8 June, 2024

Duo’s hearty folksy tunes

SINGER songwriter duo Malia Sterling and Josh Maynard are bringing all the folk and the feels to Elixir Music Bar on June 15.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

Folk duo Malia Sterling and Josh Maynard will perform at Elixir Music Bar next weekend. Picture: Supplied
Folk duo Malia Sterling and Josh Maynard will perform at Elixir Music Bar next weekend. Picture: Supplied

Travelling around the country with their songs about life, love and loss, the nomadic duo has been busking and performing with their original songs and covers of some of Australia’s biggest bands like Goanna.

Having shared the stage with great musicians like Thirsty Merc, Russell Morris, Dave Gleeson, Jack Jones, Shane Howard, John Schumann, Vanessa Amorosi and more, the duo is now fronting the stage at Elixir Music Bar next Saturday for an upbeat night of heartfelt folk with Cairns’ only Andy Brassett opening the stage.

“We were both singer songwriters from a young age and since we met in 2021, we’ve been performing around the country,” Ms Sterling said.

“We play a combination of both of our original music and our favourite Australian covers from artists like Missy Higgins, Goanna and Paul Kelly.

“Our music focuses on our observation of the world around us and using our experience and other people’s experiences to paint a picture of what it’s like living in Australia in this day and age, the things you question and life itself,” she said.

“With our music having a strong, firm hold on the roots of Australian music, that’s what really inspires us and stylistically we put that across,” Mr Maynard said.

The pair said that for their first performance in Cairns they wanted to bring their best repertoire with some amazing covers.

“We were in Cairns three years ago busking, but this is our first ticketed event and we’re excited to perform at Elixir. They put on such amazing stages and lighting, we can’t wait,” Ms Sterling said.

“This show combines guitar and vocal skills across the board with a firm hold on Australian storytelling and we also like to get people up and dancing. We’ve got some upbeat well known tunes that we like to include to get people involved,” Mr Maynard said.

“Live music is such an important thing to be supporting at the moment, with so many festivals cancelling, and it’s a great way to see artists from all around Australia and see what they bring to the table,” Ms Sterling said.

“We’re very excited to be sharing our music in a new place and bringing our stories from all over Australia to Cairns, so come along and share in the energy and sing the songs that you know,” she said.

To buy tickets, visit Elixir Music Bar’s Facebook page.


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