Name: The Dead Maggies
Formed in: 2013
The Dead Maggies are story tellers and music makers, weaving tales from Van Diemen’s Land’s dark and turbulent folk history, with fast, powerful, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, wild folk music that makes you dance, shout and folk till you punk. This raucous combination of folk and cow-punk, with heavy drums and gang vocals burst onto the Tasmanian music scene in April 2013, forming on the inaugural celebration of Margaret Thatcher’s death.
A few months later they released their debut record “Sing about dead people” and started moving like a convict on the run. By November 2013 they had released their first full length album “Well Hanged” with songs played on national (Triple J), local and international radio; being featured on podcasts from Germany to the USA. After touring Europe in 2014, they smashed the Tasmanian summer festival circuit and toured eastern Australia again and again. In 2016 they toured South East Asia and started hitting the Australian national festival circuits hard. A trend continuing in 2017 where they have played some of the biggest festivals, on the best stages at the crucial time slots for when the party really needs to start.
In between playing the Australian summer festival circuit, and setting off to tour England for the second time, The Dead Maggies launched a pair of EP’s – “Wild Dogs & Flannies” and “The Wild Folk” receiving critical acclaim and national airplay. These releases saw both a continuation of fierce tunes set in Tasmania’s past, and the inclusion of powerful stories from the present day. The tour that followed saw them performing at Boomtown Fair – one of the biggest and most renowned festivals anywhere on earth.
Consisting of seasoned performers from rock, punk, folk, classical, metal and thrash, The Dead Maggies mix their backgrounds and styles on traditional instruments in a less traditional way. They’ve played alongside all the best folk punk bands in Australia and countless touring acts. They’ve had articles/interviews in music magazines such as; Punkulture (France), Warp (Tasmania) and The Music (NSW/VIC) to name a few. They have performed in all corners of Tasmania from Devonport to Eaglehawk Neck, toured Australia, Europe and Asia. Festival highlights include Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, Dark Mofo, Falls Festival, Mofo Faux Mo, Psyfari (NSW), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW), Kiama Folk By The Sea (NSW), Taste of Tasmania, Fractangular, Amplified, Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival, Huon Valle Mid-WinterFest and 10 Day’s on The Island in The Famous Spiegeltent- where the stage manager asked the audience to settle down, as they were dancing too hard for the floorboards to handle.
The Dead Maggies put on an engaging show, a juxtaposition of deep and dark lyrics of oppression, revolution and death; set to energetic and exciting music. This unexpected pairing captivates people from all walks of life. The audience can be completely absorbed in a dark and desperate story, whilst dancing like a maniac to rip-roaring music all at once. No wonder they were nominated for Live Act of the Year (NMLAS). Their songs, their music, are great – but their live show is something else entirely, you should see it.
- DD – bass, vocal
- GTMongrel – guitar, clarinet, vocal
- Bicket – drums
- Hannah Morrell – violin
- Colin Reynolds – ganjo, guitar
- Sing About Dead People (2014)
- Well Hanged (2015)
- Wild Dogs and Flannies (2017)
- The Wild Folk (2017)