Q&A Scene: A HITCH TO THE STICKS Special: Maryanne Window

Maryanne Window is on the line-up for the inaugural A HITCH TO THE STICKS bus trip with Monique Brumby. She answers a few questions for us before the festival hits the road:

What does this festival mean to you?

It means team bonding without the dorky corporate-speak! Getting to play with old and new friends and playing music to people who don’t always get to hear us play in the big smoke. Looking forward to hearing some great music.

At what point of the bus trip are you performing?

Saturday night in Wangaratta.

What can we expect from your performance?

Original songs of a rock/pop nature predominantly. There will be storytelling too I’m sure – both in the music and some anecdotes from the journey!

What excites you about appearing at this event?

It excites me to be able to play our music to an audience who may not have seen us play before. I always love seeing people connect with the music- that’s always exciting for me. It’s also exciting playing with Monique on the mainland again now that she has moved to Tasmania.

A bit about you: Tell us about your latest project:

We are working up songs for album number 6 right now and sorting out the logistics of that now we are separated by Bass Strait!

Favourite song:

My favourite line from a song at the moment is from Monique’s song Driving Home. In fact it actually popped in to my head today. Every time I hear it I imagine a mini movie playing in my head – “All the lines on the highway tell me where I’m going and the lines on my face tell me where I’ve been”.

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

I drove Kenny Rogers from Rod Laver Arena to The Weston Hotel in Collins Street once and he insisted on giving me a $50 tip for my trouble. On the way we passed some glittery outfits in the Armani store window and he said he thought they would be outfits that Dolly would love. Weird!

What, or who, inspires you?

People who overcome adversity without complaints or without expecting a fanfare. Ordinary people who achieve extraordinary things by staying true to their convictions and having self belief.

What’s next for you?

Recording with Monique for her next album and also attempting to finish some songs of my own.

What’s your scene?

My scene is enjoying playing music with my friends and making the most of the last of the warm weather before winter has me in its grips.

 [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.

About Mary Boukouvalas 1576 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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