The Mountain Goats
Violent Femmes, Billy Bragg (Robbie Buck, Triple J Radio)
Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), Paul Kelly (Radio National)
The Clash, Talking Heads, Midnight Oil (Xpress Magazine)
Robert Foster / Go-Betweens, Jonathan Richman / Modern Lovers (dB Magazine)
A blend of rock / soft-punk / folk
After years of remaining defiantly obscure, yet extremely active in underground indie music scenes all over the world, Johnnie Mac has continued playing behind-the-scenes with some of Australia’s leading musicians.
Increased popularity came about after 2 of his songs topped Triple J’s ‘Rock’ and ‘All Genres’ charts and supports for a string of popular acts such as John Butler, Iota, Neil Murray, Deborah Conway.
Johnnie’s international reputation grew after the New York Times featured an article / interview and included 2 of his original songs as downloads.
Johnnie's first solo album – ‘The World Seems Happy’ gained worldwide recognition when it topped the Amazon charts in 2010
(while Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ was at #3)
Johnnie’s rebellious spirit and blend of folky Aussie-Irish pop punk, fused with urban rock and catchy stories, offers an unassuming style and originality that alternative audiences are loving.
Once you tune into the offbeat style, rhythms and vocals and you’ll find yourself captivated by Johnnie’s beautiful guitar sound and musical flair, that explores subjects we can all relate to… love, passion, insecurity, environment … and his vibrant stories continue on.
Surprising worldwide audiences since 1990 with his musical poetry both solo and with various prominent indie bands, Johnnie Mac has a loyal international following who have seen him on a variety of stages during his global walkabouts.
After taking some time out from the touring circuit following the success of his album, Johnnie Mac now lives in the north west of Australia where he devotes most of his energy to environmental and cultural work in Aboriginal communities.