Meeting at Brisbane’s Embassy Bar in 2016, the Indie/Folk duo are made up of Paddy McDermott and Rhys North, both of whom were performing as solo artists in their own right upon their introduction at the venues Open Mic night. Fastforwarding to 2020 and the pair have comfortably established themselves as one of the cities most well-loved folk duo combinations, with a juxtaposition of vocal styles that ventures from a touch of the Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner, to the melodious harmonies of The Beatles
Their debut 2018 5 track EP, ‘The Lemon Tapes Vol.1’ happily reached number 14 in the Apple Music ‘Singer-Songwriter’ Chart, with the Matt Corbyesque lead single ‘Broken Girl’
receiving international airplay, a Triple J feature and a celebrated live performance on ABC prime-time breakfast radio. The bands more recent release, the 2020 single ‘Everytime (I’m a Little Bit Like You)’, was equally well received, with New Zealand’s ‘RNZ’ jumping onto the list of stations enjoying the bands musical offerings and Triple J yet again supporting the song on their ‘Roots n All’ program. The song possesses a palpable sense of the duo’s love of The Beatles sound, which traverses the evolution of the style through to the lyrical ramblings heard in some of Oasis’s later work.
The pair have been well enjoyed by crowds since 2016, With their roots in busking, McDermott & North are constantly on the road traveling the east coast between Cairns and Melbourne gigging and busking everywhere in between, with performances at events including Caloundra Music Festival, Bluesfest, A Day at the Orchard and Sea Shepherd Festivals, as well as Bigsound Busking stages and a notable performance with Melbournes Tinpan Orange. With live performance at their heart, the two have navigated their way across the Australian continent and brought their heartfelt, unassuming method of storytelling in song to a wide reaching, loyal fanbase in their time together.