Gig nothing to weep about

The Weeping Willows will be performing for Ararat Live this week.
The Weeping Willows will be performing for Ararat Live this week.

ARARAT - Ararat Live is trying something different giving patrons a chance to enjoy dinner in the Red Room at the Ararat Hotel and be entertained by The Weeping Willows.

Commening at 6.30pm the evening will be this Thursday and all for the price of $20.

Hot on the heels of Enda Kenny and Lindsay Martin's performance last Thursday Ararat Live is taking advantage of The Weeping Willows on their way through Ararat to play in McLaren Vale, South Australia.

"Ararat Live is all about bringing live music to Ararat and providing artists with a place to show their stuff and as Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a young couple starting out into the world of performing we wanted to do just that," Dave Nicholson said.

Laura and Andy are steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. Traditional country music with tender harmonies, wonderful guitar picking and lovely crafted songs is what they do best.

Their 2013 debut album 'Till the North Wind Blows' is a slice of sparse, elegant folk - occupying a space in between the stark Americana of Gillian Welch/ Dave Rawlings and the gothic melodrama of The Handsome Family.

Laura and Andy see themselves as cogs in the wheel, part of a long music tradition that emerged years before their own existence and will survive them by hook or by crook. The old songs they sing are plucked from the canon; the new ones they write are simply added to the book.

Some might call Andrew a virtuoso, but he doesn't see himself that way. To him, the acoustic guitar (or sometimes the dobro) is just that object that hangs permanently from his shoulders, he plays it with purpose and authority and it wraps itself around his and Laura's vocals with warmth and affection, never saying too much or too little.

Laura, for her part, complementing her partner's skill with voice that ranges from sugar-sweet to evangelically piercing, whilst regularly adding a little accordion, lap steel or even flute on the side.

She's in possession of a calm self-assurance, her stoic stage presence the perfect foil for Andy's thinly veiled neurosis as they regale their audience with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.

Ararat Live sponsor The Ararat Hotel is generously in allowing Ararat Live to host the event in the Red Room.

Bookings can be made by contacting Dave Nicholson on 0409 848 960 or email: with your details or check out the website. There is also a Facebook group 'Ararat Live'.

Ararat Live is a not-for-profit collective whose main objective is to support original music. All ticket fees go to the performers and to support future events. All Ararat Live shows are open to the general public but potential guests are encouraged to get on the mailing list.


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