Sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson first picked up guitars as teens in Western Australia, and eventually formed the sister act Colours. Formed in 1992, the duo traveled the country performing Dylan covers and eventually hooked up with Josh Cunningham later that year. Newly named, The Waifs set out across the country on a three-year tour, halting in 1996 to record their debut self-titled album, which was released that same year independently in and around Melbourne. After another year of touring, the band released their second album, Shelter Me (Outside Music, 1998). Folk festivals across the United States and Canada followed, as did an international fan base. After the release of their 3rd effort, Sink or Swim (ATO Records, 2001), The Waifs’ critically-acclaimed 4th album Up All Night (Jarrah) was released in the spring of 2003 to a legion of fans across the world who all adore the trio’s self-described “wholemeal” music filled with engaging lyrics and sweet harmonies.
Join us for the etown debut of The Waifs, “…(who) play on stage with such an empowered dedication and genuine enjoyment of their craft that it is impossible, and I mean that in the truest sense of the word, impossible not to feel the energy and warmth and love that is emitting from the stage.” – Craig New, Revolver