WHEN fire destroyed The Armidale Club last week, it threw a spanner into the works for an Armidale-born musician who had a gig booked at the venue.
The Imprints are an Australian live electronic music duo consisting of Armidale born Willow Stahlut and her musical collaborator and partner Linden Lester, who had been booked to play at the club next Saturday.
But now The Imprints will share a double bill with Melbourne based band The Willie Wagtails at McCrossins Mill in Uralla on Saturday evening.
Willow, who has not played a gig in here home region for almost two years, was classically trained then completed a degree in jazz and improvisation.
Just back in Melbourne from their latest tour, her band The Imprints were the first Australian band ever to play in the Arctic against a background of icebergs and glaciers and in the glow of the northern lights.
Later they toured festivals across Canada and almost up to Alaska where they had a very close encounter with a grizzly bear and enjoying the grand wild beauty of the Rockies.
Returning to Europe they played in dark, smoky underground nightclubs in Berlin and throughout Germany before jumping across to Denmark and enjoying Scandinavian hospitality.
The Willie Wagtails are a Melbourne-based band who have played at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and with some highly acclaimed artists including The Duhks & Jason Freeman Fox from Canada.