Triffid Roots: Zac Gunthorpe And Hannah Rosa (Presented By Sarah Howells)

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Presented by Sarah Howells (Roots N’ All)
Kick back with a cold beer every Sunday afternoon as Triffid Roots—presented by Sarah Howells (Roots N’ All)—takes over the venue and beer garden to bring you the best of Brisbane and Australia’s blues, roots, folk, contemporary jazz, soul, reggae and world music.



Zac Gunthorpe

Have you heard? The Laurel Canyon sound is back! No, it’s true! In California, there are all manner of lank-haired, trust-fund youngsters brandishing exquisite vintage equipment and worshipping at the alter of Buffalo Springfield/CSN/Byrds, et al. And they’re making money, goddamit!

Zac Gunthorpe had been waiting for this moment all his life. Biding his time in a quiet Australian seaside hamlet, nightly watching The Last Waltz and memorizing every line, painstakingly learning every chord Neil Young ever strummed, growing his hair, and suede-brushing his vintage tasseled jacket. He was R-E-A-D-Y to take those Californian sissies head on!

And yet, his diabolical plan went awry somewhere between conception and execution. That infuriating, irreproachably honourable, Andrew Morris (Wilson Pickers, etc), cooked up some nauseating notion of home-recorded integrity, talked Zac Gunthorpe out of spending his entire inheritance on flying to ‘The Canyon’ to record straight to tape on the very studio desk that David Crosby once vomited on, and instead lured him to his own modest seaside home-studio to record.

Disappointingly, the results don’t sound one bit derivative. Hell, they’re not even retrospective! No epic guitar solos recorded backwards at midnight on a blue moon. No posse of hopped-up pro musicians. No drugs, no sex, very little rock ‘n’ roll. Just a young man with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica finding his own voice. Come to think of it, that just might be the closest thing to rock ‘n’ roll I’ve heard all year.


Hannah Rosa

Armed with dreamy vocals and soulful lyrics, Hannah Rosa is capturing hearts everywhere. A recent winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Award at the acclaimed Telstra Road to Discovery, the Brisbane songstress is known for delivering goosebump-worthy performances.

In October 2014, Hannah Rosa released the Buried Alive EP and embarked on her debut east coast tour. The EP has since received spins on Triple J, and high rotation on Triple J Unearthed and community radio stations around the country, as well as being remixed by electronic artists such as Ümbra. Over the past few years, Hannah Rosa has performed at numerous festivals including the Brisbane Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, 2high Festival and the Teneriffe Festival.
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By: The Triffid