Ironbark: The Waifs

Ironbark: The Waifs

“We can say with certainty they’ll always be cherished” Double J

“Together, on a cool autumn night, they reminded us about the art of being joy-filled players and heartfelt storytellers…. There’s always plenty to make you smile and dance, and excellent company to be had when the Waifs come home.” The West Australian

2017 marks 25 years of The Waifs! To celebrate and commemorate, the band will be hitting the road for a mammoth national tour, and are releasing their fourteen track studio album, ‘Ironbark’, along with 11 bonus tracks making a rousing collection of 25 songs, to celebrate 25 years. Recorded in true Waifs style in a make shift studio in the unfinished kitchen of Josh Cunningham’s rural retreat on the NSW South Coast across two weeks.

Ironbark’ is a double album made for their incredibly loyal and loving fan base, for those who have been there from the start, and for those who have become fans of the band along the way.

From this Tuesday January 10, The Waifs will be giving away free download bonus songs each week until the official album release on March 3rd. ‘Ironbark’ will be available for pre-order at a very discounted price from their website from Thurs February 12 and from various retail outlets for the first 25 days of release as a gesture of thanks to fans. There will also be amazing ticket and album bundles for all headline concerts available so head to thewaifs.com for details.

You know all about The Waifs… meeting in Broome, West Australia, traveling around – that old tale has been told many times.

“The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm. It feels like we all grew up together.  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.”

Vikki Thorn

From Busker to Main Stage: Harry J Hart

From Busker to Main Stage: Harry J Hart

Described as “one of the city’s best young talents”, Harry J Hart is not your average 14 year old. A multi-talented musician, Harry draws inspiration from many genres over many decades. With a strong sense of compassion and motivation Harry has made his way from busking around NightQuarter and many other places on the Gold Coast, to this debut performance on the main stage in the Paddock! It will be a show you won’t want to miss.

We interviewed Harry this week, here’s how it went.

 

Q: When did you decide to start making music?
Well I first decided to start making music…well, more or less, I’ve always been a musical child.  I used to do a lot of dancing.  Back then my life goal was to dance on cruise ships, but now my life goal is to sell out Wembly.  I first actually started making music in the 3rd grade when I picked up the violin, and since then my collection of instruments and musical knowledge has just gone upwards and outwards.

 

Q: What do you think about the Gold Coast music scene?

People say it’s rather bland and empty, but that’s a lie – it’s not. It’s raging with all sorts of different performances – you just need to know where to look.

 

Q: How many years have you been playing?

I’ve been playing violin for about 5 years before I quit; I played trumpet for 5 years again before I quit.  I can still play these instruments, but probably not to performance standard! I’ve been playing ukulele for 6 years now. I still play that – it’s good fun; and I have been playing guitar for about 2 years now.

 

Q: Where is your favourite place to play and why?

 

My favourite place to play is NightQuarter because it is amazing – it’s always alive – there’s never a dull moment.

 

Q: What is your biggest achievement as an artist so far?

 

Well in the middle of last year I was asked to sing at the Queensland Training Awards, by a lady who first saw me at NightQuarter!  I sang at the regional finals and also did a set with my band. That was in a ballroom in front of 350 people.  Then I sang at the pre-reception drinks of the State Finals, where guests included the Attorney General, Yvette D’arth, and compere, Andrew Daddo, and the headline act of the night was Casey Barnes’ band Kick.  I have done other things like small festivals.

When I was younger I sang at Opera in the Park for about 5,000 people, and as a soloist at Movie World’s White Christmas, and that was all good fun.

 

You can catch Harry J Hart making his main stage debut on Friday the 17th February at NightQuarter!