Biography

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The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, 2018

 

Members

Megan Sidwell
Lead Vocals / Guitar

Touring Band:

Jon Lemer
Drums

Iain Archibald
Guitar / Vocals

Cam Archibald
Bass / Vocals

Megan has all the characteristics most people in this game are missing - a great voice, great songs, and a grounded sense of purpose - all of which will see her succeed while others fall away.
— Ben King, Golden Horse & Grand Rapids
Megan’s mature song-writing style and vocal ability instantly places her alongside her contemporaries as a songwriter to keep a watch on.
— Kiri Eriwata, Artist/Lecturer

Origins

Megan Sidwell embodies the perfect balance of an edgy, chuck - wearing rocker with the pure heart of a country belle. Her music forms a unity between the sensibilities of rock and country pop. Her songs bleed infectious pop hooks and country harmonies, with an edge and a dramatic overtone uniquely her own.


Sidwell’s musical identity has been shaped over the years by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Lady Antebellum, Hayley Williams and Taylor Swift. She has also played alongside international acts Tyler Hilton (US), Kate Voegele (US) and Big Country (Scotland).


Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Auckland in 2014. Her debut 5 track EP, Forever on a Sunday, was released in October 2013. Produced and mixed by the multi - talented Ben King (Goldenhorse), the EP also features the likes of Nick Gaffaney (Cairo Knife Fight) on drums and Janek Croydon on pedal steel.


Currently based in Melbourne, Megan released a music video (Forever on a Sunday), a crowd-funded single (Never Saw it Coming) and a new band in 2015.

 

At the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2016, Sidwell and band took out first place in the Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands and closed out their first appearance in Tamworth on the main stage in Toyota Park.


2017 saw Megan as a finalist in the Toyota Star Maker competition in Tamworth. Later that year she traveled to Nashville to record her next album with Sam Hawksley which will be released 2019.