Listening to Valley Road’s debut album is like finding a patch of shade from the relentless burning sun. It has a restful, quiet beauty that invites you to linger. Their gentle harmonies weave stories of people and places that seem from another time. It's a distilled kind of beauty. A gently plucked guitar, a simple fiddle line and sweet melodies showcase the essence of their sound.” - Vikki Thorn, The Waifs

About

Folk duo Valley Road have been quietly captivating new fans over the last year with their heart-rending harmonies and intricate guitar playing, after winning a Troubadour Foundation Award in 2022 to make their debut album with Rod McCormack (released in October 2023). Their first singles have garnered wide-spread radio play, and they were featured as Album of the Week on ABC Country in November 2023.

Valley Road winds through rolling basalt hills, connecting two friends, Rebecca Jane Howell and Marty Mckenna, who have been singing together for over a decade. They weave their experiences into songs of people and place (usually sitting around Marty’s farmhouse kitchen table), bringing an Australian perspective to their diverse folk influences.

Rebecca could sing before she could speak, and honed her instinct for harmony through years spent in the Australian Girls Choir. She switched her city upbringing for an off-grid life in the Central Victorian bush, where she is inspired every day by the natural world around her. Marty grew up singing to the sheep on his family farm, with his dad, where he still tends the flock to this day. The farm provides a perfect setting for the duo to explore their shared love of intricate songcraft.

When Valley Road take to the stage, their years of friendship and singing together shine through, drawing listeners into their rich inner worlds through their contrasting yet perfectly suited voices and delicate guitar playing. 

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Valley Road ... have created a master work of love for this world and its people, sprung from a pure well of openheartedness and wonder, bottled up and brought to you.” - Sunburnt Country Music

Shows

See below for details of our upcoming gigs. 

Previous events

Date Event Location
Alice Andersen EP launch (support) The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
Storytellers at the Station Casey Radio Station, Cranbourne Vic Casey Radio Station, Cranbourne Vic
Alanna & Alicia album launch (support: Valley Road) Wesley Anne, Northcote Wesley Anne, Northcote
 —  — Valley Road + Luke Watt - Live and Local in Community Halls Baynton Hall Baynton Hall
 —  — Yackandandah Folk Festival Various venues Various venues
Enda Kenny + Valley Road @ Ararat Live Ararat Town Hall Ararat Town Hall
Valley Road ALBUM LAUNCH The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, Castlemaine The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, Castlemaine
Valley Road + Cate Taylor - House Concert Thornbury Thornbury
Valley Road + Khristian Mizzi - house concert Bittern Bittern
Troubadour Weekend - featuring Glenn Cardier Burke & Wills Winery Burke & Wills Winery
 —  — Valley Road Duo @ Maldon Folk Festival (show times TBC) Maldon Folk Festival Maldon Folk Festival
Valley Road + Mandy Connell Odessa @ Leaver's Hotel, Creswick Odessa @ Leaver's Hotel, Creswick
Whole Loddon Love - Jess Parker Band + Valley Road Bridgewater Hotel, Bridgewater Bridgewater Hotel, Bridgewater
Valley Road (feat. Rod McCormack) + Wicker Suite @ The Peat Island Chapel Mooney Mooney, NSW Mooney Mooney, NSW
Valley Road + Jess Parker + Marvellous Hearts Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham (Sydney) Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham (Sydney)
Valley Road + Lucy Wise @ Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival Kyneton Mechanics Institute, Kyneton Kyneton Mechanics Institute, Kyneton
Jane Cameron's album lanch - feat. Valley Road Wesley Anne, Northcote Wesley Anne, Northcote
 —  — Broken Creek Band + Valley Road Shiraz Republic, Cornella Shiraz Republic, Cornella
Taproom Tributes - Paul Kelly, featuring Valley Road Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine
Valley Road Duo @ Violet Town Market Violet Town Market Violet Town Market

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