Sydney is not known for its fireflies – just as the Appalachian hill-country of Virginia, Kentucky and East Tennessee is not known for its picturesque sandstone harbours. But, as anyone familiar with the dun bushland quarters of the city’s hinterland knows, there are fireflies here – just as there are local pickers seized of all the spirit and fervour of those most enduring musical traditions of the American South. Sydney’s own The Morrisons are just such a band of peerless pickers: musicians possessed of ancient and unsleeping fire tempered and refined by conservatory education and grown warm and nourishing with closeness.
Cementing their place at the forefront of the local scene, The Morrisons spearheaded Sydney’s wildly popular Country & Inner Western fixture – presented by Lost Highway Australia – hosting such internationally acclaimed artists as Shane Nicholson, Emma Swift and Catherine Britt. The Morrisons’ own Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of O Brother, Where Art Thou? showcase has sold out two years in a row (and counting), receiving marquee billing at the 2016 Spectrum Now and Vivid Festivals and featuring performances from Sydney mainstays including Ngaiire, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Brian Campeau. On top of which, The Morrisons have long enjoyed regular rotation on both ABC Radio and Sydney tastemakers FBi. (Gareth Hipwell, 2017)
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