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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.