Essie Thomas’ unique form of contemporary folk incorporates soulful vocals, live looping, and transcendent guitar reminiscent of an age best not forgotten. Essie has been described as “A songwriter who doesn’t mess with her words,” (Blank Magazine, GC) breathing roots, blues and bohemian gypsy jazz into every note.
As a soloist or with her band, Essie Thomas owns a stage presence that leaves audiences aching for more. She has graced the stage of some of Australia’s favorite events: Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Seven Sisters, Kuranda Roots, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Island Vibe, Earth Frequency Festival, Rainbow Serpent and more.
Essie has played alongside some of Australia’s finest including but not limited to Shane Howard, Shellie Morris, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mojo Juju, Liz Stringer and Wolfmother.
Essie Thomas is a contemporary-folk powerhouse with a sound that lends itself to greats like Missy Higgins, Janis Joplin, and Ani DeFranco.
“A songwriter who doesn’t mess with her words,”
Blank Magazine, GC
"There is no genre to fit what she does, this girl is 100%, original Essie Thomas."
Woodford Folk Festivals Great Band Competition