Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.
Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Hamish and Lachlan Davidson are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act,” according to Troy Cassar-Daley.
Their latest album, Here To Stay was released in July 2011 and contains eleven new tracks, ten of which are written by the brothers. It features many of Hamish and Lachlan’s favourite Nashville session musicians playing with them on a wide range of tracks – from a 180 beat per minute banjo instrumental to more classic stories of heartbreak and Australian culture. Whilst Here To Stay remains steeped in bluegrass tradition, it contains a dash of new grass flavours and is patented with Davidson Brothers’ live energy.
“The year’s hottest country record ... all music should be this much fun.” – The Age
In recent years, the Davidson Brothers have toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in the USA in 2004 and 2009. They were later invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In June of this year, the brothers completed their first European tour and performed at the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands.
The brothers have toured with Australian country music veterans such as Troy Cassar-Daley and Lee Kernaghan, shared the stage with household names like Tommy Emmanuel, Kasey Chambers and Jimmy Barnes and have also performed on many national television programs including Spicks & Specks and Good Morning Australia.
"Two young blokes with all the energy and drive of their generation and an
innate ability to transpose that energy to a younger audience.” – Capital News Magazine
Both Hamish and Lachlan are graduates of the Australian Country Music College. In 2003 they won the State Final and were Runner Up in the Grand Final of the National University Band Competition, which also saw Hamish win Best Overall Musician. At the Australian Bluegrass Championships, Lachlan took out the Mandolin Championship three years in a row from 2008 – 2010, with Hamish winning the Fiddle Championship in 2000, then later, the Banjo Championship in 2009. Together, they were recognised as finalists in the Most Outstanding Musicians category of the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music.
The Davidson Brothers are currently touring nationally with their new album, Here To Stay. For tour dates and upcoming appearances, head to www.davidsonbrothersband.com.