“Folk Magic“ – The Music
“Tasmanian Convict Punk” – ABC936
“Holy fucking shit!! This album is just outstanding.“
– Jesse, Days ‘n’ Daze
“The Dead Maggies treat history as living stories, retold in an attempt to change the future. In their hands the aspirations and oppressions of our ancestors are more than just ghosts.“
– Andy Paine (full review here)
MORE THAN JUST GHOSTS was an international effort recorded across the 5,566 km between Bandung, Java and Hobart, Tasmania and is The Dead Maggies’ 2nd full album and 5th release. Read all about it and listen to the whole thing here.
“This is what folk punk’s all about.“
– London Celtic Punks (full review here)
Storytellers and music makers, The Dead Maggies weave legends from Van Diemen’s Land’s dark and turbulent history into heavy drums, acoustic instruments, gang vocals and fast, wild, powerful folk-punk music. Lariken adventure songs of bush pirates and rebels mix with past and present tragedies; drawing from accounts of old oppression the plight of modern Australia.
The Dead Maggies slammed into the Tasmanian music scene in 2013, they’ve since repeatedly toured Australia, Europe & S.E. Asia; played gigs on tall ships, at the biggest festivals, and in pubs, clubs, fields and warehouses. Their 5 releases to date have received critical acclaim, rave reviews and featured on national and international radio.
In the 7 non-stop years since Maggie Thatcher died and The Dead Maggies were born they have produced a series of powerful releases; ‘Sing About Dead People’ (2013), ‘Well Hanged’ (2015), the double EP release of ‘Wild Dog’s & Flannies’ and ‘The Wild Folk’ (2017) and now ‘More Than Just Ghosts’ (2020).
Released through the Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records collective, you can get all their music at www.folktilyapunk.com except for ‘Sing about dead people’ (2013) which is now only available in digital at bandcamp.
Through Folk ‘Til Ya Punk Records, The Dead Maggies are also involved in organising HOBOFOPO – a folk punk community festival held annually in Tasmania, attracting acts like Days ‘n’ Daze (USA), AJJ (USA), Crywank (UK), Crooked Fiddle Band (AUS) and Sydney City Trash (AUS) to their little island. So The Dead Maggies have played with all those bands along with a bunch of other amazing international acts as well as performing at events like Boomtown (UK), Falls Festival (AUS), Taste of Tasmania (AUS) and Port Fairy Folk Festival (AUS) not to mention everything else. A lot happens in 7 years really.
The Dead Maggies were just getting their shit together with a new drummer to tour MORE THAN JUST GHOSTS when COVID-19 came to town. So look out for new gigs as soon as that passes. The Dead Maggies are: Gruf Mongrel (Gareth Davies), Mark Downie, Hannah Morrell, Teresa Dixon & David Dixon (no relation there by the way).
Find out more about The Dead Maggies here.
Listen to more music here.
Read more about the stories and lyrics here (work in progress)
Read all about MORE THAN JUST GHOSTS and have a listen here.
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