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Keep the Circle Unbroken

Friday, 17 February @ 8:00 pm

Swan Hill Town Hall

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The Waifs’ Vikki Thorn will join with Melbourne roots outfit Row Jerry Crow and a revolving cast of other talented folks as Keep The Circle Unbroken kicks off again in 2023.  

Swan Hill Town Hall features

  • Vikki Thorn – The Waifs
  • Row Jerry Crow
  • Paul Woseen (The Screaming Jets)
  • Greg Patten (My Friend the Chocolate Cake)
  • Rob Hornbuckle (The Masters Apprentices)
  • Coberg Tipping (Russel Morris)
  • John Kendall (Uncle Bill)
  • & Delsinki
  • With Peter Somerville (Uncle Bill) on banjo

Special guests Artists

  • Paul Costa, Chloe Calleja & Elise Drake

Keep the Circle Unbroken began in 2020 as a series of concerts presented across many of Victoria’s iconic regional towns featuring an incredible line-up of Victorian musicians, spanning two generations, and performing songs inspired by one of the most influential albums in the history of popular music, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 album Will The Circle Be Unbroken.

The roots of Keep The Circle Unbroken go back to 1972 when Californian country-rockers the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band released an album that reconnected divided US generations at odds due to the perpetuating Vietnam War, hippie counter-culture and a troubling Richard Nixon presidential term.

Featuring collaborations with old time country legends such as Earl ScruggsRoy Acuff, Doc Watson and Mother Maybelle Carter, the triple LP Will The Circle Be Unbroken – which was named after the classic song made famous by the Mother Maybelle and the First Family of Country music, the Carter Family – revealed an authenticity and spirit of togetherness that captured the imagination of rock music lovers and brought a whole new generation into the traditional music.

Fifty years after its original release, the spirit and music of Will The Circle Be Unbroken comes alive in the concept of Row Jerry Crow’s mandolinist, songwriter Delsinki and fiddle player John Kendall.

The circle of artists represents the sitting around a campfire, being at the family dinner table, or at a traditional music session, like that which the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band created for the recording of their triple LP.

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