Interview: Winterbourne On Taking Busking To The Stage

Central Coast folk duo Winterbourne are in the midst of their first ever headline tour, making their way across the east coast in support of their debut EP All But The Sun and its single Steady My Bones.

Friends since childhood, Winterbourne have been consistently performing over the last few years, maintaining a very disciplined weekend busking routine on Sydney and Melbourne streets that they say helped develop their live shows.

“It’s a good experiment every time, I think,” says Jordan. “Every time we do it I get nervous during the first song that no-one’s going to stop, at all, even though every time someone usually stops. It’s nice seeing absolutely no-one standing around when you set up and finishing your set to a hundred people. It’s a really good feeling.”

It was their busking that led to them being “discovered” and signed by Mike Taylor of Universal imprint Island Records – a discovery that led to the creation of their debut EP. “We’d been making our own stuff for about three years so it was nice to put something on iTunes and heaps of people bought it,” explains James. “That was nice.”

Expect more to come from the Central Coast duo, who say right now they’re writing more than they ever have. Winterbourne’s headline tour continues tonight in Wollongong. See all the dates here.

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