Featuring Bobby Alu and This Way North
Festival of Small Halls returns to Coramba Community Hall. Famous for their larger-than-life folk festivals over the last two decades, Woodfordia presents a programme to be loved by their core base and new fans alike with the smooth Polynesian island vibes of Bobby Alu and the indie pop-rock party of van-lifers This Way North.
It’s been three years since Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy of This Way North traded their bricks-and-mortar homes for life on the road, and that spirit of adventure and unbridled joy has taken up permanent residence in their music.
Taking out Best Outer Suburban Act 2018 at The Age Music Victoria Awards, This Way North are on a steady incline. It’s easy to forget they are just a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Jungalwalla create explosive energy and expansive sound, that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage.
The duo are no strangers to the road and are thrilled to be heading out. Cat said;
“We are beyond excited to resume life on the road with Festival of Small Halls, touring regionally is one of our favourite things to do, the places, the people, playing shows, the road, it’s our happy place!”
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence.
For Bobby Alu, touring regional New South Wales is just like going home.
“I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to get back to touring after the longest break I’ve had since hitting the road over a decade ago. I’m really excited to visit, explore and perform in these regional towns.”, said Bobby
Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his song writing that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence. Audiences should anticipate gentle optimism rather than forceful instruction and may wish to replicate the reflections taken from each performance the next day in a hammock.
Woodfordia Inc Presents
Saturday 2 May
6:30pm for a 7pm start
2.5 hours including interval
Bar service & refreshments available
Coramba Community Hall
4 Dorrigo St, Coramba