‘I don’t want to go anywhere,’ the hook lyric of Magpie Diaries earlier single from 2020. Released just as the world went into lock down, now feels as though it represents a time endured, with the Hunter Valley based alternative country band, finally stepping out to announce their first run of shows in over two years.
Affectionately known as Swoopin’ Season, Magpie Diaries will play a few select shows throughout August and into Spring, as they prepare to release new music and embark on their annual pilgrimage to Dashville Skyline, the cosmic country festival Magpie curates at his family property over the October Long Weekend.
Very much a family band, Magpie and wife Jessica, who also run the unique outdoor music venue Dashville, have spent sporadic time hibernating in the Dashville studio over the last year or two. Enjoying the consummate distraction of family life, writing and recording new material. The moments fleeting, with Jess often having their little bubba magpie strapped to her back, in order to nail that perfect drum take with her trademark vibe that lends towards Magpie’s soulful lyrical approach. Their harmonies the final ingredient in delivering the smooth soul country sound that is the Magpie Diaries.
Performing a bunch of new material and songs from their debut release, Sanctuary (2018) Magpie Diaries will be performing at the following locations,
Sunday 14th August – The Junkyard, Maitland (free show)
Saturday 26th August – Tamworth Hotel (free show)
Friday 2nd September – Dashville Nights, Dashville (tickets on sale soon)
The main hook “don’t want to go anywhere” was originally written around mid 2019, from the context of Magpie and a hefty self-imposed touring schedule for the debut record ‘Sanctuary’.
For a small-time independent country(ish) band, Magpie Diaries did a lot of touring in 2019, and Magpie will be the first to suggest touring is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of taxing hard work and energy. A lot of shared space, forced connection and forced disconnection. “We travelled to all ends of Australia, even notching up over 30000ks on one of the 3-week legs, mostly as a family of 5-6 via the slightly luxurious Dashville tour bus.
With touring in 2020 pretty much a distant possibility, Magpie converted what would normally be a live venue out at Dashville, into his own little studio and has been working on a bunch of songs for a new album.
“Winter can really be a tough period, when it gets cold and the days are short, darkness is all around. But with my only true certainty being our impending first child, I feel like I’ve been able to enjoy this forced shut down for what it really means. Subsequently, I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a purple patch with songwriting.”
Magpie Diaries 'Go Anywhere' is out July 17 2020 through all those usual platforms.
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