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Sat 9 Nov - Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Bendigo VIC
Sun 10 Nov - Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre - SOLD OUT!
Tues 12 Nov - Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith NSW
Wed 13 Nov - The Memo, Healesville VIC - 2nd SHOW - SOLD OUT!
Thurs 14 Nov - Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Sat 16 Nov - The Wedge Performing Arts Centre, Sale VIC - SOLD OUT
Tue 19 Nov - Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Traralgon VIC
Wed 20 Nov - Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey VIC - SOLD OUT
Thur 21 Nov - The Memo, Healesville VIC - SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Nov - Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC - SOLD OUT
Sun 24 Nov - Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff VIC


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An Evening with The Waifs

WED 29 MAY - Princess Royal Theatre - Albany Entertainment Centre, W.A. (performing as an acoustic trio)   
SAT 1 JUNE - Esperance Civic Centre, W.A.
SUN 2 JUNE - Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, W.A.
WED 5 JUNE - Freo Social, W.A. SOLD OUT
THURS 6 JUNE - Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton, W.A.
SAT 8 JUNE - Federation Park, Exmouth, W.A. SOLD OUT
TUES 11 JUNE - Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha, W.A.
WED 12 JUNE - Red Earth Arts Precinct, Karratha, W.A. SOLD OUT

THURS 13 JUNE - Matt Dann Theatre and Cinema, Port Hedland, W.A.
SAT 15 JUNE - The Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome, W.A.


latest news - tour dates for North america, 2019.

SUN 28 JULY - Red Ants Pants Festival, White Sulphur Springs, Montana
TUES 30 JULY - eTown, Boulder, Colorado.
WED 31 JULY - Ogden Nature Centre, Ogden, UT
THURS 1 AUG  - Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA - SOLD OUT
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA - SECOND SHOW ANNOUNCED!
Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA.
–  Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, Sacramento, CA.
TUES 6 AUG - Music on the Half Shell, Roseburg, OR.
WED 7 AUG  - Triple Door, Seattle, WA.SOLD OUT
WED 7 AUG - Triple Door, Seattle, WA. SECOND SHOW ANNOUNCED!
THURS 8 AUG - Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, BC.
SAT 10 AUG - Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
TUES 13 AUG  -  Sony Hall,  New York NY.
WED 14 AUG – Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
THURS 15 AUG – The Birchmere Music Hall, Alexandria VA.
SAT 17 AUG – Centre for the Arts  - Natick MA.
  -  Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA.SOLD OUT
SUN 18 AUG - Iron Horse Music Hall, Northhampton MA. SECOND SHOW ANNOUNCED!


News, September 2018.

ironbark 25th anniversary regional tour continues in 2018.

Ironbark is available now through Jarrah Records / MGM

“The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm. It feels like we all grew up together. We are now the band you can bring your parents and your kids to hear! Your involvement in our career means everything to us. You are the very reason we are still playing music together 25 years on.”
Vikki Thorn

The Waifs have always had an affectionate, close relationship with fans in regional Australia, thanks to relentlessly touring every corner of the country over the past 26 years.

Late last year they made a promise to return to those regional areas in 2018 that missed out on the sold out dates during their Ironbark 25th Anniversary Tour in 2017. It’s a promise they have kept, from Townsville to Frankston, Noarlunga to Warrnambool, the Waifs have you covered. Tickets go on sale next Tuesday the 17th of July.

The Waifs soared into 2017 celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style - releasing their eighth studio record Ironbark, completing a sold out national tour, and with the help of their amazing fans, gained their first #1 album debut on the ARIA Charts and reminding them that like a bottle of fine wine, they only get better with time.

The Waifs have built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years reuniting with old friends and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures.

‘Higher Ground’ is the second single from their eighth studio album ‘Ironbark’ which earned them their first ARIA #1, the icing on the cake for their 25th Anniversary celebrations on top of two sold out tours in 2017.

Tour Dates Announced for September/ October, 2018.

SAT 22 SEPT – Munro Martin Parklands, CAIRNS, QLD.
SUN 23 SEPT – Kirwan Tavern, TOWNSVILLE, QLD.
WED 26 SEPT – Pilbeam Theatre, ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
THUR 27 SEPT -  Moncrieff Entertainment Centre, BUNDABERG, QLD
SAT 29 SEPT - CALOUNDRA Music Festival, QLD.
SUN 30 SEPT - DASHVILLE Skyline Festival, NSW.
MON 1 OCT – The Playhouse, CANBERRA, ACT.
WED 3 OCT – Northern Festival Centre, PORT PIRIE, SA.
THURS 4 OCT – SOLD OUT - Hopgood Theatre, NOARLUNGA, SA.
SAT 6 OCT – Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, MT GAMBIER, SA.
SUN 7 OCT – SOLD OUT - The Lighthouse Theatre, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC.
TUES 9 OCT – SOLD OUT - Frankston Arts Centre, FRANKSTON, VIC.
WED 10 OCT – Geelong Performing Arts Centre, GEELONG, VIC.
THURS 11 OCT – SOLD OUT - Burrinja Cultural Centre, UPWEY, VIC.
SAT 13 OCT – SOLD OUT - The Westernport Hotel, SAN REMO, VIC.
SUN 14 OCT - SOLD OUT - The Westernport Hotel, SAN REMO, VIC.

News, January 2018.


Vikki Thorn Debut Solo Tour
22nd January 2018 

This March I am stepping out  on my first solo tour.

I want to play music. I love singing.  I found a voice and a story that was part of a new narrative. This one didn’t come out of traveling as a young’en in a campervan. This narrative came from soulmates, fools gold and hands in the dirt.  Cowboys,  canyons & canned peaches - what it takes and what it gives.  Not a new story - old as the hills for sure.. But new in the telling.

So I’m buckets excited and part a ways nervous.  The plan is to have fun and make good music.  In the set I’ll be playing new songs from my forthcoming album, which will be coming forth later this year. Maybe a few of my Waify tunes that don’t often get played.  So post me any requests & I’ll start rehearsing those.

It’s called a Solo tour but I will be accompanied by two of the finest musicians I know. 

I’ve been listening to Heath Cullen for years.  His albums made the trek across the Pacific with me because they oozed home into my hapless heart.  www.heathcullen.com

And Ben Franz ... well he’s always got my back…musically . Solid as.

Fair warning guys - I get to play electric guitar louder than anyone else if I want to…my call .

We’ve got a  whole weekend of fabulous festivals on the tour.  I felt honoured to have the Adelaide Festival book me early on , the Riverside Palais is the festival club and  has some great acts performing. Tickets available through the Adelaide festival office.  Peninsula Picnic in Victoria  & Blue Mountains  Folk Festival .  If I had my selfish way it would be festivals the world over, all the time.  I love dragging my kids through mud and sun to hear exotic and intoxicating sounds emanating from  steaming tents you can’t get into . They love it too. (nod your head boys). Check out the tour dates, we got some cool little clubs and venues around the Sydney area and the famous Northcote Social Club in Melbourne. As well as some great venues in regional WA to take me down home. I’d love to hear you there or see your silhouettes swaying and swingin'  with the masses.
If you are up for a night of good  honest  &  lil bit rockin' music  - then come along. 
I’ll be there with  bells on  (& some other articles).


News, November, 2017.

21st November 2017  


It’ll be the feelgood show of the summer when two of Australia’s most beloved musical treasures, The Waifs and Kasey Chambers, team up for an incredibly special show under the stars at  Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden, on Saturday, February 3, 2018, with some very special guests.

It’s been a historic year for The Waifs. The band celebrated its 25th Anniversary with the release of their eighth album, Ironbark, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, their first release ever to do so.

Ironbark featured a song for every year of The Waifs’ existence, taking in 22 new tracks and three re-imaginings of live favourites (1996’s Shiny Apple and Take It In, 2004’s Willow Tree). The chart success was the perfect launchpad for their 25th Anniversary Australian tour during the middle of the year, with more shows added in November due to popular demand.   

“We’ve gotten used to our fans being along on our side and being so supportive,” Donna Simpson says. “They’re there with us. This album is pretty much a big thank you. Thank you to everyone who’s ever come along to shows or bought our previous albums to help us survive 25 years as a band.”

Kasey Chambers also topped the ARIA Album Chart in 2017, with her 11th LP, Dragonfly, becoming her fifth number #1 album release. Produced by Kasey’s brother Nash Chambers, the double album featured guest appearances from Paul Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Vika and Linda Bull, Keith Urban and Foy Vance and saw Kasey light up both cities and countryside with one of her most extensive national tours ever. 

Acclaimed Australia singer/songwriter Lior also joins the line-up and is thrilled to help The Waifs celebrate their 25th anniversary in front of their home crowd. Lior is currently in the studio working on a new album but is excited about coming back to Perth for this one-off show and sharing a stage with The Waifs and Kasey Chambers.

Rising talent, Stella Donnelly, has emerged as one of the bright new lights of Australian music in 2017. Her debut EP, Thrush Metal, caught us off-guard with its tender evocations and compelling messages all at once. Stella recently won the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize at the BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane and just this month received a J-Award nomination as well as winning an unprecedented five categories at the WAM (WA Music) Awards.

With special guests Lior + Stella Donnelly
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Pioneer Women’s Memorial, Kings Park & Botanic Garden

From Ticketmaster.com.au & 136 100

This show is a fully licensed event. Minors (children under 18 years of age) may only attend the event if they are accompanied by their parent/step-parent or legal guardian.  All patrons (including minors/babies) must have a valid ticket for entry.  

Strictly no BYO alcohol and NO glass.   Food will be available at the venue or BYO picnic.  Low to the ground beach chairs and picnic rugs are recommended. For full event information head to www.mellenevents.com

Gold            $149.90    plus transaction fees
Silver            $119.90    plus transaction fees
General Admission     $89.90    plus transaction fees

The Waifs Announce Ironbark 25th Anniversary Regional Tour
25th October 2017  

Tickets on sale 9am local time Thursday October 26 from thewaifs.com

Ironbark is available now through Jarrah Records / MGM

"They’re a treat to witness live, with every slide and percussive tap adding dexterous depth…young and old alike left smiling, knowing they were included, with hearts full of love."
Stack Magazine

"It’s wonderful to see a band who have come so far down the road, with so much more left in the tank."
The West Australian

The Waifs soared into 2017, celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style. Releasing their eighth studio record, completing a sold out national tour, gaining their first ARIA #1 debut and reminding fans that like a bottle of fine wine, they only get better with time.

The original road warriors, The Waifs have built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years, reuniting with old friends, and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures.

Earlier this year, they made a promise to regional fans that they would return in November to play intimate shows in their cosy towns....so here we are, with two sneaky, small city shows in Perth and Adelaide (with very limited tickets so get in fast).

13 shows everywhere from Ballarat to Grafton, Toowoomba to Young, Tamworth to Albany, and so many places in between. Tickets are on sale 9am local time Thursday October 26 from thewaifs.com

Listen to Ironbark.
Ironbark is available now through Jarrah Records / MGM

The Waifs Ironbark Australian Regional Tour

Sun 19th Nov  Moruya High School (all ages) Moruya NSW
Mon 20th Nov Milton Theatre Milton   NSW
Tues 21st Nov Young Town Hall Young NSW
Thurs 23rd Nov Tamworth Town Hall Tamworth NSW
Sun 26th Nov Newcastle Civic Theatre Newcastle   NSW
Tues 28th Nov Saraton Theatre Grafton NSW
Wed 29th Nov The Events Centre Caloundra QLD
Thurs 30th Nov The Empire Theatre Toowoomba QLD
Sat 2 Dec Mossvale Park Summer Series Mossvale VIC
Sun 3 Dec Theatre Royal Castlemaine VIC
Tues 5 Dec The Gov Hindmarsh Adelaide SA
Wed 6 Dec The Quarry Amphitheatre City Beach WA
Sat 9 Dec Albany Entertainment Centre Albany WA

New SA date announced
14th March 2017  

The Waifs have added a new South Australian date to the tour.
They will play The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel in Adelaide on the 2nd April supported by The Yearlings

The Waifs - IRONBARK Album Out Now
26th February 2017  


Our 25th anniversary album "Ironbark" is out now Australia ; go buy it!

It is our thank you to the fans for staying loyal to our band for the last 25 years. We are so appreciative of your support.

25 songs recorded in one fantastic session at Josh’s house in southern NSW.

For the next 25 days you can buy it through thewaifs.com/store.html and it will only cost $6. This just covers postage and manufacture costs.

Or you can go to your fave CD shop and it should be there for no more then $10.

Or to iTunes for $9.99 and you can also get any of our old catalogue for the same price. ( until March 19)

Or come to the show and buy a signed copy for $20.

If you pre purchased the album it will already be in the post to you! Enjoy.

Digital downloads will be sent by Hightail today ( Friday) so please look out for them in your email box.

Any problems please email; heather@watefrontrecords.com

Australia and North America tour dates


Get in quick , shows are starting to sell out. Quindanning Tavern and Bangalow Tues April 4 shows have sold out. And many of the venues are closing in on selling out.

We have added a second Melbourne show on Wed March 29th which will feature Mick Thomas and the Resurrection( Mick from Weddings Parties Anything) .

We have other wonderful supports around the country. you can check these out at the website.


We have announced Kate Wolf Festival for the last weekend in June, in Laytonville, California. There will be more announcements soon!

All tickets are available via thewaifs.com/tours.html page

Thanks again for an amazing 25 years. Heres to the next 25!

The Waifs Mgmt.

More Waifs News
14th February 2017  

More Waifs news coming your way. It's download Tuesday as well as announcing our special guests for the anniversary OZ tour ! Today's Waifs song from Disc 2 of Ironbark is called Take Me To Town written by Vikki Thorn.Head to http://www.thewaifs.com/store.html to get your mitts on it!

We are thrilled to announce all special guests , apart from Alice Springs and Broome. Nearly of these wonderful musicians have played with The Waifs somewhere in their 25 years on the road and we are honoured to share a stage again with them on this Australian tour.

Thurs March 2 Perth Concert Hall - Lucy Peach
Sat March 4 3 Oceans Winery, M. River- Dave Mann
Sun March 5 Castelli Winery, Denmark - Ziggy Alberts
Mon March 6 Quinanning Tavern - Polly Medlen
Thurs March 9 Freo Arts Centre - Toby Beard
Tues March 14 Eastbank Centre, Shepparton - Jordie Lane
Wed March 15 Albury Arts Centre - Liz Stringer
Thurs March 16 Canberra Theatre - Liz Stringer
Sun March 19 Anitas Theatre, Thirroul - Jordie Lane
Sat March 25 The Odeon Theatre, Hobart - Emma Anglesey
Sun March 26 The Don Centre, Devonport - Emma Anglesey
Tues March 28 Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo - Jordie Lane
Wed March 29 Hamer Hall, Melbourne - Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing
Thurs March 30 Hamer Hall, Melbourne Jordie Lane
Sat April 1 The Enmore Theatre, Sydney - Jordie Lane
Tues April 4 Bangalow A and I Hall , Bangalow - Abbie Cardwell
Wed April 5 Bangalow A and I Hall , Bangalow - Jez Mead’s The Golden Mile
Thurs April 6 The Tivoli , Brisbane - Abbie Cardwell
Sat April 8 The NIght Quarter , Gold Coast - Jez Mead’s The Golden Mile
Sun April 9 Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns- Garret Keto
Wed April 12 Alice Springs - TBC
Thurs April 13 Darwin Ent Centre, Darwin - Serina Pech
Sat April 15 Roebuck Tavern Broome - TBC

IRONBARK - The Waifs 25th Anniversary
9th January 2017 

2017 marks The Waifs 25th Anniversary. We are celebrating and commemorating this event by releasing 25 songs recorded live & acoustic at Josh’s beautiful house in the bushland of South Coast NSW, Australia.

You had a say in all this!  We asked ourselves what do our fans want to hear?  Over the years we have experimented with songs and instrumentation in the studio. This time, to really capture the essence of our music and the essence of who we are today as artists, we decided to sit around a couple of mics with our guitars, a makeshift junk kit & a double bass, press record and play.  
So this one is for you guys. 

A makeshift studio was set up (with audio engineer James Newhouse) in Josh’s unfinished kitchen. Initially it was going to be some covers and acoustic versions of old favorites. But the songs kept flowing. We recorded 30 songs in 2 weeks and didn’t even get to the covers. There are very few about Homesick and Highways!

Playing new songs completely live was exhilarating and sometimes exhausting. Some of the takes that made it on the album are the 3rd or 4th time we have ever played the song and it sounds like a band listening closely to each other, musicians that have been playing together for a long time.  Huge love, thanks & credit to Dave (Ross Macdonald) and Ben (Franz) for holding the songs down again & again while we read lyrics from our tablets and came up with three different versions of everything. If we are the bread & butter these guys are the raspberry jam sweetening it up, making it extra tasty and bringing the sounds together.  Some of my favorite moments in the studio are when Josh, Dave and Ben start jamming. (A PUN!)  James Newhouse was amazing to work with and helped with everything from harmonies, to getting the best sound out of that old suitcase and taming the reverb of a live band in a kitchen.  We were fortunate to have Tamara Dean (http://www.tamaradean.com.au) come to stay & take stunning photos for the artwork around the property. We’d get back in a leech infested dam for you any day Tamara.  Thank you.

The album is called IRONBARK referencing the majestic eucalyptus standing sentinel over us and the resilience and inner strength of the wood as opined in the song of the same title.  

IRONBARK will be released as a double disc in March

at a very discounted price via the Website. You can preorder from this Thursday Jan 12th.
Every Tuesday we will give one or two of the bonus songs
as free downloads on the website starting with Josh’s “Song For Jacqueline” today.

1/ Ironbark
2/ Higher Ground
3/ Not The Lonely
4/ I Won’t Go Down
5/ Important Things
6/ Lion and Gazelle
7/ Done And Dusted
8/ Dirty Little Bird
9/ Grand Plans
10/ Something’s Coming
11/ Syria
12/ Amazing Everything
13/ The Shack
14/ Long Way From Home

Bonus Tracks; Disc 2

1/ Song For Jacqueline
2/ Standing Strong
3/ Sugar Mama
4/ Don’t You Ever
5/ Strangest Thing
6/ Take Me To Town
7/ Goodnight Lil’ Cowboy
8/ The Coast
9/ Shiny Apple
10/ Willow Tree
11/ Take It In

Please note re Pre Order of  Ironbark albums as part of Ticket bundles or via webstore;
CD’s will be sent out physically on March 1st  for delivery on March 3rd, day or release.
Digital download codes will be sent out on March 3rd.

We will be touring extensively in Australia in March & April and if we miss your town this time around we’ll be back in November & December to do it all again. 
We will be offering a very special Ticket/CD bundle for as many venues as possible. Check out the website today for more details.
Ticket/ CD Bundle will be available as a presale to you the fans from this Thursday Jan 12th.
We will also be visiting some favorite festivals and towns in North America in the summer.

The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm. It feels as if we have grown up together. We are now the band you can bring your parents AND your kids to hear!

Your involvement in our career means everything to us. You are the very reason we are still playing music together 25 years on. You know all about us… meeting in Broome, West Australia, traveling around - that old tale has been told many times.

If our music has played a significant part in any event or time in your life we’d love to hear about it. 
Send us an email to; Waifsstories@jarrahrecords.com AND post them on our Facebook. We would like to share some of your stories onstage, play some songs and weave it all together and celebrate.

We want to thank you for this incredible 25 years and look forward to the next 25! 

Australian Tour Presale starts this Thursday Jan 12th
9th January 2017  

Check Ticket CD/ Bundle

Please note re Pre Order of Ironbark albums as part of Ticket bundles or via webstore;
CD’s will be sent out physically on March 1st  for delivery on March 3rd, day or release.
Digital download codes will be sent out on March 3rd.

WOMADELAIDE - Lineup Announced
8th January 2017 

The Waifs are pleased to be celebrating our 25th anniversary and Womadelaide's 25th anniversary this year. Final line-up has just been announced.

Check out the full 2017 line-up here

The Waifs - The Songs of Your Streets
8th November 2016  

The Waifs jumped in a campervan in the early-‘90s and left their hometown of Albany, Western Australia for a life on the road. For years they trekked around the world playing to adoring audiences wherever they could. 

Since those early days, they have won a swag of ARIA awards and their songs tell a uniquely Australian story about the roads they have travelled and people they have met along the way

This Wednesday, Double J is bringing you a special Ausmusic Month program, The Songs of Your Streets. Hosted by Jacinta Parsons, the program will celebrate how place has influenced the lives and the music of one of Australia’s most celebrated bands.

Join the live studio audience as we jump in the campervan and travel with The Waifs to hear a great yarn and some live songs and explore the places that have been important to them.

Double J presents Songs of Your Streets with The Waifs, an AusMusic Month special. Join us Wednesday 9 November from 7pm AEDT. Listen online, on your digital radio, phone or TV.

Broadcast Times

Sat 12/11, 7-8pm – Perth & WA

Mon 14/11, 8-9pm – Melbourne & VIC

Wed 16/11, 7-8pm – Brisbane & QLD

Wed 16/11, 8-9pm – Hobart & TAS, Darwin & NT, Sydney & NSW, Canberra & ACT

Fri 18/11, 8-9pm – Adelaide & SA


Waifs at Womadelaide
18th October 2016  

The Waifs have just been announced to play 2017's Womadelaide Festival on 11th March 2017.


One of Australia's iconic festivals, WOMADelaide presents four days of the world's best artists, thinkers, dancers and creators in a celebration of music, tolerance, goodwill, cultural curiosity and joy amongst the green oasis of Adelaide's majestic Botanic Park.

"WOMADelaide creates an immersive experience that goes beyond the music. It's a four-day feast for the senses." - The Age

Lost Lands Festival
26th September 2016  

We are really looking forward to playing at LostLands Festival at the Werribee Mansions, just outside of Melbourne, on Saturday October 29th.
It's a new style festival with a strong focus on family.

The Waifs - Lost Lands
8th August 2016 

We cannot wait to being back in Australia for the Lost Lands Family festival in Werribee, ( just outside Melbourne). This will be our only Australian show for the rest of the year. It's a great line up with Missy Higgins, Tim Rogers and The bamboos and many more.. You can now get in on the presage very special deal. It may only last for 48 hours. One day tickets are $99 for adults and $38 for children , and two day tickets for $160 for adults and $45 for kids. On sale now at

Get a complimentary ticket.

As well as being an amazing festival for adults, The Lost Lands is a great event for kids.
During pre-sale when you purchase an adult ticket (1 or 2 day) you get a child's ticket for free! 
Take your own kids, and if you don't have any, give the tickets to a friend who does. 

Accommodation Give Away

Buy purchasing during the pre-sale period you automatically go in the draw for a complimentary room night at The Werribee Mansion. This is an amazing way to spend a weekend at the festival.

Accommodation - Pre-sale

During pre-sale get access to a very limited number of rooms at the Werribee Mansion. The room price includes Two Adult Tickets to the festival. These are not to be missed and are an incredible way to spend a weekend at the Festival.

The Waifs on Double J
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.

Beautiful You
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.