Cielle Montgomery and James Church are ‘Montgomery Church’ - a blend of acoustic folk, americana and bluegrass influences, grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of country New South Wales. With their organic union of dobro and guitar, harmony vocals, and elegant songwriting, this captivating duo are enthralling in their dynamic intimacy and embrace all that is subtle, spacious, and sensitive.
Since their formation in 2016, Montgomery Church have been quietly but quickly gathering a fan base who site their undeniable chemistry as a rare and beautiful thing to see live. "When listening to the beautiful acoustic sounds and instrumentation of Montgomery Church, you can’t help but draw comparisons to the great Allison Krauss and Union Station. It’s so exciting to hear artists stand up and run their own race”...(Aleyce Simmonds - Golden Guitar winner)
Their highly anticipated new album "In the Shadow of the Mountain" is the duo's first collective offering; an 11 track summary of their unique qualities and that special intangible ‘something’ that all the great duos possess. A sort of ‘alignment’ that speaks a greater volume than the sum of their parts. “Our goal was to create something ‘honest’ that sounded just like us. We want the listener to feel like they’re at a live show or sitting in our lounge room at home when they hear the album” says Cielle.
Recorded mostly live in an old barn in country NSW, with Producer Syd Green at the helm, the duo present something raw and tangible, with the listener invited to ‘hear the room’ and experience the space between the music. The buzz of the strings, the flow of the breath, the creak of a chair and the whir of the crickets add a depth of character.
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