Interview: Tolka (Victoria)

Tolka
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This Article Orignially Published on Overheard Productions

I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press “Play” to find out.

When we spoke earlier in the year, on a sultry Saturday evening when the Illawarra Folk Festival was fairly humming, strumming, beating and dancing away, Tolka hadn’t put one dancing shoe inside the recording studio for their debut album.

However, last weekend, Tunes From The External Hard Drive was launched with appropriate fanfare in their hometown of Melbourne.

There are more chances for you to see Tolka for yourself via their gig listing. The album will be available soon at Bandcamp, or contact Tolka Directly about where to snaffle a copy.

Upcoming festival gigs for Tolka:

3rd to 4th June – Robert Burns Scottish Festival, Camperdown, VIC
20th to 22nd September – Turning Wave Festival, Yass, NSW

There’s also an exhibition of the album’s artwork at the Brunswick Arts Space from 13th to 28th July.

Dr Gilbert’s Set from the National Celtic Festival, Victoria, 2013:

2 Comments

  1. June 28, 2013 at 15:19

    […] “I was initially attracted to the sound of Tolka as they reminded me strongly of possibly one of my favourite Australian folk bands. I won’t say which one, though it was mentioned in dispatches and a subject of some discussion when we spoke — press Play to find out” – Tolka chat to Bill Quinn. Interview here […]

  2. December 19, 2013 at 12:47

    […] 8. Tolka – “Dr. Gilbert’s” I’ve been waiting for a trad band to come along and take my breath away this year, and lo and behold along comes Tolka. These guys are making Celtic music exciting again – and they’re so tight you could bounce a tenor banjo off their arrangments. Lovely stuff. Read Bill Quinn’s interview with Tolka here […]


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