RIPE FRUIT OUT WEST FOR OR­ANGE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

TRAV­EL­LING to the west is like a home­com­ing for Tin­pan Or­ange, ac­cord­ing to vo­cal­ist Emily Lu­b­itz.

Though the in­die-folk trio has firm roots in Mel­bourne, she said it felt like WA was “al­most where we be­gan, in a way”.

“We’d been busk­ing in Dar­win for a time and mak­ing heaps of money,” she said.

“It was 10 years ago, so I was a wait­ress and earn­ing like $10 an hour, then we went up to Dar­win and we were busk­ing and play­ing in pubs and just ter­ri­ble gigs, ter­ri­ble con­di­tions, but we were mak­ing cer­tainly more than $10 an hour.

“We were no­bod­ies; we were just kids, just cut­ting our teeth.

“Then this girl came up and said her un­cle books a fes­ti­val in WA and can she have an al­bum to give to him. So we gave her an al­bum then we got this email from Fair­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val say­ing ‘we’d like to book you’ and we were like ‘what’s Fair­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val? OK we’ll go’.

“We went and it was this gor­geous, huge fes­ti­val.

“We started off play­ing to like eight peo­ple at 11 o’clock at night at this fes­ti­val, then by the end of it the seams were pop­ping off the tent that we were play­ing in.

“Then we played at Clancy’s (Fish Pub) in Fre­man­tle the next week and we were think­ing maybe 20 peo­ple would come and that would be cool.

“Then there was like 600 peo­ple who came to the show.

“It was ac­tu­ally a real defin­ing moment for us where we were like ‘maybe we could do this. Maybe we don’t have to be raggedy buskers. We could do this for a thing’. “Then we al­ways went back. “We just con­tinue go­ing back to WA and it’s been like a heart­land of ours. We love it.”

Lu­b­itz es­ti­mates this will be the fifth time Tin­pan Or­ange has played Fair­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val.

The trio will then head off on a na­tional tour to launch its fifth stu­dio al­bum Love Is A Dog, which was re­leased on April 8.

They will re­turn to Perth to play an in­ti­mate show at Fly By Night in Fre­man­tle on June 4.

“(In­ti­mate venues) is where we be­long, es­pe­cially now that we’re a trio,” Lu­b­itz said.

“On the al­bum, there’s a rhythm sec­tion but we’ve quite de­lib­er­ately started tour­ing as a trio, which is how we started; just guitars and man­dolin and vi­o­lin and then three vo­cals.”

Tin­pan Or­ange will make two trips west in the com­ing months.

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