New Video Clip of “Dying with you baby”

Dying With You Baby

Nothing left to say
Nowhere else to go
It’s only you and me here on my own

Shallow empty days
Passing street parades
We both know something’s got to change

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Albury – Jan 2010

Lawlers Hut – Jan 2010

Melodic sounds at Lawler’s Hut

Melbourne folk-pop group The Wishing Well will perform at Lawler’s Hut this Saturday night.

In the melodic tradition of Ryan Adams, David Gray, Dave Matthews Band and The Waterboys, The Wishing Well combines orchestral music with evocative lyrics.

The bandis made up of (from left) Oscar Lopez on bass and vocals, drummer Rod McCleod, Sarah Busuttil on violin and vocals, violinist Rivkah Larkan, and Jai Larkan on vocals and acoustic guitar.

Byron Bay Entertainment This week – Jan 2010

A deep, rich well of folk, pop and rock

Australian band The Wishing Well create spellbinding sounds which produce a rich tapestry of folk, pop and rock.

The band is excited to introduce to fans, new and old, their unique blend of violin-driven folk/rock and will perform at the Railway Hotel in Byron Bay tonight (Jan 21).

In the melodic tradition of Ryan Adams, David Gray, Dave Matthews

Band and The Waterboys, The Wishing Well appeals to lovers of emotive lyrics and memorable melodies.

Their inspiring live performances have generated a legion of dedicated fans.

The band has just returned from a successful tour of Ireland, The UK and Europe.

Canberra Times Interview Jan 4 2010

Well wishes for coins

By Ben Hermann

Not for the faint-hearted:
The Wishing Well played 70 days straight in Europe

Melbourne folk-rock troubadours the Wishing Well are not a group that do anything by half measures. Since their inception in 2007, they’ve traversed not only our own brown land but also parts of North America and Europe, playing almost 700 shows and burning through 32 band members in the process. This month sees them launch yet another tour, bringing them through Canberra twice in two weeks.

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Newsletter Jan 2010

Fire In The Valley nearing completion


Jan 14 – Feb 1 VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD;
Feb 2-15 WA
March 12-13 VIC
March 18-21 TAS

  • Next Melbourne Show:  Friday, Feb 26 The Corner Hotel, Swan Street, Richmond  FULLY SEATED SHOW
  • European Tour starts: June 21
  • Seeking fill-in drummer
  • Hands up who wants to be a nanna for the night for The Wishing Well in Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay, Perth/Fremantle Sunshine Coast, Brisbane?
  • Your large vehicle could earn you $1,000
  • Froupies needed to put up posters in Byron, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne
  • Best monthly moment winner: Rivkah
  • The Wishing Well’s monthly blahblah – too hot for our monthly blahblah folks tune in next newsletter for more blahblah
  • New Euro dates added

Greetings and salutations to all you friendly people out there!  How are you going on your New Years resolutions?  Ours are being whipped into shape and week two sees us still being true to well at least some of them!  It’s been a full on year for us already: we toured Tassie, have been busking in the sweltering sun at The Queen Victoria Markets, putting the finishing touches on Fire In The Valley and gearing up for our next tours!  Check the gig guides below as some venues have jumped on board in last few days.  Apart from this, we are looking forward to playing The Corner again on Friday, Feb 26.

The Wishing Well folk rock the beautiful Salamanca Arts Centre Courtyard

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Good things come to those who wait

Excerpt from Madison Magazine December 2009

JK Rowling

JK has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, yet single mother Joanne Kathleen Rowling almost gave up on her first novel Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone when it was rejected by around a dozen publishers before British publishing house Bloomsbury paid just £2500 (around $4500) for the manuscript. The Harry Potter series has since been translated into 67 languages and Rowling’s seventh instalment, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, sold 11 million copies in its first 24 hours.

Martin Scorsese

It took 26 years, six best director and two best screenplay nominations before the American film director took the Oscar for best director in 2007 for his film The Departed. He received the award to a standing ovation before saying: “Could you double-check the envelope?”

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QNA The Wishing Well – Beat Magazine Dec 2009

Define your genre in five words or less:

“Violin driven stadium folk rock.”

So, someone is walking past as you guys are playing, they then go get a beer and tell their friend about you… what do they say?

“Friend ‘I just saw this great band busking outside Flinders Street. They’ve got two chick violin players in corsets, another girl who plays mandolin and electric and the singer has a really expressive voice and writes great lyrics. They perform a cool mixture of lush ballads and rockin tunes with fierce violin solos.’ Other friend: ‘Oh yeah, The Wishing Well, I know them. They play constantly. I’ve got their CD and can’t wait for the new one. I first heard them outside Flinders Street too!”

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Drop a coin into the Wishing Well – Tasmania Newspper

MELBOURNE band The Wishing Well bring their blend of violin-driven folk rock back to Tasmania this weekend.

The Wishing Well – Jai Larkan (vocals, guitar), Sarah Busuttil (violin, vocals), Rivkah Larkan (violin), Alex Rottier (bass, vocals) and Mikey Minten (drums) – have only been together for a few years but have already played more than 600 gigs on the international circuit, evoking a gamut of emotions with their rich tapestry of mesmerising folk. pop and rock music.

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Sauce Magazine Interview Dec 2009

“…Music is everything to us: our work, our party, our meditation, our holiday, our inspiration, our frustration…”

It takes a bit to scroll through the numerous gigs lined up for The Wishing Well on their MySpace. If you’re wondering why they’re so popular, with consistent dates for (at least) the next six months, it might have something to do with the extremely passionate nature they play their S orchestral folk rock. If they had one wish, it would simply be that they continue playing music together, and it seems the Melbourne band have had this one granted – and then some. We caught up with violin player Rivkah, who really wishes you would come along to one of their shows this January!

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Christmas New Year Newsletter

  • Fire In The Valley nearing completion
  • Upcoming tours: Jan 1-3 Tas; Jan 14 – Feb 1 NSW, ACT, QLD; Feb 2-15
  • Next Melbourne Show: Friday, Feb 26 The Corner Hotel, Swan Street, Richmond
  • European Tour starts: June 21
  • Seeking fill-in drummer
  • Hands up who wants to be a nanna for the night for The Wishing Well in Tas, Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane?
  • Froupies needed to put up posters in Byron, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Melbourne
  • Best monthly moment winner
  • The Wishing Well’s monthly blahblah – Rod on coconuts

Happy Holidays to all, we hope you had a great Chrissy and hope that Santa brought you lots of presents. Are you ready for the New Year? 2009 was mighty kind to us: we toured for the first time overseas and nearly finished our second album! New Years Eve, we will be stowed away on the spirit of Tasmania as our Tassie tour starts New Years Day. Getting smashed aboard a rocky ship and making our own fireworks may not be a good idea so we might just settle in for some hot chips and a movie instead.

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3 years of wellness and the beat goes on

Current mood: amused

3 years, 24 festivals, 647 gigs, five thousand three hundred and one CDs sold, six thousand eight hundred and seventy six fans, enough former band members to fill a small orchestra, 5 national tours of Aus, 1 overseas tour, forty two thousand five hundred and six kilometers travelled (we are not proud of that), 845 smiles, 12 tears shed, 7 fights, 7 cuddles, 16 hangovers, 198 guitar strings broken, 4 day jobs quit or fired from, infinite violin solos…

It’s our birthday! 3 years ago we played our first ever gig at Manchester Lane and it brings a smile to our collective face to see us still kickin’ around. There have been many opportunities to lay our instruments down, to take up teaching or other day jobs but we have never thought of quitting just doing things better. We’ve learned so much from everyone who has seen us, played with us, booked us, cancelled us, stiffed us, applauded us, talked over us and loved us.

Thanks so much to all the lovely people who have helped us out on this great journey: the band bookers who gave us a gig even when all we had we’re some dodgy demos, the 32 former band members who lent their musical fervor to our project and stuck with us for so long even when there was no audience and no money.

Thanks to all the people who have encouraged us and let us know what our music means to them – you have encouraged us to keep plodding through those challenges. We are humbled. Thanks to even those few killjoys out there who tried to tell us we couldn’t do what we do or that we should just be a little bit more something different from what we are – you have strengthened our confidence in our direction.

We have so much still to learn, more great gigs to play and some dud ones too, but we are so grateful for the journey this far.

I love this band the people in it, the music so much it hurts. I have both gained and lost so much because of it. It is my everything – my party, my work, my meditation, my inspiration, my frustration. It is the hardest and easiest thing I have ever been apart of.

Happy Birthday to The Wishing Well and to everyone who has been a part of this monster in the past 3 years:)


Gettin Fancy THIS SAT Thornbury Theatre Nov 28


Thornbury Theatre – THIS SATURDAY you lot! Nov 28

Our new favourite venue.  Nicest people ever.

They let us do a complete dress rehearsal last night for the big shindig on Saturday HOW SWEET.

And what a beautiful room.  You’re gonna love it!  First, you have to get your tickets which are going fast!

You’re coming for dinner too aren’t ya?  Here is the tickets link:

Santa knows who has been naughty and nice this year and all the good girls and boys are going to Thornbury Theatre THIS SAT Nov 28 to see The Wishing Well and the amazing April Maze and Tash Parker.  You know what to do, be a good boy and be a good girl and get your tickets!  You wouldn’t want Santa coming down the chimney with a hockey mask on would you?

What The Critics Are Saying:.. .. (No really)

Read what the critics are saying about The Wishing Well’s concert at Thornbury Theatre THIS SAT Nov 28:….
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“Missing this show would be like missing hayley’s comet.  If you miss it, you might as well kill yourself” – Rolling Stone….
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“After Sez played on our album, I haven’t missed one of her shows with The Wishing Well since. I’m totally indebted to her brilliance even if she does drive via the western suburbs to get everywhere.” – Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin….
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“Meh. Since I watched the entire first series of True Blood I don’t have anything else to do so I’ll probably go”.  Tori Amos….
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“Never heard of ‘em” Roger Waters, Pink Floyd

Off to Adelaide and then Thornbury

12 sleeps to go till Thornbury Theatre show

Hey 12 sleeps till Thornbury Theatre extravaganza! Of course, you and us will doing more then just sleeping till then:)

We are off in the fartmobile to Adelaide.  It’s going to be 41 degrees.  We’re going to be HOT but it is worth it.. we think?

Thornbuy Theatre, Nov 28 (Saturday)

We are really looking forward to playing again in Melbourne and in particular at this beautiful theatre.  We’ll be showcasing a number of new tunes from our forthcoming second album and be joined by the graceful Francesca Mountfort on cello and wonderful Willow on acoustic guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals.

There will be a yummy dinner and two great supports for you to feast on (Tash Parker and April Maze) before we set fire to the stage with some great new tunes of our second album and a couple of surprises.

Don’tmiss out! Tickets can be purchased online here:

Thornbury Theatre, Nov 28 (Sat), dinner and show, tickets selling fast


We are really looking forward to playing again in Melbourne and in particular at this beautiful theatre.

thornburyfoyerWe’ll be showcasing a number of new tunes from our forthcoming second album and be joined by the graceful Francesca Mountfort on cello and wonderful Willow on acoustic guitar, mandolin and harmony vocals.

There will be a yummy dinner and two great supports for you to feast on (Tash Parker and April Maze) before we set fire to the stage with some great new tunes of our second album and a couple of surprises.

Don’t miss out! Tickets can be purchased online here:

November Newsletter


In this newsletter :

  • Thornbury Theatre Show (Melb), Nov 28 (Sat), tickets selling fas
  • New album update
  • Nannas for the night: calling all hospitable Australians (SA, NSW, QLD, TAS, WA
  • Poster Pimps OR kid version froupies (SA, NSW, QLD, TAS, WA
  • Caravaniseri – come on tour with us sort of
  • Triple J and radio airpla
  • House concert anyone
  • Europe and Canada – please keep reading!
  • The Wishing Well is turning 3 years old (anyone in the tour bus witnessing our antics would agree with this age description)
  • Gig Guide:  South Australia (Nov), regional Victoria (Dec), Tasmania (Jan), East Coast – NSW, ACT, QLD (Jan), WA (Feb
  • Facebook, Twitter join up won’t ya?

Calm Before The Storm…

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One busker’s story

Many of you have met us somewhere along way busking outside a train station, in a mall, outside of a church and we found this story about a very talented violinist and wanted to share it with you:

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

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Jais recollection of the UK Euro 2009 Tour

Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who supported us in getting to Europe and to all the enthusiastic people who came to our shows in the UK and Europe.

Special thanks to the over 1600 people who bought our CD during our 70 day, 11,000 klms, 9 country tour.

You paid for our petrol and accommodation, our beer (I means food) and a new recording that we will release at the end of 2009 and solidified our confidence both as performers and in our music.

We were overwhelmed by the success of our first international tour and could never have done it without you!


After 5 movies, sitting in one position for 27 hours and eating pretend sausages and fake eggs we cheerily arrived in London.  After a few days of getting over jetlag and picking up CDs, drums and bass cab we headed to York for our first gig.  Thanks to all the lovely people who came along to see us play and welcomed us so wholeheartedly.  The next day we did a street performance in front of a beautiful fountain surrounded by amazing medieval architecture.


We then made our way up to Scotland and played great gigs in Aberdour, Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow.  Thanks so much to all the unbelievably hospitable Scots who jammed and smiled along with us and tried to convince us that haggis was yummy.  A trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the hospital would it?  Well we didn’t think so either and since Jai and Sez were sick we decided to make our first hospital pit stop.  But the show must go on so chasing antibiotics with rum and coke made for a bit of adventure and got them better in the end too.

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Leparisien Article


The Wishing Well produisent des textures luxuriantes amalgamant folk hypnotique, pop et rock. Une harmonie faite de trois ingrédients majeurs : un violon mélancolique, des rythmes majestueux.
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Planetparis Article


Horaires : 21h
Moyenne d’âge : 7-77
Lineup / DJs : The wishing well band
Musique : Pop folk
Tarif entrée : Gratuit
Boissons : 5 à 11 euros

Présentation de la soirée The Wishing Well (australie)
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    Harminder Saini Hey guys
    I heard you for the first time playing in the Melbourne CBD on the weekend. I was completely mesmerised and I had shivers up and down my spine listening to your music.

    I didn't get the chance to purchase a cd....I would love to next time around. Are you playing here anytime soon?

    April 13 at 5:51

    Laura Stadler We bought your CD in Galway but forgot it in the car when we went home... so we will buy it once again :)
    was a great evening, thank you!
    June 23 at 1:05am

    Francesco Cotugno I make you my real compliments for your "Life on the Border" : It's really extraordinary ! Good luck and see you soon in Milan again.... !

    Bich Ngoc Oh how i love your 'Cease Fire' and 'Life on the Border' - thank you with much love in my heart
    July 17 at 5:13pm

    Christian Mahlow saw you in leipzig. I liked it very much!!!
    July 16 at 3:07am

    Hey guys. I had a few hours to kill waiting for the train Sunday @ Flinders Street Station when I was lucky enough to see you play.
    2 hours later after standing in the crowd watching you for that long (I had the Crowded House t-shirt on!), you'd made me a fan and I had to buy a copy of your CD.
    You guys were amazing... love your style & hope to see you play again sometime (I live 200 km away from Melbourne, so unlikely!)... thank you for the free gig.

    I saw you at Salamanca on Saturday and instantly loved your music.
    Keep it up!

    Hi guys... you guys were awsome saturday night in Burnie.. Hope to catch you again.. cheers max.. :)

    I saw you guys playing in Bourke street today and just had to but 'Life on the Border'. It's a great album, keep it up!
    Warren Maggs.


    Mandy Matthews wintermoon lives on in 'life on the border'..... beautiful, beautiful music!!
    May 16 at 6:09pm · Comment · Like · Report

    Leonie Lovell hope your wintermoon experience was as wonderful for u as it was for all that discovered your music hope to see u there next year
    May 15 at 6:20pm · Comment · Like · Report

    Rolf M. Remø Enjoyed your music a lot in Bremen, so I hope you will drop bye to Norway next year, I have allready told a lot of people about your nice music , and sent info to people i know that work whit music as in radio, recordings, gigs .......
    Whish you all the best and a nice tour, and thanks again for a nice experience!!
    July 7 at 7:15pm

    Berni Clark my first wintermoon and what a fantastic time. I was in absolute awe in the talent you all have and the energy you brought across to everyone you
    played to... I and my friends sooooooooooooooooooooo hope you come back next year then cruize on up to Airlie. Being a Melbourne girl , ive told my friends to go check you out.