Sadie & Jay

Album of the year / Song of the Year
Nominated for

Album of the Year
Song of the Year – Finalist



The creative combination of a deeply traditional folk musician with a jazz, blues and roots singer gives Sadie and Jay an intimate and enchanting sound. They play beautiful songs with exceptional vocals, glorious harmonies, intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and double bass. They are influenced by the storytelling nature of the Anglo-Celtic traditions and contemporary folk, blues and roots music which reflects in their collaborative songwriting.

Born in Scotland and raised in New Zealand, Jay (David J Penman) grew up in a musical family immersed in traditional British folk music. For many years Jay has been a member of four part family A-Capella group The PENMANS. With Welsh heritage, Sadie’s love for singing is instinctive. From jazz & blues to world & roots music, Sadie has performed with accomplished musicians, theatre and cabaret enriching her spellbinding vocal ability.

Sadie and Jay have been performing as a duo in and beyond the Brisbane folk and festival scene for the past five years. They have had two very successful tours in the UK in 2016 and 2018. Most recently they were guests at Upton Upon Severn and Great North Folk Festivals. “Song Already Written” from their album ‘Rogue Folk” won first place in the Great North’s song competition.

They released their first all original album ‘Curious’ in early 2015. Several of their songs have been awarded and two, ‘Why Would You’ & ‘Trinity’ were shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Awards. ‘Taking My Time’ and ‘Long Way From Lost’ came first in the open category of APRA/AMCOS Illawarra Folk Festival contests 2015 & 2017.

Sadie and Jay released their second original album ‘Rogue Folk’ in September 2017. The album features a host of prominent guest musicians and is produced by acclaimed guitar virtuoso, Michael Fix. The songs are rich in musical depth and meaning, the distinctive vocals and crafted lyrics are focal to the tales of history and endeavour, love and light-hearted comedy.

ABC Radio Brisbane and Eden fm Cumbria UK chose Rogue Folk as ‘Album of the Week’. ‘Red Red Dirt’ from the album reached no.2 on the Australian AMRAP Regional Charts. The title track ‘Rogue Folk’ and ‘Red Red Dirt’ were voted into the Top 30 in three categories of the 2018 ASA Awards and ‘Rogue Folk’ was placed in the folk category’s national Top 10.

Sadie and Jay’s latest release is their single “Leaving the Harbour,” an anthemic Anglo-Celtic inspired song dedicated to those facing the loss of a loved one. Recorded in Glasgow’s R&R Studios during their 2018 UK Tour and featuring some of Brisbane’s prominent folk musicians, Sadie & Jay’s latest offering is a collaboration of talent across the globe.

Richard Grainger – British folk singer/songwriter & Festival Director
“Sadie & Jay – fabulous duo, highly professional with exquisite arrangements of songs in the folk and acoustic style. Many of the songs are their own but they do sing covers and in fact the full range of material. Sadie is a beautiful singer and is the double bass player, while Jay provides expert well worked guitar accompaniments. Both take lead vocal and some of their harmonies make the hairs on the back of your head curl.”

Alison Bell – Vice President of The Brisbane Folk History Project
“Sadie & Jay are attracting a growing audience and it is easy to understand why. These independent Australian artists are highly accomplished at making music and the music they make just keeps getting better and better. The pair don’t take themselves too seriously but they certainly take their work seriously, the combination is intoxicating.”

Ann Leung – Recording Artist and ABC Radio Correspondent
“Losing myself in the masterful instrumentation and drop dead gorgeous vocals. Beautiful work and so aptly titled. Warm, enveloping, humorous. Traditional folk references with a contemporary twist. . This is a wonderful & important addition to our local contemporary folk recording history.”

Graham Blackley – Trad and Now
“One of the many highlights is the effortless way in which Sadie and Jay change gear from one musical style to another without ever sacrificing cohesiveness or losing their identity”