You will hear the usual chaos of a family reunion; tiny riots of laughter that reduce the span of absence to a distant memory. You’ll hear the in-jokes, the memories and the recalling of age-old embarrassments...these are all the sounds of home.
The Soorleys are a tousled bohemian outfit. Sisters Beth, Laura, Shelley and Millie are up front, with husbands Sam and Christopher in tow, rounded out by an evolving list of friends and stragglers – when it comes to bands, few people can boast such familial chemistry.
The moniker is a tip of the hat to a mother’s maiden name; the music is a family jamboree. They call it ‘fun folk’; the raw stomp of their Irish ancestors and the pop sensibilities of Fleetwood Mac. The Soorleys are here to get you dancing; onstage the sisters spin, hoot and holler with joy and abandon. “Thunders roar, we dance, we’re chasing all our fears away,” they sing, chanting incantations atop folk rhythms.
With 2015's 'True North' EP under their belts, the band have crisscrossed their way around the Australian outback, playing iconic events such as Groovin' the Moo, the Gympie Muster and support slots for fellow countrymen Josh Pyke and Regurgitator. They're about to embark on their second jaunt to the U.S, appearing as Director's Choice at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas.