Devil Goat Family Stringband are back...
After a hiaitis of 8 years, the Devil Goat Family String Band are back in the saddle, with a new improved line up and lots of sparkling new stringband and bluegrass tunes in the saddlebag. They are available for gigs at festivals, pubs, parties, coporate events, house concerts, weddings, bush dances, school fetes and bingo nights. Whilst this website is under construction you can see them perform in videos here and here, listen to the first CD here, or check out their facebook page here for more pics and up-to-date information on the band.
There are plenty of rumours about inbred families and bluegrass, and The Devil Goat Family String Band are proud to have started a lot of them. First formed in 2004, they are a 'family' of five been-around-the-block musicians whose disparate musical pedigrees have interbred in an orgy of string band collaboration and celebration. Between them they’ve sired something that music purists may regard as a cross-eyed bow-legged step-cousin of bluegrass, but in truth their forbidden rendez vous has widened the genre gene-pool and created a hilly billy Frankenstien that is more powerful, stronger and multi-faceted than any of the pure-bred species they left back on the farm. A Devil Goat Family String Band gig consists of original tunes in the hillbilly and bluegrass ouvre that are not afraid to venture into the swampy badlands of Country, Folk, and Gypsy, and delivered in the style of a passionate high-energy string band. They also throw in some blistering bluegrass covers to keep the Good Ol’ Boys from reaching for their shotguns.
Their first CD, Fate of Bachelor, recorded in 2007, received great reviews and is available on iTunes and Spotify, or by contacting the band.
Back in the day they played a long running residency at Wesley Anne, as well as regular gigs at venues such as The Lomond Hotel, The Spanish Club, The Cornish Arms, The Gem and The Retreat Hotel and festivals including the Woodford Folk Festival, Castlemaine Festival, Yarra Festival, Sydney Rd Festival, and Guildford Banjo Jamboree (where Gus was Pick-Off Champion in 2004). They played live-to-air on ABC 774's Dereck Guille Show, Paul Gough’s Radio National show and 3RRR's Twang Program, and have also been heard regularly on 3CR and 3PBS.
DGFSB Members: Fran Evans - Double Bass; Luke Byrnes - Guitar; Sophia Dunn - Fiddle; Kate Connor - Fiddle
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