Two song-makers born with the same first name, LJ and Lucy's earnest and playful tunes have garnered praise and notoriety near and far since making their debut as a duo. Crowned Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2024 Cygnet Folk Festival, it's safe to say these Tasmanians are showing the world that two heads are better than one.

Their music sits comfortably within the realm of contemporary folk with celtic and old-time undercurrents. Expect crisp harmonies, lush fingerpicked guitars and blatantly honest and relatable lyrics.

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LJ Parks

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With a powerful voice, dynamic guitar riffs and playfully wry lyrics, LJ Parks has captured the attention of audiences from Hobart to Cairns and beyond. Hailing from Victoria's surf coast and based in southern Tasmania, she was crowned Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2024 Cygnet Folk Festival with her duo, LJ and Lucy, performed as a featured Future Folk Artist at the 2024 Port Fairy Folk Festival and was a finalist for Youth Artist of the Year in the 2023 Australian Folk Music Awards. LJ also has a First Class Honours degree in Music Practice (Songwriting) and has completed an AIR Women in Music Mentorship.

LJ’s latest EP “All Caught Up” was recorded with ARIA Award winning artist and producer Monique Brumby, and is both nostalgic and eminently relatable, influenced by contemporary folk and Oz rock. 

This songwriter really gets around. Here's a few of the iconic events she's performed at: Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Cygnet Folk Festival(TAS), Mount Roland Folk Festival (TAS), Tablelands Folk Festival (QLD), Folk by the Sea (NSW), Irish & Celtic Music Festival  (NSW), Franklin Folk Club (TAS), Kunanyi Folk Club (TAS), Sofar Sounds (Hobart, TAS), Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC), Lightwave Festival (TAS).

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Deftly woven traditional irish seanois melodies with neo-soul soft jazz sound and tongue-in-cheek Australian honesty, Lucy has pulled the heartstrings of globalaudiences from her birthplace in Dublin, Ireland across the seas to her current home in far-south lutruwita/Tasmania - with many stops between.  

After completing a Bachelor of Music in composition & music production at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in Sydney, Lucy spent several years traveling and gigging between Ireland and Australia, notably securing a residency in Dublin’s famed temple bar while appearing at well-loved spots like The Tivoli, Bruxelles, Sine-E, The Workman’s Club and The International.  

Lucy returned to Tasmania for postgraduate research on women in music technology and self-production, currently mixing and producing a collection of original songs she engineered and recorded with an all-women band in late 2022, sharing the process online and building creative community through Patreon under @whatlucydoes

(Your friendly local, vocal plant witch, with excellent tarot reading skills)

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