The Gypsy Scholars are set to play three Canberra shows in February, as part of their ‘Cold Hands’ tour.
Continuing on from a massive 2017, which saw them perform three times at the National Folk Festival, a main-stage slot at Inland Sea of Sounds, and a special appearance at TEDxCanberra to an almost-full Canberra Theatre, the Australian indie folk outfit are getting back on the road to promote their new single.
‘Cold Hands’ is the first release from an upcoming EP, and sees the band take a more polished and developed approach to their sound. The track exposes a progression in the band musical abilities, without sacrificing the lyrical talent and story-telling ability of lead vocalists James Kelly and Conagh McMahon-Hogan.
The single sees Conagh take the reins vocally, with his distinctive opera-trained voice effortlessly switching between country-like verses and formidable climaxes. The song is an accumulation of years of gigs, mateship, and travel.
The upcoming debut EP was recorded in Garth Porter’s (of Sherbet fame) Rancom Studios in Sydney, with help from award-winning sound engineer Ted Howard.
The first show Canberra show of the tour will see them perform at The George Harcourt Inn’s Untapped Festival on February 10, alongside big names like Thirsty Merc and the Marji Curran Band.
The Gypsy Scholars will play the following week at the ANU’s O-Week festivities on February 16, finishing up with a gig at The Polish Club on February 24.
After consistently selling out venues between Sydney and Canberra, 2018 is shaping up to be the band’s biggest year yet.