what people are saying about Montgomery Church….. …”Soaring vocals” ……..”Spellbinding Dobro” ……“Stunning harmonies”….
Cielle Montgomery and James Church are ‘Montgomery Church’ - a blend of acoustic folk, americana and bluegrass influences, grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of country New South Wales. With their organic union of dobro, guitar, harmony vocals, and a somewhat contemplative songwriting style, this captivating duo are enthralling in their dynamic intimacy and embrace all that is subtle, spacious, and sensitive. Since their formation in 2016, Montgomery Church have been quietly but quickly gathering a fan base who site their undeniable chemistry as a rare and beautiful thing to see live. "When listening to the beautiful acoustic sounds and instrumentation, you can’t help but draw comparisons to the great Allison Krauss and Union Station. It’s so exciting to hear new artists stand up and run their own race”...(Aleyce Simmonds - Golden Guitar winner)
Their highly anticipated new album "In the Shadow of the Mountain" is the duo's first collective offering; an 11 track summary of their unique qualities and that special intangible ‘something’ that all the great duos possess. A sort of ‘alignment’ that speaks a greater volume than the sum of their parts. “Our goal was to create something ‘honest’ that sounded just like us. We want the listener to feel like they’re at a live show or sitting in our lounge room at home when they hear the album” says Cielle.
Recorded mostly live in an old barn in country NSW, with Producer Syd Green at the helm, the duo present something raw and tangible, with the listener invited to ‘hear the room’ and experience the space between the music. The buzz of the strings, the flow of the breath, the creak of a chair and the whir of the crickets add a depth of character.
Cielle and James have toured extensively throughout Australia over the past 2 years, playing numerous sold out shows, house concerts and festivals including Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, National Folk Festival, Inland Sea of Sound Festival, Summer Hill Folk Festival, St Alban’s Folk Festival, Maleny Music Festival, Hill End Arts Festival, Escape ArtFEST, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Cullulleraine Music Festival, The Great Alpine Pick, Peak Music Festival, as well as appearing at Woodford Folk Festival.
Currently they spend many months of the year on the road, touring around in their beloved (and somewhat famous) retro caravan “Bessie”, with their two black labradors, Wilson and Tilly.
"I was at the Dixie Chicks concert this time last week - and I've got to say, I loved your show even more…!!!!!”…….. Margaret - Mirboo House Concert March 2017 To see Tour Dates, head to the "Gigs" page here
Montgomery Church are proud to be professional members and supporters of the following associations:
Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA)
Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA AMCOS)
The Americana Music Association
Americana Music Association of Australia (AMAA)
Folk Alliance Australia
Australian Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association Inc (ABOTMA)