The Stag & Hunter Hotel (Mayfield, NSW)
Friday, 30 August 2019 7:00 pm
August is Magpie season…
After extensive touring to all ends of this wide brown land, Dashville natives Magpie Diaries will bring their eloquently soothing soul country back home to Newcastle, capping off an exceptional time for the band, with the release of their acclaimed debut album, Sanctuary.
The debut album, Sanctuary is a journey from the past, where one can still roam with wild exuberance. Where the desire to perform is matched with the desire to escape and unravel inside the music. Sanctuary is Magpie’s happy place.
The band title and songs within Sanctuary centre on the mind of singer-songwriter and Dashville founder Matt “Magpie” Johnston.
There’s a warm and communal feel right across the album, its woolly and homespun vibe come off like The Band but they colour the music with some beautiful saxophone playing that combines perfectly with cosmic Americana pedal steel sounds and plenty of country twang and strum in the guitars. (Post To Wire)
Alluding to an era of more simplistic notions Magpie Diaries take flight into an abundant musical sanctuary with their debut album. A sanctuary that delivers Magpie’s story via smooth soulful folk country with subtle flourishes of psychedelic 70s rock 'n' roll.
Sanctuary is a journey through the past and into the future where one can still roam with wild exuberance where the desire to perform is matched with the desire to escape and unravel inside the music.
.'.beyond being a beautiful recording it’s a real genuine slice of classic Australian music, which is rare as hens teeth. I hear a lot of stuff in there from Hunters to really obscure acts like The Apartments, and the much better side of alt country we do in this land, but it’s all digested and comes out very much your own - again very rare. Kudos.’(Glenn Richards, Augie March)