BIG LOW

BIG LOW

 Wageningen, Gelderland, NLD
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

This is ragged emotional and cinematic Australian Red Dirt Music. One reviewer referred to thier sound as "Hendrix and Waits jamming in the shadows of Uluru in central Australia with some Afghan Berbers" Lyrical amd musical intensity with left-of-field instrumentation. Totally overpowering live!

Biography

GENRE: Singer-songwriter/alternative folk trio "RED DIRT MUSIC"
SOUNDS LIKE: 16 Horsepower, The Baptist Generals, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Centro-Matic, Nick Cave
INSTRUMENTS: (Dan Tuffy) songs, stories, acoustic & electric guitars, home-made banjo bass, upright bass, (Marc Constandse) bandoneon, kora, cajon, drums and various percussion (Michiel Hollanders) dobro, velofoon and singing saw
HISTORY & FACTS: Big Low released their 1st album ‘Ghost-Hunt Migration’ (Smoked/Munich SR001) in 2001- the album received stunning reviews. Australian Songwriter Dan Tuffy is currently also the manager/bassist of successful Balkan improvisation group Parne Gadje and runs runs the rising indy folk/roots label Smoked Recordings. ‘No Tears in Paradise’ Big Low’s 2nd album was released in 2005 to more rave reviews. Thier highly-praised 3rd album "The Junction of the Two Rivers" was released in 2008. In the meantime the band has toured extensively in Australia and the Netherlands and will be touring Germany in the latter half of 2009. Big Low have appeared at major clubs and festivals including Paradiso/Amsterdam, Tivoli/Utrecht, 013/Tilburg, Roots of Heaven Festival/Haarlem, Mt. Beauty Music Festival/Australia, Brunswick Music Festival/Australia. Airplay on ABC National Radio Australia, 3RRR Australia, JJJ Australia, VPRO The Netherlands
Reviews

"You can hear the dry leaves crackling underfoot in this music - rugged Australian roots music at its best!" SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2008
“A wonderful potpourri of American roots sounds, peppered with European folklore and given extra dimension with the use of singing saw, velofoon, kora and other rarities. With this kind of instrumentation , they can sing songs of longing but manage to be thoroughly uplifting at the same time” DE VOLKSKRANT – January 2005 (Dutch National newspaper)

“the whole thing is a wonderful amalgam of sound where there is as much room for Kurt Weill and Tom Waits as there is for the Australian outback….gorgeous” NRC HANDELSBLAD – January 2008 (Dutch National newspaper)

“Big Low commands a lot of respect all round…sometimes introvert then suddenly explosive…always fascinating” PLATOMANIA – January 2008 (National In-store Magazine)

“on a run of the mill Wednesday evening in Merelyn you get to experience the meaning of pure, honest music. For comparisons sake you could pull out the big names such as Dylan or 16 Horsepwer but it’s not necessary because BIG LOW are unique enough” PITCH FANZINE – NIJMEGEN (live review October 2006)

“everything about this debut makes sense..everything…the originality of the album surprisingly enough lurks in the percussion, sounding like a harvesting machine in the distance …Tuffy has managed to bring the burnt embers of his homeland remarkably close” DE VOLKSKRANT – November 2003

“fresh sounding alt. pop, a crooked song a-la Tom Waits, film music, a touch of Morricone – Big Low draws from a wide spectrum to create a prime album for the singer/songwriter/folk sector” OOR – Major Dutch Music magazine 2002

“The only act that managed to give us the feeling we were witnessing something special was Big Low…they created a universe where Hendrix jams in the shadows of Ayres Rock, accompanied by some Berbers and a Gypsy Orchestra– a magical semi-realist sound full of tension without any frills…utterly brilliant” Roots ’05 Festival review/Gent - Belgium (translated from www.rootsmusicfreezne.be May 2006)
Other acts on festival included Hugh Cornell (X-Stranglers), Black Lipstick (US)

Discography

2002 'Ghost Hunt Migration" CD Album
2005 "No Tears in Paradise" CD Album
2008 "The Junction of the Two Rivers" CD Album

Set List

Bordertown, Ti-Tree, We Gunna Die Out Here, One Kind Favour, Snake Story, My Name is Jimmy Governer, The Junction of the Two Rivers, Brother Joe, Kingdom Land, I Wont Let You Down, Dead Grass, Old Macleay, Sweet Rain, At The Parade, Todd River Disco, You'll Never Find Another Me

We have a 45 minute festival set and a 2 hour "own show" set