5 Aquatic Drive Albert Park Lake (next to the Point Restaurant)
$35/$30 Cash at the door. Doors open 7:30pm
Includes bread & dips before the show and hot party finger food in the interval. Drinks from the bar at bar prices.
“The writer who refuses to explore the darker reaches of the heart will never be able to write convincingly about the wonder, magic and joy of love.” — Nick Cave
These words are particularly apt when applied to The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’. Recorded in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy winner, Ryan Freeland and a small cast of players hand-picked to leave all the right gaps and spaces, this record should be received as a mature, melancholic sequel to their debut. But listen a little harder and you’ll hear that the record is filled with that all of that wonder, magic and joy of which Nick Cave speaks.
That’s hardly surprising because, in a way, every song penned by The Weeping Willows is a love song. They’d deny that, of course. These tracks, they’d claim, are works of imagination – tales of cruelty, tragedy, murder and betrayal, all populated by gamblers, sinners, infidels and travelling salesmen (read: wandering musicians).Think back to those performances, those moments of chemistry in its purist form, then try to convince yourself that The Weeping Willows were not singing a love song. Every note plucked or sung by Andy and Laura is a work of love. Every dark hour spent huddled together refining their sound in the dimly-lit back room of their home on the Southern outskirts of Melbourne is a labour of love.
So what does this all mean for we the listeners and the viewers (or perhaps the voyeurs is more apt in this case)? The answer is integrity – there’s an inherent truthfulness, perhaps even righteousness, in every recording and performance by The Weeping Willows. They themselves can’t help it – for when music is born of love it is unflinchingly honest – even if the words are entirely fictional.
This integrity is the reason The Willows can play almost every week of the year, often three or four times, winning over new fans and loyal friends wherever they go. It’s the reason they turn up on more festival bills than just about any other local act
“This is music that mixes songwriting, storytelling, virtuosic playing and the simple delight of two perfectly matched voices singing in harmony to excellent effect.“
JUST ADDED: Lachlan Bryan as special guest support
Lachlan Bryan has appeared as frontman and songwriter for alt-country band The Wildes in 2009, and in the ensuing years has released four records, had an ARIA #1 and won both a Golden Guitar and The Age Music Award with the band.
This is a quick teaser I found of Lachlan playing solo.
He’s supported the likes of John Hiatt, Justin Townes Earle, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading and The North Mississippi Allstars, and performed at festivals all over the world – prompting renowned music blog Americana UK to describe Lachlan Bryan as “one of the best songwriters out there today”.
This will be a night to remember
Remember: The room is capped at 55 people so don’t delay.