It is with immense excitement that we can officially announce our amazing Australian 2015 Tour dates! This tour has been in the works for 12 months, and is finally around the corner, running from March 17 – April 12, 2015, much of it on a co-bill with lovely Australian songstress Marta Pacek.
We’re thrilled to have Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC) and Fairbridge Festival (WA) on our tour itinerary this year as well as dates throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Check out our complete tour itinerary below:
The Jessica Stuart Few + Marta Pacek Australian Autumn Tour 2015!
Wednesday, March 18 – The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda VIC
Thursday, March 19 – Beav’s Bar, Geelong VIC
Friday, March 20 & Saturday, March 21 - Yackandandah Folk Festival, VIC **HEADLINERS**
Sunday, March 22 – Elwood Food & Wine, VIC
Monday, March 23 – The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick VIC
Wednesday, March 25 – The Music Man w/Bentley & Steph, Oscar Lavista, Bendigo VIC
Thursday, March 26 – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine VIC
Friday, March 27 – The Vine Hotel, Wangaratta VIC
Saturday, March 28 – B-block hall, Gorman Arts Centre, presented by CMC, Canberra ACT
Sunday, March 29 – The Rum Bar (3-6PM), Kingston ACT
Wednesday, April 01 – Shirt Bar (5-8pm), Sydney NSW
Thursday, April 02 - The Royal Exchange, Newcastle NSW
Friday, April 03 – The Great Northern Trading Post, Laguna NSW
Saturday, April 04 – Django Bar, Marrickville NSW
Tuesday, April 07 – The Ellington, Perth WA
Wednesday, April 08 – House Concert, Mt Hawthorn WA (reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, April 09 – Four5Nine Bar w/Katey Brooks, Tashi Hall, James Atles, North Perth, WA
Friday, April 10 – Sunday, April 12 - Fairbridge Music Festival, Fairbridge WA
Please help us spread the word to your Australian friends and family! This is The Jessica Stuart Few’s debut tour of Australia, and we hope it will be the first of many If you know anyone involved with music journalism through print, internet, radio or tv, please send them our way also! (Tour press release below for those of you interested)
ALSO, I’ve been really keen on taking photos lately, and our instragram account has a lot of insider pics & vids of our recording process and always has tons of great tour photos when we hit the road. (Also, facebook and twitter too!)
THE JESSICA STUART FEW (CANADA) & MARTA PACEK (AUS)
2015 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Wafting through the Autumn air this March/April will be the sounds of Alt Folk singer-songwriter MARTA PACEK and Canadian Folk/Jazz power trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW, co-headlining their first Australian tour together.
If you have never witnessed a Japanese 13-stringed harp (Koto) in action, then let Canada’s award winning Indie Folk/Jazz trio THE JESSICA STUART FEW show you how it’s done. Living in Japan as a child and growing up with a Koto master for a mother, Jessica’s innovative take on the instrument has put traditional Asian sounds next to double bass, drums & three-part harmonies in a compelling contemporary singer-songwriter context. Stuart’s beguiling vocals and signature songwriting (often compared to that of Joni Mitchell), coupled with The JS Few’s upbeat fusion of folk, soul, jazz & rock has seen the trio gain worldwide critical acclaim – garnering rave reviews, international airplay, a Top 40 single (Don’t Ya) in Japan and numerous awards. Renowned for their dynamic live performances, The Jessica Stuart Few have graced the main stages of Festivals in Canada, Japan, Germany & USA, and have performed alongside the likes of Jamie Cullum, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and members of The Barenaked Ladies among others. Be sure to keep an ear out for the exclusive Australian pre-release of their infectious new single What Is It For, a sneak peak of what to expect from their late 2015 album.
“It’s a rare album that comes along that truly sounds unique and independent of the rest. Toronto’s The Jessica Stuart Few gave me one of those WTF moments, stopping me in my tracks for a good, close listen… Stuart has a gorgeous voice, pure and expressive… All that, and the distinctive koto playing, a blend not heard anywhere else.” Bob Mersereau (CBC Music)
Over the last few years, Canberra’s MARTA PACEK has drifted between North America and Australia with her guitar, the “modern day gypsy” delighting audiences with songs from her debut album Rebel Baby, and 2014’s Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms. ‘Voodoo Dolls…’ features Marta’s heartfelt & wistful Alt folk / country offerings andwas produced by Brooklyn’s Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard). Its Australian release saw first single ‘Nothing Going On’ added to DIG/Double J & the Country Music Channel’s ‘Alt Country’ slot, along with community radio airplay, favourable reviews & ABC Radio live performances. After beginning her career writing, recording & touring with Mark Seymour, Marta has gone on to win various music awards and secure worldwide TV & film placements. Live, this lady will have you under her spell when she takes to the stage. To coincide with the upcoming tour, Marta will release her new single & video Sometimes You Lose (lifted off her latest album Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms).
“(Pacek’s) fine voice will capture you right away, and she has the songs to match up with the best.” Bob Mersereau (Veteran Canadian Broadcaster/CBC Music)