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This Way North are a guitar/drum two piece with a deceptive and powerful full band sound. Fitting into the indie pop-rock world Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla are right at home on a festival or dive-bar stage.
From a chance meeting in Canada to full time independent touring. This Way North’s mesmerizing energy, incredibly talented musical abilities and captivating live show has sparked interest from all over the world.
In 2017 Leisha quit her day job for the band to focus on touring and the outcome was more than expected. The duo has been working tirelessly in 2017 releasing three singles with film clips and touring across Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They have played over 100 shows in 2017 reaching remote, regional and city areas alike. From some excellently disgusting dive bars, making packed in party-goers heave and sweat to giant festival stages alongside some of the biggest acts in the world. Festivals such as Wide Open Space Festival outside of Alice Springs sharing the stage with Hiatus Coyote, Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon and Atmosphere Gathering on the stunning Vancouver Island with local indie band Half Moon Run (CAN). Support slots have included Turin Breaks (UK) and The Jerry Cans (CAN) from the Tundra in far North Eastern Canada.
With their debut EP recorded by Shane O’mara (Tim Rogers, Pony Face) and most recent EP recordings in Toronto with Derek Downham (Eagles of Death Metal, Broken Social Scene) the pair have had great mentors to refine their sound, song writing and recording delivery.
Honest songs about everyday life paired with a colourful and powerful stage show interaction. Switching between tight guitar licks and lush sexy slide guitar tones. Live guitar looping and bombastic, mesmerizing drumming and exciting show-WOMAN-ship. Sounding like a glorious Saturday afternoon driving into the sunshine to your best mates party.
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Dawson City Music Festival YK, Canada
Wide Open Space Festival NT, Australia
Atmosphere Gathering BC, Canada
Happy Wanderer Festival, VIC Australia
Nannup, WA, Australia
Swagger VIC, Australia
ArtsWells BC, Canada
Moomba VIC, Australia
Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC Australia
Paddock Sessions, NSW Australia
Folk Rhythm & Life, VIC Australia
Desert Daze Festival, BC Canada
Sasquatch Festival, AB Canada
Sydney Road Street Party, VIC Australia
By The Bay Festival, VIC Australia
Ballarat Beer Festival, VIC Australia
Wollombi Music Festival, VIC Australia
Night Jar Festival, VIC Australia
Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC Australia
”Those rumbling drums, that sneaky little slide guitar line... the way it all comes together to become a lush, powerful piece of music that’s so easy to get caught up in.” - Double J Radio
"This Way North brought the 'power duo' concept to another level. Groove driven, their vocal blend crossed genres and kept the audience genuinely engaged for the entire set. A great festival act which would be a great add to any event where quality music is the central theme." - Atmosphere Gathering, Canada
“Powerful drumming and lush guitar work, This Way North’s live show is high energy, groovin’-roots. With their big sound it’s easy to forgot it’s just the two of them onstage.” - Fremantle Arts Centre
“Fantastic rocking debut EP from This Way North. It’s just a taste that leaves you hungry for more” - Crispi, PBS FM
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