Zinnia Blue are a vintage folk and country roots duo from Melbourne, Australia, featuring interweaving guitars and two-part harmonies. The pair create sparse and brooding melodies and lyrical, uplifting ballads inspired by historical stories. Zinnia Blue have distilled their unique sound and eclectic songs for their debut album The Garden, for release in January 2020.
“Zinnia Blue features gorgeous voices and intelligent songs” – ARIA award winner Kavisha Mazzella
Keeping the stories of our past alive can give us new perspectives on our history, our present, and even our future. From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Gillian Welch, folk music has a strong tradition of spinning historical narratives into vital, relevant songs, and Melbourne duo Zinnia Blue is following in those footsteps.
Drawing inspiration from historic moments, Zinnia Blue create unique songs exploring the meaning of the past, often through the perspective of significant women involved in those events. The result is a captivating combination of intelligent songwriting, folk guitar, and gorgeous vocal harmonies.
The heart of Zinnia Blue is married couple Kate Tucker and Matt Ellis who write and arrange the music together, creating a sound that is delicate, earthy, and emotional. Lead singer Tucker’s voice is sweet, rich, and rough around the edges, reminiscent of The Audreys’ Tasha Coates, and her simple fingerpicking guitar style blends perfectly with Ellis’ tastefully intricate melody guitar work. The pair’s voices weave closely together in old-timey two-part harmonies reminiscent of the Milk Carton Kids or Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris.
Tucker and Ellis are joined by a rotating band of guest musicians playing a diverse collection of instruments including dobro, slide guitar, mandolin, violin, and cello. As a duo, or with their string band in tow, Zinnia Blue has played extensively around Melbourne’s inner north, including venues such as The Lomond Hotel, The Clifton Hill Hotel and The Wesley Anne. They have also played well received shows around regional Victoria and interstate, and at festivals such as the Guildford Banjo Jamboree, Nariel Creek Folk Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, and the Cygnet Folk Festival.
Zinnia Blue have distilled their unique sound and eclectic songs for their debut album The Garden, due for release in January 2020. The band are planning a tour and festival appearances throughout 2019 and 2020 to bring their songs to audiences throughout Australia, with appearances planned at the Guildford Banjo Jamboree in September 2019, and the Cygnet Folk Festival in January 2020.