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Julia Darling

Country of origin:

Born in New Plymouth in New Zealand, moved to Melbourne, Australia, now lives in New York City, U.S.A.

Type of music generally:

Mainstream pop mostly, with folk/rock elements.


Most recent release, The Long White (2017)

See also:

Julia Darling's Bandcamp site

Julie Darling's Facebook page


A friend said she is a bit like Tracy Bonham, I hear a little Patty Griffin. But she's also just very "Julia." (

She somehow reminds me of Heather Nova. In a way an australian Sinéad Lohan, or vice-versa, as far as the pop-with-roots element is concerned. (

Covers/own material:


General comments:

I have her album and it's really incredible, I definitely recommend checking it out. (

Comments about live performance:

Just saw Julia Darling last night. Julia was not bad, she was a confident performer with a strong voice and some good songs, and she definitely made some fans at her first show in Canada. As for me I found that there were a few songs I liked quite well but then quite a lot that I found quite boring as well...I liked enough of her songs that I'll definitely keep tabs on her progress but I wasn't floored by her and I'm not running out to my nearest CD store to buy her CD, which was just released yesterday up here in the Great White North. (

By all means, check her out if she plays near you. She was showing a lot of promise back in '97 and I imagine she's developed even further. (


  • Overloading God EP (1997)
  • Figure 8 (1999)
  • "Bullet Proof Belief" (single, 1999)
  • Julia Darling (2003)
  • The Long White (2017)

Figure 8

Release info:



Widely available

Ecto priority:


Group members:

Julia Darling—vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion, electric guitar, nylon string guitar, 12 string guitar

Guest artists:

Patrick Warren—chamberlin, harmonium, piano, harp, harpsichord, piano accordion
Tony Berg—piano, acoustic guitar, bandura, chamberlin, bass, harmonica, autoharp, percussion, electric guitar
John Pierce—bass
Curtis Mathewson—acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Victor Indrizzo—drums
Davey Faragher—bass
Clay Jones—electric guitar
John Paterno—percussion
Cinjun Tate—vocals
Denny Fongheiser—drums, percussion, tambourine
Benmont Tench—chamberlin, electric piano, hammond b3
Frankie Blue—programming
Jon Brion—electric guitar
Jonathan Norton—drums, percussion
James Harrah—electric guitar
Martin Tillman—cello
Charlie Gillingham—hammond organ
T Bone Burnett—marxophone
Aaron Shaw—bagpipes
Sarah Jensen—spoken word
Carl Stephenson—didjeridoo
Craig Ross—electric guitar, vocals
Cedric LeMoyne—bass
Eric Caudieux—programming

Produced by:

Tony Berg


These songs analyze faith, love, and life, and are quite powerful—her voice is clear and beautiful. She is definitely worth checking out. (

I rather like her album. Great voice and nice songs. A bit ecto-lite, but very good anyway. "Crinolines and Waltzing" is the best song. (

Further info:

There's a mailing list to which you can subscribe (see website).

Thanks to Leon van Stuivenberg for work on this entry.

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