Has it really been 25 years since The Waifs came together at a pub in the Kimberley? One suspects not even sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson and Josh Cunningham knew what they were getting into when they joined forces at Broome’s Roebuck Bay Hotel in 1992.

A quarter of a century later, the West Australian folk trio is hitting the road with a seven-week anniversary tour that will fittingly end at the pub where it all began.

The national tour will coincide with the March 3 release of the band’s new 14-track record, Ironbark. From today, they’ll be releasing free-to-download songs each week until the official release of the double album, which includes 11 bonus tracks recorded for long-time fans.

To mark the milestone, The Waifs are asking the public to share their favourite memories and moments from the band’s history and will include their favourite stories as part of the coming tour.

Free songs can be downloaded from the band’s website. The Waifs’ 25 Anniversary Tour begins on Thursday March 2 and finishes on Saturday April 15, playing in all Australian states and territories. Ticket and CD bundles for The Waifs’ 25th Anniversary Tour go on sale on Thursday January 12.

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