Firedrakes

The Firedrakes describe their style as Middle-eastern and Celtic inspired folk.

A chance introduction to Loreena McKennitt's music in the early 2000s led the duo to swap their electric guitars for a variety of Middle Eastern instruments, including oud, klasic kemeçe, baglama saz, dahola, tar and daf.

This musical change of direction resulted in the album The Journey From Sapien Arts, a 10-song collection which explores the effects of war and injustice from different angles. The Firedrakes describe their style as Middle-eastern and Celtic inspired folk.

2014 saw The Firedrakes' song My Brother's Keeper included on the Reclaim Your Voice - Stopping the Punishment of Asylum Seekers album, a collection of songs by artists from around Australia. The project was instigated by Andy Busuttil from Blue Mountains Sound recording studio and aims to raise funds for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

The Journey From Sapien Arts has received great support with airplay on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ. The CD was number 8 on programmer Yesterday’s Hedgehog’s top ten albums for 2014. The Firedrakes performed live on 4ZZZ’s Goldilocks Folk program in February 2016 and Yesterday’s Hedgehog in October 2016.

The Firedrakes performed at the 2015 National Folk Festival as guests of tribal dance ensemble Silk Road Rebellion, whom they have worked with extensively at festivals and private functions. The Firedrakes also perform regularly as part of the Silk Road Tribal Collective, along with Silk Road Rebellion and Gypsy Caravan Tribal dance group, Anukara. Performances include Brisbane Fringe Festival, WelcomeFest, Woodford Folk Festival as well as several suburban multicultural festivals.

The Firedrakes are also regular performers in the City Sounds program organised by Brisbane Marketing.

The duo is currently working on new recordings for their second album, which features both songs and some instrumental pieces.

 

-- Get to know our sub musos --

First time you ever listened to 4ZZZ?

 So long ago we can't remember but it would have been in the 70s.

First time you were ever played on 4ZZZ?

 2014 on Know Idea

First gig you ever played?

As The Firedrakes it was a Middle Eastern hafla fundraiser in the suburbs. First ever gig was way too long ago to remember!

Funniest on-stage f##k up?

Having a large huntsman spider crawl across a shoe during a set at the National Folk Festival. Fortunately the sudden footstomping went with the song we were playing.

If you could play with one band/muso (dead or alive) in the 4ZZZ carpark who +why?

Loreena McKennitt because she inspired us to form The Firedrakes.

What is the kewlest/ most definitive feature of  your group/ musical project?

Our instruments. Most of them are from the Middle East and are some of the oldest instruments in history (not ours of course, but the type of instruments.)

If you were to turn out your pockets at the end of a tour, what is the most common thing you would find?

Coins and a fidget cube.

If you/your band/your music took the form of an emoji, which one would it be?

Wry smile.