The Ocelots (UK) + Anna Smyrk

7pm, Saturday 29th February 2020

The Ocelots
Anna Smyrk

The Ocelots (UK) 

Situated in Wexford, 20 year old twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots. They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Their music perfectly embodies the breezy effortlessness of early Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.
During the 2018 summer festival season The Ocelots performed all across Ireland, UK and mainland Europe and also toured with acts such as Jack Johnson, Glen Hansard, Hudson Taylor and Isaac Gracie. Since then they have been back in the studio working on their next EP which will be released in 2019. This their first tour of Australia will include their new material as well as showcasing the first single of the forthcoming EP.
The Ocelots live set combines all that is great about live folk music, so come and be charmed by the charismatic duo.
Visit their web site.
Anna Smyrk 
Anna Smyrk has come a long way since growing up on a lavender farm in Central Victoria. With her sun-drenched voice and songs about far-flung corners of the world, Anna paints stunning pictures of places she’s lived- from the sapphire waters of the Solomon Islands to a dusty city in Cambodia.
In 2016, Anna released her first solo EP, “Song of the Silver-tongued Magpie.” The debut was applauded by critics; Rhythms Magazine described as “a slow-burning gem”, while ABC Radio National called it “exquisite.”
Anna has performed at Port Fairy Folk and Dorrigo Folk Festivals, and recently supported Dave Graney in Melbourne. She won the Queenscliff Music Festival Foot-in-the-Door competition and competed in the Telstra Road to Discovery competition. She’s had songwriting mentorship from some of Australia’s finest, including Henry Wagons, Jeff Lang and Abbie Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride).  
In January 2019, Anna toured the UK for the first time. Playing to packed out folk clubs earned Anna invitations to return to UK in 2020 for festival and headline appearances.
Visit her web site.
The Ocelots (UK)

"The Ocelots possess a strong back catalogue and a thoroughly entertaining live show.  This, couple with their down-to-earth demeanour makes the duo relatable and with a strong first EP under their belts, it's clear they have a promising career ahead of them." - Sinead Furlong

Anna Smyrk

“A glorious piece of musical storytelling…haunting, almost folkloric.” – The Au Review

“Packs a heart-rending and elegant punch.” – The Soundcheck

“Full of evocative imagery and sensuous, intertwining melodies.” – Timber and Steel 

“Her lilting vocals have an uplifting warmth.” – Folk Radio UK 

“Exquisite folk tunes.” – ABC Radio National

“Anna’s music has a wonderfully self-assured quality, the sound of someone who has her own stories to tell and her own way of telling them.” – Jeff Lang

“A heady mixture of lilting folk and dark Americana-style country, combining effortlessly.” – Rhythms Magazine

“A stunning effort from a thoughtful songwriter… Smyrk’s delicately crafted folk tunes have made her a local name to watch.” – Tonedeaf magazine

“Anna Smyrk’s songs have such a charm about them. There’s a graceful understanding of all that has gone before, coupled with a determination to express what she thinks and feels, in her own beautiful way. A glorious combination of talents.” – Charles Jenkins