Hailing from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia, The Humbuckin’ Pickups play their own brand of folk and roots music, filled with close harmony, versatile musicianship and heartfelt storytelling. A brainchild of frontman and award-winning songwriter Ewan Cloonan, the band formed in 2012 and quickly gained a reputation for their captivating live performances. It is these unforgettable live performances that have seen 'The Humbuckers’ become folk festival mainstays, attracting national attention, widespread airplay and a loyal fan base.
In 2015 the band released their debut album ‘Skullduggery’, a completely live studio album which displayed their raw and heartfelt treatment of Cloonan's songs. This release saw the band's first single ‘Dunedin Star’ climb atop the AMRAP regional charts in December of the same year, a sign of things to come for the group.
In 2019 they return with their second album, The Well. This album sees stories collected from around the world come alive through dextrous musicianship and high-energy performance: "as expected – clean, acoustic playing that’s well balanced with flawless vocal harmonies and beautiful, folk roots melodies" (Divide and Conquer Music).
Recorded live at Taste Police studios in Brunswick by Engineer Tom Dowling, the CD is a raw and honest exhibit of what the band (Maxine Sutcliffe – Bass, Trevor Dwyer – Guitars and Banjo, Vinny Russell – Mandolin) has to offer. At times gentle and conversational, at times raucous and wild, the album is an unadorned showcase of frontman Ewan Cloonan’s award-winning song writing.
"Their passion is palpable as country rock rhythms infuse with soulful melodies and sweet harmonies." - ABC Radio Melbourne