This Way North is ready to play

A pit stop in Yackandandah has proved fruitful for two-piece indie pop-rock band This Way North.

After three and a half years of touring and living out of a van, the duo were stopped in their tracks by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, singer and guitarist Leisha Junglawalla said the break in touring has been good for This Way North.

“As a musician, we are fairly flexible people,” she said.

“We had some friends in Yackandandah and decided to make it our base. We love being in the North East as they have a great way of supporting live acts and live music.

“Everyone’s been extremely supportive. We’ve been writing and being creatibe in other ways. Cat (Leahy) has been making wool felt hats and that has been incredible. I think there is almost a two-month wait.”

This Way North will be another opportunity for the pair to return to the stage, even if it’s in an online version from The Cube Wodonga on Friday, October 30.

Junglawalla and drummer Leahy said viewers can expect a dose of live music with some new and old songs.

“We can’t wait,” she said.

“We are so happy to be playing a live gig even if it is livestreamed. It’s a new style of performing without having an audience in the room.

“But we know that their will be people out there and listening.”

Junglawalla, 34, and Leahy, 38, first met in Canada when they were playing in different bands. After returning to Australia, the duo got together and wrote some good tunes.

“We are a mash-up of rock, pop and indie. People have trouble trying to identify our style,” she said.

“We have a big range and get bored easily.”

This Way North will perform live on Friday night from The Cube Wodonga at 7pm.

The free livestream will be available via The Cube Wodonga Facebook page.

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