The Mid North
Five-part harmonies, mandolin, double bass, banjo and guitar huddled around one microphone. This is the best fun you will have…….ever! Bring your dancing shoes, this is a must see act.
“…they combine the spirit of old-time roots music, the energy of the new young string-bands, and the musicianship of bluegrass. Add a touch of jug band and a bit of folk and you get a spirited sound that will have you tapping your feet or looking for a partner to dance with – the best way to describe it is “infectious!”
The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Assc. USA’
The Mid North’s sound is a melding of Old-time, Mountain Folk and Bluegrass, featuring banjo. fiddle, mandolin, double bass, guitar and four-part harmonies.
Their heart-swelling music and catchy melodies have attracted fans of all ages. Their live-shows are both exciting and riotous excursions into the dance music of the past, the joy and sorrow of the human condition and all-in sing-a-longs. They have headlined the friday night at the National Bluegrass festival in Harrietville, they have played numerous festivals in Australia to adoring crowds. The roots revival has welcomed them with open arms and a new generation of listeners are relishing in the melodies, rhythms and heart-on-the-sleeve music that is The Mid North.
At 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival they won both the coveted ‘Battle of the Bands’ out of 600 acts and the ‘Busking Championship’ and were Kasey Chambers ‘fave busking act of the festival’. Their debut album won ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Country Song of the Year’ at the NCEIA Awards 2012. The debut single ‘Rosewood’ reached no1 on the AMRAP radio charts and stayed there for three weeks.
“…they combine the spirit of old-time roots music, the energy of the new young string-bands, and the musicianship of bluegrass. Add a touch of jug band and a bit of folk and you get a spirited sound that will have you tapping your feet or looking for a partner to dance with – the best way to describe it is “infectious!”.” Mark Hudson ‘The Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association USA 2012
For your dose of fiddling. picking, drinking, cussing, redemption and salvation, be sure to catch The Mid North.
The band are a five piece and hail from Bellingen, NSW Australia. Their two albums feature all original material. Their live shows have a mix of original and bluegrass/old-time standards.
“The debut album from ‘The Mid North’ (You were right about the stars) is an amazing album from start to finish. The songwriting, production and performances are outstanding. It will become your next high rotation album. Well worth a listen” Bellbottom Magazine 2012
This album (You were right about the stars) by The Mid North is a corker. This is an album that had me hooked from the first track. Generally I have to listen to an album several times before I begin to warm to it and understand the mood of the music and context of the lyric. Scott Collins in a great songwriter, in fact he reminds me a little of Paul Kelly.
Gregory McGrath Australian Bluegrass Blog 2012
The Mid North are:
Scott Collins – Guitar and Vocals
Bill Faulkner – Banjo
Will Pregnell – Double Bass
John Woolhouse – Mandolin and Fiddle
Cath Cooper – Vocals
SECOND ALBUM: Tales From a Mountain
Tales From a Mountain’ was recorded during 2014 at Noiselab Studios in Bellibgen NSW Australia and was engineered by Scott Collins and produced by Scott Collins and Jay Black. All music and lyrics on the album are original and written by Scott Collins except ‘Lucy Lou’ and ‘I Got You’ written by Scott Collins and Ilo Black, ‘Sparkling Eyes’ written by Cath Cooper, ‘Undertaker’ written by Scott Collins and Vic Manuel.
The band were lucky enough to enlist the help of some very talented guest musicians/friends including:
- Kat Mear (Little Rabbit, Melbourne Australia) – Fiddle on Storm Cloud, Corn Liquor and Minnesota
- Jenny Shimmin – Banjo on I Got You, Can’t Go Fishing, One Fine Day, Brierfield, Lucy Lou, Undertaker, Storm Cloud and Minnesota
- Jamie Sampson – Upright Bass on Corn Liquor, I Got You, Sunshine in My Pocket, Brierfield, Lucy Lou, Undertaker, Storm Cloud, One Fine Day, and Sparkling Eyes
- Hamish Davidson (The Davidson Brothers, Melbourne Australia) – Banjo on Corn Liquor
- Paddy Montgomery (Mustered Courage – Melbourne Australia) – Mandolin on Corn Liquor
- Caleb Klauder (The Foghorn Stringband – Portland Orgeon)– Mandolin on Storm Cloud and No Return
- Sammi Lind (The Foghorn Stringband – Portland Orgeon)- Fiddle on Can’t Go Fishing