Kent trumps Trump for Aussie band’s tour
An Aussie folk band are hoping to make a big impression after choosing Kent instead of Donald Trump’s America for their first overseas tour.
The Heart Collectors have played in venues across the eastern coast of Australia, including Brisbane, Sydney and Hobart in Tasmania.
But mandolin player Tristan Dafoe, 23, admits the band had to make a difficult choice following the election of the controversial president last year.
The band had recorded their latest album, Back to the Garden, in Texas towards the end of 2016, but with new entry visa restrictions, they decided to tour here in the UK instead.
Tristan said: “We’re trying to raise our profile here. We had wanted to tour in the United States but the whole Trump thing has scared us.
“Instead we’re just letting the music take us wherever it goes. We are an independent band without a manager to tell us what to do, and so far it has worked.”
The quartet are staying with friends in Dover, and have targeted their efforts around towns in Kent for gigs to promote the group and their album, which draws on influences such as Peter Paul and Mary, and Fleetword Mac.
They will be playing three gigs at the Rochester Sweeps Festival next weekend, and hope to arrange more in Canterbury, Ashford, Folkestone and beyond.
For information about the band, visittheheartcollectors. com or check out the group’s Facebook page for gig announcements.
Australian folk band The Heart Collectors are touring Kent