Kent trumps Trump for Aussie band’s tour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Ai­dan Bar­low

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.

Pic­ture: The Heart Col­lec­tors

Aus­tralian folk band The Heart Col­lec­tors are tour­ing Kent

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