Beth and the Brave is the latest project by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Beth King, who performs beautiful alternative folk tunes with themes of social and environmental justice, accompanied by Frank Pearce and Elisse Kleiner. Led by Beth’s soaring voice, the trio blends rich vocal arrangements with intricate guitar, banjo, double bass, and flute.
Their debut single ‘Grey Waltz Blue’ was released in late 2014 via an East Coast tour, and second single ‘Forward Line’ in 2015. The trio will release their live CD with accompanying music videos later this year. Their debut EP is due out in early 2017.
Beth and the Brave have performed at Folk, Rhythm & Life, Seven Sisters Festival, Ceres Harvest Festival, Regrowth Festival, End Of The Line and Renaissance Festival, and at a number of leading Melbourne and interstate venues including Federation Square, Toff in Town, Northcote Social Club, The Gasometer, Retreat Hotel, Open Studio, John Curtin and Wesley Anne.
Beth released two studio albums, ‘Powerfully, Silently’ (2010) and ‘Outside, Looking In’ (2011) with former group Beth King & The Hemingway Collective. She has performed extensively since 2005, touring the east and west coasts of Australia and playing at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival and the Darebin Music Feast among others. During the week she ‘moonlights’ as a community lawyer, and is a broadcaster on 3CR 855AM’s Done By Law.
Frank studied double bass at Monash University and has been playing professionally for over 10 years. He runs Squid Studios in Reservoir, Victoria, and performs with Melbourne bands Khristian Mizzi & The Sirens and RPG Radio, touring across Australia and Canada.
Elisse studied flute at the Royal College of Music in London. She has performed classically in London as a soloist and throughout Europe and the Mediterranean, participated in creative residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, and initiated Classical Revolution chapters and performance projects in Melbourne, Montreal and Baltimore. Elisse currently works for The Song Room in Melbourne, where she works with new arrival and refugee children, and performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, tango ensemble The Mash Potangos and improvisation group the Ad Hoc Collective.
Beth and the Brave have a strong commitment to social and environmental justice. They’re interested in building a community of like-minded musicians, and love playing at benefit gigs and community events.
About Beth and the Brave
“I could hear the most beautiful music. I felt like it was calling me … Beth and The Brave… radiated beauty through their music, lyrics and their presence. I can’t wait until they release an album!” Amy Corcoran, Creating a Life More Extraordinary
“She’s an incredibly, incredibly talented Melbourne singer-songwriter. She has a beautiful voice, a beautiful aura and I just love watching her. She’s always projecting this happy peace off the stage, really, really powerful stuff. She’s going to be releasing a new single later this year and is definitely someone to keep an eye on for sure.” Shelley Segal, interviewed by Lillian Alman
“…the alluring yet commanding voice of the gorgeously talented Beth King… is evocative of the classic voice Katie Noonan of ‘George’ and reminiscent of indie pop songstress Leona Prue of ‘All India Radio.'” Jessica Lawson, http://www.thedwarf.com.au
About Beth King & The Hemingway Collective album Outside, Looking In
“Beth King delivers astoundingly beautiful and powerful vocals… Outside, Looking In is a record that makes you want to sit under a tree writing reams of poetry on parchment before throwing it all in a bonfire and doing a mead-fuelled jig around the flames well into the night.” Jorge Branco, Rave Magazine
About Beth King & The Hemingway Collective album Powerfully, Silently
“The long play heavily features some truly beautiful music….. Like a child’ and ‘So I crossed this river’ are full of luscious folk whimsy. King and Hemingway have a distinguished style of song writing that is accompanied by a certain manner of story telling.” Jessica Lawson, http://www.thedwarf.com.au
“Beautiful vox…captivatingly refreshing alternative folk! I’m sure we will be hearing more from the collective on the folk festival circuit…well, I hope so!” Anita Donlon, Nation Chairman: Music Managers’ Forum (Aust)
“It’s clear that this is a band rich with talent. The songs are finely crafted and the vocals and musicianship are all first rate; with a purity that seeps through everything.” Simon Forman, http://www.perfectpitch.com.au
“A delightful job…” Richard Fields, 3CR
INTERVIEWS & REVIEWS
Beth and Beth King & The Hemingway Collective have been interviewed and reviewed in The Age, the Moreland Leader, and:
RIGHT NOW RADIO, 3CR – Podcast of interview here
Beat Magazine – interview here
Faster Louder – photos here
RAVE mag – album review here
BETH KING & THE HEMINGWAY COLLECTIVE
Beth King and the Hemingway Collective formed in 2009 and performed at a number of leading Melbourne venues including the Espy, Rainbow Hotel, Wesley Anne, 303, Gertrude’s Brown Couch, Empress, Open Studio, Great Britain, Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets, Fox Hotel and Workers Club, as well as various community events and benefit gigs. They also played at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Kilmore Celtic Festival and the Darebin Music Feast.
The band launched their debut album ‘Powerfully, Silently’ to a full house at Bella Union Bar, Trades Hall, in May 2010. Their second album ‘Outside, Looking In’ was launched in October 2011 at the John Curtin. In September 2010 and 2011 the band embarked on East Coast Album Launch Tours, sharing their music with audiences in regional Victoria, Canberra, Sydney, Nimbin, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Maroochydore and Newcastle. In February 2012, the band travelled across the Nullabor to share their music with the West Coast.