A fire that was rapidly approaching their Queensland property meant that Penny & Roger were unable to leave it to come to Sydney for their scheduled concerts back in February last year including the one here at Humph Hall.
However, they are back! :-)
For over 30 years Penny Davies & Roger Ilott have being writing and singing songs that are truly Australian. Millions of Australians hear and love their songs every week on Ian McNamara's “Australia All Over” ABC Radio show.
They have released 16 albums since their debut album, Restless, in 1983 - all feature “trademark clean tight vocals, excellent musicianship and high production values.” (Lonnie Martin, Folk Rag)
They have been featured artists at numerous festivals around Australia, most recently the Woodford Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival & the Jondaryan Heritage Festival.
Visit their web site.
"Imagine if the Byrds had managed to persuade Linda Ronstadt to be their lead singer - or imagine if Sandy Denny had gone to California and formed a band with Clarence White.... Imagine a voice that combines elements of Linda (passion and warmth) and Sandy (folk credibility and depth) and you have the voice of PENNY DAVIES. Yet she sounds very much like herself - her voice is uniiquely her own - with no false notes, no "bunged on" Texas twang or finger-in-the-ear earnestness. Combined this with the brilliant musicianship and arranging/production skills of the Byrdsian ROGER ILOTT - and the songwriting and perfect song selection they both bring to all their work - you can't IMAGINE anything more powerful, yet sensitive. It's folk and rock - with elements of country. It's poetry with power. It's humour and it's very Australian - yet with universal appeal..... Imagine......!" - says a long-term fan
"I could listen to them sing the telephone book" - noted folklorist, Alan Scott
"Two of Australias great folk artists" - ABC radio presenter David Mulhallen
“You are great performers and I can give you the greatest compliment - you are as Australian as you can get.” - Dick Smith, Australian entrepreneur & adventurer
“When Macca plays you the country listens. This Stanthorpe duo has really set up a cottage industry with their prolific series of folk albums…wonderfully authentic and descriptive songs of Australia .” - Rick Jenner, Capitol News
"In concert the duo enthral audiences of all ages with their natural warmth and humour and sparkling acoustic arrangements, using guitars, banjo and mandolin. Their wide repertoire contrasts powerful and moving songs of the Australian landscape and its people with light-hearted glimpses of the Australian character. They provide an amazing view of Australia and Australians, with no hint of a lesson in geography, people or social issues. And yet their material is almost entirely based on those subjects theres no hype or showbiz airs and graces about the couple, theyre calm and competent performers who deliver a provocative and thoroughly entertaining show." - Bauxite Bulletin