Milk Carton Kids 2020

Milk Carton Kids 2020

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The amazing musical performances of these two fine musicians, coupled with their ample wit, make for a thoroughly entertaining evening of song and banter as previous tour reviews testify. Opening on all shows will be poet, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola.

Traditionalist folk duo The Milk Carton KidsJoey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale – have today announced their first Australian tour since 2015 and will play dates in Melbourne, Meeniyan, Castlemaine, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Mullumbimby this August.

“It’s apparent that they have the crowd in the palm of their hands with just their music — it’s so authentically old-timey but without the slightest sense of contrivance.” – The Music

“Such charm, and prettiness, and pleasure.” – Sydney Morning Herald

Listening to The Milk Carton Kids talk about their creative process, it’s easy to imagine them running in opposite directions even while yoked together. “Joey and I famously have an adversarial relationship,” Pattengale says. They dig at each other in interviews and on stage, where Ryan plays his own straight man, while Pattengale tunes his guitar. The songs emerge somewhere in the silences and the struggle between their sensibilities. They have been known to argue over song choices. They have been known to argue about everything from wardrobe to geography to grammar. But their singing is the place where they make room for each other and the shared identity that rises out of their combined voices. Defying the conventions of melody and harmony is a strategy The Milk Carton Kids have consciously embraced. “Sometimes we’ll switch parts for a beat or a bar or a note,” Ryan says. “And that starts to obfuscate what is the melody and what is the supporting part because we think of both of them being strong enough to stand alone.”

The Only Ones, the group’s new record (out now on the band’s own Milk Carton Records imprint in partnership with Thirty Tigers), finds Ryan and Pattengale performing a stripped-down acoustic set without a backing band. On The Only Ones, the pair returns to the core of what they are about musically: the duo.

Over the past few years, life has changed dramatically for The Milk Carton Kids. Pattengale has moved to Nashville, where he is also producing records; Ryan is now the father of two children and works as a producer on Live from Here with Chris Thile. A break from years of non-stop touring, Ryan says, has yielded “space outside of the band that gives us perspective on what the band is.”

Opening on all shows will be poet, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola. Attempts to define her music have had her cast as the ‘lost love child of Leonard Cohen and Nancy Sinatra,’ ‘Nick Cave in the role of Staggolee,’ ‘a mordant Patsy Cline,’ ‘PJ Harvey at her most irate, teeth-bared.’ But its near impossible to find a truly fitting comparison. Described as ‘a living anachronism’, Vera Sola makes timeless, time-bending sound. In the words of the London Sunday Times, she’s a creature all her own, ‘an utterly singular talent’.

The Milk Carton Kids touring with Vera Sola in August 2020.

Pre sale commences Friday, February 7 at 10am AEDT and ends Sunday, February 9 at 11pm AEDT.
Pre sale password, if required is MILK.

General Public Tickets on sale Tuesday, February 11 at 10am AEDT.


The Milk Carton Kids  

Date City Venue
07/08/20 Adelaide, SA Festival Theatre
With Vera Sola
Tickets from Adelaide Guitar Festival

08/08/20 Meeniyan, VIC Meeniyan Town Hall
With Vera Sola
Tickets from Meeniyan Town Hall

09/08/20 Castlemaine, VIC Theatre Royal
With Vera Sola
Tickets from Theatre Royal

10/08/20 Melbourne, VIC Melbourne Recital Centre
with Vera Sola
Tickets from Melbourne Recital Centre

12/08/20 Fremantle, WA Freo Social
With Vera Sola
Tickets from Freo Social

15/08/20 Sydney, NSW City Recital Hall
With Vera Sola
Tickets from City Recital Hall

16/08/20 Mullumbimby, NSW Mullumbimby Civic Memorial Hall
With Vera Sola
Tickets from Mullum Civic Hall

17/08/20 Southbank, QLD QPAC Concert Hall
With Vera Sola
Tickets from QPAC

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