// Charm of Finches
Charm of Finches are a young Melbourne sister duo Mabel and Ivy. Still in their teens, their songwriting gently sways through melancholy, whimsy, a pure blend of vocal harmonies and gently picked guitar.
Q&A, with Mabel Windred-Wornes (singer, songwriter, guitarist)Define your genre in five words or less:
Folksy, gentle, soulful, intimate, harmoniesHow long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
We started out busking as "The Highway Sisters" at the ages of 8 and 11 with our friend Bel singing A Capella hillbilly and Celtic songsWe had a sign that said, “Busking to go to Ireland” but we ended up spending our savings recording our first EP in 2014. Ireland is still waiting! After we became a sister duo, we started busking the entire catalogue of First Aid Kit's songs, until I started writing my own at about 12 years old. In fact, the day I read that Klara from First Aid Kit wrote the songs for their debut album "Drunken Trees " at age 13, I decided I could take my songwriting seriously and I've been writing songs prolifically ever since! Also, seeing them play at the Sydney Opera House for my 13th birthday was unforgettable and lit a fire in me!What are your favourite venues?
I'm very fond of Folk Festivals. The crowds are so dedicated to music and respect artists. The Troubadour at Newstead Live Music Festival was amazing! We launched our Ep at The Northcote Uniting Church, and that is a beautiful space!What are your top 5 favourite albums?
Dan Parsons’ self titled album First Aid Kit – well, all four of their albums but particularly Stay Gold. The Mae Trio – Housewarming The Shins – Port of Morrow Domini Forster – Little DreamerWhat is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
Again, First Aid Kit at the Sydney Opera House . Our family drove up there for my 13th birthday and it was perfect in every way! Our EP launch was very special, and playing with Clare Bowditch at The Corner after winning her Winter Secrets competition was truly lovely, fun and special.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I normally write songs about experiences, emotions, concepts and thoughts, particularly growing up and overcoming obstacles. Images from nature seem to pop up in my songs a lot. Sometimes I hear a melody, and just sing any old words into a phone just to get the melody down before it goes. Sometimes the words are completely thrown away, but sometimes they grow into images and the songs grows from there! Then sometimes the guitar leads the way. Just a chord progression. "Paper and Ink " came out of a poetry competition Ivy and I had one rainy afternoon in them bedroom. We had the guitar riff playing while we wrote.