3rd May 2016
Everything was going pretty well for The Waifs up to 2003.
They had sustained life as a band for over a decade and built up solid followings both at home and overseas. They drew decent crowds to their own shows and dazzled crowds at festivals as big as Bluesfest and the Newport Folk Festival.
But then, in 2003, they released Up All Night. Everything changed.
The album went double platinum. It was nominated for ten ARIA awards and won four of them. "London Still" was voted number three in the Hottest 100 and quickly went on to become an anthem for Aussie expats and backpackers everywhere.
But there's so much more to The Waifs than that. Across seven records and hundreds of live shows, this band has touched so many people and continues to do so.
Sarah Howells looks back at the entire career of The Waifs on The J Files from 8pm AEST on Thursday 5 May.
14th April 2016
Hi to old friends and music lovers !
It’s been a long while since The Waifs did an extensive USA tour so we are excited to announce this coming April/May tour . Starting at the "Festival International De Louisiane" next weekend. We have great memories of this free festival celebrating everything French & more. The first time we walked on stage there was a sign stating LE WAIFS-PARIS. That's Paris, Australia, of course. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to escape the northern spring we highly recommend flying into this free festival to spend a weekend steeped in cajun culture. I can taste the crawfish & beer as I write.
Then we head over to Nashville on Sunday Night for a City Winery Show and we’ll be recording a Daytrotter session on Monday, I’m looking forward to getting into a Nashville studio again cause I’ve written a few country songs since I’ve been out here on the farm. (no tractors or ford trucks I promise) Will post details about where you can hear that.
Nashville …next stop Chicago. What a life ! I’m getting sweaty palms just writing about it. We are performing at fantastic venues on the east side…Birchmere VA, Rams Head Annapolis, the Ironhorse in Northhampton and many more, before we head west to Boulder Theatre, CO. Following that my hometown of Salt Lake City at The State Room, before finishing up in Bremerton Washington and the famous Freight and Salvage in Berkley.
We have a few more albums out since you saw us last and we are gearing up for our 25th anniversary next year with a new release and lots of touring.
Thanks to our wonderful Agent Anne Marie Martins At SRO artists, everyone at Compass Records in Nashville. We feel blessed to be writing & performing after so long, we love what we do and are fortunate to be working with such wonderful people who are music lovers & continue to devote their lives to promoting independent artists.
And to all of you who lend theirs ears. Who turn off the screens and enter the dark theaters of life to get lost for a short while in other peoples stories . We thank you and we’ll see you there.
The fame haired rocking Miss Ruby Boots will be opening the shows with Mr Ben Franz on the lap steel . - See her link below.
City Winery Tour with Ruby Boots
15th February 2016
The Waifs are pleased to announce 3 new dates appearing at City Winery in Nashville 24th April, Chicago 26th April and New York May 3rd. These shows will be supported by the lovely Ruby Boots.
Tickets available now on our Tour page.
New Shows Announced
18th November 2015
Australia day Jan 26th HOBART!!
Three of Australia’s most captivating live bands, The Waifs,John Butler Trio and San Cisco will come together exclusively for their Tasmanian fans to deliver a unique concert event at the beautiful and iconic St David’s Park in central Hobart. This special concert will take place on Tuesday January 26th (Australia Day public holiday). Fan pre sale starts tomorrow at 9am http://tickets.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=57807
Our last show sold out in just a couple of weeks. We are thrilled to be coming back to Costa Hall to play with our label mates John Butler Trio on Thursday Jan 28th.
Fans Pre sale tickets available now ; http://bit.ly/1HAksjY
USA shows - all info on Facebook
More shows announced next Tuesday for OZ.
11th August 2015
THE WAIFS have a new album coming out this week, titled "Beautiful You”. You can listen to new tracks & check out the little video Vikki made for her new song "Black Dirt Track”. It was recorded back in Jan 2015 in Byron Bay.
We are excited to be touring in the USA starting his week and we’ll be hitting the east coast of USA in March/ April 2016. IN September we’ll be road tripping up the West Australian Coast. This is where we cut our teeth in the camper van and we’re looking forward to playing in towns that we haven’t visited in many many years. (Gero & Canarvon !)
Then we’ll cover as much of the rest of Australia in October & November. Due to family commitments there are always a few places that we don’t make it to. Don’t take it personally if your town didn’t make it on the schedule this time we’ll come back around. We always do !
Hope you enjoy the new tunes.
See you out there
North American Tour
19th June 2015
The Waifs are excited to be touring in North America again. With a new album due out later this year we are hitting the west coast next week with a run of festivals and theatre dates, including a gig in Vancouver as part of the Jazz Festival. And we’ll be back for more in August. Check our Facebook or website for details. This will be our first tour in the North America in 4 years ! Looking forward to seeing you all again.