Q&A Scene: Ari & Rhiannon for Comedy 4 Karma

Tell us about your new single/album/tour?
Our self titled debut album was released just before Christmas last year with our band The Drowsy Maggies. It’s a collection of songs we’ve written over the two years we’ve been playing together. So far in 2017 we’ve launched the album at festivals including Port Fairy and the National Folk Festival.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
We‘re really proud of the album we created last year, but recently we have been working on some new songs with a very different sound. I think people will be surprised by the direction we’re taking with the next EP. My personal favourite on the album is a track called “Please Don’t Cry”. It’s a bit ridiculous and I don’t think we’ll play it live, but it’s still great fun.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote…
This one time at band camp (not even kidding), we performed to a packed house with the help of a sound crew who had had a few too many beers before the show. We started to play and the sound engineers muted everyone’s microphones except mine, so everyone enjoyed an awkward few minutes of my singing and some air guitar from Rhiannon.

What, or who, inspires you?
Rhiannon takes a lot of inspiration from The Waifs and I’m a huge Laura Marling fan. Also anybody who can rock out with a harmonica gets the tick of approval from us.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
I wish I had written Exhausted by the Foo Fighters. It’s a pretty special song.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Spaghetti. Because as a band we consume so much spaghetti (it’s the only thing Rhiannon can cook) so it’s inevitable that it will come through in the music.

What’s next for you?
The next step for us is to record our new songs and release them on an EP.

What’s your scene?
The tightly knit Australian folk scene. It’s an amazing network of musicians, families and friends, managers and publicists, sound and lighting experts and fans. It’s a really inclusive and supportive group of people; we all watch each others shows and play on each others songs. There’s always somebody’s couch to crash on.

About Comedy 4 Karma

Comedy 4 Karma, the annual fundraiser for the Daylesford Dharma School on Saturday 16th September at Daylesford Town Hall is set to host a stellar bill of comedians including Bob Franklin, and MC Dave Callan, plus more to be announced soon. Following a wildly successful third annual Comedy 4 Karma fundraiser last year, where raising over $15,000, this year’s event raises funds for the school’s upkeep and admin costs and will feature some of Australia’s most popular comics, all generously donating their time for free for this good cause.

Bob Franklin will take to the Comedy For Karma stage for the first time ever and will provide laughs aplenty with his special brand of stand-up comedy. Not a stranger to our screens (The Craic, The Extra, Bad Eggs, Boy Town, Beneath Hill 60, Shaun Micallef’s World Around Him, The Micallef P(r)ogram(me), Stupid, Stupid Man, The Librarians, The Adventures of Lano & Woodley and Thank God You’re Here), he has also published a book of poetry. He made his break as Jimeoin’s comedy mate and is most well known from Jimeoin & Bob’s Cooking Show.

MCing the event will be the ever-delightful Dave Callan. Irish born star of Triple J radio and original Rove cast member Dave is also recognisable from his appear- ances on Spicks and Specks, The Comedy Festival Gala and The Adventures of the Good News Week. He is currently a regular on Good Game on ABC 2. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and toured Britain, South East Asia, the U.S. and his adopted home of Australia.

Providing pre-event warm up tunes for the audience before the laughs begin, will be much loved local act Ari & Rhiannon. Punters will be treated with their sassy tunes whilst grabbing the opportunity to nourish their souls and bellies with great wholesome local food via the food truck and bid on the Silent Auction featuring excellent locally sourced items. Comedy 4 Karma is an important and much needed annual fundraiser for the Daylesford Dharma School (currently Australia’s only Buddhist primary school and one of only three schools of its kind in the world).

The school began in 2009 with 15 students, and has over 60 students enrolled in
2017. The school continues to grow in size and reputation. Don’t miss this wonderful night of comedy on Saturday 16th of September, with big names, big laughs, all in the name of a good cause and good karma at Comedy 4 Karma. Tickets are $40 plus booking fee and available now at www.dharmaschool.com.au or on the door if not sold out.

COMEDY FOR KARMA
Pre-show live music from Ari & Rhiannon
Comedians Bob Franklin and Dave Callan (MC) more TBA
Fundraising for Daylesford Dharma School
Saturday 16th September
Daylesford Town Hall
76 Vincent St, Daylesford
Tickets $40 + booking fee available now via www.dharmaschool.com.au
or on the door if not sold out
Doors open 6.30pm for 8pm start

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