The Millers Tale

The Millers Tale


A male/female duo with a reputation for their fine collection of lyrically engaging, delicately composed tunes. A harmony-driven, folk and country infused pop sound. A bare and intimate, yet bold live performance. Part way through recording new album with producer Wayne Connolly.


The rustic folk-pop of Australia’s The Millers Tale is infectious and addictive. Both band members were raised in rural Australia, and the music they create reflects this spacious and dreamy landscape.

Adelaide’s DB Magazine once described them as “possibly one of the country’s best kept secrets”. Although the band exists well under the mainstream radar, they continue to find an appreciative, loyal and always growing audience.

"The Miller's Tale", a self-titled 8-song collection was released in January 2001 through Sydney's Vitamin Records. It was recorded over a 12 month period, partly in New York and partly in Sydney. The acoustic, harmony driven style of the band live was enhanced in recorded form through the occasional use of a rhythm section and the addition of some mainly folk based instrumentation.

- "Bec Quade and John Maclean write exceptional songs to tug at the heart even as the toes tap on the floor." John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald

- "These guys have that ability at times to give you a shiver up your back which is no small feat for an acoustic duo." Sebastian Skeet, Drum Media

- "Overall, an incredible debut release that just gets better with every listen." Craig New, Revolver

Next, a full length album "Wish It Away" was released on Vitamin Records in July 2004. With co-production and arrangements from Sydney’s Hungarian born jazz musician Jackie Orszaczky, the album contained an array of tasteful musical enhancements built on the foundation of the Millers Tale's typically engaging and finely crafted songs.

- "... a delicate, perfectly balanced piece of melody and emotion." The Single Guy, Brag Magazine

- “The Millers Tale peddles a superior brand of folk and country infused pop” Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine (Australia) - Album Review, September 2004

- “Wish It Away is a near perfect album that is a must listen for lovers of music” Sam Loy, Tsunami Magazine (Brisbane, Australia) - Album Review, August 2004

- “A Sunday morning record of tiny, precious moments.” Michael Dwyer, The Age (Melbourne, Australia) - Album Review, August 2004

The release of ‘Wish It Away’ saw an 18 month period of national touring and festival appearances for the band. The album received rotation airplay on Australia’s national youth radio network (TripleJ), as well as airplay on the national broadcaster (ABC / Radio National) and various public and student radio stations all around the country. The album has also received attention from Canadian radio.

Early in 2005, the opening track ‘Smile’ was awarded a runner-up (honourable mention) prize in the International Song Competition after reaching the final 12 in the AAA/Roots category.

Things were quieter on the gigging front during 2006 as Bec and John finished off new songs for a third release. They are currently half way through recording the album with producer Wayne Connolly.


The Millers Tale (self-titled) - mini album - 2001 (Vitamin)
Wish It Away - album - 2004 (Vitamin)