String Theories consists of:
Glenn Skarratt (guitar and mandolin)
James Church (dobro)
Simon Watts (violin & viola)
Together they explore the boundaries of ‘New Acoustic’ music. Their unique sound is rich and evocative with instrumentals and vocal songs inspired by great acoustic players such as Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile and Edgar Myer, the trio play music drawing on broad influences with music reminiscent of classical, jazz rock, bluegrass, Irish and more, but falling into none of these categories. Both highly structured and highly improvised, they challenge themselves with each piece to create a wide scope of musical moods.
Glenn and Simon have been performing together for over a decade as the duo, ‘Skarratt & Watts’ and have crafted a tight and dynamic live act between them. Since meeting the young, super-talented James Church, String Theories have received rave reviews at festival and concert performances and supported the Flying Emus on their 2014 Sydney tour.
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Thompson has the gift of bringing a song to life. His passion for music is matched with a powerful voice and uncanny affinity with guitar. His natural wit and exuberance In combination with a history of theatre, TV and film work makes for the ultimate entertainment experience through music. Delivering both audience favourites and indie gems, Greg's repertoire includes songs by Crowded House, Coldplay, Jackson Browne and a number of Australian songwriters.
Braithwaite has dedicated many years to expressing and developing her creativity through the medium of dance as a choreographer, performer and muse and brings the full range of this knowledge and experience to her music. Her adventures crooning in the classy bars of San Francisco's Mission District tapped into an innate musical gift , evident in the intuitive freedom of her soaring vocals, and inspired an ongoing fascination with the spellbinding potential of the chanteuse.
"The thing about String Theories is that they make it look so easy. It isn't! These guys are masters at their craft . . . yet the music is so accessible and entertaining. Just loved having this band open for us on our NSW Reunion Tour dates in 2014." (Genni Kane, lead singer - Flying Emus - multi Golden Guitar and ARIA Award winning band)
“This talented trio make light of the complexities of what has come to be known as New Acoustic Music, creating a remarkably accessible sonic universe that draws the audience in & challenges them in equal parts. “
“Lately it seems one can’t avoid the emergence of new acoustic music/bluegrass/old timey/folk noir etc., deployed by a variety of musicians, young and old of varying backgrounds, but the truth is that nothing beats a group of journeyman musicians who cut their teeth on music that some are just discovering, players who clearly, to hear them play, understand this multi-faceted genre from the inside out."
Swimming to Florida
"One of the standouts of the concert was the moving performance by Greg Thompson & Lesley Braithwaite as 'Swimming to Florida."