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about brillig

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Adelaide, Australia’s BRILLIG are storytellers from another time, boldly twisting the traditional in Americana into an artful blend of WHISKEY SOAKED FOLK, rollicking SEA SHANTIES ,toe-tapping COWBOY TUNES, and more deliciously dark themes. Featuring vocal harmonies & an array of instruments (acoustic/electric guitar, autoharp, banjo, ukulele, accordion, harmonica & electric bass), BRILLIG channel a bygone-era poetic flair that’s polished for modern audiences. This distinct sound tips a hat to an eclectic combination of styles, with the press comparing them to Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, The Decemberists, The Pogues and more.

BRILLIG are right at home with audiences who love catchy melodies, cheeky charm & something a little left of centre. Playing as a Duo, Trio or with a guest drummer, they suit any stage (intimate or immense) and have been spellbinding festival crowds across the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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members

Matt_WebBioMATT SWAYNE

 

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar,
Electric Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica

EReid_WebBioELIZABETH REID

 

Vocals, Autoharp, Ukulele,
Piano Accordion, Viola

Denni_WebBioDENNI MEREDITH

 

Electric Bass Guitar

 

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what the press are saying:

 

Visually stunning, with an air of mystery, eccentricity and intrigue – GlamAdelaide (AUSTRALIA)

Full of melancholy beauty that digs into the soul” – Mentenebre (SPAIN)

Skill and passion in equal amounts” – Rip It Up (AUSTRALIA)

Completely captivating, full of magic” – LaDefuncion (SPAIN)

Excellent…4 Stars” – The Clothesline (AUSTRALIA)

“If you know what Cohen, Cash, Cave & The Cure have in common, it’s right here” Periplaneta Magazine (GERMANY)

“Charm, elegance and distinctiveness. A total work of art” – Medienkonverter (GERMANY)

“Adept storytelling with days-gone-by poetic flair” – dB Magazine (AUSTRALIA)

“One catchy moment after another – Kultur Terrorismus (GERMANY)

The Handsome Family, Decemberists, Johnny Cash and Nick Cave all provide points of reference” – Leicester Bangs (UK)

“Bold enough to offer audiences something different” – MusicSA (AUSTRALIA)

“Brilliant. 5 out of 5… a refreshing, eclectic mix of acoustic styles” – Review You  (USA)

“BRILLIG has this magical ‘not-of-this-world’ touch” – Dark Moments (GERMANY)

“A masterpiece somewhere between Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen or Neil Young. 6 out of 6” – Elektrauma (GERMANY)

“It is BRILLIG’s own unique and unaffected sound that has garnered them so many fans around the world” – Faster Louder (AUSTRALIA)

“A mixture of innovation & folk traditionalism; often radical & always enchanting” – Bubblegum Slut Magazine (UK)

“Able to please their audiences of all kinds, ages and genres. 5 out of 5” – Gothic Paradise (USA)

“An admirable synthesis of class and cleverness” – Versacrum (ITALY)

“A little wave, a little singer-songwriter, a little folk, a little indie, a little chanson, but above all, BRILLIG – Ikecht  (NETHERLANDS)

 

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highlights

 

TOURS
USA, Germany, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia

FESTIVALS
Chomp & Stomp (USA), WGT (Germany), Adelaide Fringe Festival (SA; 3 x SOLD OUT seasons), Wellington Folk Fest (New Zealand), Illawarra Folk Fest (NSW), Maldon Folk Fest (VIC), Leaps & Bounds Fest (VIC), Deep South Roots & Blues Fest (SA), Semaphore Music Fest (SA), Clare Valley Music Festival (SA), Fleurieu Folk Fest (SA), Radio Adelaide Live Music Festival (SA), Gorgeous Festival (SA), History Festival (SA); Coopers Alive (SA); Port Adelaide Tall Ships Festival (SA)

SUPPORTS
The Bad Shepherds feat. Adrian Edmondson (UK), The Handsome Family (USA), Kinky Friedman (USA), CW Stoneking, Peter Murphy (Bauhaus; UK), The Blackeyed Susans, Eric Bogle, The Audreys, Jason Webley (USA), Voltaire (USA), Mick Thomas, Sime Nugent, Ned Collette, Glen Shorrock & many more.

AIRPLAY | LABELS
Various stations in Australia (including Triple J national + numerous #1 spots on 3D Radio), USA, Germany, UK, Spain, Belgium, Italy, France, Russia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal & more. Video screenings on RAGE (National ABC TV); German record label Black Rain also manages Brillig’s back catalogue (2007-2011) in Europe.

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