With their debut album "A Book Like This" officially released in the UK last month, Angus & Julia Stone, have been touring overseas for the last few weeks but the Northern Beaches duo are back and about to start a national tour here in June.
A regular at Blues Festivals here in Australia, many 702 listeners would have heard us play their song "Just a Boy" - today, they play it live as our Performer of the week.
Raised in the northern beaches of Sydney, Angus & Julia's love of music was inextricably intertwined with their experiences of growing up in their musical family. A long line of musicians made for an environment that encouraged the duo to express themselves using their voice and any of the many instruments lying around the house.
Music continued to play a role in their lives throughout their teenage years. Living at their dad's place and being 'unemployed'ish' - a state that saw Angus working at odd-jobs as a labourer, and Julia teaching-trumpet - the two musicians treated their music as a personal discovery and outlet for their thoughts and observations. When Julia returned home after a year of traveling she encouraged Angus to play his music at some local open-mic nights, and not long after, having helped him out with some backing harmonies, she joined him on stage to play some of her own compositions.
The duo soon caught the attention of radio stations and a booking agent, and shortly afterwards went on to further their reputation by being booked on the bill for Australian festivals, The Great Escape, Splendour In The Grass and Homebake.
In 2006 Angus & Julia, along with their permanent drummer - third member of the band - Mitchell Connelly, relocated to the UK and were quickly taken under the wing of lead singer/songwriter Fran Healy from the band Travis, who began to help them out with material which would become a part of their debut album "A Book Like This".
With a producer to guide them, Angus & Julia sat on Fran's lounge-room floor, continuing to record songs, using vintage guitars and microphones. The rest of the songs from the album would be recorded in their mother's lounge room back in Newport with producer and friend, Ian Pritchett.
Today Angus & Julia Stone are our Performers of the week.