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The official website of a cellist from Brisbane, Australia.
Currently in: Brisbane, Australia.


From australia to the arctic

Starting his 2019 showcasing to a 13,000 strong crowd at Woodford Folk Festival's Amphitheatre and a string of well attended shows across south-east Queensland, cellist Rob Knaggs' live performance is fast gaining a reputation with audiences for being evocative, emotive, and enchanting.

After another two years braving the harsh Canadian winters in Manitoba, Rob Knaggs is back in Australia for a run of shows with his new EP, Foreshore. Recorded in Winnipeg and mastered by Birgir Jon Birgisson of Sigur Ros’ home studio Sundlaugin, Foreshore is a continuation of Rob’s cello driven compositions that are equal parts cinematic soundtrack and post rock. Taking influence from the ethereality of Bjork and the epic orchestrations of Arcade Fire, Knaggs runs his cello through an array of effects and loop stations to compose his spine-tingling works.

Knaggs’ 2017 debut, Up the Middle, is an instrumentally dynamic ode to Churchill, Manitoba. Impressed by the record’s ambition and concept, Travel Manitoba, the province’s leading tourism promoter, hand selected Rob Knaggs to perform alongside Winnipeg visual artist, Kal Barteski, to represent Manitoba at tourism galas in New York City, Winnipeg and Calgary.

"Rob Knaggs will make you feel as though you are gliding through the deep dark ocean alongside the magnificent graceful whales. It's a dream, come share in it."
Savannah Wild

"In the spirit of making the most of it, I stuck around the Chai Tent to watch Cellist Rob Knaggs deliver an incredible instrumental performance of “Up the Middle”. The title and music of Knaggs’ set were inspired by his fascinating experiences playing the cello to whales at sea. With the tent light only by a cello decked out with fairy lights, Knaggs ended his set with his arrangement of Flying Whales. The symphonic yet serene music created an atmosphere so ambient he received a standing ovation."
Danielle O’Neill - AAA Backstage

performance dates


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Up the Middle

by Rob Knaggs

Rob Knaggs debut, 2017

performed by
Rob Knaggs,
Julia Kourtidis,
Marcus McLachlan.

Recorded by Alex Miller
in Brisbane, Australia

Mastered by Lawrence English

Album art by Kal Barteski

Available in full at robknaggs.bandcamp.com