"... not only inspire one another but put an indelible smile on the faces of their audiences. Strong harmonies, side-splitting stories and ballads brought to life in a way we hadn't seen before. Heartily recommended."- Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
Lovely, exuberant people who entertain right royally with their
clever vocal harmonies, well chosen songs (trad, contemporary and self-penned),
guitar, concertina and flute with Emma Nixon being a recent addition to the lineup on fiddle. They have created a real buzz which continues to grow through their tours. Venues want them back straight away and audiences follow them round. They continue to attract growing audiences. Their 2015 tour was booked solid and we're looking forward to 2017.
"One of the highlights of the weekend and I would recommend to any festival to book them." - Ken Bradburn, Brampton Live
John, Nicole and Emma are superb singers, technically and emotionally, solo and in delightful and beautifully considered harmony. They play guitar, flute, concertinaand fiddle, and though they play them all exceedigly well - the instruments are there to support and punctuate the songs and never stand between the artists and the audience. The communication is the thing!
"Cloudstreet's sense of fun, fabulous arrangements and well-matched, gorgeous voices add up to a great night's entertainment. They include a touch of theatricality - without overdoing it - to turn their carefully-chosen material into a performance which totally absorbs their audience." - Tudor Folk
"CLOUDSTREET came, sang and conquered with twinkling smiles in their eyes and lots of ambitious music in their hearts. I have loads of respect for Cloudstreet; these Australians have luscious, superb voices, so beautifully controlled at the drop of a hat – but when they mean business, those magnificent voices soar and swell and fly away. That’s not clapping you hear, but the collective sound of jaws dropping. Nicole plays a neat flute and John’s no mean guitarist, but the most satisfying and pleasing aspect is that both are such thoroughly nice people. Not only that, but Cloudstreet keep the crowd very, very happy with good deal of imaginative, well-thought-out and original takes on well-known folk songs. You go to a Cloudstreet gig and it feels as though the clouds have lifted and the sun’s shining again – that’s the effect they have on you!" -
Mick Tems, Cefyddydau Mari Arts
A superb fiddler. Emma has been been working with Nicole as The Wish List (wishlist.net.au) and also with Rebecca and Nic on The Secret History of Queensland (secrethistory.com.au). She briefly joined Cloudstreet in a guest spot at the Black Swan in York in 2010 and then became a full trio member for their 2015 UK tour. Emma studied at Newcastle and is part-way through her PhD on Scottish traditional music and its transmission.
In 2017 Cloudstreet will be touring as a trio and will once again include Emma's excellent fiddle-playing and vocals.
Video with Emma Nixon - 2015 - The Woodturner
A cappella vocals at Dorking Folk Club 2015
Youtube 2015 - Thousands or More - Illawarra Festival
Audience video from Dorking Folk Club 2015
Review of 'Circus of Desires' Australians Nicole Murray and John Thompson, who are Cloudstreet, are among the most exciting duos in recent memory. They fuse a traditional
sensibility with a contemporary edge. This CD's baker's dozen of songs mixes originals with perceptive arrangements of traditional songs, some
British, others Australian. They also include "The Waking Hour" by David Francey, "Sheepskin Creek" by Anne Infante and "The Broken Down
Squatter" written in the 1890s by Charles Flower. Accompanying their first rate singing, Thompson plays concertinas and guitar, while Murray adds
flutes, whistles, fiddle and percussion. A quartet of other musicians contributes a range of other acoustic instruments. Song topics range from
outlawed beer, circuses, gold mining and a superb philosophical song about life by Thompson, "The Circus Of Desires." He also penned a delightful
song about "The Green Man," the mythical figure who serves as the spirit of the Morris dance. The Circus of Desires is uncommonly well conceived
and recorded. It combines musical depth with zestful, insightful performance. This is that rare CD that will appeal to both lovers of traditional music
and those with more contemporary tastes. Certainly Murray and Thompson belong in that special pantheon of exceptional Australian musicians and
songwriters, but go beyond Oz to be world class. It's worth the extra effort to order from Australia.
- Rich Warren in Sing Out Magazine, USA