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Biography


Photography by Robin Sellick

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.

“All music should be this much fun.” – The Age

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, Wanderlust was released in June 2014 and contains eleven original tracks, three of which are instrumentals. It features the Davidson Brothers' live band - Jacob McGuffie on guitar and Louis Gill on upright bass. Whilst Wanderlust remains steeped in bluegrass tradition, it contains a dash of folk and roots, and is patented with Davidson Brothers’ live energy.

"The Davidson Brothers are talented fellas and awesome guys. I love what they do and I've
really enjoyed the privilege of working with them. This album is a great one." – Dan Sultan

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 2011, 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 Dan Sultan. They 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


Photography by Robin Sellick

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, Wanderlust. For tour dates and upcoming appearances, head to www.davidsonbrothersband.com.


Awards

GOLDEN GUITAR AWARDS
Australian Country Music Awards
2012 - Instrumental, OMFG (2012)
2010 - Instrumental, Fox on the Freeway (2010)
2009 - Instrumental, Left Hand Drive (2009)

TIARA AWARDS
Australian Independent Country Music Awards
2012 - Album of the Year, HERE TO STAY
2012 - Group, My Heart Can't Believe My Eyes
2012 - Best Instrumental, OMFG
2009 - Best Instrumental, Left Hand Drive
2007 - Album of the Year, RAISED ON THE ROAD
2007 - Best Instrumental, Scrub Turkey
2005 - Best Instrumental, Hunter Valley Breakdown
2004 - Best Instrumental, Orange Blossom Special

Melbourne Prize for Music
2010 - Most Outstanding Musicians (Top Ten)

THE SOUTHERN STARS
Australian Independent Country Music Awards
2010 - Group of the Year, Born to Play

Australian Bluegrass Championships (Tamworth, NSW)
2010 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
2009 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
2009 - BANJO Champion (Hamish)
2008 - MANDOLIN Champion (Lachlan)
2008 - Horizon Award / Best Overall (Hamish)
2000 - FIDDLE Champion (Hamish)

27th Annual Smokey Mountain Fiddlers Convention
Loudon, Tennessee, USA
2009 - Bluegrass Band Competition (Runner Up)

NESCAFE BIG BREAK (Australia & New Zealand)
2005 - Winner

Victorian Country Music Awards
2012 - Bluegrass, Rather Be Gone
2012 - Best Instrumental, OMFG
2011 - Bluegrass, Breakin' New Ground (w Kristy Cox)
2011 - Duet, Breakin' New Ground (w Kristy Cox)
2010 - Bluegrass, Born to Play
2009 - Victorian Group, City Life
2009 - Victorian Entertainer of the Year
2009 - Best Instrumental, Left Hand Drive
2009 - Bluegrass, Just To Get To You
2007 - Bluegrass, Don't Turn Me Down

Golden Fiddle Awards (Tamworth, NSW)
2010 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler
2008 - Best Composition, Tipsy Gypsy
2008 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler
2007 - Best Composition, Mojo (Judges Commendation)
2006 - Best Band Featuring a Fiddler

TREV AWARDS (Tertiary Recreation and Entertainment Victoria Awards)
2003 - Best New Act

National University Band Competition
2003 - Best Overall Musician (Hamish)
2003 - National Final (Runner Up)
2003 - Victorian State Final
2003 - RMIT, Final
2003 - RMIT, Heat 1

Tamworth Country Music Festival (NSW)
2003 - Open Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year
2002 - K-Mart Jazzer Smith Memorial Talent Quest, Open Division
1999 - Junior Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year
1999 - Junior Golden Swaggie (with Ailsa Davidson)

Whittlesea Country Music Festival (VIC)
Overall Winner - Whittlesea Country Music Talent Search (2003)


Career Highlights

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
IBMA Fanfest - Louisville, Kentucky USA
European World of Bluegrass - Voorthuizen, Netherlands
Meredith Music Festival - VIC
Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival - Bean Blossom, Indiana USA
Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Festival - Rosine, Kentucky USA
Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival - Conway, Missouri USA
Tri-State Bluegrass Festival - Kendallville, Indiana USA
Port Fairy Folk Festival - VIC
Woodford Music Festival - QLD
National Folk Festival - Canberra ACT
Deniliquin Ute Muster - NSW
GrevenGrass - Greven, Germany
Mud, Bulls & Music - Jymna QLD
Redlands Bay Bluegrass Festival - QLD
Tamworth Country Music Festival - NSW
Tennessee Fall Homecoming - Norris, Tennessee USA
Ya Gubi World Music Festival - Hervey Bay QLD
Gympie Country Music Muster - QLD
Harrietville Bluegrass Convention - VIC (aka. Mountaingrass)
Apollo Bay Music Festival - VIC
DBs at the Ryman

TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Spicks & Specks
Good Morning Australia
Hey, Hey It's Saturday
The Panel
Rockwiz
Burke's Backyard
Carols By Candlelight
Nu Country
Cruisin' The Country
CMAA Golden Guitar Awards
It Takes Two

DVD GUEST APPEARANCES
Sunny Cowgirls, 2011


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