Here’s news of another new (to us) band from New South Wales. We are pleased to present to you The Water Runners who hail from the South Coast of New South Wales and have become a popular act at pubs, clubs, festivals and other events in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, the Snowy’s, Far South Coast, Sydney and beyond. They play a high energy blend of original, bluegrass-infused Australian folk that also draws on country, roots and traditional folk.
The band comprises John Littrich on guitar, vocals and harmonica; Neil McCann on banjo, mandolin and backing vocals; Danita Harris on violin and vocals; James Turk, on double bass and Dom Littrich on percussion.
John Littrich and Neil McCann have played in various bands and made music together for nearly 20 years. Neil formerly played with Australian folk legends, Wongawilli. Danita has played in various bands including folk roots band Strung6teen and, more recently, the Garth Brooks Tribute Show.
The Water Runners have played numerous festivals such as the Perisher Peak Festival, Kiama Folk By the Sea, Kiama Jazz and Blues, Kiama Kiss Arts Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Viva la Gong, Jamberoo Music Festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Sydney Folk Festival, Folk by the Sea. The group has also supported international acts including Scotland’s The Elephant Sessions and the USA’s Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass.
The Water Runners sing songs of bushrangers, aboriginal warriors, grisly murders and ghostly tales, as well as the odd song about love and, love gone wrong.