A quarter of a century of anything is usually going to be worth celebrating, and The Waifs are marking 25 years as a band with a big national tour, and a new record thrown in for good measure.

Ironbark is the name of the new LP which, while only technically packing 14 tracks, comes complete with a whopping 11 bonus tracks in order to bring the tracklisting to a nice round 25. Similarly, the huge tour sees the band play – you guessed it – 25 different dates across the country, including the Port Fairy and Blue Mountains folk festivals.

Feeling understandably sentimental, the band are asking for fans to send through any stories fans may have of when the band’s music may have played a significant part in their lives, big or small. The band hope to incorporate some of these tales into their live performances, and no doubt just reflect on a long career as one of the country’s folk rock stalwarts.

“The Waifs fans are legendary in the industry for their loyalty and enthusiasm,” says singer and guitarist Vikki Thorn. “It feels like we all grew up together. We are now the band you can brings your parents and your kids to hear! Your involvement in our career means everything to us. You are the very reason we are still playing music together 25 years on.”

Any touching anecdotes can be fired through to the band’s label on waifsstories@jarrahrecords.com before possibly being heard live onstage.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 9am from the band’s website, and you’ll have plenty of dates to choose from as the band make their way across half the country from March 2, coinciding nicely with the release of Ironbark on March 3.

An Evening With The Waifs

Thursday, 2nd March
Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Saturday, 4th March
3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River

Sunday, 5th March
Castelli Winery, Denmark

Monday, 6th March
Quindanning Tavern, Quindanning

Thursday, 9th March
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

Saturday, 11th March
Womadelaide, Adelaide

Sunday, 12th March
Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy

Monday, 13th March
Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy

Tuesday, 14th March
Eastbank Centre, Shepparton

Wednesday, 15th March
Albury Arts Centre, Albury

Thursday, 16th March
Canberra Theatre, Canberra

Saturday, 18th March
Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba

Sunday, 19th March
Anitas Theatre, Thirroul

Saturday, 25th March
The Odeon Theatre, Hobart

Sunday, 26th March
The Don Centre, Devonport

Tuesday, 28th March
The Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Thursday, 30th March
Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Saturday, 1st April
Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, 4th April
Bangalow Hall, Bangalow

Thursday, 6th April
The Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane

Saturday, 8th April
The Nightquarter, Gold Coast

Sunday, 9th April
Munro Martin Parklands, Cairns

Wednesday, 12th April
Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs

Thursday, 13th April
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin

Saturday, 15th April
The Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome

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