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Toe Sucking Cowgirls

The Lomond Hotel
Sunday, 27th February, 2005

Normally I don't get to listen to the radio when I am down at my parents (no reception for Melbourne stations.) On Saturday afternoon we were driving down to Pakenham too see my nephews for their birthday so I asked if we could listen to RRR FM instead of Magic 693 (the oldies station.) On the way back home I was lucky enough to catch the end of the show "Twang" and hear a live performance by the Toe Sucking Cowgirls who I had heard of before, but never seen live. Luckily I managed to remember the details of their gig for the next day and even more luckily I managed to get onto a friend who I hadn't heard of for a while.

As the venue is at the end of the tram line, I was later than I usually like to be. It turned out they were starting later than planned as there was a festival up the road that was still going on. I saw Tracey from the band at the bar straight away when I walked in, but I thought it best to wait until the set break to say hello.

I didn't expect there to be so many people there as there were two big music festivals on the same day. Luckily I managed to get my customary table near the front (better for taking photos that way.)

They usually only play live as a two-piece, but for this gig they had Doghouse Dave on the double bass and another friend on the sticks and skins. Special guest spots in some songs were filled out by Margo on the washboard and Emma B doing the Appalachian Stomp on her sounding board.

It would be easy to say that the Toe Sucking Cowgirls are Darwin's answer to GIT (who are in turn Melbourne's answer to someone not from Melbourne), but they are very different bands even though they play some of the same sort of music. Their attitude seems to be very laid back and a lot of the humour that comes from living in Darwin comes through in the performance and their on stage banter.

They told some really funny jokes which I can't remember right now (it would be better to hear them telling them.) Also a couple of things happened which made the show funnier - such as the accordion feeding back and the stand with the lyrics falling on Tracy while she was playing (she thought it was someone pinching her bottom.)

If you want a sample of what this band sounds like, I recommend downloading the MP3s from their website. I have decided to go to their CD launch in a few weeks so I am really looking forward to it now.


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