The McMenamins are a brother and sister duo, drawing on alt country and folk influences, using honeyed vocal harmonies with mandolin and violin driven instrumentals to deliver original acoustic music. Their unique style ranges from storytelling within intimate and sensitive soundscapes to high energy folk which delights audiences time after time.
Recent years have seen the duo release their 4th independent album and include the US in their touring after an overwhelming response to their music.
After securing funding support from State and Federal Government for their 4th Album 'Sand and Stone' their national tour included 2 performances at 2013 Bluesfest Byron Bay as 2012 had turned out to be a very busy and successful year for the duo. After returning from the US they performed at The Queensland Music Awards Ceremony and a showcase at Bigsound in Brisbane.
In Sept/Oct 2011 they played 3 weeks of shows in Oregon, Texas and Tennessee. Feb / March 2012 saw them perform an Official Showcase in Memphis at the Folk Alliance International Conference followed by a week of shows in Austin Texas, including College Shows, Major TV appearances, Radio and University Events.
In 2011 The McMenamins song "Umbrella Town" won a Queensland Music Award, their Second Award and Fifth Nomination and they also won the "Folk & Country" category of the OzSong International Songwriting Competition with their song "63 Years". Gaining some great reviews and widespread airplay on ABC Radio and community stations with their third album 'Long Time Gone', their two tours of the US, and a string of major Australian festival and tour dates in 2010 - 11.
It was back in 2005 when they recorded their debut album and wrapped up their first national tour opening for Missy Higgins which entered them into the consciousness of the masses performing to crowds of thousands in large outdoor stadiums. The duo then went on to be shortlisted in the 2006 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs). The film clip of the single 'How It Is' was in the top 5 video finalists of the 2006 Music OZ Awards and the same song went on to win a 2007 Q Song Award and was in the finals of the 2007 IMAs (Independent Music Awards).
In 2007 The McMenamins toured Queensland opening for The Waifs and their song 'The Last Rain' was shortlisted in the 2009 American Blackbird Song Contest. Previous to their recent Americana and Folk Alliance Showcases The McMenamins have performed showcases at Canadian Music Week in Toronto and Big Sound in Brisbane.
Their festival dates include Woodford Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Festival of the Sun, Peats Ridge, Tablelands Folk Festival, Sydney's The Great Escape and most recently Byron Bay Bluesfest.
They have supported the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, The Waifs, Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko, Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz, Toni Childs, Tim Rogers, Lior, Bertie Blackman, Kate Miller-Heidke, Jez, Ash Grunwald, Jen Cloher, Deborah Conway, & Serena Ryder.
Their four releases are out through MGM distribution, and available on itunes. Tracks from The McMenamins most recent album Sand and Stone are currently receiving airplay on many community and ABC stations around the country and they have future plans for a new release and touring in Australia and America where they have secured a US Booking Agent, Representation and physical distribution.