Drawing their inspiration from the warmth of old-style bush entertainment and folklore, Chloe and Jason Roweth (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina) work with vibrant arrangements of new and old traditional Australian ballads and work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes weaving together and carrying forward many threads of the Australian tradition.They also specialise in themed presentations (Henry Lawson, First World War, shearers, bushrangers, rebels) forging unique combinations of music, folklore and social history.
Bill Browne (kit drums), Jac Bradley (five string banjo, fiddle) and Matt Nightingale (bass) share an extraordinary ability to use their instruments to tell a story. The Roweth Band seamlessly combines new and old, extending our understanding of the value and power of folk music, reflecting on modern Australia with all the depth of our strong traditional roots.
“Jason and Chloe Roweth are without question two of our finest interpreters of Australian traditional folk music. Their large body of work stands as a testament to their expertise as musicians; incorporating electric, country, blues, rock, grunge, show and ‘trad’ sounds to explore Australia’s rich traditions. Far from predictable in approach, they incorporate song, dance tunes and spoken word to showcase lesser-known songs alongside popular favourites; ultimately displaying their deep knowledge and respect for the material.” – Ruth Hazleton