Carolyn Oates


"Finally a poet!" Steve Budd UK (Management - Dido, Franz Ferdinand, & Bjork).  Roots/pop artist, Carolyn Oates mixes jaw dropping guitar work with heartfelt songs that speak to the human condition.  Known for her staggering array of guitar chord voicings, she adds to this a fine mastery of the lyric form, creating beautiful stories. "Unique" is a word that genuinely describes what Carolyn Oates is doing. With the vocal stylings of Suzanne Vega, she combines the adventurous guitar tunings of Joni Mitchell with the dexterity of Paul Simon.

2016 has seen Carolyn beginning to garner the recognition she deserves as a guitarist with opportunities to play for Deborah Conway, Paul Kelly, Vika & Linda Bull, Rebecca Barnard, Clare Bowditch, Emily Lubitz (Tin Pan Orange), Ali Barter, Casey Bennetto, and Matt Thomas.

The highly acclaimed album "In The Moment" has been produced by David Carr, who has been called the Rick Rubin of Australia, and recently achieved the accolade of mixing the ARIA award winning album "Sharkmouth" for Russell Morris. Carr has also worked with a diverse selection of acts from Antiskeptic to Skipping Girl Vinegar, Deborah Conway to Kisschasy. 

Oates has also been garnering radio support from ABC Adelaide, 3RRR, PBS FM, JOY FM, Three D FM, Radio Adelaide, Shoalhaven FM, and BLU FM just to mention a few.

Oates has wowed theatre audiences across Europe, she has also entertained the fabulous Melbourne indie scene at venues like The Northcote Social Club, The Evelyn, The Wesley Anne, The Tote and Sooki Lounge. Touring extensively, she has shared the stage with Naked Raven (Germany), The Mae Trio, Lloyd Spiegel, Daniel Champagne, Greg Arnold, David Ross Macdonald (The Waifs), Steve Lane, Paul Greene, Liz Frencham, Dave Gunning (Canada) and Carus.