Caitlin Harnett hails from Sydney, Australia but her songs evoke Laurel Canyon of the early 1970s. They share the personal and poetic nature of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne’s early songs, along with the fragility of Judee Sill, youthful in their outlook but with age-old concerns at their core. Combined with her guitar, banjo and harmonica, her songs have the lilt of folk, a touch of pop and the honesty of Americana. Caitlin is one of the youngest signings to Mushroom Music Publishing, Australia’s largest independent music publisher. She has been recognised both internationally and locally for her songwriting.
September 2013 saw Caitlin head to Ottawa, Canada to record her debut full length record ‘The River Runs North’ with producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Howe Gelb), Jim Bryson and a group of Ottawa based musicians. The record was released in Australia on October 13th, 2014.
What started as a 2 week recording project has led to a 3 month adventure, which saw her touring from the East coast of Canada to the West. In between she found time for shows in Boston and the Rockwood Music Hall in New York.
Caitlin’s music has quickly garnered International interest. The last 2 years has been spent travelling between Australia and North America. During this time Caitlin has given showcase performances at major International festivals including NXNE in Toronto, Americana Music Festival in Nashville and the Northside Festival in Brooklyn. In October 2014 Caitlin launched her new release at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. Caitlin showcased at Canadian Music Week this May followed by a run of shows in Toronto and Ottawa and a 25 date tour in the states with Charleston-based band SUSTO. In Australia she has performed in many venues around the country and is a regular on the Festival circuit.
Tracks from Caitlin’s previous releases have featured on Australian Primetime television and the compilations from Brite Revolution ‘Americana Song Sampler 2012’ and ABC Australia’s ‘Best of Blues and Roots 2012’.
“A folk singer’s voice, a country singers heartache’s and a songwriter’s talent.” Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald
“Sounds like a wonderful lush mix of folk and country with soulful touches.” Chris Familton, Post To Wire
“She doesn’t seem to worry about modern trends; it’s all about classic songwriting – and a voice filled with heartache, sorrow and joy. “Jeff Jenkins, The Music, ABC radio
“Her sound is earnest and wonderfully simple, like a straight answer in a sea of bullshit.” Emma Dallas, PAN Magazine