Category: Country / Folk

A woman walks into a bar. There’s a band playing some dirty folk blues in the corner. Looking like they had a few too many, swaying around with their instruments not paying attention to anyone that cared to listen. It was loose, so loose that it felt like they were skating, but they rode that edge for an hour. You can tell when a band has been playing together for a long time – the music is as natural as a conversation. It was raw and edgy. That woman, The Waif’s Vikki Thorn says to herself, “I want to make a record with these guys.”

With a box of songs, unplayed phone recordings and memories of ten years living in the wilds of Utah USA swirling in her head, Vikki needed a vehicle to fully realise these stories. And ThornBird was born.  

ThornBird’s debut solo album, simply titled ‘ThornBird’ will be released on 11th March 2022, featuring the already released singles ‘Tempest’, a tale of hope and regeneration, and the feel-good vibe of ‘All The Things’. Today ThornBird unveils a new cut from the album, ‘Bullets and Heartache’, a wild west ode to love and relationship. ThornBird explains: “He comes in blazing rhetoric and she takes him on a wild horse chase. Gritty guitar, laid back groove and big harmonies round it up and bring it home. It features my next door neighbours, Simon and Tammy London from The Red Tails.”

Vikki Thorn is a seasoned Australian performer. As one third of the multi-ARIA Award winning trio The Waifs, Vikki has released 8 albums and constantly toured the world. One of the questions Vikki keeps getting asked about releasing her debut solo album is “why now”? “It’s all I know how to do, and I wanted to! I had just moved back to West Australia. Turns out I found myself with a year of cancelled Waif engagements. Turns out I had a bunch of songs sitting in a box. Turns out that band in the bar lived not so far away. Turns out they were all keen. This all turns out an album.” is her response.

Produced by Vikki and Dan Carroll and recorded at Rada Studios in Fremantle WA, ‘ThornBird’ is Vikki Thorn’s story telling at it’s very best. From her experience of living in the canyons of the US, to the inspiring women she met along the way. There are songs about love and friendship and made with a band that just clicked. 

With a handful of live shows already under her belt in Western Australia, ThornBird and her band will be heading east for shows starting in Castlemaine, Victoria on 10th March at the Theatre Royal followed by a  special album release day show at Queenscliff Town Hall on 11 th March. Shows have also been announced for Melbourne, Adelaide, Eumundi in Queensland, Byron Bay, Bulli in New South Wales and Meeniyan in Victoria. ThornBird is also part of the incredible Wildflower Festival, a celebration of Australian women in music alongside Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Sarah Blasko, Kate Miller-Heidke, Deborah Conway and Alice Skye. Wildflower Festival starts on 12th March at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley followed by shows in Brisbane, Hunter Valley and Mudgee. ThornBird will return to the West for a 9th April show at the beautiful Kings Park in Perth alongside John Butler and Kasey Chambers. Full dates are below.

UPCOMING THORNBIRD SHOWS 2022
Tickets available HERE

Thur 10 March            Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Fri 11 March               Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff, VIC     
Sat 12 March              Wildflower Festival, Yarra Valley, VIC     

Fri 18 March               Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sat 19 March              Wildflower Festival, Brisbane, QLD   
Sun 20 March             Byron Theatre, Byron Bay, NSW

Sat 2 April                   Wildflower Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW  
Sun 3 April                  Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Wed 6 April                 Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne, VIC
Thu 7 April                  Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Fri 8 April                    The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sat 9 April                   Kings Park, Perth, WA

Dust off your Akubras and pull out your spurs to join us for the first ever Boots & Beach Country Music Festival. Brought to you by the same local legends that bring you FOTSUN, Boots & Beach will be debuting at the stunning seaside town of Port Macquarie, at NRMA Breakwall Holiday Park from the 27th – 28th of May, 2022.

This two day camping event will not only have you boot scootin’ to some of the best country music Australia and beyond has to offer, it will also host some of Port Macquarie’s best local feeds and lively popup bars. At Boots & Beach your hunger will always be satisfied, your thirst quenched and your ears singing. 

So, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? From bluesy crooners to country rockers, this lineup of 15 artists split across two nights on one stage is sure to impress.

Lee KernaghanFanny Lumsden | Brad Cox | The Wolfe BrothersBrooke McClymont & Adam Eckersley | Amber LawrenceJames Johnston | Raechel Whitchurch | Leah Flanagan | Angus GillJake Davey | Loren Ryan | Billie-Jo PorterPlus Amber Lawrence Presents “The Kids Gone Country”

Sign up for presale tickets ASAP for what is set to be the hottest country thing going ‘round, and your chance to WIN an exclusive Backstage Luxury Camplify Caravan for 2 nights.

Presale tickets go on sale Thursday 9th December 9AM and general public tickets will become available on Monday 13th December at 9AM via Moshtix.

After a two-year hiatus, the infamous barbecue festival, Meatstock, is stampeding their way into Toowoomba Showgrounds. Setting up April 8th and 9th, 2022 in one of Australia’s meat capitals, the sell-out festival is gearing up to give you the best instalment yet, providing an oasis of camping, food, activities and music for barbecue and country aficionados.

Marking territory in the town of Toowoomba seems only fitting for this year’s Meatstock, a town located in the heart of Australia’s best resources in the industry. In true Meatstock style, Toowoomba Showgrounds will be jam packed with some of the worlds most prestiged BBQ Pitmasters, mouth watering food trucks, expo stores and a wonderland of beer gardens.

Roam around the new battlefield and get amongst the notorious butcher, BBQ, beard and moe wars for some highly entertaining spectacles. If this isn’t enough, Meatstock will be debuting the PBR Bullriding team at the event, so you can cheer on the rails and watch some extreme sport.

It won’t just be your tastebuds singing, for the first time, Meatstock will bring you a 100% Australian country music lineup to set the mood. Enjoy the sun going down with a plate of Aussie BBQ and have a Do-si-do to the best country music acts there is:

LEE KERNAGHAN – BRAD COX – THE WOLFE BROTHERS – CASEY BARNES – SHANE NICHOLSON – FELICITY URQUHART & JOSH CUNNINGHAM – CASS HOPETOUN – SAMMY WHITE – CAMILLE TRAIL – JAKE DAVEY – BLAKE DANTIER

This year, Meatstock will be offering on site camping and RV sites for those wishing to really lock in. Ticketing options will range from full weekend passes with camping to single day passes with plenty of parking available. If you feel like seeing the The Professional Bull Riders go buck wild, you can grab an upgraded ticket to watch the rodeo kick off each afternoon.

Tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday the 16th of November. For all ticketing and event information, please visit www.meatstock.com.au.

After a two-year hiatus, the infamous barbecue festival, Meatstock, is stampeding their way into Toowoomba Showgrounds. Setting up April 8th and 9th, 2022 in one of Australia’s meat capitals, the sell-out festival is gearing up to give you the best instalment yet, providing an oasis of camping, food, activities and music for barbecue and country aficionados.   Marking territory in the town of Toowoomba seems only fitting for this year’s Meatstock, a town located in the heart of Australia’s best resources in the industry. In true Meatstock style, Toowoomba Showgrounds will be jam packed with some of the worlds most prestiged BBQ Pitmasters, mouth watering food trucks, expo stores and a wonderland of beer gardens.    Roam around the new battlefield and get amongst the notorious butcher, BBQ, beard and moe wars for some highly entertaining spectacles. If this isn’t enough, Meatstock will be debuting the PBR Bullriding team at the event, so you can cheer on the rails and watch some extreme sport!   It won’t just be your tastebuds singing, for the first time, Meatstock will bring you a 100% Australian country music lineup to set the mood. Enjoy the sun going down with a plate of Aussie BBQ and have a Do-si-do to the best country music acts there is:
LEE KERNAGHAN – BRAD COX – THE WOLFE BROTHERS – CASEY BARNES – SHANE NICHOLSON – FELICITY URQUHART & JOSH CUNNINGHAM – CASS HOPETOUN – SAMMY WHITE – CAMILLE TRAIL – JAKE DAVEY – BLAKE DANTIER
This year, Meatstock will be offering on site camping and RV sites for those wishing to really lock in. Ticketing options will range from full weekend passes with camping to single day passes with plenty of parking available. If you feel like seeing the The Professional Bull Riders go buck wild, you can grab an upgraded ticket to watch the rodeo kick off each afternoon.   Tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday the 16th of November. For all ticketing and event information, please visit www.meatstock.com.au.

Central Coast trio Little Quirks – sisters Abbey and Mia and their cousin Jaymi – are excited to unveil a run of summer tour dates, their first dedicated tour in more than 18 months. Kicking off just 4 days after drummer Mia finishes her final year school exams, “The Rain Is Coming Tour” will begin at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli on December 3, with shows right across NSW in December, January and February. They will also play Melbourne’s Workers Club on January 7 and Waywards in Sydney on January 28, the tour concluding with WA shows in March including Nannup Festival.

Abbey said today, “We are over the moon to be getting back on the road! After a year of ups and downs, a whole lot of waiting and eating way too many cookies we are so excited to be playing these shows.”

Little Quirks are passionate about performing live, something they have sorely missed in recent times.  They have developed a reputation for their quality live shows, building up a strong following with consistent touring and shows over the last 7 years, playing music festivals and venues up and down the East Coast, sharing stages with artists such as The Teskey Brothers, The Preatures, Ruby Fields, Tim Rogers and Alex the Astronaut.

Little Quirks will release a fourth EP in 2022, their first for ABC Music, featuring last year’s folk/pop singles Florence’s Town and Someone To Hold.  Their 2018 single Crumbled has been a runaway favourite on Spotify with over 3 million streams and they have amassed a loyal following for their powerful and distinctive DIY videos on YouTube, including an impressive version of ABBA’s “SOS”.

“These Quirks have the nous and charm of the greats. Deft songwriting and performers of depth and levity. Watch ‘em rise” – Tim Rogers

LITTLE QUIRKS – “THE RAIN IS COMING” TOUR

DEC 2021 – MARCH 2022

Tickets and info can be found at www.littlequirksband.com

Kasey Chambers and Busby Marou are beyond disappointed to announce the postponement of their September / October “Behind The Barricades Tour” due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions around Australia. In good news, the majority of the shows have been able to be rescheduled with the tour now kicking off in Narre Warren, VIC on 4th May 2022 through until Newcastle, NSW on 15th June 2022. 

Fans are asked to please hold on to their tickets. These will be automatically transferred to the new date or refunded if you can no longer attend. Unfortunately, a few of the shows have not been able to be rescheduled and tickets will be fully refundable from ticket outlets.

Kasey, Jeremy and Tom want to thank fans for their support and hope to see everyone at the new dates in 2022!

KASEY CHAMBERS & BUSBY MAROU TOUR 2021
www.kaseychambers.com | www.busbymarou.com

Wednesday, 4 May 2022 – Bunjil Place Narre Warren, VIC

Thursday, 5 May 2022 – Palais Theatre St Kilda, VIC

Friday, 6 May 2022 – Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo VIC

Sunday, 8 May 2022 – Costa Hall GAC Geelong, VIC

Thursday, 12 May 2022 – Sydney Coliseum Theatre Rooty Hill, NSW

Saturday, 14 May 2022 – Odeon Theatre Hobart, TAS

Sunday, 15 May 2022 – Theatre North Launceston, TAS

Friday, 20 May 2022 – TECC Townsville, QLD

Saturday, 21 May 2022 – MMPL Cairns, QLD

Sunday, 22 May 2022 – Darwin Ent Centre, NT

Friday, 27 May 2022 – Albury Ent Centre, NSW

Saturday, 28 May 2022 – NCCC Royal Theatre, ACT (On Sale Mon 23 August)

Sunday, 29 May 2022 – Anita’s Theatre Thirroul, NSW

Friday, 3 June 2022 – Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, SA

Saturday, 4 June 2022 – Barossa Entertainment Centre Tanunda, SA

Friday, 10 June 2022 – HOTA Theatre #1, Gold Coast, QLD

Saturday, 11 June 2022 – Empire Theatre Toowoomba, QLD

Sunday, 12 June 2022 – Night Quarter, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Monday, 13 June 2022 – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 – Civic Theatre Newcastle, NSW

**Unfortunately the following shows have been cancelled and tickets will be refunded.

Thu 30 Sep 2021 – CTC Canberra Theatre, ACT / New venue – NCCC Royal Theatre Tickets on Sale Monday 23 August at 10am.

Sat 16 Oct 2021 – Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Thu 21 Oct 2021 – Northern Festival Centre, Port Pirie SA