The Waifs Announce 25th Anniversary Tour

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2017 marks 25 years of Australian folk band The Waifs and to celebrate they’re releasing a new album and hitting the road the road for a national tour.

Their new album, Ironbark, is due for release on the 3rd March. The album will feature 14 tracks and between now and the 3rd of March The Waifs will be releasing 11 bonus tracks (bringing the total to 25 to match the anniversary).

The first bonus track is “Song for Jacqueline (Song That Soothes)” which you can listen to here:

The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm. It feels like we all grew up together” explains Vikki Thorn. “We are now the band you can brings your parents and your kids to hear! Your involvement in our career means everything to us. You are the very reason we are still playing music together 25 years on.”

The Waifs hit the road from the start of March – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 2nd March – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Saturday 4th March – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
Sunday 5th March – Castelli Winery, Denmark, WA
Monday 6th March – Quindanning Hotel, Quindanning, WA
Thursday 9th March – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 11th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 12th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Tuesday 14th March – Eastbank Centre, Shepparton, VIC
Wednesday 15th March – Albury Arts Centre, Albury, NSW
Thursday 16th March – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Sunday 19th March – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 25th March – The Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 26th March – The Don Centre, Devonport, TAS
Tuesday 28th March – The Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 30th March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 4th April – Bangalow Hall, Bangalow, NSW
Thursday 6th April – The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 8th April – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 12th April – Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Thursday 13th April – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Saturday 15th April – The Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome, WA

Amber Lawrence and Catherine Britt Announce Tour with Fanny Lumsden

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Award winning country singer Amber Lawrence last month released her boppy new single “Cheers to the Girls” featuring guest vocals from Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden.

“I’m really proud of this song,” Lawrence explained. “A lot of courage went into writing this song, and telling it how it actually is for some women. This song in part eludes to domestic abuse, but also praises women of all types – those that were bullied at school, those that didn’t know their inner strength until the only choice left was to rely on and stand up for themselves. It’s a rousing song of strength and is already a crowd favourite – add to this, the stunning vocals of Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden, and this is also one of my favourites.”

Check out the video for “Cheers to the Girls” below:

And now Amber Lawrence has announced plans to hit the road and she’s bringing Catherine Britt and Fanny Lumsden with her.

The tour kicks off in March and will see the trio performing shows all over the country. Check out the full list of dates here:

Amber Lawrence & Catherine Britt w/ Fanny Lumsden
Friday 3rd March – Gloucester Soldiers Club, Gloucester, NSW
Saturday 4th March – Muswellbrook RSL, Muswellbrook, NSW
Friday 31st March – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 1st April – Granada Tavern, Hobart, TAS
Friday 7th April – Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Soul Central, Dee Why, NSW
Sunday 9th April – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 13th May – Ettalong Diggers, Ettalong, NSW
Thursday 18th May – Loxton Club, Loxton, SA
Friday 19th May – Pretoria Hotel, Mannum, SA
Saturday 20th May – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 25th May – Glen Innes District Services Club, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 26th May – Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th May – Sawtell RSL, Sawtell, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Reef Hotel &Casino, Cairns, QLD
Friday 16th June – Innisfail RSL, Innisfail, QLD
Saturday 17th June – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Wednesday 21st June – McGuires CBD Hotel, Mackay, QLD
Thursday 22nd June – Dooley’s Tavern & Motel, Capella, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Rainforest Ranch, Rockhampton, QLD
Saturday 24th June – Carrier’s Arms Hotel Motel, Maryborough, QLD
Friday 30th June – Commercial Club, Albury, NSW
Thursday 29th June – Club Barham, Barham, VIC
Saturday 1st July – Club Mulwala, Mulwala, NSW

Josh Rennie-Hynes Announce Autumn Furthermore Tour

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Following the reception from his 2016 album Furthermore Queensland based singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has announced a string of east coast dates this Autumn.

This is your last chance to catch the critically acclaimed Rennie-Hynes before he moves over to the US mid year. We recommend you get along to one of these intimate shows and catch a truly amazing Australian talent.

The full list of dates are below:

Friday 3rd March – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 9th March – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 18th March – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 22nd March – Ararat Live, Ararat, VIC
Saturday 25th March – Stone Pony, Wilunga, SA
Friday 31st March – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA

Watch the New Tori Forsyth Video “New Wall”

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Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her amazing EP Black Bird in 2016 and recently released her new single and video “New Wall”.

The video was shot in the Helensburgh Railway Tunnels south of Sydney and is meant to explore the meaning at the heart of the song.

“Everyone has their own demons, laying dormant inside their heads. On the day I wrote “New Wall”, mine were running rampant,” Forsyth explained. “”New Wall” is about overcoming those demons. In the video I wanted to portray what my head can sometimes feel like. From taking parts of my character away through clothes and the struggle of getting back to bare minimal by taking off my makeup. I wanted to feel vulnerable and being seen without makeup is how I can best describe that visually.”

Check out the video for “New Wall” below:

Tori Forsyth has a bunch of gigs coming up including shows at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – check out the dates below:

Saturday 21st January – Tamworth Family Support Service Family Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 23rd January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 24th January – Toyota Fanzone, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 26th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 27th January – The Barn, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 3rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 4th February – Rooty Hill, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 11th February – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC

The Morrisons Announce East Coast Tour

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It may have felt like a long wait but it looks like we’re finally going to be getting the debut album from Sydney’s favourite bluegrassers The Morrisons.

The Morrisons spent the latter half of 2016 posting lots of photos to social media of their time in the studio which definitely got us excited. While details of the album are still to come The Morrisons have announced an east coast tour for February and March.

Check out the full list of dates below (with a Sydney show to be added soon):

Friday 10th February – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 11th February – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 12th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 16th February – Moonshine @ The Steyne, Manly, NSW
Saturday 18th February – The Metropole Guesthouse, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Treehouse On Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 4th March – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th March – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 24th March – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Oceans Rhythm Festival, Old Bar, NSW

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Announce Australian Tour Dates

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Following the success of their amazing 2016 album Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad folk music legends Billy Bragg and Joe Henry have announced plans to tour Australia this March.

The two singers will be in the country for Bluesfest followed by shows in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adleaide and Fremantle.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – Bluesfest, Byron Bay, NSW
Wednesday 19th April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 20th April – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 22nd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 23rd April – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 24th April – Fowler’s Live, Adelaide, SA
Friday 28th April – Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

The East Pointers Announce Massive Australian Tour

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Canadian trad trio The East Pointers were by far one of my favourite bands to visit Australia in 2015 and 2016 so I got understandably excited when they were announced for this year’s WOMADelaide festival.

But I didn’t get my hopes up for a tour off the back of the festival – in a lot of cases WOMADelaide likes to keep its international artists pretty exclusive. So when The East Pointers dropped a truck load of Australian tour dates I was blown away.

As well as WOMADelaide The East Pointers will be making their way to Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland throughout March and April. Check out the full list of dates plus their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” below:

Wednesday 1st March – Franklin Palais, Franklin, TAS
Thursday 2nd March – Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, TAS
Friday 3rd March – Chudleigh Hall, Chudleigh, TAS
Saturday 4th March – Mountain Mummam, Sheffield, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Dunalley Hall & Reserves, Dunalley, TAS
Wednesday 8th March – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 9th March – Geelong Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – WOMADelaide, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 22nd March – Thirroul Railway Heritage Centre, Thirroul, NSW
Thursday 23rd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 24th March – Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Wauchope Community Arts Hall, Wauchope, NSW
Sunday 26th March – Cedar Bar, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 30th March – Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club, Townsville, QLD
Friday 31st March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 1st April – Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Thursday 6th April – Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club), Mullumbimby, NSW
Friday 7th April – Eatonsville Hall, Eatonsville, NSW
Saturday 8th April – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 9th April – BLEACH* Festival, Mudgeeraba Hall, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 27th April – Armitage Centre, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May – The Planting Festival, Woodford, QLD


Jack Carty Announces Home State, High Ceilings Tour

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Jack Carty released his wonderful album Home State last year and has since done some really interesting tours with artists like Josh Pyke, Jordan Millar and Emily Barker.

And that’s set to continue into 2017 with Carty announcing his Home State, High Ceilings Tour. The tour will see Jack Carty performing in special spaces including theatres, halls and churches in cities and towns around the country between February and April.

Check out the full list of dates for the Home State, High Ceilings Tour below:

Friday 17th February – Taronga Zoo, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Latin Loafer, Port Macquarie, NSW
Friday 24th February – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Saturday 25th February – Rous Mill Hall, Rous Mill, NSW
Thursday 16th March – 5 Sawyers, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 17th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 18th March – Canvas Coffee & Providore, Barham, NSW
Saturday 25th March – Bella Union Trades Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 31st March – Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th April – Ellington Jazz Club, Perth, WA
Friday 7th April – Always Good Nights, Bunbury, WA
Thursday 13th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Winterbourne Announce My Perfect Sundae Tour

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Sydney indie-folk duo Winterbourne are about to hit the road for their national My Perfect Sundae tour kicking off this February. The tour will see them joined by third member Josh Rea on cello, piano and vocals.

Winterbourne have been hard at work on their debut album so you can expect a lot of new material on this tour – check out the dates below:

Thursday 2nd February – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC
Friday 3rd February – SUB Beanbag Gigs, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4th February – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 5th February – Porch Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 9th February – The Front, Canberra, ACT
Friday 10th February – Rad, Wollongong, NSW
Saturday 11th February – The Lair, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 16th February – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 17th February – 38 Berwick, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 18th February – Nightquarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 19th Feburary – 5 Church St, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 23rd February – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 24th February – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW

Vanishing Shapes Announce January Tour

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Newcastle based experimental folk band Vanishing Shapes have announced plans to head out on a tour of New South Wales and Queensland this month.

Vanishing Shapes are already garnering quite a reputation with their melting pot of folk styles and these shows are not to be missed

Check out their full list of dates below:

Thursday 5th January – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Friday 6th January – 5 Church Street, Bellingen, NSW
Thursday 12th January – Byron Fine Music House Concerts, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 15th January – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 16th January – Camp Davey, Lismore, NSW
Wednesday 18th January – Phoenix Rising Café, Nimbin, NSW
Thursday 19th January – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 20th January – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 21st January – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW


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