All in the Perch Creek Family

Mandy Nolan

Perch Creek Family Jugband are living proof that a family who plays together stays together. They spoke with Seven on the eve of their gig at the Bangalow Bowling Club on Friday.

Is it hard to keep the trajectory for all of you in the same direction? Or is the commitment to the music as thick as blood?

We are all committed to the band, and I can’t see the day we pack it in, but it can be hard when everyone has other things going on in their lives. Because we are all family members, it can feel a little insular at times.

WP-PerchCreek--poolHRTell me about the song writing session on the Mornington Peninsula?

We rented a holiday house nestled in the sand dunes down by the sea south of Rye where we bunkered down for eight days and focused on song-writing. Every morning we’d do some stream of consciousness writing and as the day went on we’d usually refine the lyric process and by night we’d start jamming. We committed to writing as a group and found that the process really worked.

Big Things Calling is a melancholy song, why the departure into introspection?

It just came out like that, I guess. Sometimes you deliberately go for a particular sound or mood and other times it just happens. At first we thought ‘Oh no, we couldn’t release this one as a single – it’s too different from our usual stuff’, and then we thought ‘Stuff that, let’s go with it!’ As an artist it’s important to feel that you have the freedom to make whatever you want without being confined to a pigeon-hole.

WP-Perch-Creek---SwimmingLR-How would you describe your musical evolution, as a band and as people?

It’s hard to say, but ever since our song-writing week, we all feel much more confident with that side of things and a lot more like a normal band.

What does having five vocalists in a band add to what you can do?

We can do big five-part harmonies as well as having a choice of five different voices and diverse personalities to bring to each song. It never gets boring when each song is sung by a different person, and it makes it easier on the throats when we have to do a marathon gig!

What’s on the horizon for The Perch Creek Family Jug Band?

We will be recording a new album with all our new songs on it soon, but three weeks away hardly constitutes ‘the horizon’, I guess. Fame? Glory? Bitter demise? Who knows, we’ll just keep on plugging away doing what we love.

WP-Perch-Creek---wall-portrait-1Tell me what to expect for your show at the Bangalow Bowling Club?

Firstly, you can expect some great guitar playing by Tullara Connors (one half of Siskin River) followed by the amazing songs of Andrew Morris (of The Wilson Pickers). Next up we will take the stage and air a bunch of brand new songs along with some classics… For those of you who’ve never seen us before, think banjo, washboard, keyboard, guitar, blues harp, trombone, double bass, ukulele, jug, tap dancing, some funny jokes, and maybe a few not-so-funny jokes (hey, not all of us can be Mandy Nolan!)

Thursday at the Gollan Hotel in Lismore as part of Jimmy Willing’s Live in Hillbilly Heaven from 6pm.

Bangalow Bowling Club on Friday.

Tix: $18 (+bf) Pre / $22 Door.
Avail: & the venue

Doors 7pm / Show 7.30pm


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