Emerging from the small country town of Harcourt, Oliver Northam moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in music as a folk/blues solo artist. Forming his 6-piece band, Oliver Northam & The Elsewheres in 2018, Northam quickly established himself as a talented performer and prolific songwriter with his enthralling blend of piano and guitar-based folk.
Championing lyric-driven upbeat tunes and heart-wrenching ballades, Northam's originals fuse blues licks, jazz harmonies, and folk lyricism with the tight twang of John Mayer, acoustic storytelling of Passenger and danceable rhythms of Matt Corby. In the process of assembling these elements of folk, pop, blues and country, Oliver Northam & The Elsewheres have established their own contemporary brand of rhythmic folk.
Before moving to Melbourne, Oliver spent many years honing his craft. His mother and father initiated piano lessons at the age of 5 and he composed his first work soon after. By age 15 he had taught himself guitar, drums and bass guitar. In 2014 however, Oliver lost hearing in both ears and after a week of intensive care only regained hearing in his left ear. This experience along with the parting of his parents and loss of his granddad has greatly impacted his music.
Despite this, Oliver has worked hard to follow music and has been rewarded with several fortunate opportunities including performing at the Newport Folk Festival, Boarding Pass Festival, Village Festival and being one of seven Australians selected to take part in the London MX Music Exchange.
Oliver Northam & The Elsewheres released their debut single 'Into His Arms' in 2019 and are gearing up to record their follow-up single in 2020!