Folk group back on home soil

Tyalgum band The Heart Collectors will perform at The Treehouse in Byron Bay on Saturday, November 7.
Tyalgum band The Heart Collectors will perform at The Treehouse in Byron Bay on Saturday, November 7. Contributed

THE Heart Collectors have been spending a lot of their time in the US.

Earlier this year, the Tyalgum-based indie-folk group recorded their second album in Austin, Texas.

The album, aptly named Listen, is a hauntingly beautiful collection of harmonies featuring the cello, banjo and guitar.

Now the band is working to reconnect with home soil through their wistful performances of 70s and 80s-inspired folk.

Vocalist, cellist and bassist Mobius Barnaby said they’d been playing a lot of market gigs.

“It’s happy, family-oriented music and it’s fun to watch,” he said.

“We fit really well into that market scene.”

Tonight, the band hopes that exposure pays off, when they perform a live set at The Treehouse in Byron Bay.

It’s the band’s first show there but Barnaby hopes to pull in a good crowd.

“This is our first gig at The Treehouse which is a notable venue in Byron for live music,” he said.

“We just started to play at the Byron markets and that’s been really successful.”

While they’ve developed quite a following overseas, The Heart Collectors were looking to nurture the fan base back home.

“We’ve spent a lot of time overseas over the last couple of years,” he said.

“We’re back home with the album now and just trying to connect back with the area. Less people know us in Australia.”

Barnaby said the US had been a supportive place for them to work on their new material.

“They love Aussies in Texas so we love Texas,” he said.

“We were given this incredible opportunity two years ago, we met a lady... she has a big music studio on a ranch in Texas. She saw us play and offered the studio to us for free, which was a miracle. Of course we had to take it.”

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