Now on tour and currently finishing some northern shows, Tailor Birds is heading south for the end of March and beginning of April:
Sat 19th March Harvest Festival VIC
Sat 26th March Y Water Discovery VIC
Sun 27th March Sedona Winery VIC
Sat 2nd April The Exeter Adelaide SA
Sun 3rd April Flinders St. Market SA
Some words from Sophie about the tour so far: “After QLD, we headed to NSW, to play Wollongong, Sydney, and Newcastle. We played some promo shows at the Glebe and Paddington Markets, and the Rocks, and were lucky enough to play Mr Falcons. What a feeling that if you bring something slightly left of center, people welcome it with open arms. Mr Falcons has to be, one of my favorite shows to play – intimate, and beautifully welcoming. Our sound was sucked up with open arms, and it’s these kinds of shows that make us want to keep going in this wild world.”
Here’s a taste of their live show filmed January 25th 2016
Returning from no less than their 3rd European tour this Melbourne group
Release the first single from their forthcoming second album…….
With electric violin at its’ finest, and at the core of the sound, this is music that soothes the soul and warms the spirit. Experimental, electric act, Tailor Birds bring you their new single, Winters’ Fall(Cd Baby-Oct 30).
We were able to have a chat with the groups founder Sophia Kinston
1Tell us about your early influences?-
“I started playing violin from a young age, doing my undergraduate studies in the UK, it wasn’t until I came out to Australia in 2006, to study at the VCA, where I really found my feet. The vibrant music scene in Melbourne inspired me to be part of something positive. Australia has such amazing festivals, that you can’t help but want to be a part of that.
Playing in the Rosie Burgess Trio, I became immersed within the independent artist world, touring Australia wide & America/Canada. And then performing and recording for various other such as Sally Dastey, Hussy Hicks, Pataphysics was also in part, the inspiration that led me to setting up Tailor Birds.
So many elements go into creating your own act. Artists such as Sigur Ros, Gorillaz, Kronos Quartet, all think outside the box, and so i guess it was inevitable alongside inspiration of course, that has led me to this point.
Studying music and fine art, and growing up in London, exposed to multiple arts, and to be performing within orchestras, quartets, choirs, bands, to shift into a touring act, recording, traveling, performing, Tailor Birds has been the result of all this work.”
2 Australian Music?
I think that Australian music is quite spectacular. In Australia you can tour and perform as an independent artist. You can sustain and grow, and really produce quality.
Of course there will be the classic artists such as Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, and John Butler who are hugely respected and loved. Aussie greats, who I hope, will continue through many years, and stay strong to their roots, but also act as spokespeople for music in Australia. However, there will be an underlying current of acts that are independent that will come and go, some will tour and travel and become big in other countries, and will surprise and enchant us.
And then there will be some who will really step up and represent something new and fresh, some breakout artists, such as wonderful act, DD Dumbo.
We will continue, what with our plethora of venues and wonderful festivals, but the change of media and online mediums will enable and challenge us to to grow in ways we wouldn’t expect.
3 This year and next?
In 2015 I finished writing Tailor Birds’ 2nd album, and things are gradually slotting into place. I am now back from europe’s 3rd tour, launching the new single, Winters’ Fall.
And so 2016 it’s just about continuing the work – touring the new single, releasing the 2nd album, and touring both of these through Australia and Europe (particularly Holland and Ireland). There’s always the focus on performing in places that we make an impact. With Tailor Birds being left of centre, alternative, but on the edge of mainstream, we have to grow where it makes sense. But yes, the future looks bright, and it’s a case of always moving and continuing forward.
“Being a band is not the thing i think about, as bands come and go. But the thing that sticks, is the music, and the energy, the passion, and most importantly the artistry. Baring your soul i guess.” – Sophia Kinston