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Indie-favourites women in docs return to
2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival bringing folk rock, with a little bit of country, for a swag of shows

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Hailed as ‘folk rock, with a little bit of country’, indie long stayers women in docs have announced a swag of shows for the upcoming 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Celebrating the success of their current single Wagon Wheel – a cover of the Bob Dylan classic – from their recently released album Carousel, the festival dates are a chance for the band to catch fans up on their recent achievements. Dubbed as one of the hardest working indie bands on the touring scene, any time in the company of women in docs is a memorable one and the festival shows will be no exception.

women in docs released their third long-player Carousel in February this year to critical acclaim. They first sung their way into the hearts of the Australian music loving public in the late 1990s with their self-titled EP. Two EPs followed – (2000) and Times Like These (2005) – and two full length albums – Under a Different Sky (2003) and Red Wine & Postcards (2006). Chanel Lucas [acoustic guitar | vocals | bass | ukulele] and Roz Pappalardo [acoustic guitar | vocals | harmonica | electric guitar] have since gained fans worldwide. They’ve toured rigorously endearing audiences in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Canada. Dubbed festival favourites, they’ve performed at the likes of SXSW, Shanghai Spring Music Festival, International Folk Festival (Germany), Port Fairy Folk Festival, Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival and Adelaide Fringe, to name a few.

With a strong history of performing at different styles of venues and a multitude of festivals, a women in docs show is a pretty eclectic experience and their shows at Tamworth will certainly embody this experience. “If you enjoy the stories behind the songs, a bit of a laugh and a sing, you’ll love women in docs,” says Chanel. “It’s about harmonies, vibrant violin and acoustic guitars. You may even hear a bit of ukulele if you’re lucky!”

Roz says there will be some old favourites, new songs and little bit of fun at all of their shows. “It’s been a while between drinks since we’ve played Tamworth,” she says. “We’ve made a bunch of new friends in the Australian country music scene over the last few years, so we’re looking forward to making music with them all. Tamworth holds a special place in our hearts and we really look forward to returning after a break.”

In fact, the last time women in docs took to the stage at a Tamworth Country Music Festival was in 2006. “Please tell me that is not right,” says Roz. “Where does the time go?! The biggest factor in us returning to Tamworth was the ‘country-feel’ of our latest release Carousel… Plus, meeting musician Matt Henry who kindly invited us on a few of his shows, and performing with old mates The Bushwackers at the Village Festival in Yeppoon, who also extended us an invitation. We have found over the years the Tamworth Country Music Festival is a lot about collaboration and sharing – all that is good about the music industry. It is great to be playing with such great musicians on an event like this.”

Chanel says the duo have fond memories of lots of late nights during their previous Tamworth visits. “The shows are always fun to play and entertaining to watch, because you never know who is going to jump up and play with the band you are watching,” she says. “I also enjoy the range of music available at the festival. You can move from old-time country to line dancing, to Top 40 hits to alt-country in a day.”

Already 2015 is gearing up to be a big year for women in docs. They’re currently undertaking a massive project inviting ans to submit videos of themselves to create the film clip for Wagon Wheel, something they will continue at, and after, Tamworth. Post-festival, they’ve already blocked out some time to start working on their next album. “We are determined it won’t take eight years between drinks this time,” says Roz. “We have already begun the writing process, which has proven to be really fulfilling, we just need to find the right producer and ‘violà’, away we go.”

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Saturday 17th January 2015 | 4pm
The Longyard, TAMWORTH NSW
Special guests of The Bushwackers

Sunday 18th January 2015 | 3pm
Dag Sheep Station, NUNDLE NSW
w/ The Bushwackers & Matt Henry
Tix $20

Tuesday 20th January 2015 | 8pm
The Supper Club, North Tamworth Bowling Club, TAMWORTH NSW

Wednesday 21st January 2015 | 12pm
The Family Hotel, TAMWORTH NSW
Special guests Lou Bradley, Brad Butcher
Tix $15

Wednesday 21st January 2015 | 7.30pm
Lifeline Concert
Tamworth Town Hall, TAMWORTH NSW

Thursday 22nd January 2015 | 1.30pm
Special guests of Bill Chambers

Thursday 22nd January 2015 | 10pm
Late Night Alt (women in docs, Harry Hookey, Matt Henry, Amber Fell & Gretta Zuller)

Friday 23rd January 2015 | 9am
Tamworth Services Club, TAMWORTH NSW
Writers in the Round w/ Mitchell Shadlow and Vaughan Jones

Friday 23rd January 2015 | 4pm
The Longyard, TAMWORTH NSW
Special guests of The Bushwackers

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