The Heggarties story so far...
How The Heggarties began their journey is still a matter of conjecture; some say it was pure accident, others that it was a canny moment of opportunism while those with a more ‘spiritual’ tendency claim it was ‘meant to be’. Call it what you will but when Paul Heggart had his metaphorical arm collectively twisted and found himself singin' a classic Sonny Boy Williamson number at The Old Bush Inn that night back in 2009, he didn’t have the slightest inkling that he would be on the phone the next day pulling together a band; or that his wife Wren would be part of the original line-up, or indeed, that this band would go on to record a full length album at the legendary Mix Masters Studio in Adelaide, and six years would be selected to perform at the Sounds Australia Showcase at The 2016 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.
Was there something in the air that night when the bar manager approached Paul and enquired if he would care to play a gig sometime? Who knows. But when Paul confessed he didn’t have a band, a 'voice' from deep inside him whispered, ‘take the gig’. And so a date was booked and Paul set about making it real. Four and a half years later the band had been through many a lineup change seeking the perfect musical fit, whilst all the while plying their craft as an alt country covers band, playing songs by alt country giants: Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, The Decemberists, Patty Griffin, Drive-By-Truckers, The Felice Brothers, Paul Kelly….
By 2015 they were complete. Along the way they had collected a fine and talented line up of musicians that include, Steve Lennox on vocals and guitars, Tim Bodman on upright bass, Max Tulysewski on drums and Paul Cooper on banjo and pedal steel. The band's reputation grew as a unique and charismatic group of live performers and respected songwriters.
They have played many festivals, including The Americana Festival in Nashville 2016, The Wirrina Bluegrass Festival in 2014/2015, The Semaphore Festival in 2014/2015, The Dorrigo Folk Festival in 2015, The Fleurieu Folk Festival in 2014 to name a few.
2016 had been a year of refinement and reflection in preparation for their debut album. They had been focused on drilling down deep into their songs, stripping back the arrangements, disposing of any superfluous elements and finally polishing up their four part harmonies. They had hoped to have recorded a classic album, one that'll fit snugly on one side of a ninety minute cassette and one that you’ll want to listen to every track, every time.
In 2017 their self titled album 'The Heggarties' was released and debuted at #3 on the iTunes Country chart and continues on high rotation nationwide . The first single 'Shannon' was released prior to the album in April 17 and was positively received, being picked up by many well regarded radio programmers. 'Rollin' ma Rollies' was released simultaneously with the album and is continuing to gain momentum. The album came in at #18 in the 3D top 101 for 2017.
They have been nominated for Most Popular Country Act in the 2017 South Australian Music Awards, Best Roots and Blues album for the Nimbin Blues and Roots Festival and Best Roots Album for SA Blues and Roots Association.
The Heggarties debut at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival, headlining the 'Americana in the Park' showcase and 'Late Nite Alt' amongst other gigs.
Next on the horizon is the Americana Festival in Nashville TN for the 2018 Fest.