Magpie Diaries

Magpie Diaries is the dreamy Americana-folk musings of singer-songwriter and Dashville mastermind Matt Johnston.

Well before he started chipping away building boutique festivals on his family's picturesque Lower Belford property such as the beloved Gum Ball, PigSty in July, Dashville Skyline and Thrashville, the man known as "Magpie" has been penning songs. Authentic, wrenching, acoustic based songs, with a candid simplistic story telling approach.

'I am very conscious of how we spend our time these days. You've got to have a crack at something, but sometimes having a crack means it consumes you more than life itself. Dashville bares a huge wait to my existence. When it comes to my music, I've been writing and playing live for over 15 years, though this journey is ever evolving and it still feel like i am easing into it..'

Magpie's songs capture shared elements of his life growing up in the bush at Dashville and his time travelling about the wide world, the relationships formed, the experiences in between. His songs cruise in their approach, with a late 60's Americana groove, yet have a direct emotional thrust that cuts to the core of the Australian spirit.

In 2015, Magpie and his then fiancée - now wife - Jessica, took a leisurely 16,000km drive across the United States from Seattle to Austin in a 1972 Dodge B300. As fate would have it, somewhere along the line, they landed in the Nashville studio of producer and session drummer Matt Sherrod (Crowded House, Beck).

Here Magpie Diaries would begin the process of recording his debut album to share with the world. Forecast for release in April 2018.

Magpie Diaries music is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Magpie Diaries will be playing a few shows around Tamworth Country Music Festival, along with Dashville On The Road over weekend of 26-29 January 2018.

Tour Dates/Shows

12th January 2018

Street Eats Festival, Maitland

Info & Tickets >

25th January 2018

Tamworth Regional Gallery


w/ William Crighton, Gawurra

tickets here

25th January 2018

Dashville On The Road
midnight - Tamworth Hotel


26th-29 January 2018

Dashville On The Road

Nundle / Bellingen / Port Macquarie

info here

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