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The recently crowned Grammy Award winners return to Australia with their acclaimed fifth album.
Punch Brothers are the acoustic quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. The band's virtuosic instrumentalists combine the spontaneity and improvisation of Bluegrass music with the structures of modern classical music to astonishing effect.
Their fifth studio album All Ashore is the first to be self-produced by the quintet and follows the critically acclaimed T Bone Burnett–produced 2015 release, The Phosphorescent Blues. It is both ambitious and easy going. In this record, the quintet again attempt to make sense of the world around them.
“The album is a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in the present climate. We were hoping to create something that would be convincing as a complete thought, in this case as a nine-movement, or nine-piece, thought. Though it’s rangy in what it’s talking about, and in the characters who are doing the talking,” says Thile.
Among their many accolades, Punch Brothers worked with T Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), particularly on tracks ‘The Last Thing on My Mind’ and ‘The Shoals of Herring.’
Grammy Award winners – Best Folk Album 2019