The Grenadiers are young Australian folk duo Elly Barrett and Missy Jones. Officially formed in 2016, they spent years singing together before realising that it was harder to avoid each other than it was to surrender to the mesmerising pull of voices joined in harmony. Repeated incidents – such as being offered gigs after being overheard in the street – resolved them to make their musical friendship official. And so, here they are: The Grenadiers.
If Missy and Elly seem familiar, it’s for a reason. They’ve been following the Australian folk festival circuit since they were wee folkthings. Ever keen to expand their repertoire, they’ve been regular participants in the old Celtic Southern Cross Music Camp, the Ethno Australia music exchanges, the Folkaphonic Youth Orchestra (even featuring as soloists), the Maleny Celtic Winterschool, and of course, the famous Nash Session Bar. Having honed their performances at festival blackboards, open mics, and midnight firesides, they still love singing best in resonant spaces – under vaulted bridges, in tiled bathrooms, and the Woodford Folk Festival corrugated iron shower blocks.
As well as drawing on the folk traditions they love so dearly, both are surprisingly insightful songwriters for their years. Elly writes original songs marked by captivating melodies and incisive observations about friendships, love, and caring for yourself. As a counterpoint, Missy’s songwriting is steeped in the traditions of Britain and Ireland, but with a distinct Australian twist.
The Grenadiers recently supported renowned English folk-singer Martyn Wyndham-Read during his Australian tour, as well as playing a number of other small concerts in Armidale and Sydney. Their performances have been remarked upon as being “mesmerising” and “full of joy for music.” Audiences can expect music that is chilling, gentle, poignant and lively by turn – you’ll want to listen again and again.
A Final Note…
As a “new” band, The Grenadiers are keen to get out and keep performing – so if you like our sound, act on it. We have a wide range of music suitable for weddings, house concerts and tour supports, are professional and reliable, besides which, what could be better than supporting new and original music?.
Because Elly Barrett is based in the Blue Mountains/Sydney and Missy Jones is based in the New England Tablelands/SE Queensland, they are also available for solo performances. To find out more check out their personal pages below.