Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of an intriguing crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.
Scottish duo The Jellyman's Daughter lands squarely in the middle of an intriguing crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new. GREME MACDONALD

Festival of Small Halls ready to rock the regions

FESTIVAL of Small Halls has announced that The Jellyman's Daughter along with Ash Bell and Sara Tindley will feature on its upcoming Spring Tour 2019: Dorrigo to Queenscliff.

Presented in partnership with major Australian festivals Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, the Spring Tour 2019 will kick off in the rolling hills of Dorrigo, NSW, cross the sunburnt outback of western Queensland and conclude on the sunny Victorian peninsula of Queenscliff.

The route sees the popular regional music tour take in three states over four weeks in October and November and will include some of Queensland's most alluring reasons to take a road trip this spring.

Festival of Small Halls is Australia's largest music tour dedicated exclusively to regional, rural and remote Australia.

Producer Eleanor Rigden says programming the tour hand-in-hand with some of Australia's biggest music festivals means regional communities can leverage access to the same standard of arts and culture as their metropolitan counterparts.

"These towns are some of the friendliest, most welcoming places I have ever been to,” Ms Rigden said.

"We're inviting people to come away with us, plan a road trip and really experience the double whammy of this brilliant music alongside the country hospitality and hosts that just have to be seen to be believed.”

Hailing from Edinburgh, The Jellyman's Daughter is one of Scotland's most innovative new exports and members are looking forward to the unique exposure of the tour.

"We couldn't be more excited about our first tour of Australia,” said band member Graham Coe.

"It will be both of our first times over there and we're looking forward to playing our music to a bunch of friendly Australian faces on the other side of the world, meeting some dangerous animals and finally getting to experience some (real) hot weather.

"We're also excited about getting out of the cities and seeing the diversity in the communities - touring is really the best way to properly experience a country and we're super grateful that we'll have the opportunity to do that in Australia.”

Described as a blend of bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul music, The Jellyman's Daughter promises "harmonies that squeeze the heart” and cello playing that can be "as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle” (The Sunday Herald).

Two of Australia's most celebrated songwriters,  Ash Bell and Sara Tindley come together to form a timeless folk/roots collaboration born of tough love and deep humanity.
Two of Australia's most celebrated songwriters, Ash Bell and Sara Tindley come together to form a timeless folk/roots collaboration born of tough love and deep humanity. Kate Atkinson

Ash Bell and Sara Tindley will be familiar to many across the outback - Ash comes from contemporary Australiana outfit and festival favourite The Starboard Cannons and is already looking forward to his second run with Festival of Small Halls.

He's formed a new partnership with Tindley, who is fresh to the band from her fourth solo album, produced by Nick Didia (Bruce Springsteen, Powderfinger, Pearl Jam).

Together they've created an iconic Australia roots sound which reaches down into the soul of the listener.

Festival of Small Halls Spring Tour starts on October 25, 2019 at Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, travelling to venues across western Queensland from October 30 - November 17 and concluding at Queenscliff Music Festival from November 21-24. Tickets on sale now, go to festivalofsmallhalls.com.

Proudly presented by Woodfordia Inc in partnership with Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival.

Festival of Small Halls - Spring Tour 2019 is funded under the Year of Outback Tourism Events program during the Year of Outback Tourism 2019.

Links for more information: festivalofsmallhalls.com; facebook.com/festivalofsmallhalls; instagram.com/smallhallsaus/.


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