The Davidson Brothers

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Plaza Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With several albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi-instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, as well as great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. Five-time Australian Country Music Award winners (2009, 2010, 2012, 2018), and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, The Davidson Brothers are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act,” according to fellow musician Troy Cassar-Daley. They released a new album last year, All You Need is Music, highlights bluegrass as well as country influences in an A-side, B-side format. It is the fifth record the brothers have recorded in Nashville, and their eighth overall. On the road, Lachlan (mandolin, vocals) and Hamish (vocals, banjo, fiddle) are often joined by Jacob McGuffie (guitar) and Louis Gill (upright bass). In recent years, the band has toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in the USA in 2004, 2009, and 2014. They were later invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In June 2011, the brothers completed their first European tour and performed at the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands. The brothers have toured with Australian country music veterans such as Joe Camilleri, Troy Cassar-Daley and Lee Kernaghan, and shared the stage with household names like Tommy Emmanuel, Kasey Chambers and Dan Sultan. They have also performed on many national television programs, including Spicks & Specks and Good Morning Australia.