The Brothers Calling: Bringing The Dad Song To HOTA on Fathers Day

This Father’s Day, Sunday 6 September, sees popular local contemporary roots-blues act The Brothers Calling perform a special show at the Gold Coast’s Home Of The Arts (HOTA), to coincide with the recent release of their moving Father’s Day-themed tune, ‘The Dad Song’.

The band consists of core duo Ash Perrow and Ryan Gittoes, who have played over 600 shows together since spontaneously connecting at a local farmers market and forging an instant musical bond. Their original project, The Lamplights, which they formed in 2009, became one of the Gold Coast’s most cherished musical acts, and following a musical hiatus, they re-emerged as The Brothers Calling and have continued to dazzle and delight with their inspiring and reverential approach to their craft, often reflected in the communal, deeply moving nature of their live performances and the responses that they elicit from their audiences.

‘The Dad Song’ has already garnered much attention and airplay, a moving ode to the universal power of love, in this case the love of a father for his children in the face of upheaval. Says Ash on the significance of the song: “The Dad Song was written about one of Ryan’s brothers who was going through a separation and having to go through the courts to terms around accessing his child. It’s an experience many men go through and the song flowed quickly through the initial writing. We wanted to share the pain which can come when a family unit breaks down but also celebrate the strength of a father’s love for his children. It’s a topical song and we hope listeners feel it as a song of love and dedication. Personally, my daughter’s mother and I have always tried to hold the interests of the child ahead of our own and we both acknowledge that my daughter needs both parents in her lives.”

In spite of all the well documented challenges of 2020, particularly for those operating within the creative fields, the band have managed to forge ahead and release plenty of new music this year, including the well-received numbers ‘Whiskey’, ‘Lost’ and ‘Give Me Grace’. Says Ash on how the band have been dealing with things; “This period has been one of change and being creative and we have both adapted extremely well to the circumstances. Although the cancellation of many of our shows has meant we have had to delay our album launch. We want to celebrate the launch with our fans and we’ve decided to wait in anticipation of things opening up a bit more soon. Time will tell if that’s going to happen. The biggest impact on us has been border restrictions and with Ash set to return to Sydney soon we’re not sure how many opportunities we will have to perform in the near future.”

Be sure to head along to HOTA on Sunday, 6 September when The Brothers Calling perform ‘The Dad Song’, along with a bunch of other great numbers, on Father’s Day. As Ash alluded to above, it might be your last chance in a while, and here’s the final word from the band themselves on what you can expect; “For the HOTA show we’ve pulled together a phenomenal line up, with some of the best musicians on the Gold Coast, including 2019 Musician of the Year Ian Peres on keys and runner up Scott French on guitar and other stringed things. It will be a fun show with some moving, heart felt moments. We love to bring humour into our performances but also provide audiences with an opportunity to delve into matters of the heart, so that they take away something deeper.”


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