It’s a question the much-loved Australian band has asked itself several times in the 21 years since Thorn, her sister Donna Simpson and guitarist Josh Cunningham set off on their incredible journey.
A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. The hard yards in those early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound the three of them together as friends.
Josh, Donna and Vikki have all moved on in their personal lives since those formative years, whether through relationships, having children or relocating to different parts of the world, yet The Waifs’ journey continues.
The sisters left their home in Albany, Western Australia in 1992 as the duo Colours. They met Cunningham in Broome, WA and became The Waifs.
The group forged their way on the Australian live-music circuit for most the 1990s, releasing albums such as their self-titled debut in 1996 and Shelter Me in 1998, selling them mostly at shows. The third album, 2000’s “Sink or Swim,” raised their profile and allowed the band to perform in Canada and the United States, attracting rave reviews in the process.
The biggest turning point came with the EP “London Still” (2002), which gave the band its first Australian hit. Followed in 2003 by the “Lighthouse” EP and the album “Up All Night,” which has gone double platinum in Australia and earned them four ARIA awards. That same year they toured Australia with Bob Dylan, who subsequently invited them to join him on his North American tour.
Further hits, such as Bridal Train and Stay, have followed, along with live albums, more awards and ecstatic reviews for their live performances.
The Waifs soared into 2017 celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style – releasing their eighth studio record “Ironbark,” completing a sold-out national tour, gaining their first #1 album debut on the ARIA Charts and reminding fans that, like a bottle of fine wine, they only get better with time.
The original road warriors, the Waifs have built a career out of continually circling Australia and the globe. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years reuniting with old friends and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures.