Based in Gerringong and Kiama, NSW, The Water Runners play a high energy blend of Australian folk, performing mostly original songs that combine influences from bluegrass, country, traditional folk and roots as well as the work of contemporary folk artists like Paul Kelly, John Flannagan and The Morrisons. Since 2016, we have played festivals, radio, pubs, clubs and events from Sydney to the Snowy and beyond. Tight harmonies, strong musicianship, clever song writing and great stage banter have earned us a reputation for engaging and entertaining live shows.
In 2019, we finished recording a second album, 'Point of No Return', under the guiding hand of Australian Bluegrass legend, John Kane (Flying Emus.)
In 2020, The Water Runners played for the first time at Tamworth Country Music Festival and were also semi-finalists in 3 categories for the Tamworth Songwriters' Association (making the finals in the Bluegrass category). Also in January we recorded the single "End of the Year" to remember the terrible South Coast Bush Fires. Go to the Music Tab to download this song free.
The COVID-19 lockdown put many live shows on hold in 2020 but, apart from practice and song writing, we still managed to perform a number of small shows as well as radio interviews and several live- streams including the "Sea Tunes Streamed By The Sea" Festival, in Kiama (see video - thanks Jum Media). We were also stoked to finish off the year to find out we'd won the 'Band' category and came second in the 'Open' category in the 2020 Australian National Busking Championships !
Folk Unlocked with Sounds Australia invited us to perform their Isol-aid concert early 2021 sharing our music globally.
We have recorded a new album in January 2021 with Matt Fell in Sydney and the single from that album, "Ocean" was released April 16th 2021. The second single "Eureka" will be released June 11th 2021.
Check out our upcoming gigs and listen to/purchase our music via the 'Music' tab in the menu bar above. Thanks for dropping by!