Alanna and Alicia Egan
Alanna & Alicia are twin sisters who blend folk, jazz and roots in their original, acoustic songs. Known for their sweet, sibling harmonies and fine songwriting, the sisters have charmed audiences from Port Fairy to Fairbridge with their onstage warmth and sense of fun. Their lyrics, equal parts heart and humour, sparkle with an original, intimate voice that is rare in songwriters today. .
They have had considerable recognition for their songwriting, winning awards at several national festivals. Both have been finalists in the Australian Songwriting Awards and Alicia won Best New Talent at Port Fairy Folk Festival early in her music career.
As identical twins, they share a uniquely intuitive, creative partnership and have a natural musical rapport.
Their band features the fine talents of Damien Neil (guitar) and Silas Palmer (piano, violin).
Alanna and Alicia have played most of the major Australian folk festivals, including Port Fairy FF 2013, 2010, 2006, the National FF 2010 & 2011, Fairbridge WA, 2012, Cobargo FF, NSW 2012 & 2014, the Tablelands FF, QLD 2011, Maldon FF, Vic 2011 & 2008, Brunswick Music Festival, Vic 2010, Woodford, WA 2010, Kangaroo Valley FF, NSW, 2012, 2013, Music at the Creek, NSW 2011, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, Vic 2012 & 2011, Newstead Live, Vic 2013, 2010, St Albans FF, NSW 2013, The Basin, Vic 2009 & 10, Gorgeous Voices Festival, Bendigo Vic 2010 and Darebin Music Feast Vic, 2009, 10 & 11; and at folk clubs in all states such as the Merry Muse, Canberra, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai, Illawarra, Newcastle/Hunter Valley, Humph Hall, The Shack, Narrabeen, NSW, Melbourne, Selby, Burrinja Ranges, Bendigo, Victoria, X-Ray, Fremantle, WA and at many venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria, their home state.
They have shared the stage with many talented acts including opening for Eddi Reader (Scotland) in Melbourne 2010 and Madison Violet (Canada) in 2009, Kristina Olsen (USA), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Kim Richey (USA),Ruthie Foster (USA) The Waifs, Jeff Lang, Clare Bowditch, Kavisha Mazzella, Mike McLellan, Kerrieanne Cox, Jordie Lane, Kate Miller-Heike, Christine Anu, and Tinpan Orange.
In Jan 2012 they were awarded an Arts Victoria Touring Grant and toured WA, SA, ACT and NSW from Feb to May 2012.
Their much anticipated third album ‘Twinlines’, recorded and produced by Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios in Melbourne, was launched at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March, 2013.
Alanna & Alicia received an Arts Victoria Grant to make their second album, 'Two in a Book', 2010, and their independent debut album, ‘Funny She’s So Much Like Me’, with eleven original tracks, was released in 2006.
In 2010 they were invited to be part of a Joni Mitchell tribute album, ‘Festival folk sing Joni Mitchell’ which features several wonderful singers including Chris While, Julie Matthews, Kristina Olsen and Kate Fagan. This album was launched at the National Folk Festival, Canberra in April 2010 with another show at Woodford Folk Festival and the National in 2011.
‘In concert Alanna and Alicia are entertaining and lively characters with an unpredictable, unscripted natural humour inspired by close observations and wry story telling. They are brimming with talent, a free spirit and endearing charm.
I recommend them as an ideal, unique and very successful act ideal for clubs and festivals. It would not surprise me if they ended up on almost any stage in the world.
Jamie McKew, Festival Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival. Jan 2014
‘deliciously idiosyncratic and saucy songs….wry, frank observations of life and love……quality quirky lyrics ….delivered with verve and the kind of close harmonies you’d expect from sisters….consummate backing…’
Tony Hillier, Rhythms magazine.
‘They were cheeky, adventurous, funny and commanding. They are a joy and a must see for anyone who thinks, listens, laughs and sings.’
(Mel Robertson, Melbourne Folk Club.)
They spin heartfelt lyrics with toe tapping tunes such as ‘When You Come Back’ with a truthful earnestness. There is an honest and unaffected beauty about their folk – jazz style and sweet, harmonious vocals.
Anna Rodway, Herald Sun, May 30th 2010
Alanna & Alicia….beautiful singers, stunning harmonies, fantastic songwriters with one of the best set of accompanist musicians you’re ever likely to hear.
Together, the Alanna and Alicia Band have been THE big new act at folk festivals across Australia for the past two years.
A touch of jazz, a drop of folk, a bit of the Everly Brothers and the McGarrigal Sisters lurking round there, a lot of special magic in their performance.
Michael Fine, president Troubadour Central Coast Folk Club, July, 2013
The way their voices blend together is uncanny. It reminds me of the sound that you get when a singer harmonises with themself on a recording using multi-tracking techniques yet we are hearing it 'live'! And of course their sense of humour and stage presence combined with their remarkable musical talents and those of their band, adds up to a very enjoyable show indeed!
Wayne Richmond, Humph Hall, Sept 2012
‘Alanna and Alicia Egan’s songs are timeless and delivered from the heart, a rare trait for singer/songwriters in this day and age. ’
(Marcello Lo Ricco, LSS Productions)
‘Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia Egan kicked off the night ~ sultry sounds with a jazz twist was a real crowd pleaser….a perfect start to a perfect evening.’
Steve Kendall, Bendigo Weekly , Jan 2011, review of ‘Summer in the Parks’.
‘They put on a great show – lyrically very inspiring and they are right on the edge of where all lyricists aim to be.’
Graham Dodsworth, singer/songwriter, Melbourne Folk Club.
‘…..those seeking some exquisitely folk tinged material were treated to the sublime performances of Alanna and Alicia…’
Mike Griffin, reviewer, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, ‘bentertained’, Bendigo Weekly,
Dec 2, 2011