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Last Gigs til September!

Posted in Scene news with tags , , , on March 14, 2011 by promofabrik
Wednesday 16th March 2011
Noarlunga Centre (Ramsay Place – between the council offices & Centro Colonnades),
12pm – 2pm – FREE

Brillig aren’t sure how they get away with advertising ‘Murder Ballads’ as a ‘family friendly event’…. But the kids do seem to dig it! Brillig’s daytime shows always manage to get the littlies groovin’ to the moody tunes. Good thing they don’t know the lyrics!

Come and see the conundrum at Noarlunga Centre as Brillig (duo) brave the daylight for a 2 set free show from 12noon to 2pm. That’s surely proof they’re not actually vampires….

Saturday 19th March 2011
SA Folk Centre
“Spellbinding Storytelling at the SA Folk Centre
with Brillig & Soursob Bob”

Can’t believe Brillig haven’t played the SA Folk Centre before? Neither can they! Let’s see, they’ve played folk sets at festivals in Germany, New Zealand, our own Fleurieu, and most recently Illawarra, but now the backwards band is finally on home turf!

Fellow well-travelled storyteller, Soursob Bob, is relinquishing his current role as rock god frontman of ‘Kelshy’ to play a rare solo acoustic set to open the night. You’ll also hear a song that Brillig co-wrote with Mr Bob, featuring the cheery theme of deer hunting: ‘Most Unlucky of the Lucky Deer.’ That’s gotta end well….

Get along to the SA Folk Centre on Saturday 19th March for Brillig’s debut at the venue, and send-off into the realm of songwriting hibernation. You won’t hear Brillig’s sea shanties, murder ballads, and imaginative alt. folk live again until September (unless say, Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen ask the band to support them in the meantime…!). So don’t miss this special show. Read more >>

Doors Open 7:30 pm; 18+, Entry $10 / $8 conc

Tickets: Dramatix

Even though these are Brillig’s LAST SCHEDULED GIGS for about 5 months, there will be regular newsletters in the meantime. There is some special news to announce shortly, and the band will keep you posted with photos from behind the scenes, the scoop on new material, and other random musings. Watch for April’s newsletter, and keep up with the goss on Brillig’s Facebook and Twitter.

Haven’t seen Brillig’s video clip for “The Old Captain” yet?  Well, it’s still on YouTube… You can also request it again on Rage, if you so desire 🙂

While you’re watching, see how many folks you can name from its cast of SA favourites! Here’s a head start:

In the top still: Tristan Newsome (aka Self Preservation Society), Brillig’s Denni Meredith, Aliese Millington (aka LeighStarDust)

In the bottom still: David ‘Daisy’ Day, Trish Flowers, Bob Dunstan

If you want to cheat, the full cast list is in Brillig’s blog >>

That’s all ’til next time, from “the band of constant sorrow….”


Brillig’s East Coast Tour Is A Deliciously Dark Start To The New Year

Posted in Scene news with tags on January 4, 2011 by promofabrik
Shows in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney & the Illawarra Folk Festival! Brillig are heading eastward en route to the Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), and they’ll be taking in the sights along the way with a 3 – city mini tour.

Starting on 8th January in Melbourne, Brillig will take in Canberra & Sydney as well, before it all culminates in Bulli (an hour south of Sydney) for the 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival, featuring Eric Bogle, Orkestra Del Sol (UK), Bettina Schelker (Switz), Neil Murray, The Barons of Tang, The Go Set,  and many more.

Brillig is thrilled to return to the folds of the folk scene – this is their follow-up festival from their very well-received appearance at the Wellington Folk Festival in New Zealand back in October.

For a deliciously dark start to the New Year, join Brillig for some intimate evenings of sea shanties, murder ballads and beautifully tragic gothic folk tales, all gracefully played on their huge menagerie of instruments – from Banjo to Autoharp, Bass to Viola, Guitar, Accordion, Ukulele & Harmonica.

With their bygone-era dress sense & charming banter, Brillig’s enchantingly melancholic brand of folk is said to be strangely uplifting, despite their somewhat peculiar subject matter (namely: absinthe, ghosts, bloody family feuds, insanity… and love).

With their ‘5 star’ album The Red Coats in tow, and fresh from the release of their new video clip for ‘The Old Captain’, Brillig will be showcasing their sublime mix of innovation & folk.

Joining them in Sydney and Melbourne are their Black Rain (Germany) labelmates, Dandelion Wine (VIC) who will be adding their ethereal post-dream-pop touch to the shows. Adelaide pop songstress LeighStarDust will also be making some special guest appearances along the way.

Saturday 8th January – Melbourne – Pure Pop Records (3pm)
Saturday 8th January – Melbourne – Wesley Anne (8pm) with Dandelion Wine
Tuesday 11th January – Canberra – Front Café & Gallery (8pm)
Wednesday 12th January – Sydney – The Vanguard (8pm) with Dandelion Wine
Friday 14th January – Illawarra Folk Festival – Show Pavillion (6:45pm)
Saturday 15th January – Illawarra Folk Festival – Slacky Flat Bar (3:45pm)
Sunday 16th January – Illawarra Folk Festival – The Chapel – (12 noon)

For more details on each of the above shows, please see “GIGS” on Brillig’s Official Website >>




Drum roll please…. Brillig’s spiffy new film clip for the sea shanty / drinking song “The Old Captain” has been released!

Following a packed out live launch at the Grace Emily in December, the clip has now been posted on YouTube & Vimeo where together it racked up over 1000 views in just a few days.

Set at the Grace Emily Hotel and featuring David ‘Daisy’ Day in the title role, the clip also boasts a huge cast of SA music industry folks & Brillig pals and was created by amazing local filmmakers Nima Nabili Rad and Daniel Principe.

The track ‘The Old Captain’ appears on Brillig’s latest LP, The Red Coats.

If you like it, please share the YouTube link on your Facebook etc!
See Brillig’s latest Blog for a full run down of the cast & credits.



Saturday 5 February: The Singing Gallery (McLaren Vale), w/Spiral Dance

Saturday 19 March**: SA Folk Centre

**This is also Brillig’s LAST SCHEDULED GIG for about 5 months!!

The band will be taking a break from the stage to get back in the songwriting saddle.
Expect some new tunes (did someone say western themed?) and a return gig from mid-late 2011

Brillig Website:

Brillig’s End of Year News – Video Clip, Gigs, Photos

Posted in Scene news with tags on December 17, 2010 by promofabrik

Drum roll please…. Brillig’s spiffy new film clip for the sea shanty / drinking song “The Old Captain” has been released!

Following a packed out live launch at the Grace Emily on 5th December, the clip has now been posted on YouTube & Vimeo (HD), where together it racked up over 1000 views in just a few days.

Set at the Grace Emily Hotel and featuring David ‘Daisy’ Day in the title role, the clip also boasts a huge cast of SA music industry folks & Brillig pals and was created by amazing local filmmakers Nima Nabili Rad and Daniel Principe. The track ‘The Old Captain’ appears on Brillig’s latest LP, The Red Coats.

If you like it, please share the YouTube link on your Facebook etc!
See Brillig’s latest Blog for a full run down of the cast & credits.

New Year’s Eve @ Queens Arms
Brillig will ring in the New Year with music – that’s gotta be the best way. In duo format, Brillig will make their 1st appearance at the ‘new’ Queens Arms on New Year’s Eve (31 December), along with a troop of merry-making acoustic acts from Adelaide: Self Preservation Society, Anthony D’Antonio, Broken Jukebox & Ville. Apparently Brillig get the luscious task for hosting the ‘countdown to midnight’ as well, so raise those glasses in the air….. Music starts at 9pm, and it’s FREE entry!

Full details are on the Facebook event, so tell your friends and put the date aside now for an acoustic extravaganza!

Mini Tour – January 2011
Brillig will kick off the new year with a journey east, taking in the sights along the way with a 3-city mini tour & festival. Starting on 8th January Brillig will play in Melbourne, Canberra & Sydney, before it all culminates in Bulli (one hour south of Sydney) for the 2011 Illawarra Folk Fest.

8 January – Melbourne (VIC) – Pure Pop Records Instore Appearance
8 January – Melbourne (VIC) – Wesley Anne w/Dandelion Wine
11 January – Canberra (ACT) – The Front Cafe & Gallery
12 January – Sydney (NSW) – The Vanguard w/Dandelion Wine
14-16 January – Bulli (NSW) – Illawarra Folk Festival

Gig details are on Brillig’s official site.

Illawarra Folk Festival Update
The full lineup and programme has been announced for the 2011 Illawarra Folk Festival in Slacky Flat (Bulli), NSW. Eric Bogle will be headlining (!), and Brillig has 3 separate concerts over the long weekend: The fest is only an hour’s drive south of Sydney, so NSW & ACT peeps should get in the car and escape the city for some folk ‘n’ fun. Brillig is thrilled to return to the folds of the folk scene – this is their followup fest from their very well-received appearance in Wellington NZ in October. So come say G’day, enjoy Brillig’s murder ballads, sea shanties & deliciously dark folk tales, featuring 8 different instruments & dual vocals, plus watch for a special guest appearance by SA pal LeighStarDust!

Brillig at the 2011 IFF:
Friday 14 January: Show Pavillion – 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Saturday 15 January: Slacky Flat Bar – 2:45pm to 3:30pm
Sunday 16 January: The Chapel – 12 noon to 12:45pm

Full festival details are on the official Illawarra Folk Festival website.

Photos on Brillig’s Flickr
Brillig loved gallivanting around New Zealand back in October, visiting Rotorua, the WETA workshop, Hobbiton…oh yeah, and doing some awesome gigs! The band has now released some happy snaps from NZ as well as some ‘serious’ pics from the Wellington Folk Festival.

They also recently played the always-fun Whitmore Square Arts Fair, and while they didn’t get any photo evidence of kids dancing to their murder ballads, they SWEAR it happens!

Brillig spent their favourite holiday – Halloween of course – playing at a private 5th birthday party for good friend Paisley (who features in Brillig’s new film clip!). Trying not to scare the kids too much, Brillig dressed up as rock icons ‘The Dead [white] Stripes and Slash’. Oh goodness. Elizabeth still hasn’t let go of the drumsticks…

A few fun pics from the above shenanigans are on Flickr. Enjoy!

Thanks for a Fabulous 2010
The past year was pretty kind indeed to Brillig, and some special folks deserve a mention. It’s quite a massive list – honestly, it like scrolled for a whole page on its own, and that’s just for 2010! So we’ve given is its own space in the web airwaves.

Take a deep breath and click here>> THANK YOU!

In brief, though, a big heartfelt thanks to YOU and all the rest of our families, friends & fans who have made it yet another unforgettable year for Brillig!

Can’t wait to see what 2011 brings… See you on New Year’s Eve and have a safe & happy holiday season.

Brillig Website:

Brillig Video Clip Launch (last gig of 2010)

Posted in Scene news with tags , , on November 29, 2010 by promofabrik
This is it! Brillig is ready to launch its spiffy new video clip for the

sea shanty / drinking track ‘The Old Captain’, and can’t wait to show it off!

Made by the extraordinarily talented Nima Nabili Rad, Daniel Principe & crew, the clip was filmed at Brillig’s spiritual home the wonderful Grace Emily Hotel in late September, and it’s a stunner.

This lament for the loss of a beloved character includes cameos from many SA artists & personalities, and the clip also features radio legend David “Daisy” Day as the Old Captain himself.

See below for a list of credits, and come along on the night to spot your friends (or yourself!) amongst the action as Brillig rolls the clip on the Grace’s big screen. Be sure to sing along…
all you extras will have those lyrics burned into your brains by now!!

“…raise your glass in the air…”

This will also be the last Brillig live show of 2010, and what a year it’s been!
From a New Zealand tour, Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne CD launches, Fringe & other Festivals ‘n’ Fairs,
showcases, international supports and more, Brillig thinks a clip launch is fitting way to wind up 12 months.

It will be an early & relaxing Sunday night, and Free Entry, so make sure you’re there to help celebrate.

The audio track for ‘The Old Captain’ is available on Brillig’s current LP ‘The Red Coats,’
why not grab yourself a copy on the night. Remember, murder ballads make great Xmas gifts…

Stay tuned for Brillig’s ‘2010 Highlights’ Newsletter and see you on the 5th December at the Grace Emily!

Sunday 5th December
Video Clip launch for ‘The Old Captain’
Grace Emily Hotel
(232 Waymouth St, Adelaide)
7:30pm – 9pm* Free Entry

Facebook Event >>


‘The Old Captain’ Credits:

Nima Nabili Rad – Director, Producer, Director of Photography
Daniel Principe – Director, Producer, Editor, Digital Colourist
Brendon Skinner – Focus Puller/Gaffer
Sian Bates – Focus Puller/Gaffer
Kabelo Sebesho – Camera Assistant

Matt Swayne – Guitar, Vocals
Elizabeth Reid – Vocals, Accordion
Denni Meredith – Bass

Special Guest:
David ‘Daisy’ Day as The Old Captain

Extras Cast (in alphabetical order):
Aliese Millington
Alison Hughes
Andrew Roberts
Ben Macklin
Cookie Baker
Corinne Spalding
Craig Atkins
Emma Luker
Gary Burrows
Gary Millington
Gordon Andersen
Hannah Leane
Heidi Ing
Holly Staben
Ian Borchardt
Jackie Reichstein
Janine Swayne
Jessica Amber Hurst
Judy Millington
Megan Brat
Oliver Holmes
Paisley Pitman
Peter Brat
Phil Jarvis
Rebecca Swayne
Robert Dunstan
Sarah O’Brien
Sharonne Belfer
Simon Peter
Tony Dodd
Tony Pitman
Trish Flowers
Tristan Newsome
Violet Pitman
Warwick Ing
Zoom Strange

Brillig Website:


Posted in Scene news with tags , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by promofabrik
Brillig Double CD Launch with Dandelion Wine in Melbourne

Dandelion Wine and Adelaide’s Brillig join forces for the official Melbourne launch of two critically acclaimed new albums from Germany’s Black Rain records in a special co-headline double bill at the Toff on Sunday 14th November.

After over a year of living, touring and recording in Europe, Dandelion Wine return to Melbourne to launch their latest album “All Becompassed By Stars”. Recorded in a freezing Berlin winter, the album takes their trademark use of exotic string instruments such as dulcimer and bell cittern and adds dense layers of middle eastern percussion and upsizes the beats until they’re big enough to rearrange your neural pathways.

Joining them on the night will be labelmates Brillig (SA), who will be launching a brand new collection of vintage melancholia, murder ballads and sea shanties entitled “The Red Coats”. Not to be shown up in the instrumental department, Brillig will take to the stage with autoharp, viola, uke, accordion, banjo and harmonica adding to their rich guitar and bass tapestries.

Both albums were released in Europe to critical acclaim earlier this year on the German label Black Rain and are only just now seeing the light of day in Australia.

Full Media Release (pdf) >>

Facebook Event >>

Dandelion Wine @ MySpace >>

Sunday 14th November
Double CD launch w/Dandelion Wine
The Toff in Town
(2nd Floor, 252 Bourke St)
Melbourne VIC
8:00pm * $15 at the door


Full Newsletter coming soon…

In case you were wondering, Brillig had an *amazing* time in New Zealand for their mini-tour! Many thanks to all the kind hosts, hostesses, new fans and friends for their warm welcome. We’re sorting over the stack of photos as we speak, and will compile some of the best for an upcoming end-of-year newsletter. At left is a pic by Wellington Folk Festival organiser, Gerard Hudson, of Brillig’s set in the final concert, mainstage.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled (ewwwww…) for news on Brillig’s *new film clip* for sea shanty “The Old Captain.” It’s launch is fast approaching (see below), and we’ll be giving you a behind the scenes and preview look at some of the shenanigans shortly.

Til then, hope to see you in Whitmore Square or Melbourne!!



Sunday 5 December: Film Clip Launch at Grace Emily Hotel 7pm FREE (last show of the year)
January 2011: Illawarra Folk Festival & VIC/ACT/NSW shows

Brillig Website:

BRILLIG GIGS – October 2010

Posted in Scene news with tags , , , , on October 4, 2010 by promofabrik
Brillig Headline Coopers Alive’s Acoustic Showcase

This is a big one, folks!! Acoustic music’s very own showcase in the massive Coopers Alive festival, featuring hand-picked bands.

Our stellar lineup includes buzz act The Timbers & captivating troubadour Self Preservation Society, and we’ve all decided on calling the show ‘Silence can be like Thunder’.

That’s a line from a Bob Dylan song called ‘Lovesick’, and we each felt that this particular phrase really related to own musical styles in different ways.
The ‘silence’ in particular is appreciated by Brillig’s vocalist/guitarist Matt Swayne: “With a quiet audience, we love using silence in our music. It can make a lyric seem to float in the air endlessly.”

With each interpreting the title in a slightly different manner, it should make for a great night… In fact, WOMAD have signed on as one of the evening’s sponsors, and are providing 2 double passes to WOMAD’s Friday night festivities as a prize. All ticketholders to ‘Silence can be like Thunder’ will be in the running to win!
Prize winners will be drawn at the end of the night, right after the full lineup performs a special ‘all-in’ rousing version of ‘Lovesick’, so stick around!

Tickets are now on sale at The Wheatsheaf (ph 8443 4546 ) & at the door, but hurry – only 100 are available.
$10 entitles you entry on the night as well as an exclusive CD, featuring a track from each of the bands plus a one-of-a-kind special souvenir playbill.

To help get you in the mood, the band has prepared some ‘Coopers tasting notes’ for you. So why not read why “Brillig is like a Coopers Pale Ale” in the Brillig BLOG >>

Download the official MEDIA RELEASE (pdf) >>

RSVP to our Coopers Alive Acoustic Showcase FACEBOOK event>>

Saturday 16th October
Coopers Alive Acoustic Showcase
The Wheatsheaf, Thebarton SA
Brillig (10:50 – 11:3pm)
The Timbers (9:50 – 10:30pm)
Self Preservation Society (9:00 – 9:40pm)

$10; Venue Box Office Ph 08 8443 4546
About Coopers Alive: Coopers Alive is back for a third year in 2010, taking in eight venues across two weekends and featuring 25 of the best original South Australian bands, over four nights in October 2010. The event presents a hand-picked group of South Australia’s best original musical acts, from a wide variety of genres including indie rock, hip hop, acoustic, post rock, groove, and heavy metal. Lineups receive a marketing budget to create unique, one-time only shows for this event. Coopers Alive is an award-winning project partnership between Music SA and Coopers Brewery.

Official Coopers Alive Event Info>>



Friday 8 October
Brillig (duo) will be playing a quick set to open Rezzalp’s (VIC) show at the beautiful Promethean. Adelaide gal extraordinaire Cookie Baker is also on deck with a sweet set of tunes. “Rezzalp is what you get when you lock the four Plazzer sisters in a room and shout PLAY. Over the years they have dedicated themselves to develop a sound they define as Pop-Theatre. Drawing on classical, theatrical and pop influences, the unique and layered four part harmonies define the essence of Rezzalps sound. ”

Tickets from Moshtix >>
Facebook Event Info >>

New Zealand Tour 19 – 25 October
Brillig are making a quick jaunt over to luscious NZ for a couple of shows, starting with an intimate evening at Auckland’s Wine Bar & Whammy on Tuesday 19 October.
Come welcome Brillig and offer your best tips on some local wines – we’re all ears.

Venue’s Facebook Group >>

The band then makes it way down to Wellington, for the Wellington Folk Festival, to perform a couple of sets including the final concert on the main stage. Brillig will also present a songwriting workshop (hmmm… how *do* you write so many murder ballads??). Looking forward to meeting & hearing some fantastic folk!

Official Event Info>>

Wellington Folk Fest FACEBOOK EVENT>>

Wellington Folk Fest FACEBOOK PAGE>>



Sunday 7 November: Whitmore Square Arts Fair
Sunday 5 December: Film Clip Launch at Grace Emily Hote
January 2011: Illawarra Folk Festival & VIC/ACT/NSW shows

Brillig Website:

Brillig support Voltaire (NYC) – Cabaret Extravaganza TWO SHOWS!

Posted in Scene news with tags , , , on August 3, 2010 by promofabrik
If your music tastes lean towards murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep your inner nerd happy, you’re in luck!

All the way from New York City, modern day renaissance man VOLTAIRE is bringing his own brand of Neo-Victorian gypsy pirate tunes to Oz, with Adelaide’s own murder balladeers BRILLIG (trio) supporting him for two shows.

Brillig & Voltaire’s ‘Cabaret Extravaganza’ is a match made in Tim Burton’s heaven, and sure to be full of highly theatrical mayhem.

Not only is Voltaire a musician, but also a creator of comic books, animation and toys! His song “Brains!” features on the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy”, while his own first comic series “Chi-Chian” (a dark Cinderella story for the 31st century) was picked up as an animated web series by the Sci Fi Channel’s website.

When Hong Kong’s Toy2R made a toy of Voltaire’s comic book character, DEADY, it was an instant hit and lead to a string of other Voltaire toys including a line of “Pocket Goth” plush toys for Toy Network that can be found at all major USA amusement parks and crane machines at Walmart, Toys R Us, etc. Pretty cool, huh???

Don’t miss out!! (You never know what ‘Deady’ might do…..)

Friday 6th August 2010
The Vanguard (42 King St, Newtown, Sydney NSW)
Time: (Dinner & Show): 6:30pm (Show only): 8:00pm
Pre-sale: $35 + bf; Dinner & Show: $64 + bf; Show at door: $45
From the venue:
Venue Box Office number PH: 02 9020 6959

more info >>

Sunday 8th August 2010
Higher Ground (9-15 Light Square, Adelaide SA)
Time: 7:00pm
$28.60 (incl bf)
Venue Box Office number PH: 08 8410 5599

more info >>

BRILLIG @ www: