Start Time: 10:30pm
Venue: The Bain Marie - Hub Bar
Venue Address: 189 High street, Northcote 3070
After being on hiatus for a few years while all the members have pursued their individual projects, The Wilson Pickers were invited to get back together for Music Feast 2014.
The Wilson Pickers are an Australian ensemble with an impeccable pedigree. Comprised of four of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters - Andrew Morris, Danny Widdicombe, Sime Nugent and Ben Salter - and one of its most highly sought after multi-instrumentalists - John Bedggood - they perform original folk and country tunes utilising bluegrass instrumentation and superb five-part vocal harmonies. The group’s obvious kinship and desire to have a good time whilst playing music together has garnered them considerable favour with live audiences across the nation. The band was originally conceived as a side project, Morris and Bedggood, touring through the United States with Bernard Fanning, witnessed a number of authentic bluegrass gigs first-hand, and decided to put something similar together back home - but with an antipodean twist.
Morris recruited old chums Widdicombe, Nugent and Salter, and after a few folksy jams they had a somewhat contentious name and a handful of songs. Soon after, they recorded their debut album in a matter of days. It was released to widespread acclaim and a few small tours later the band had tongues wagging up and down the East coast. In fact, both of their studio albums - 2009 ‘s “The Land of the Powerful Owl” and 2010’s “Shake It Down” – were nominated for ARIA awards in the “Best Blues & Roots Album” category. The band also released the Jolene EP in 2011, which featured cover versions of artists ranging from Paul Kelly to Townes Van Zandt to Mental As Anything. The title track is Dolly Parton’s classic lament Jolene, which has been given the Wilson Pickers treatment and since become a live favourite, dropping jaws countrywide.
The Wilson Pickers have shared stages with acts The Black Keys, The Panics and The Audreys, as well as performing at many of Australia’s premier music festivals such as The East Coast Blues & Roots, Queenscliff, Woodford and Port Fairy Folk festivals. The band members have released over 30 recorded albums between them, and have worked with or instigated beloved musical acts such as The Gin Club, Sweet Jean, Tim Rogers, The Painted Ladies, Bernard Fanning, Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson and Giants of Science.
Alcohol served to 18+