Ireland's folk noir, Gypsy jazz purveyors, The Eskies are making their way down under for the first time, and not without any apprehensions about our big, brown, burnt piece of toast aka Australia judging by this listicle.
As their press release states: 'The band have been rousing ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get-togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.'
Their first Australian sojourn includes the Port Fairy Folk Festival, along with Melbourne, Sydney and regional dates as they promote their new album 'And Don't Spare The Horses' featuring singles 'All Good Men' and 'I'm Not Sorry'.
1. The FlightIt takes two and a half weeks to get from Ireland to Australia. They don't allow hot water on the plane, so all we'll have to eat is packets of dried instant noodles and mayonnaise.
2. The SunWe've never been so close to the sun before and it's quite hot this time of year.
3. The Language BarrierGoogle tells us Australia is a German-speaking country. We haven't a word passed Guten Abend.
4. SnakesAny time we've left Ireland in the past we've come home to find snakes living in our houses.
5. Hanging RockThat one is pretty self-explanatory?
The Eskies Tour DatesWed 28 Feb - The Heritage Hotel (Bulli)
Thu 1 Mar - Leadbelly (Sydney)
Fri 2 Mar - The Spotted Mallard (Melbourne)
Sat 3 Mar - The Old Castlemaine Gaol (Castlemaine)
Sun 4 Mar - The Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival (Victoria)
Thu 8 Mar - The Skylark Room (Melbourne)
10-12 Mar - Port Fairy Folk Festival (Port Fairy)