NORTH CAROLINA’S WATCHHOUSE – THE DUO FORMERLY KNOWN AS MANDOLIN ORANGE – TO TOUR AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Until recently known as Mandolin Orange, WATCHHOUSE has long been on many a local roots, country and folk fan’s radar, and their first Australian tour, taking in theatres and Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend Festival, has long been anticipated.

A duo, formed in North Carolina in 2009 by Andrew Marlin and fiddler Emily Frantz, Mandolin Orange became new flag bearers of the contemporary folk world, releasing five acclaimed albums and rising over the next decade to fill venues like Nashville’s famed Ryman Theatre, then amphitheatres the size of Red Rocks. But by 2019, Andrew and Emily, having recently had their first child, realised they needed a change.  It may seemingly have just come down to the name, which no longer felt right, but in reality – and as revealed by album number six, simply entitled Watchhouse –  the new name represents their reinvention as a band more willing to experiment within the confines of their acoustic based sound.

Watchhouse’s Australian tour will follow a North American tour, undertaken with Punch Brothers and Sarah Jarosz, under the banner of American Acoustic.

BT from Love Police says “I was introduced to this band by an agent friend of mine years ago. I’ve watched them develop and grow and grow in their country. They are a BIG band there now. It took a long while to get a tour sorted, then Covid hit and that got canned but here we finally are. I think a lot of people know their music, but maybe don’t know who they are. They are all over Spotify playlists and have many, many local listeners. Expect the shows to be Gillian and David like I reckon. We think there is an excellent future for this band here. Be amongst their first shows to join the story.”

WATCHHOUSE, ON TOUR IN OCTOBER

WED 5 – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY – TIX
FRI 7 – PRINCESS THEATRE, BRISBANE – TIX
SAT 8 – OUT ON THE WEEKEND, MELBOURNE – TIX
SUN 9 – THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC – TIX
TUES 11 – MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE – TIX

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“Top drawer New Appalachian Folk.” – Americana UK

Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz—a singer-songwriting duo whose music evokes intimacy and warmth that instantly transports a listener to a welcome comfort zone.” – Americana Highways

“The harmony between the two is captivating and eminently listenable; it’s easy to detect the seamless teamwork and understand why they’ve been so successful. Theirs is an airy sound, crystalline clear like splinters of sunlight in a hushed forest.” – Glide Magazine

“… exhibits superb musicianship in their beautifully-crafted harmonies and melodies, but what truly makes (them) stand out from the rest of the bluegrass-y bunch is the songs themselves. Their writing style respectfully pays homage to old time music in a freshly modern way that never feels forced or unnatural.” – East of 8th

By the time 2019 came to its fitful end, Andrew Marlin knew he was tired of touring. He was grateful, of course, for the ascendancy of Mandolin Orange, the duo he’d cofounded in North Carolina with fiddler Emily Frantz exactly a decade earlier. With time, they had become new flagbearers of the contemporary folk world, sweetly singing soft songs about the hardest parts of our lives, both as people and as a people.

 Still, every night, Andrew especially was paid to relive a lifetime of grievances and griefs onstage. After 2019’s Tides of a Teardrop, a tender accounting of his mother’s early death, the process became evermore arduous, even exhausting. What’s more, those tunes—and the band’s entire catalogue, really—conflicted with the name Mandolin Orange, an early-20s holdover that never quite comported with the music they made. Nightly soundchecks, at least, provided temporary relief, as the band worked through a batch of guarded but hopeful songs written just after Ruby’s birth. They offered a new way to think about an established act.

 Those tunes are now Watchhouse, which would have been Mandolin Orange’s sixth album but is instead their first also under the name Watchhouse, a moniker inspired by Marlin’s place of childhood solace. The name, like the new record itself – which was co-produced by Josh Kaufman (The National, Bonny Light Horseman) – represents their reinvention as a band at the regenerative edges of subtly experimental folk-rock. Challenging as they are charming, and an inspired search for personal and political goodness, these nine songs offer welcome lessons about what any of us might become when the night begins to break.

“We’re different people than when we started this band,” Marlin says, reflecting on all these shifts. “We’re setting new intentions, taking control of this thing again.”

 

Follow Watchhouse:
Website: www.watchhouseband.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WatchhouseBand
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/watchhouseband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/watchhouseband

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Watchhouse – “Better Way” (Live)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watchhouse – Upside Down (Official Video)

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