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 and guitar, harmony vocals, and tasteful songwriting, 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 musical and personal chemistry as a rare and beautiful thing to see live.
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, St Alban’s Folk Festival, Maleny Music Festival, Hill End Arts Festival, Escape ArtFEST, Cullulleraine Music Festival, The Great Alpine Bluegrass Pick, Tamworth Country Music Festival, as well as appearing at Woodford Folk Festival. In 2016, Cielle was announced as a finalist in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and has just recently been selected for the "Women in String Bands CD Project" through the Australian Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association.
Currently, Cielle and James spend many months of the year on the road, touring around in their beloved 1986 caravan “Bessie”, with their two black labradors, Wilson and Tilly; whilst writing a bunch of new songs in preparation for their first full length album "In the Shadow of the Mountain" which is due for release in May 2018.
"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
"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 a new artist stand up and run their own race"..... Aleyce Simmonds - Award Winning Australian Country Music Artist 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)