ABOUT THE MUSICIANS



GINA HORSWOOD

When Gina Horswood packed her life in a bag and bought a one-way ticket to the other side of the world, she had no idea what was in store for her or her music career. Since October 2011, she’s traveled to a whole new hemisphere, bringing with her a distinctive voice and songs inspired by her nomadic life.   

Gina’s debut “Our Way”, penned with sister Melanie, was released in 2006 and boasted two Top 10 country singles in Australia. The duo extensively toured East Coast Australia and shared bills with multiple-Aria-winning artists Kasey Chambers and Pete Murray. In 2009, Gina’s sophomore CD and first solo album, “Crazy Brilliant Mess”, received critical acclaim in the rich musical landscape down under, with the video for her single “Ordinary Girl” reaching the top 50 on the national Country Music Channel charts.   

In 2013, Gina followed the troubadour tradition and travelled to the heart of the North American music scene: Nashville, Tennessee. There she collaborated with renowned songwriter and producer Jim Reilley (The New Dylans, cuts by Vince Gill, Sam Bush) to create The Nashville Sessions EP. Since that release in 2014, Gina has continued touring North America and had the privilege of opening acts such as Dana Fuchs (Across The Universe, off-broadway “Love, Janis”), Suzie Vinnick (10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee), Jon Brooks (three-time “Songwriter of the Year” nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards) and Basia Bulat (2013 Polaris and Juno nominee).

In July 2015, Gina was the winner of the first Collingwood Live & Original Music Series – a competition which “celebrates finding musical creativity and innovation at the grass-roots level”. Gina went on to record her next release “Porcelain” shortly after the Collingwood win, with Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Luke Doucet, Hawksley Workman, Amy Sky, Shania Twain). Musicians on the project included Tom & Sly Juhas (Banners, Jadea Kelly), Rich Levesque (Blue Rodeo,  Jason McCoy/The Road Hammers, Melissa McClelland) and Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Coco Love Alcorn). 

Porcelain is Gina's first full length release since “Our Way” and the sound is rich, organic and compelling, inspired by her experiences around the world. The first single hit Australian and Canadian radio on November 30, 2015, with the full album being launched in May 2016.  Since then Horswood has toured across Canada and will culminate the tour back on Australian soil in January 2017.

“Porcelain is the triumphant result of the experiences of world travels, mixing the country / roots 'bed' she was noted for lying in and adding a hint of gospel and blues stylisations that she's been drawn towards since moving to North America."  

- Stevie Connor (Blues & Roots Radio, Fatea Magazine UK)

“It’s a soulful album that sometimes recalls Dusty Springfield.”

- Tom Harrison (Vancouver Sun)

“Seductive tone on the rim of country & blues with power.”

- John Apice (No Depression Magazine)


AUSTIN McCARTHY

Born and raised in Collingwood Ontario, Austin McCarthy started at a young age on piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music Program. At the age of 13, his passion turned to the guitar. His guitar playing is strongly influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and John Mayer, clearly marked by his own signature style.

At the age of 16 Austin began teaching guitar to both young and not so young students, which was mutually beneficial - “To teach is to learn twice." - Joseph Joubert 

Over the years Austin has evolved into an exciting singer/songwriter and rhythm and lead guitarist. His venues have ranged from private functions, to clubs and festivals. Austin's effortless and unique song writing style evokes strong emotion in the listener. Austin's was the winner of the 2014 Collingwood Idol contest, which garnered the interest of the local press, radio and community attention. The first song ever written and recorded by Austin, "If You Look", a bluesy, romantic acoustic number was entered into The CBC/Canada Trust "Rock Your Campus" contest where he placed in the final TOP 5 Nationwide!

His website and Facebook fan page followers have increased dramatically since the release of his first on-line demo “If You Look”. For more music check out his Demo page... Having graduated high school with honours, Austin was recently accepted into the Finance Program at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, giving him the opportunity to get his degree in Commerce while exploring the fabulous music scene in Montreal. Austin will continue to write, record and perform during this time. You won’t want to miss his energetic and crowd engaging performance.