The East Pointers
Wednesday February 22 ...
Tasmania has been a huge source of inspiration for Juno-nominated Canadian trad trio, The East Pointers.
Many of the tunes on the trio’s Juno-nominated debut record, Secret Victory, were written on back verandas under Tasmania’s skies on their first visit to the island in early 2015, and it’s that album that has helped them to win over thousands of fans, and a stack of awards in the twelve months since.
When they returned to the Cygnet Folk Festival in 2016 – when most of Tasmania was on fire with devastating bushfires - they were paired up with Liz Stringer for the first annual Festival of Small Halls touring show, and inspiration struck again.
‘We wrote ’82 Fires’ with our good friend Liz Stringer while we were on tour in Tasmania last year,’ says Koady Chaisson, who plays banjo, sings and step-dances in the band.
‘The title came out of a conversation we had with a gentleman outside of a gig in Penguin who told us that there were, at the time, eighty-two fires burning out of control in Tasmania. We wrote the song as if ‘82 Fires’ referred to both a legend and an ocurrance that people knew would come back around some day.’
‘We’re so excited to be coming back to our favourite place in Australia,’ Chaisson continues, speaking from the last snow-bound date on a short US tour.
‘We’re hoping that we can find time to climb Mt Wellington again and we’re really looking forward to sharing the bill with Emma Anglesey, too – she sounds amazing.’
‘I went to the show last time they toured Tassie with Liz Stringer.’ says Emma Angelsey.
‘Everyone was captivated by the way the band make traditional music seem incredibly cool.’
“The East Pointers are one of the hottest young traditional folk bands on the planet.” – Geoff Wood, RN Rhythm Divine, ABC, 2016
Tasmania has been something of a good luck charm for Canadian outfit The East Pointers.
Many of the tunes on the trio’s debut record, Secret Victory, were written on back verandas under Tasmania’s starry skies on their first Australian tour in early 2015, and it’s that album that has helped them to win over thousands of fans, and a stack of awards including Folk Music Canada’s ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the twelve months since. And on February 7th, the band found out that Secret Victory was nominated for Traditional Roots Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards - Canada’s highest musical accolade.
‘We’re still in shock,’ the band said on social media last night.
It’s this humility, along with an intense musicality and fantastic live show, that saw the band back up their second Cygnet Folk Festival with a sold-out run of shows with the first Tasmanian Festival of Small Halls in early 2016, and now The East Pointers are looking forward to kicking off their fourth Australian tour with five Tasmanian dates in early March, with support from fast-emerging local artist Emma Anglesey.
‘We’re so excited to be coming back to our favourite place in Australia,’ says Koady Chaisson (banjo), speaking from his snowbound home in rural Prince Edward Island.
‘Tasmania shares a lot of qualities that we love about PEI: community, friendly people, natural beauty and… deadly snakes. We’re hoping that we can find time to climb Mt Wellington again and we’re really looking forward to sharing the bill with Emma Anglesey, too – she sounds amazing.’
This is a feeling shared by Emma, whose second single ‘Mary-Anne’ from her debut album, premiered via Tone Deaf in November 2016 to rave reviews. Triple J Unearthed music director Dave Ruby
Howe gave the track 4 STARS and Rolling Stone Australia said ‘Mary-Anne is a song that flourishes in its delicacy but is punctured with grit.’ 2016 also saw Emma as a festival favourite in Tasmania and she’s featured at A Festival called Panama, Festival of Voices and at DARK MOFO.
‘I’m stoked to be supporting The East Pointers in my home state of Tasmania.’ she says.
‘I went to the show last time they toured Tassie with Liz Stringer and everyone was captivated by the way the band make traditional music seem incredibly cool.’
01-Mar | Franklin Palais (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 6.30PM, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
02-Mar | Founders Room, Salamanca Arts Centre (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
03-Mar | Chudleigh Hall (TAS)
Doors 6:30pm, Show 7:00PM $20+BF
04-Mar | Mountain Mumma (TAS)
Show 7:30PM, Dinner+Show $55, Show only $26
05-Mar | Dunalley Hall & Reserves (TAS) w. support Emma Anglesey
Doors 5:30PM, Show 6:00PM $20+BF
08-Mar | The Toff in Town (VIC) w. support Liz Stringer + Lucy Wise
09-Mar | Geelong Workers Club (VIC) w. support Liz Stringer
10-13 Mar | WOMADelaide (SA)
15-19 Mar | WOMAD NZ
22-Mar | Wollongong City Diggers Club (NSW) w. support Meridian
23-Mar | Camelot Lounge (NSW)
24-Mar | Unorthodox Church of Groove (NSW)
25-Mar | Wauchope Community Arts Hall (NSW)
26-Mar | Cedar Bar Bellingen (NSW)
30-Mar | Bellevue Hotel: Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club (QLD)
31-Mar | Tanks Arts Centre (QLD)
1-Apr | Sol Bar (QLD)
06-Apr | Club Mullum (Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club) (NSW) w. support Tullara
07-Apr | Eatonsville Hall (NSW) w. support Tullara
08-Apr | Old Museum (QLD)
09-Apr | BLEACH* Festival Mudgeeraba Hall (QLD) w. support Emily Wurramara
27-Apr | Armitage Centre Toowoomba (QLD)
28 Apr - 1 May | The Planting Festival (QLD)
With their adrenalized and ridiculously hip performance, beautiful songs, free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps and reels and heart-breaking harmonies, The East Pointers are torchbearers for a new wave in traditional Celtic music. They brought the house down on their 2016 tour of Australia, gracing the stages of more than 25 festivals and venues across the country. Their 2017 national tour is sure to raise the roof yet again!