Lucy Wise Announces New Album and Tour Dates

Lucy Wise
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise

Celebrated singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has announced plans to release her highly anticipated third album Winter Sun on the 6th April.

The album was produced and recorded by Nick Huggins at his studio in Point Lonsdale and features guest appearances from some of the best in the business including Justin Bernasconi, Rowena Wise, John Flanagan, Justin Olsson, Mischa Herman and Isaac Gunnoo.

The first taste of Winter Sun is the Appalachian inspired single “Solid Ground” – check out the official video here:

To celebrate the album Lucy Wise has a string of dates through Victoria, New South Wales and ACT throughout May with her trio made up of Holly Downes (bass) and Mischa Herman (accordion). The full list of dates are below:

Thursday 3rd May – The Toff in Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th May – Selby Community House, Selby, VIC
Wednesday 9th May – House Concert, Geelong, VIC
Thursday 10th May – Camperdown Courthouse, Camperdown, VIC
Friday 11th May – Martians Cafe, Deans Marsh, VIC
Saturday 12th May – Under the Sun, Strathbogie, VIC
Sunday 13th May – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Tuesday 15th May – Yackandandah Courthouse, Yackandandah, VIC
Saturday 19th May – House Concert, Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 20th May – House Concert, Bundanoon, NSW
Thursday 24th May – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th May – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 27th May – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Wednesday 30th May – Karbeethong Lodge, Mallacoota, VIC
Thursday 31st May Briagolong Hotel, Briagolong, VIC
Saturday 2nd June – Stratford Courthouse, Stratford, VIC
Sunday 3rd June – Gippsland Acoustic Music Club, Tyers, VIC

Maggie Rigby to Launch EP in Melbourne

Maggie Rigby
Image Courtesy of Maggie Rigby

I’m not going to lie. The reason I first took a listen to Melbourne based folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Maggie Rigby was because of the company she keeps. Rigby’s latest EP was produced by two of my favourite artists on the Australian folk scene – Lucy Wise (Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies, Wise Family Band) and Mischa Herman (Lucy Wise and the B’Gollies, Evan and Mischa) – and that was enough to spark my interest. The fact that Rigby won the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence at last year’s National Folk Festival didn’t hurt either. But the reason I kept listening rests purely on how wonderful a singer and songwriter Maggie Rigby is.

Maggie Rigby’s new Wise/Herman produced EP is Tangle of Strings featuring five beautifully crafted folk songs which showcase all of her innumerable talents. Tangle of Strings is being launched next Wednesday 13th June at the Wesley Anne in Melbourne with tickets available here.

Check out Maggie Rigby’s tracks “The Raincoat Song” and “Song for Margaret” below:

“The Raincoat Song”

“Song for Margaret”

Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies and Evan & Mischa Joint Album Launch

Lucy Wise & the B'Gollies
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies

Alright Melbourne are you ready to get your trad on? Not one, but two of the cities finest young folk bands are launching their respective albums on the 20th August at the Abbotsford Hall and it promises to be an amazing night of traditional and contemporary folk.

Lucy Wise & The B'Gollies First up is Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies whose self titled album we reviewed recently. Renowned for their mixture of Appalachian, Celtic and contemporary folk, Lucy Wise and her cohorts are definitely rising stars in the folk scene.

Evan and Mischa Mischa Herman, who plays accordian with The B’Gollies (second from the left in the top photo), is joined by his partner in crime Evan Davies for the creatively titled group Evan and Mischa. The duo are launching their debut self titled EP which touches on everything from traditional Irish, American Old Time, Breton and Bluegrass.

Individually these artists are must see but together? Now that’s what we call a hell of a lineup. Check out the full details at the official Facebook event.

Review: Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies, “Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies”

Lucy Wise & the B'Gollies
Image Courtesy of Lucy Wise

I sometimes wonder whether Lucy Wise felt much pressure to be a folk musician growing up. Not only is Wise’s father one of the premiere luthiers in the country, making absolutely stunning acoustic stringed instruments, but she was also thrust onto stage from a young age as part of The Wise Family Band and The Wise Girls, performing at folk festivals in Australia and around the world.

Lucy Wise If there was any pressure it hasn’t seemed deterred Lucy Wise from continuing her childhood experience into adulthood and she has in-turn become one of the finest folk talents in the country.

Sometimes seen in a solo mode, Wise has also gathered a group of equally talented folks around her under the guise of The B’Gollies which includes members of The String Contingent (Chris Stone on violin, Graham McLeod on guitar and Holly Downes on double bass) as well as accordionist Mischa Herman. Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies released their debut, self titled album at The National Folk Festival in April this year.

While I missed their performance at The National (and have been kicking myself since) I have managed to get my hands on Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies and have had it on constant repeat for a couple of weeks now.

Lucy Wise & the B'Gollies Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies is a simply beautiful piece of contemporary folk. Despite the album having obvious roots in the the Anglo-Celtic tradition, Wise sings with a distinctly Australia voice, both in style and theme. The complete mastery each band member has over their respective instruments (Lucy Wise adds a perfectly balanced ukulele to many of the tracks) gives the album a slickly professional sound without losing any of the rawness that comes with recording acoustic instruments. Chris Stone on Violin is a particular standout, deftly moving from Celtic licks to improvised jazz flourishes on many of the album’s best tracks.

Top tracks for me would include “Have a Swim For Me”, which showcases Mischa Herman’s exquisite accordion, the ragtimey instrumental “Wilson’s Prom Shuffle”, the stripped back longing of “Missing”, the warmth of “The Neighbourhood” and “Something Pocket Size” which has such a gorgeous melody.

“The Neighbourhood”

Lucy Wise, either with or without The B’Gollies, is a name that you’re going to see bouncing around the folk scene for a long time to come. Her musical heritage combined with her obvious talent as a musician and songwriter really sets her apart from most of her contemporaries and solidifies her place as a must see of festivals around the country.

Already announced on this month’s Melodica Melbourne lineup (16th and 17th July, details here), Lucy Wise & the B’Gollies are about to embark on a tour of New Zealand before the summer festival season kicks into gear later on in the year. If you’re a regular (or even first time) attender of folk festivals make sure you look up Lucy Wise.

Country of Origin: Australia (Melbourne)
File Under: Contemporary Folk
Sounds Like: Martha Tilston, Kate Burke
Official Site: www.lucywise.com.au
Myspace: myspace.com/lucywisemusic

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