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The Waifs Biography


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Birth Place: Albany, Western Australia
Years Active: 1992–present
Genres: Folk Rock, Australian Music


The Waifs are a folk rock band from Western Australia. The original members of The Waifs are Josh Cunningham (guitar, vocals), and sisters Vikki Thorn (harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Donna Simpson (guitar, vocals). Their current tour band also includes Ben Franz (bass) and David Ross MacDonald (drums).

Their 2003 album ''Up All Night'' reached double platinum in Australia and reached the top five of the Australian album charts, and the band won four ARIA Awards in October 2003. The Waifs have enjoyed two top fifty singles in Australia, ''London Still'' in 2002 and ''Bridal Train'' in 2004. The band so impressed Bob Dylan when they supported him on his 2003 Australian tour that he asked them to join him in his 2003 North American tour, including a gig at the Newport Folk Festival

The Waifs co-own the independent label Jarrah Records with John Butler, and their records are released in Australia under that label.