Q&A Scene: A HITCH TO THE STICKS Special: Rhys Duursma ~ the QUICK & the DEAD

Rhys Duursma is on the line-up for the inaugural A HITCH TO THE STICKS bus trip with the Quick & the Dead. He answers a few questions for us before the festival hits the road:

About the A HITCH TO THE STICKS festival:

What does this mean to you?

We’re so stoked! It’s about time North-East Vic had something like this. tQ&tD are so keen to be a part of Hitch to the Sticks.

At what point of the bus trip are you performing?

We’re playing at the Down by the River event in Wangaratta on March 17th 4-10pm at Apex Park in Wangaratta.

What can we expect from your performance?

Southern Rock with a side of Blues.

What excites you about appearing at this event?

The opportunity to be a part of the beginning of A Hitch to the Sticks is really exciting. Seeing regional musicians and business get to show their talent to an out of town crowd is such a good idea. I’m looking forward to seeing people connect and support each other in a way that hopefully, with more events like this, will come to be the new normal.

A bit about you and The Quick & The Dead:

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour.

Our EP. REMIXED is dropping 25th May. We collaborated with some good friends of ours who also happen to be crazy talented. I’m excited to share some different takes on our tunes.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? (your own or your group’s work)

The Quick & the Dead’s latest (self-titled) release is the work I’m most proud of. We spent two weeks in an old farmhouse near Rutherglen with just the 3 of us and recorded a 14 track album with a western story scattered throughout.

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

We have an old Toyota Coaster Bus as our band vehicle. Once on a tour after a show in Bendigo our bass player caught the train home and accidentally took the keys with him. Fortunately, we were out the front of a store and bought tools to break in. We got in and hotwired it but couldn’t get the steering lock off. So we drove halfway to Melbourne with the steering column unbolted and lights unplugged. We could only turn slightly Right and somehow managed to get to our friends place that night with sparks flying and loud exclamations the whole way. But we got to the show the next day!

What, or who, inspires you?

It’s probably different for the other guys but, at the moment, I would say my main inspiration is story and abstract ideas. Movies, books, personal experience or connecting with people and hearing about the version of the world that they see.

What’s next for you?

We have a bunch of shows coming up in the next couple of months including National Folk Festival this Easter. Aside from that we’re writing like crazy getting ready to record our next collection.

What’s your scene?

Anywhere we can make noise we will.

“The working collective of two brothers, Rhys & Kai are joined by a third spiritual brother, Isaac. The Quick & The Dead combine elements of hard rock with a blues sound to deliver a masterpiece musical fusion. With their third self-titled release under their belt, this is an act unlike any other in Australia right now”.

Stay tuned for the band’s REMIXED EP on 25th May.

Don’t miss THE QUICK AND THE DEAD  on A HITCH TO THE STICKS festival at DOWN BY THE RIVER, Wangaratta

TICKET LINK:  http://bit.ly/AHitchToTheSticks 

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“If you find yourself at the same party as Dallas, make sure you’re match fit.” Sarah McLeod, The Superjesus 

 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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