Roots - Blues - Alt-country    "For your inner hillbilly"

Liz Hall-Downs & Kim Downs

"['Homeward Dove' is] a joyful and completely satisfying listening experience of sweet sounds, lovely heart-stirring harmonies and a collection of excellent songs.... It’s old timey, jazzy, bluesy, alt-country, with some wondrous gospel overtones" 
                                                                                   - Anne Infante, The Folk Rag

"These musicians use space and pace so effectively that you are on their unrushed journey and feeling good before you even know it. ... Swampfish are excellent musicians who have perfected the art of musical story telling by keeping their formula simple; take a good song, create beautiful harmonies and add the right instrumental accompaniment." 
-Alison MacKenzie, Brisbane Folk History Project

"I've listened to it about 20 times this weekend...I love your lyrics and it is something you don't get sick of hearing! WELL done."
- Judy Alder, Victorian CD buyer.

Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs have been performing together for over twenty years. Swampfish is their latest musical collaboration. Featuring guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer and tight vocal harmonies, Swampfish explores the alternative country terrain of the first half of twentieth century Americana with occasional sidetrips into 70's pop. Nine of Swampfish's original songs feature in their CD, Homeward Dove, as well as covers by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Doc Watson.

Swampfish’s Recent Appearances:
The Bearded Lady, 2016 West End Festival
'The Pondage', Macleay Island
Riverside/Botanical Gardens Markets, Brisbane
Sassafras Canteen, Paddington
Grill’d Chips & Tunesdays,  and solo gigs, West End
Cardigan Bar, Sandgate
FolkRag Old and New Concert Series
Coochie Music Festival 
Red Rock Café (Coochiemudlo Island)
Red Hill Folk Club
Maidenwell Folk Gathering
Mulgowie Folk Gathering
The Bug (Brisbane Unplugged Gig)
​Folk at Magdas

In previous incarnations, Kim and Liz have appeared at many festivals and events as performance poets (both individually and, in the 90s, collectively, with ‘Fit of Passion’ touring music and poetry show throughout Qld and in major capital cities; ‘Ozpoets’ USA Tour through Texas and the Midwest, including appearing at the Austin International Poetry festival; and with ‘Stand-Up Poets’ at Woodford and Lismore Folk Festivals).  

As musicians/vocalists they had always worked original songs into the 'Fit of Passion' spoken word sets, but they experienced a swampy hillbilly revivalist southern-fried miracle in 2006 and started‘Cathouse Creek’ trio, with accordionist Gary Nunn, playing West End Cabaret, Rocklea Markets, Qld Multicultural Festival, Central Coast (NSW) Country Music Festival, Ipswich Brothers Leagues Club, Park Ridge Tavern, as regulars at Inspire Gallery Bar, and at private functions.

Since adding autoharp and banjo to their repertoire, they have cemented their identity as a duo and taken Swampfish’s direction even further towards the southern-fried, hillbilly-stompin’ harmonising for which they’ve become well-known in southeast Queensland.

Swampfish are reliable and professional performers with a wealth of experience.  They bring to their gigs a PA system that is adequate for most situations, Public Liability Insurance, and the ability to tailor their performances to clients' specific requirements.

Go to the 'Track Samples' page to see info on the  Swampfish CD, 'Homeward Dove', or skip straight to track samples here:

Go to the 'Videos' page to have a squiz at us playing live (with all the variables that presents!).


Our sincere thanks to all the people who provided the photos, videos, and audio used on this site:  
Thanks to Charlie Spagalli, David 'Jay' Penman (for the main image), Sadie Gwynn Jones, Meg Geering, Robert Maxwell, Lee Mansfield, and Jodi Murtha.