With a career that was started to fulfill a neighborhood’s demand for a brass band to lead marches at community events – sadly, mainly funerals – New Orleans act The Hot 8 Brass Band have become their cities most prolific global export.
In the nine years that Les Poules á Colin have being a band, they have accomplished a lot. From international touring, releasing two albums to immense critical acclaim, and smashing folk festivals worldwide, the five piece, originating from Quebec, have established a very reputable name for their eclectic folk melodies.
Carus Thompson is no stranger to life lived on the road. For the past 20 years, he has spent his time bouncing between the stage and the studio, travelling from town to town and making his mark touring the United States and Europe.
They’ve got rum, they’ve got pirate monikers, they fully support any attempt at a shoey, and they get around aboard the S.S Plunderberg flying pirate ship – Lagerstein are clearly the guys to party with. Taking on their pirate identities to a level worthy of praise, the guys are setting sail on their 14 date Australian tour, Suns Out Rums Out.
The multi-talented Mat McHugh is no stranger to the pages of Forté. So it was welcome news to hear he will be back on the road again this summer with the High Up! Summer 17 tour – a run of shows that has everyone in suspense, even the man himself.
A feature packed weekend of music, arts, entertainment, food, markets and activities, this is one for the whole family. Bruthen is set to come alive for the 22nd Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival – Australia’s biggest little blues festival.
Five years ago the Violent Femmes’ bassist and co-founder, Brian Ritchie, became an Australian citizen and he hasn’t looked back since. He and his wife settled in Hobart in 2008 and he set about establishing himself in the local arts scene. As curator of MONA FOMA Festival, he has a keen eye and a sound ear for what works – what people want and how to make it happen.