Rattled by the bones of convicts and steeped in campfire smoke, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. Defiantly modern, achingly old, this most daring of Australian bush bands from Melbourne, Australia perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.
The line up includes Jenny M. Thomas (fiddle-singing, piano) who’s musical adventures include singing and playing the fiddle at the same time whilst rollerskating backwards for Circus Oz, Chris Lewis (drumkit, backing vocals), brings a broad palate of musical eclecticism as a percussionist with a particular interest in the many textural and timbral possibilities of the drum kit, and Dan Witton (double bass, backing vocals).
Bush Gothic’s latest release, The Natural Selection Australian Songbook was chosen as a runner up for fRoots 2016 Album of the Year, BBC Magazines Best World Music Albums of 2016. Concerts in Australian gaols, concert halls and goldfields have been reviewed as ‘outstanding’, ‘mesmerising…utterly riveting’.
“Extraordinary, even revolutionary. Unforgettable folk.” ~ The Canberra Times
“Rescues Australian folk from the world of beards and blue jeans.” ~ The Age