Tasmanian Convict Folk Punks THE DEAD MAGGIES announce April tour dates, following off the back of a recent album launch and summer of festivals.
In April 2013, the iron lady, Margaret Thatcher passed away. Most people in Tasmania didn’t care, or notice. But a few ragtag punks having a folk jam in a community garden did. In between swigging home brewed beer and eating woodfired organic pizza, they had a little celebration, in fact, they decided to name their band that was presently forming, The Dead Maggies.
In April 2014 they ventured outside of Tasmania for the first time for a series of interstate shows, in April 2015 they were touring again, and in April 2016 the tradition continues with a run of shows. This time ten gigs in six big cities, and two little towns (that happen to be on islands smaller than Tasmania).
Since those humble beginnings of a harmless acoustic jam, The Dead Maggies have been on a folkpunk rampage. 2014 saw four weeks of touring Europe, where among other things they played to a Pogue in an Irish Pub in Germany. They’ve built a solid local following, managing to get crowds of hundreds manically dancing at almost every festival in Tasmania (Falls, Mofo, Spiegeltent, Ten Days, Fractangular, etc), and have continued to build crowds interstate, often travelling to play with bands such as The Crooked Fiddle Band and The Go Set.
In November 2015, The Dead Maggies released their debut full length album Well Hanged which garnered radioplay across all corners of Australia and overseas. Well Hanged was album of the week on three Australian radio stations, and scored #7 on London Celtic Punks 2015 album of the year list.
With Well Hanged still fresh, and a couple of follow up film clips in the works, The Dead Maggies will be out on the road. Bringing tales of Tasmania’s dark and oppressive history to life, through wild and lively folkpunk music.
The Dead Maggies have named their tour ‘lock out the drunks, lock in the punks’ to pay homage to all the great local venues, bookers, promoters and artists that have been affected by two state enforced lockout laws. These laws are hurting our shared music, lives and culture. We do not agree that they are helping society, they are just moving a problem from the public arena to behind closed doors. Any tickets and drinks you buy helps these amazing venues stay open.
Check out the dates below, and keep your eyes peeled for some film clips coming out in time for the tour.
Thurs 14th – Pub Paradise, Macleay Island, QLD
Fri 15th – Currumbin Creek Tavern, Gold Coast, QLD (+F)
Sat 16th – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD (+F)
Sun 17th – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 22nd – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC (+G)
Sat 23rd – Westernport Hotel, San Remo, VIC
Sun 24th (arvo) – The Tote, Melbourne, VIC (+G)
Sun 24th (eve) – Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne, VIC (+A)
Fri 29th – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS (+F, +A)
Sat 30th – Fresh on Charles, Launceston, TAS (+F)
+F = with Fox ‘N’ Firkin
+G = with The Go Set
+A = with The Australian Kingwood Factory
The Dead Maggies