Ruby Gill and Billy Barker (Aus) are traversing their bold, contemporary approach to folk back across the oceans on an exclusive national tour of South Africa – taking new songs and old guitars on the not-so-merry-go-round to somewhere good, from an old barn in Kwa-Zulu Natal to the red-dust stages of Oppikoppi. They're settling in at Cafe Roux with special guests Orah and the Kites on 13 August - Ruby's last show on the Magic Coat tour.
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After decades spent silencing the South African forests in which she was raised, Ruby Gill humming-birded over the Indian Ocean to hum about violence, joy, privilege and border security to a tolerant Melbourne population. Almost immediately, her piercing lyrics, classically-trained piano-hands and disproportionately massive voice left audiences across the country shaken, transfixed and sometimes a bit hungry.
Meanwhile, from an open fire in a secluded cottage on his parents’ farm in rural Australia, Billy Barker was diving boldly into heartbreak, existential angst and identity with his alt-folk musings. It was impossible not to be mesmerised by his unbridled approach to the guitar beneath biting lyrics that aren’t afraid to cover the pointy ends of life.
Somewhere between two countries, Ruby Gill collided with Billy Barker at the piano in a flurry of harmonies and heartburn. Here, Magic Coat was born.
Come along for the ride on The Magic Coat Tour with Ruby Gill, Billy Barker and a whole lot of special guests (TBA).