The Bastard Children of Australian Folk: CWQ
Oddball eclecticism from down under
This article is from 2008.
Melting together genres from Celtic to klezmer, the pioneering Australian folk band CWQ present the result of mixing musical traditions from across the world in The Bastard Children of Australian Folk. Exploring and moulding the entire gamut of indigenous music, they create sounds ranging from calm and peaceful to raucous and boisterous, with impassioned, if not unpolished vocals.
The band themselves are clearly enjoying what they do and are all fully immersed in their music, though not so much so that the audience feels excluded. Far to the contrary, audience participation in certain songs is encouraged and the listener is very much made to feel a part of what’s going on.
From their raw, haunting melodies to bluesy, country-tinged rock, this idiosyncratic quintet put on a show that not only provides excellent music at the forefront of new folk songwriting, but is absolutely great fun.
C Central, 0845 260 1234, until 25 Aug, 8.20pm, £8.50-£10.50 (£7.50-£9.50)