Eastwinds Blow Into Town

A seriously sublime event that celebrates the confluence of the four corners of the globe distilled into the essence of Fremantle

4pm | 29 April 2018 | Kidogo Art House, Fremantle

7pm | 12 June 2018 | Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge

Fremantle’s favourite Estonian-Iranian-Japanese-Anglo-Australian-didge-driven-world-groove act Eastwinds is thrilled to be launching its second album Confluence at two upcoming shows: Kidogo Art House in Fremantle on Sunday 29 April 29, and at the Ellington on Monday 12 June.


Bands are often described as unique combinations of this and that, but there is really is nothing quite like Eastwinds. This band defines terms like eclectic and diverse while staying true to its world roots instincts. It's an uplifting aural experience: the meeting of a percussion and woodwind virtuoso from Iran; a golden-voiced improvising singer from Estonia; an astonishing beatboxing didgeridoo player from Japan; a veteran multi-string instrumentalist and former festival director from England; and an equally veteran Australian player, composer and creator of uncountable reed and woodwind instruments including, on rare special occasions, the infamous surgical glove bagpipes. Throw into the mix some hot percussion, a vast global range of musical knowledge and interests, an infectious love of adventurous improvising, the haunting Persian ney (the end-blown flute beloved of Iranian dentists) and some truly shocking puns - stir in some of that mysterious Essence of Fremantle and you have Eastwinds!


Their music takes you on a whimsical journey through jazz-inflected Norwegian lullabies, Estonian runic chants and distinct Persian grooves, didge-driven echoes of Turkish belly dance and Jewish weddings over jaw-harp drones en route to some mythical new-era Kasbah. If that all sounds a bit unpredictable, it is, especially to the band, who commonly have no clue where it is actually going to end up. We can tell you though that it's a thoroughly joyful and inventive musical experiment that has no particular end in sight other than taking the audience somewhere they haven’t been before and bringing them back happy.
Eastwinds released its eponymously-titled debut recording in 2015. They have played at two of the country’s most prestigious folk festivals: Fairbridge Festival in WA, and the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Their song Blame Lulu Peanuts (don’t ask) won the World Music category of the WAM Song of the Year for 2016, making history by becoming the first song in the Estonian language to achieve that honour. The following year, they were nominated for Best Band in the same category.