Mika James

  • Indie

  • Folk

5:30 pm
Festival Day
Sunday 18 Feb
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Mika James is leaping out from the behind the drumkit of Melbourne punk outfit The Vovos to unleash a spirited solo outing. An Unearthed finalist in 2022 with her passionate proclamation Witchy Woman, James’ musical output swerves from cinematic country to punk-infused blues.

Singing, writing and performing songs that invite the listener into a world of personal poetry and intimate portraits, James weaves melodious tunes sharpened with an edge of life experience. Born into a family immersed in the local music scene (a childhood of recording studios, gig-going and being surrounded by musicians), her music heaves with intent.

James’ tunes evoke the cross-genre musical landscape populated by Weyes Blood, Sharon Van Etten and Laura Marling - even harking back to the world-building odes of Patti Smith, PJ Harvey and Bobbie Gentry.

Having delivered many nights of sweaty gigs with The Vovos, James has swiftly built a live solo set that she has recently flexed while opening for Bakers Eddy and Garage Sale. More shows in the coming weeks include support slots with Quivers and Chitra.

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