The Waifs announce return to Albany

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

Homegrown heroes The Waifs have made Albany the first stop on their tour of regional WA.

The trio will embark on an eight-town tour next month — and the home city of band members Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn is at the top of the list.

Albany Entertainment Centre will host an intimate acoustic show from the trio with songs from their entire catalogue and some never-heard-before gems.

Recently returning to Australia after living in Utah, Thorn said it felt like the right time to visit the regional towns which made them feel at home.

“As you get to be bigger touring bands, the regional gigs with the longer drives don’t seem to make as much sense,” she said.

“A lot of these places don’t get a lot of big acts going there so it is sort of paying homage to the people of WA and the support they have given us over the years.

“Now that we are all based in Australia we can go out on weekends and do the gigs we want to do.”

It will be a trip down memory lane for the Waifs, who have come a long way since they formed in Albany more than a quarter of a century ago.

“We’re sort of taking it back to the bare bones of the music and songs for the Albany show,” she said.

“We always give a lot of background and stories but this is more informal and there will be a bit more audience participation like you are sitting in our lounge room.

“We did the show last week and some of my good friends came along and said it was the best Waifs show they had ever been to because of the informality of it.”

The Waifs were last in Albany for their 25th anniversary tour in 2017, coinciding with the release of their eight album, Ironbark.

Esperance, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Port Hedland, Exmouth, Geraldton and Broome are also on the tour itinerary.

The Waifs play in Albany at the Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, May 29.

Tickets go on sale today.

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