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Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Sun 11 June 2017, 19:30 – 22:00 BST
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes pioneered the alt-country and Americana music movement in Australia, beginning with 2010 debut album Ballad of a Young Married Man.
That album, produced by Jonathan Burnside (The Melvins, Nirvana, The Sleepy Jackson) mixed traditional country songwriting with indie production, and was well-received by both the purists in Australia’s established country scene and fans in Australia’s more ‘rock n roll’ inner cities. The success of the album led to a record deal with Sony and a critically-acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful solo record (Shadow of the Gun), released in 2012.
In 2013 the band got back together to record third album Black Coffee, which debuted at #12 on the Australian Albums Charts (and #4 on the Country Charts) and went on to win a slew of accolades including Country Album of the Year in The Age Music Awards and a prestigious Golden Guitar for ‘Best Alt Country Album’ at the 2014 Australian Country Music Awards.
Following Black Coffee, Lachlan and band headed to the USA for two long tours through the East Coast, Midwest and southern states. During these trips the band formed a particularly strong connection to the city of New Orleans. The town heavily influenced the writing and arrangements of the next record, The Mountain, which was released through ABC/Universal Music Australia in 2015 and again met with critical acclaim and nominations for major awards.
Lachlan and the band have played just about every major festival on the Australian calendar and have toured with the likes of Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Joan Armatrading, Shawn Colvin and The North Mississippi Allstars, just to name a few.
In 2017 Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes are making their first visit to the UK and Europe. The band will be performing as a three piece with all three core members Lachlan Bryan, Damian Cafarella and Shaun Ryan. Even on large festival stages Lachlan and the band create the feeling of a warm, intimate space - the emphasis is on the storytelling (as much between songs as during them) and the 'fourth wall' is most definitely broken. The band is well known for spontaneous sets