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Two brothers from the mountains

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Since their formation in 2009 The Barkers Vale Brothers have delighted audiences Australiawide with their digestible mix of dry humour and high-quality acoustic bluegrass music. ‘We play bluegrass, roots and swing music, original and traditional. We like animals, trains, cheese and crackers, beer, murders, caravans and buses. Five-string banjo, guitar, fiddle, jews harp, humorous banter and harmony singing.’

Gareth Bjaaland on the five-string banjo does most of the talking while his younger brother Vaughan Davies on guitar often chimes in with wry comments and sly observation.

Gareth has been playing five-string banjo since he was 18 years old. He has toured Europe four times with novelty band the Von Trolley Quartet. He is also a well-known circus entertainer, and has been performing for close to 20 years – his circus act is called The Pitts Family Circus. Vaughan 20, is 10 years Gareth’s junior and plays guitar, sings, and is learning flat-picking guitar.

Together they have made an album called Volume one, featuring 14 tracks of original and traditional songs, recorded in Barunup Studio in southwest WA.

You can see the boys this Sunday at the Sphinx Rock Cafe.

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