Tunnel Vienna Gig

Meeting The Wishing Well in Vienna

At The Tunnel Vienna

At The Tunnel Vienna

I heard about the Larkans in Australia from my Dad and had seen a couple of Errol’s comments on Facebook. Dad had briefly told me about your family – and how your one son is Herrin and my name is Kerrin. (I am still rather confused about how we are related but think it is nice to have made contact again.)

My Dad told me that your son, Jai, is a musician and my brother, Ryan, had bought the CD (I like my brothers taste in music so I was curious about the band.)

I was immediately hooked on the lyrics of ‘Life on the Border’. I am not really one to ponder too much on what the artist is writing about but this time I did – as it put into words how I feel about leaving South Africa, life in Austria and life in general for me. I was really pleased to see they would be in Vienna while on their European tour.

However it is not just the words of that one song that appealed to me, it is also the music of The Wishing Well – a mix of really great sounds – each of which is very much linked to the people who play them – as I came to find out when I met the band themselves.

My husband, Chris, my friend, Dale, and I were not sure what to expect at the Vienna Tunnel. We phoned the day before to reserve seats but were told that it was not necessary. Being summer it would not be full – I am glad we arrived early to have dinner – as it did fill up. I introduced myself to Rivkah and explained that I was related to Jai and would like to meet him! When he arrived with the rest of the band he was quite amazed to meet me – he probably thought these Larkans turn up in the most unexpected places. (He is expecting to meet Ryan in London at the end of the tour.)

Everyone introduced themselves and the band told us that they had been busking on the Mariahilfe Strasse in Vienna and had been told by the police to move on as they had no permit (alles verboten in Austria) so they had spent the day sightseeing.

Jai Larkan, Kerrin (Larkan) Ehrlich, Chris Ehrlich

Jai Larkan, Kerrin (Larkan) Ehrlich, Chris Ehrlich

It was now time to start with the music. Before each song Jai explained what it was about or the inspiration behind it. My friend, Dale, kept commenting on how the music was just great! After the concert we all went to the restaurant and had a good chat, really met the band, and spoke about – where are you from, the tour so far and then I asked the question, what was their goal – Rivkah answered straight away with – I think we would like to be as successful as Freddie Mercury! Good goal!! My husband, Chris, liked that as he is a huge fan of Queen – follow that dream. Jai would like to travel Europe once a year now that they have tried it out.

wwell_tunnel 24Before we knew it, it was 2 in the morning and as The Wishing Well were traveling off to Italy that afternoon, we said our good-byes and went our separate ways – “for a short moment family living on two sides of the world, who once had the same borders, met in that space between”. Although I could think of a multitude of English and German words to sum up our meeting I think the best in both languages is – COOL ! If Jai ever needs any info for his next trip to Austria I will be more than happy to help.

Kerrin Anne Ehrlich (born Larkan)
The Larkan connection in Austria (There are no Kangaroos in Austria)

Photos and Impressions by Kerrin Ehrlich

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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.