Q&A Scene: A HITCH TO THE STICKS Special: Marisa Quigley

Marisa Quigley is on the line-up for the inaugural A HITCH TO THE STICKS bus trip. She answers a few questions for us before the festival hits the road:


 What does this festival mean to you?

A fun opportunity.

At what point of the bus trip are you performing?

A secret location in North East Victoria exclusive to bus ticket holders only.

What can we expect from your performance?


What excites you about appearing at this event? That I’m a part of the first of a really innovative and unique idea that is highlighting regional live music.

A bit about you:

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I’m about to tour regional Victoria as part of the Café Culture series with my Tom Waits cabaret, Red Dress & the Sugar Man. The show tours 17 regional towns from April 27th – June 3rd.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Red Dress & the Sugar Man. It’s been a dream in the making for over a decade. I’ve loved Tom Waits’ music forever and this show uses his music, interspersed with a beat-poetry style narration, to tell a dark and seedy waits-esque love story.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I once took Dallas Frasca to stay at my friend’s goat farm in North Queensland. She also had a duckling that Dallas named Ling. Ling got eaten by a snake the next week. Dallas was devastated.

What, or who, inspires you?

Tom Waits; powerful female vocalists/musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Mia Dyson, Dallas Frasca 😊

What’s next for you?

The Café Culture Series and I’d like to record a new album this year with my band Her Sunday Best.

What’s your scene?

Blues/roots, country/folk, singer/songwriter stuff. I love blues/roots/folk festivals.

Marisa Quigley is an award-winning Australian blues/roots singer and songwriter. With her charismatic stage presence and powerhouse delivery, the husky-voiced chanteuse has drawn comparisons with Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. Absolutely at home on the stage, Marisa radiates warmth, humour and earthiness. A natural raconteur, irreverent wit and deft lyricist, she has audiences in stitches one minute, and moved to tears the next. Her songwriting influences are as diverse as Tom Waits and The Eagles, and her songs span the gamut from haunting to heartfelt to hilarious. With an eclectic blend of blues/roots and alt-country/folk, a wink and a nudge, a tickle and a poke, her act is soulful, fun, endearing—and highly entertaining.

 [pullquote]”If you find yourself at the same party as Dallas, make sure you’re match fit.” Sarah McLeod, The Superjesus [/pullquote] Ever wanted to hitch a ride onboard your favourite band’s tour bus? Fantasised about starring in the next Almost Famous film? Well, listen up, because Dallas Frasca is about to give you precisely that chance with what is guaranteed to be one of the musical highlights of the year.
The powerhouse Aussie frontwoman and rock and roll icon is throwing a world-first music festival set to take punters on the road this March. Taking place over three days, A Hitch To The Sticks Music Festival is a unique band-tour-meets-VIP-experience that gives audiences a glimpse at a touring musician’s lifestyle in a three day regional bus tour of hand-curated music events, gigs and festivals. With Frasca as your guide, passengers will navigate some of North-East Victoria’s hidden musical gems and undiscovered live music venues and events all from the comfort of your own rowdy, airconditioned tour bus.
For 50 lucky ticket holders, the adventure begins in Melbourne’s CBD on Friday 16 March where the Hitch To The Sticks bus will commence boarding. From there the tour heads North to six secret locations and four public events across Violet Town, Lima, Myrrhee, Tatong, Thoona, Wangaratta and Moyhu until the musical safari touches back down in concrete town on Sunday 18 March.
Transporting passengers direct to the cream of the crop of Regional Victorian music and culture, Dallas has packed a massive lineup of local gigs, events, festivals and experiences into the three day tour, to shine an unforgettable light on the immense musical talent hidden in the quiet corners of our land. Some of the exclusive experiences along the way will include a hedge maze “artist hunt” where punters must follow the music to discover live local artists playing throughout the maze; a rock & roll slumber party in cabin style accommodation (limited VIP upgrades available); celebrity hitchhikers and an intimate live performance by a very special international guest.

“There is something special, indescribable, about experiencing live music in regional Victoria. A travelling music festival on wheels? Sign me up! Music Victoria loves regional live music.” Nick Cooper, Operations / Program Manager Music Victoria.
For those who can’t make it onboard the tour, there are plenty of opportunities to join the disembarking passengers and meet the legendary bus at four public events throughout the tour. This includes the sixth annual Wangaratta Down By The River Festival – a free event offering a kaleidoscope of flavour, music, activity and culture curated by Frasca herself, as well as a bunch of local ticketed events across the weekend.

With the full lineup dropping soon, Dallas and the Hitch To The Sticks team are excited to reveal the first couple of performers eager and ready to board the festival bus – conductor of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and all-round reggae luminary Nicky Bomba and Beechworth-born singer songwriter Liv Cartledge.

At just 21 years old Liv’s oaky tones and disarming lyrics have captivated audiences around Australia and beyond, with her debut EP Timber an incredible first glimpse of a destined rising talent. Relentless traveller and performer Nicky Bomba is an absolute staple of the local reggae/funk/jazz scene and has contributed to just about as many musical endeavours as he has footprints on the earth. Liv’s regional Victorian roots and local knowledge together with Nicky’s worldly prowess and love of community are sure to make the inaugural A Hitch To The Sticks Music Festival one heck of a kumbaya.

So get ready to sit tight, buckle up and play corners with some new friends when the wheels on the Hitch To The Sticks bus go round and round this March.

3 days |10 music events | 30 acts | 710km | 1 bus

Hitch To The Sticks Festival 2018
Friday 16 March – Sunday 18 March
North-East Victoria

Tickets on sale now via www.ahitchtothesticks.com
Limited to only 50 tickets.
Accommodation, travel and some food and drinks provided.

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Mary is a music photographer and reviewer.

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