One of Australia’s most travelled bands, Rough Red has taken its original brand of folk/roots/world music to Europe seven times, performing at some of the world’s great music festivals, including Bardentreffen in Nuremburg, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Brosella Folk Festival in Belgium, Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, Vikedal Roots Music Festival in Norway, Skulefestivalen in Sweden (twice) and the Skagen Festival in Denmark (five times).  Proudly, Rough Red has pioneered the way for many Australian acts in Europe, being the first band from down under to play Skagen, Vikedal, Brosella and Skulefestivalen. These festivals now regularly program Australian acts. The Reds have released seven albums over two decades, with songs that reflect the band’s Australian heritage and extensive travels.


The band’s most recent album of new material, 2013's NOT HERE FOR A HAIRCUT, included all the Rough Red trademarks of fun, pathos, soaring harmonies and fine musicianship. Plaintive tales of love and war, homages to national treasures, and manic mandolin and accordion-infused stories of pirates and the sea, all delivered live by a band still having the time of their lives. This album followed on from the band’s 2011 release VINTAGE REDS, a “best of” collection from previous studio and live records.


Reviewers have said this about the band…


“Rough Red is riddled with enough anomalies to arouse apoplexy in a psychoanalyst. On one hand, they’re your quintessential macho Oz band, with pointed Aussie accented folk/rock statements, and yet, paradoxically, they’re a well-kept secret at home compared to Europe. On the other hand, the band also has a SNAG side that’s expressed in genteel balladry with country sensibilities…with musical allusions as far apart as Dylan and Balkan gypsy music. The fact that all five members are singers and songwriters with musical outlets outside of Rough Red might account for the band’s wide range of references and material and its polished vocal harmony.” (Rhythms)


“Rough Red combines the stridency of Redgum and nostalgia-evoking capabilities of Weddings Parties Anything with the sensibilities of Eric Bogle.” (Weekend Australian)


“Festival gigs would perhaps dictate a certain number of up-tempo songs, but it’s deep, dark and melancholy that suits Rough Red best…” (Courier Mail)


"It's refreshing when an unconventional band like Rough Red come along, this five-piece band are not afraid to defy current musical trends and remain confident in their own unique style. The group's nonconformist style sets them apart from many other Australian bands on the international music scene. Rough Red has demonstrated around the world that quality music doesn't always come in a conventional package." (TNT London)


“When you are enveloped by the staggering, gutsy tight-knit harmonies, you realise you are in the presence of a talented band in full control of their melodic powers.” (Trad & Now)


In recent years, the individual members of the band have all been involved in solo and other side projects, which has seen a further 10 albums produced between them, all critically acclaimed, and a further trio of Euro and UK tours. Rough Red’s members have undertaken musical adventures as diverse as sharing the stage with folk legends The Dubliners, to supporting rock royalty Status Quo on a 31date arena tour! With this incredible portfolio and experience to call on, The Reds have been celebrating their 21st anniversary in 2016 with a new show incorporating material from across the whole range of band and solo records. A new compilation album OUT OF THE RED, featuring songs from each of their solo and side project records, has been released to coincide with this landmark.




JOHN FEGAN | vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar


STEVE TYSON | acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, 6 string banjo, vocals


PETER HARVEY | accordion, piano, mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals


JOHN BARR | bass guitar, vocals


DAVE PARNELL | drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, nylon-string banjo, vocals


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