Young To Be This Old, was released in 2016, followed by our first album, Heading South, in early 2017. The Water Runners have twice been runners up in the Illawarra Folk Festival Song competition and in in 2018 received a Kiama Council Cultural Grant to help with the recording of a new album incorporating songs based on local stories. That album Point of No Return, recorded at Kangaroo Valley under the guiding hand of Australian bluegrass legend, John Kane, was finished in January 2019. It is available from this website and was officially launched in March, 2019.
The Water Runners sing songs of bushrangers, Aboriginal warriors, grisly murders and ghostly tales...as well as the odd song about love and, of course, love gone wrong. We look forward to bringing our special blend of music to somewhere near you soon. In the meantime, we'll be trying to write more songs, hanging out at festivals...and tuning the banjo!