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Sister duo Charm of Finches from Melbourne, Australia, make haunted tunes about love, grief and whispering trees; indie folk with many stringed things, awash with seamless blood harmonies traversing melancholy and wonder in equal measure.

The duo of sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes continue their fascinating exploration of evocative and ethereal folk music. The new single is propelled by a rhythmic pitter-patter, baroque sensibilities via strings, horns and piano with the sisters’ beautiful harmonies soaring in effortless flight above the music. Their fusion of traditional folk and more contemporary indie-folk aesthetics makes for an intriguing sound. One for fans of Tiny Ruins and First Aid Kit.

We wrote this song last year during Melbourne’s long lockdown, where we were staying inside and isolating for a long time. We started to look for ways to find calm and strength in a time where feelings of isolation and frustration could easily consume. Meditation was one of those ways and we found just concentrating on breathing was a simple way to melt away stress. This song is a simple self-reminder to do that. And realising that your body is a play of light and colour.” 

Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes grew up busking old time tunes and singing on festival stages around Australia.

Their music has featured on Australian television, and was nominated for the 2020 Music Victoria Best Folk Album Award and 2020 Australian Music Prize.

They are releasing their third full length album “Wonderful Oblivion” in October 2021 through New York-based label AntiFragile Music.

Mabel Windred-Wornes: vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cello, ukulele
Ivy Windred-Wornes: vocals, violin, banjo, glockenspiel
Daniel Ledwell: drums, percussion, bass, electric guitar, piano, harp, flugelhorn, trombone
Finn Milne: piano (track 4)
Indyana Kippin: viola (track 8)


All songs written and arranged by Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All horn arrangements by Daniel Ledwell

Releases October 22nd, 2021

Charm of Finches are sister “dream folk”duo Mabel and Ivy, from Melbourne, Australia, They create angelic harmony-laden chamber-tinged folk for the famished soul. Influences include First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens.

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Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written and arranged by Charm of Finches
except track 10 written/arranged by Charm of Finches & Cian Bennet

Mabel: vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, piano, electric guitar, ukulele
Ivy: vocals, violin, banjo, glockenspiel, piano, guitar, ukulele
Cian Bennet: vocals & trumpet on track 10
Dan Witton: double bass on track 7
Nick Huggins: electric guitar on track 8 & tinkly piano on track 10

releases November 29, 2019

Charm of Finches are sister “dream folk”duo Mabel and Ivy, from Melbourne, Australia, They create angelic harmony-laden chamber-tinged folk for the famished soul. Influences include First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens.

“We were walking across a bridge when we came upon a group of young people, probably not much older than us, who were obviously grieving. There were flowers and beer cans hanging from the bridge, and we found out their friend had jumped off the bridge during a party and didn’t make it.
This stayed with us all day. As a young person, how do you deal with losing someone who was so young and had their whole life ahead of them? That evening we wrote this song.”

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Melbourne sisters Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, Charm of Finches, celebrate the one year anniversary of their stunning debut album “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” in the lush Velvet Room at The Thornbury Theatre.
 Named one of the best releases of 2016 by ABC Radio National, it was produced by Melbourne luminary Nick Huggins and features ten delicate songs about heartbreak, solitude and whispering trees awash with the young duo’s signature angelic sibling harmonies.
The duo, aged 17 and 14, were awarded The 2017 National Folk Festival Gill Rees Young Musicians’ Award in Canberra, and continue to win hearts at music festivals over the country with their unique dreamy folk sound, both delicate and authentic.

“folk purity…affecting and emotional” The Music

Praise for “Staring at the Starry Ceiling”:
“For a duo so young to conjure a full album of music so candid and original as this is astonishing…Charm of Finches sound like they’re mining something far more ancient and universal”

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Charm of Finches are sister “dream folk”duo Mabel and Ivy, aged 17 and 14 from Melbourne, Australia, and produce harmony-laden chamber tinged folk for the famished soul. Influences include First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens.  Two talented young artists/sister duo in an airy, chamber folk style which emphasizes lyrics. Melbourne based dream-folk sister duo Charm Of Finches have had a massive year so far, launching their album “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” and picking up some high profile support slots around the country.

Their debut album “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” features the duo’s signature angelic sibling harmonies, with a distinct chamber-folk flavour coming from the instrumentation: cello, violin, guitar, ukulele, lyre, banjo, piano, glockenspiel: all played by the sisters, now aged 16 and 13.

The “singing finches” have played Australian folk and roots festival stages since releasing their debut EP “Home” in 2016.

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Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written and arranged by Charm of Finches

Charm of Finches are sister “dream folk”duo Mabel and Ivy, aged 16 and 13. They live in Melbourne, Australia, and produce harmony-laden chamber tinged folk for the soul. Influences include First Aid Kit, Agnes Obel and Sufjan Stevens. Charm of Finches debut EP “Home” was recorded at Emotion Studios, Rosanna, Melbourne in April/May 2014. It contains six songs written and performed by sister duo Charm of Finches (Mabel and Ivy are 16 and 13 at present, but funnily enough this changes every so often!). The songs lilt between melancholy and whimsy and come with lashings of guitar, vocal harmonies and generous servings of glockenspiel and cello, all tastefully recorded and served up by Michael Johnson, Evripedes Evripidou and Charm of Finches.
All songs and arrangements by Charm of Finches. Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written by Mabel Windred.

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Mabel: vocals, guitar, cello, glockenspiel, clapping
Ivy: vocals, glockenspiel, clapping
Jo Windred and Michael Johnson: clapping