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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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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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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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Les Wishing Well produisent des textures luxuriantes amalgamant folk hypnotique, pop et rock. Nouveaux venus sur les scènes, ces australiens font état d’une maturité musicale impressionnante. Une harmonie faite de trois ingrédients majeurs : un violon mélancolique, des rythmes majestueux menés par les chants obsédants du lead vocal Jai Larkan. Cet été, ce sont 11 pays parcourus parmi lesquels notre hexagone et le choix exclusif de l’OPA.

Rolling Stone world online


Vox Article

This little gem arrived for me today. Life On The Border, the debut single for the Melbourne band, The Wishing Well.

The Wishing well, it seems, have only been together as a band for just over a year now. However, the quality of sound that they produce is not that of an immature group of musicians.

The song itself is airy and wistful; reminding me somewhat of being a child, playing in a park at sunset; the world at my feet. I apologise if that sounds a bit poncy.

At over 100 live shows to date, I can only imagine that after luring people to their shows with the recorded music, they would truly make their fans during their shows/ It’s bands like this that generally suck me in, not by their releases, but by the magic they perform on stage.

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Life on the border
Thursday, May 7, 2009
© The Cairns Post

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The Crane Bar Galway


The Wishing Well (Aus) (The Galway Sessions 2009) The Crane Bar
Date: Mon 15-06
Time: 21.00
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Music Club Live Germany


Coastfest Article


Beguiling, orchestral and lush, The Wishing Well evoke a gamut of emotions.

A cacophony of three part harmonies, wistful violin and majestic rhythms all melded to achingly strong and haunting vocals produce a rich tapestry of mesmerizing folk, pop and rock.
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Sustainable Living Festival


The Wishing Well
Sun 17th February 08 | 4:00pm – 5:00p

For a band that didn’t exist 10 months ago, The Wishing Well has already begun to earn their stripes in the heartland of Australian music – clocking up over 130 live shows, having been selected as a Music Oz top 10 finalist and scoring slots at music festivals such as Queenscliff.

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Maleny Music Article


The Wishing Well live at Finbars 18th Sept 9pm
Where: Finbars in Maleny
When: 18th Sept 9pm
Melbourne based musician and songwriter Jai Larkan and his band The Wishing Well are finally visiting the range for a once only show at Finbars on the 18th September.

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“I’m with the band” article


Beguiling, orchestral and lush, Melbourne band The Wishing Well create spellbinding sounds which produce a rich tapestry of mesmerizing folk, pop and rock.

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BMA Magazine Article


Date Published: Wednesday, 30 September 09   |  Author: Julia Winterflood
at The Front Gallery and Café Thu 01 Oct

I Just Wanna Wish You Well
The Wishing Well are a Melbourne band who create spellbinding sounds to produce a rich tapestry of mesmerizing folk, pop and rock. They’re introducing their unique blend of violin driven folk rock when they visit Canberra on Thursday October 1 at The Front Gallery and Café, with Little Sister in tow.

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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.