Letter from Vikki - 22nd July 2014

The Waifs went on tour for the first time in 3 years last May kicking off the tour with the Kimberly Moon Festival in Kununurra, the beautiful far north of Western Australia. We had a great time. It was really one of the best tours in terms of feeling connected to our music again and enjoying each others company. A bit of medicine.

We weren’t sure if the band would tour again and our 20th anniversary slipped by quietly back in August 2012.

With future recording and tours on the horizon I can now confidently state that The Waifs head into our 22nd year together as a band. What a thing ! Who’d have thought ? and all that jazz. 

There is some serious talk about writing an album together. If this eventuates it would be "The Waifs” first album. An exciting prospect. There is a new depth that age and experience brings to the music now and I am excited to go exploring. 

It happened so briefly when THE STRAY SISTERS branched out to an overwhelming response. THANK YOU for that. We came out of that tour feeling ready to write and sing sing SING! IT was an opportunity to showcase the songs we write as mothers and wives and present them in a more intimate setting. Donna and I hope to get into the studio to record those songs under the same name, and if The Waifs commitments allow, do a few shows here and there. We are excited to open for the John Butler Trio in my adopted home of Salt Lake City, Utah on August 6th, followed by THE EDMONTON FOLK FESTIVAL August 8th - 10th. This has always been one of The Waifs favourite festivals and we are excited to have been invited to perform as The Stray Sisters. 

The Waifs feel so very honored to have the opportunity to perform on 1st November this year with THE WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in our hometown of Albany, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ANZACs leaving Australian shores, appearing with Katie Noonan and Dan Sultan. It is surely the dream of every musician to perform with an orchestra, and to do it on such a momentous occasion in our hometown. Well… a career highlight to be sure. 

Following that we will be at The QUEENSCLIFF Music Festival in VIC. Look out for some random shows in November and December (including playing at our favourite Fremantle venue) until we can organize to record and tour a new album sometime in the new year. We also hope to make it back to the US next summer.

Until we meet again.

The Waifs

Laura Jackson