Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy: HOBOFOPO2019 are proud to announce the first six acts.
For the fourth annual instalment, the anticipated pilgrimage of crustys, folkies, punks and vagabonds will happen in the form of a four-day folk-punk gig-crawl of 30 bands around Hobart.
The dates are 31/10 to 3/11, and we are excited to announce the first six acts, illustrating the diversity of lineup within a genre-specific festival.
CRYWANK (UK) – after having sold out shows on their last Australian tour two years ago, and headlining Manchester Punk Festival earlier this year, Crywank are an eagerly anticipated act. An anti-folk duo with syncopated rhythms, amazing vocals and deep lyrical content.
THE CROOKED FIDDLE BAND (NSW) – will be launching a new album, after two years of hiatus to write and record, this self-proclaimed “Chainsaw-folk” ensemble are back. Tasmania being one of their favorite stomping grounds after performing to packed out venues at Cygnet Folk Festival, Huon Valley Midwinter Festival and Dark Mofo.
THE RAMSHACKLE ARMY (VIC) – Melbourne’s finest celt-punk band will return to Hobart for the first time since the inaugural HOBOFOPO gathering. Having toured around Australia with The Dropkick Murphys, they’ve made several trips to the USA to play alongside DKM, as well as Frank Turner and The Tossers.
CLAIRE ANNE TAYLOR (TAS) – Born in a barn built by her parents in Tasmania’s ancient Tarkine Rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal voice, compelling storytelling and mesmerising stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
KNIFEY SPOONY (NSW) – A folk punk duo from Newcastle. With catchy songs revolving around social justice and sustainable living, these two anarcho-syndicalists kick out the jams on guitar, harmonica and euphonium.
BILLY PUNTTON (NSW) – Dexamphetamine, anxiety and depression driven, catchy fake folk punk describes the work of an inner western Sydney trash boy.
Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records are excited to announce the latest addition to their roster. Melbourne Celtic Punk band The Ramshackle Army, will be shacking up in the stable that contains most of Australia’s best folkpunk bands. Handsome Young Strangers, The Dead Maggies, The Button Collective and Fox ‘N’ Firkin have all releases through Folk ‘Til Ya Punk to national and international airplay, applause and acclaim.
The 6 piece Celtic Punk band from Melbourne supported the Dropkick Murphys in Australia in 2011, they’ve been back and forth between the USA & AUS, supporting the Dropkicks 6 times in the USA and have also hit the tour circuit with Frank Turner and the The Tossers.
The RSA recently released their first single in the aggressive banjo driven track FOREIGN SOIL, premiered on Triple J’s SHORT.FAST.LOUD and received positive response from both audience and media alike. Following its release the song was featured on Triple M’s HOME GROWN, being subsequently added to rotation and lead to the band being named Home Grown’s Artist of the Week.
The band are also back playing an intense run of shows after some 6 months off, which recently included Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston and Ballarat. The band are slated for a summer of regionals and capital city shows in support of the EP taking in Bendigo, Melbourne, Warrnambool, and Geelong before heading interstate in the new year. The RSA have also announced the official Melbourne EP Launch show date which will take place at the WORKERS CLUB (Fitzroy), December 16th with locals COFFIN WOLF, KEGGIN and THE BEGGARS WAY.
New EP Whitewashed Graves out in 2nd December and stay tuned for more tour details.
200 years since invading Tasmania, The Empire is in its death throes. But while Maggie’s dead, her ideas don’t rest. We can’t change the past, and we should probably talk about it… but instead, go and catch The Dead Maggies.
Tasmanian story-telling, flannie-clad, folk-punks The Dead Maggies are on tour again, this time for two months of folk festivals, doof festivals and pub gigs across NSW, QLD, and South-East Asia.
This is their 4th tour in the 9 months since releasing their debut album ‘Well Hanged’ which had international airplay and was ‘album of the week’ on Edge Radio, ABC936 and 2BoB with airtime on Triple J. Their past April tour – ‘Lock up the drunks, lock in the Punks’, made new friends and has since brought more bands to the Tasmanian gig circuit.
The tour starts in Queensland, and throughout August they trek south to end up at Psyfari Festival to share the Friday night stage with The Bennies and The Porkers. Then they head off to Asia for gigs in Indonesia and Vietnam, and return in time for Folk by The Sea Festival at the end of September. Then they will go back to Tasmania and enjoy not being in the immediate company of each other for a while.
August/September Tour dates:
Fr 12/8 – The Grand Hotel, Gayndah, QLD (+fox n firkin, +button collective)
Sa 13/8 – Sonnys, Brisbane, QLD
Su 14/8 – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Tu 16/8 – Ponyland, near Nimbin, NSW (+the stragglers)
We 17/8 – New Tattersalls, Lismore, NSW (+button collective, +leigh hair)
Th 18/8 – The Federal Hotel, Bellingen, NSW (+button collective, +the stragglers)
Fr 19/8 – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW (+handsome young strangers acoustic)
Sa 20/8 – The Lass O’Gowrie, Newcastle, NSW (+beefweek, +the stragglers)
Brisbane Celtic-punk rock band Fox ‘N’ Firkin release debut album with a national tour in April.
Since forming in 2012, Fox ‘N’ Firkin have established themselves in the thriving Brisbane music scene. They fill large rooms with crowds and music and get the audience manically mosh-jigging in their hometown time after time. But when you’ve conquered your own backyard, it’s time to explore beyond the quarter-acre block, Fox ‘N’ Firkin are about to rip apart the white picket fences and sledgehammer their high energy sounds into the faces of new audiences. With the release of their long awaited debut album No Vacancy, Fox ‘N’ Firkin will be on the road in April.
After releasing two independent EPs in 2013, No Vacancy will be the debut full length album by Fox ‘N’ Firkin. It contains ten songs covering social issues such as the treatment of indigenous populations, environmental degradation and asylum seeker policy. The songs fuse traditional Irish instrumentation and melodies into blistering catchy punk rock.
No Vacancy will be the third release on Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records, following on from The Dead Maggies and The Button Collective, who have both garnered rave reviews and radioplay, both nationally and internationally for their respective releases. FTYP have a distribution deal with MGM and contains a roster of upcoming folk, punk and folkpunk bands from around Australia.
The title track No Vacancy is the lead single from the upcoming album. The song has a ska feel, and no swearing, unlike the rest of the album which is more straight up Celtic punk rock (and with a heap of ‘fucks’), as a result this song translates well to a host of different themed radio programs. The song is blatantly about Australia’s reaction and attitude towards asylum seekers and refugees. This single is officially released on Monday 14th March 2016. The album is officially released 1st April 2016.
To coincide with the release of No Vacancy, Fox ‘N’ Firkin embark on a series of gigs in April.
Friday 1st – The Reverence Hotel, Footscray, Melbourne
Saturday 2nd – Bar 12, Frankston, Melbourne
Friday 14th – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast*
Saturday 15th – Beetle Bar, Brisbane*
Friday 29th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart*
Saturday 30th – Fresh On Charles, Launceston*
* with The Dead Maggies
The Dead Maggies’ new single matches their raucous folk-punk with a tale of the improbable yet true Jørgen Jørgenson. A pirate, a convict, a king and a drunkard, the title character is the perfect foil for The Dead Maggies’ mix of foot-stomping folk and hollering punk antics.
A little-known legend, Danish-born Jørgenson once ruled Iceland for 50 days, and spent his final 14 years in Tasmania. When it came time to shoot the video for the single, the venue was clear: the Yukon, a fully restored Danish tall ship. “He was an adventurer who wrote his own legends while drinking, gambling, spying and pirating,” says vocalist/guitarist GT Mongrel. “He took on armies. He took on whole countries. He faced the executioners block and survived. He lived life as hard as life can be lived. He was a punk.”
The single is the first taste from The Dead Maggies’ forthcoming debut album Well Hanged, due for release on November on Folk ’Til Ya Punk Records. The album will feature Jørgen Jørgenson alongside 11 other tales culled from the dark and oppressive past of Australia’s southern penal colony, all set to music that finds the common energy, melody and attitude of folk and punk.
Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records present: HOBOFOPO; Hobart’s Original Folk Punk Orgy. Yes it’s time for a folk-punk festival, and Tasmania is hosting. A bit like an old-fashioned folk festival, where there are heaps of gigs happening in venues all around, you study the program and run between shows catching your favourite bands. But this time all the bands are playing folk-punk, the venues are all pubs around Hobart, and no one’s going to tell you you’re being too loud.
With over 23 acts spread across 9 gigs around Hobart, North Hobart, Fern Tree, Grove and Franklin, prepare for an incredible showcase from the best of the energetic, original and growing Australian folk-punk scene. Plus there’s an acoustic luncheon in a café, a music industry pow-wow, a late night folk-punk DJ from the USA, and a late night chalkboard session where you can jump up and play. Festival passes are found at trybooking.com and vary from $40 full fare to $33 for povvo hobo concession rate.
This is all happening from 10th to 13th November, so cancel work on Monday (and Friday), book some airfares to Hobart, and get ready to folk ’til ya punk.
Acts include: The Go Set, The Ramshackle Army, Handsome Young Strangers, Jess Randall (Crooked Fiddle), Fox ‘N’ Firkin, The Stragglers, The Dead Maggies’ Dark Orchestra, This Is A Robbery, and heaps more that you can check out at http://www.folktilyapunk.com/hobofopo
Two of Tassie’s best touring bands are returning to the island. You’re invited to our homecoming celebration at the homey with MUM and DAD.
The Dead Maggies are returning from a sweaty set of shows across the East Coast, Vietnam and Indonesia where they have unleashed their folk-punk and cow-punk, no doubt converting new masses to their ‘own genre… Tasmanian Convict Punk’ (Australian Broadcasting Commission). http://www.thedeadmaggies.com/
Straddlepuss are returning from their first national tour and will be clicking their heels, windmilling their hair and probably drinking a little too much because there truly is no place lilke home…
We’re also delighted the baby sitters came through so we can have our local favourite electro/hip/pop punks MUM and DAD joining the welcome home party. www.facebook.com/dadandmum