“Australia’s masters of Irish trad”
Acoustic Routes, NZ

“Setting a new standard for traditional Irish music in this country”
The Canberra Times

“A true showcase of what the new generation of folk musicians are all about”



Taking a break

After some great gigs at the National Folk Festival this year, the Trouble crew are taking a break,while Joe tours as sound guru for Circus Oz and Benno prepares for another addition to his family(!). We hope to get back to the music soon, and will keep you all posted on our up-coming developments.June 2010

John Barker Memorial Gift appilcations open now!

Applications are now open for the inaugural John Barker Memorial Gift. Established in memory of Ado's dad John, the Gift will each year provide a young Australian musician learning Irish traditional music with a wonderful package of resources as well as a season ticket to the National Folk Festival.

More info and application forms are available here - applications close December 1st, so there's no time to lose -good luck! September 2009

Golden Fiddle Award for "
The Next Turn"

"The Next Turn" has been awarded the prestigious Golden Fiddle Award for Best Album by a Band at this years Tamworth Country Music Festival. We are absolutely blown away to receive this unexpected award, and would like to extend a big thankyou to the award organisers. The Award itself is quite a beautiful clear perspex fiddle-head-style object, and we hope to take our music to the awards home in Tamworth soon! February 2009

Benno featured in the soundtrack to the "Australia" movie

Benno is a featured soloist in the score, adding whistle and bodhrán to the ecclectic soundtrack. It also very exciting (for Benno at least) to report that his on-screen credit falls directly after "Rolf Harris - wobbleboard"... December 2008

Trouble hits Japan and Europe

Trouble recently finished a successful tour of Japan and Europe, with a huge response from audiences on our first real overseas trip as a band. We had a fabulous time in Japan, and met some really great players in the Japanese trad scene (including a fantastic session in a bar on the top floot of a skyscraper with panoramic views of tokyo, with set-dancers joined by leprechaun-suited revellers...)

We also had an amazing gig at the Association Irlandaise in Paris, a set of which can be seen on a video at their website:

But the absolute highlight of the trip was our time in Brittany on the west coast of France. After a lovely gig at the Cafe Concert Toucouleur in the village of Tregastel, the three owners of the venue, the inimitable Yvette, Yvon and Leslie, kindly let us stay on for a week of gratuitous good food, great Breton music & dance, and spectacular company.

We have had a large number of enquiries about further gigs in Europe & Japan, and are currently, and excitedly, putting together the next tour! July 2008

Major award for "the Next Turn" at the National Folk Festival

We are absolutely thrilled to have been announced as the recipients of this years prestigious National Folk Recording Award, an award handed out by the National Film and Sound Archive. "the Next Turn" is the first Irish music album to receive this honour, and the award also means our CD will be placed into the permanent collection of the archive. It also came with this very attractive reclaimed-wood-framed display, and just which band-member's wall it will be gracing is a subject of much discussion at the moment... April 2008

"the Next Turn" featured on Radio National after a great launch!

The popular Radio National world music program "the Weekend Planet" has announced that they will be making our new album, "the Next Turn", the Tuesday 29-Jun-2010he ABC RN Website:

"The Next Turn is very probably the best Irish-ish album ever made by an Australian band. It’s the new CD from Trouble in the Kitchen. Originally from Canberra, ‘Trouble..’ was already one of Australia’s finer Irish-centric outfits when its four young members moved to Melbourne ten years ago. It’s a considerably finer outfit, now. Even if you lived in Ireland, you’d likely like this band’s vibrant, sensitive approach."

This comes after the successful launch of the album at Melbourne venue "Carni". A great venue, great sound and an awesome, packed crowd. After the official proceedings finished Ado & Kate took the audience back to their place and continued on with an after party that was still kicking well into the next morning! February 2008

New Album "the Next Turn" out now

We're very happy to announce the release of our long awaited second album, 'The Next Turn'!

Recorded during September and October last year, the album brings together brand new material with some favourite and previously un-recorded tunes and songs. We're particularly excited at the chance to have recorded more of our own tunes, and well as further drawing on the rich body of Australian Irish material Ado and Ben uncovered in the course of the Undertones project.

The album showcases the band's versatility to the full, adding new sounds and textures to our core line-up of fiddle, flute, guitar and bouzouki. There's a solid clutch of songs there too - and none of us evaded microphone duties, not even Joe!

The album got its first airing at the Woodford Folk Festival in the lead up to the New Year, and we're looking forward to sharing it on our travels round the festivals in coming months. Stay tuned for an official launch party in Melbourne in early February...

For anyone keen to get an order in online, the album has been added to our online catalogue on the albums page here. January 2008

Exciting new ABC Online project 'The Pure Drop'

Trouble recently took part in the filming of the Australian Broadcasting Corporations new online traditional and world music project, 'The Pure Drop'. This new website brings you musical performances from many different traditions, and explores the stories behind the music of multicultural Australia. The stories are presented in eleven episodes that combine short video documentary with interactivity.

Trouble is the featured act in episode 6 - 'the tune', featuring a live performance of our set "the Road to Skye". We reckon this is a great project, and it has the honour of being the first thing that we've done that has an acompanying study guide! March 2007

See the video here

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