Halfway to Forth

Contemporary Folk/Roots

Halfway to Forth are brothers Dan & Kyle Lizotte. If you head up past the old steam railway, over the river and round the bend you’ll arrive at their family home, about halfway along the road to a little town called Forth on the NW coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Their music is honest and rootsy, with folk, country and blues shades. These boys attend both schools, Old and New, and stick to writing what they know.  You’ll hear more than a little foot stompin’, banjo pluckin’ and bottle neck slidin’.

Biography

Halfway to Forth are brothers Dan & Kyle Lizotte. If you head up past the old steam railway, over the river and round the bend you’ll arrive at their family home, about halfway along the road to a little town called Forth on the NW coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Their music is honest and rootsy, with folk, country and blues shades.  These boys attend both schools, Old and New, and stick to writing what they know.  You’ll hear more than a little foot stompin’, banjo pluckin’ and bottle neck slidin’. People have said their voices blend well…

Halfway to Forth now calls Adelaide home, and you’ll find them warbling away on the weekends in pubs, at cellar doors or passed out from the heat if it’s that too damn hot time of year when their hearts wander South,  back home to more reasonable summer temperatures…

In 2009 they released a 7 track EP “Treasure for Memories” to no acclaim whatsoever.  They’re not so good at promoting themselves… In 2012 they found an old Chapel to rent cheap on a hill in Cudlee Creek.  The gracious caretaker let them turn the church into their studio (as long as they cleaned up before Sunday morning) and over the following months their debut album “Run for the Hills” was dreamt up and recorded in the wee hours of the morning. If you listen closely you can hear the pews creaking and the coffee urn clicking... It was spooky at times…

Halfway to Forth likes to get out on the road and have played music festivals all over the country, they hope to continue doing so for many years to come.



Band Members:
Dan Lizotte – Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Kazoo
Kyle Lizotte – Backing Vocals, Guitars, Banjo


I worked at Blues and Roots this year... and out of all the acts/groups & muso’s, uou guys were my highlight and stand out act!!!!... YOU ROCKED & YOU BLEW MY MIND. What talent the both of you make!!... Can’t wait to be your biggest fan...!!!
— Jo, Mayan food and coffee stall
...While Dan’s energy and enthusiasm drives the set, brother Kyle shines as a talented guitar/banjo player and provider of exquisite harmonies. The duo move effortlessly across a wide and diverse range of musical styles and genres. They should be better known to a wider audience, and should be receiving plenty of airplay. We don’t know how long Halfway to Forth will be with us in SA, but we have been gifted a rare talent!
— Dave Greenslade, Wirra Creek Music

The songs [played at the album launch] were about sisters, brothers, mothers, girlfriends, family heritage and home, and something about the honest beauty of all that earnt them a raucous standing ovation, only the second that venue has seen.
— Rick Eaves, ABC Northern Tasmania

Photo: Rick Eaves


 
...recorded almost entirely on acoustic string instruments, Run For The Hills pursues and old-timey Appalachian spirit in both instrumental and vocal approach. Mandolins and banjos hum around acoustic guitars and basic percussion, with the odd splash of electric guitar or keys the only modern enhancement.
The songs, all written and sung by Kyle and Daniel Lizotte (they harmonise in the great tradition of brother bluegrass bands) are eloquent musings on roaming, love, and nostalgia for simpler times (‘If Time Was’ and ‘Nobody Slow Dances Anymore’). As befitting the setting (midnight in a church), they’re mostly gentle and reflective and all the more affecting for it.
— Martin Jones, Editor, Rhythms Magazine

Where they have been:

  • 2014 Blenhiem Music & Camping Festival, Clare Valley, SA
  • 2013 Semaphore Music Festival, SA
  • 2013 Overland Music Festival, SA
  • 2012 Crush Festival, Adelaide Hills, SA
  • 2012 Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
  • 2012 Fleurieu Folk Festival, SA
  • 2012 Alice Desert Festival, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2012 Village Festival, Yeppoon, QL
  • 2012 Fat Tyre Festival, Melsrose, SA
  • 2012 Mt. Beauty Music Muster, VIC
  • 2012 Cygnet Folk Festival, TAS
  • 2007, 2012, 2014 Jackey's Marsh Forest Festival, TAS
  • 2011 Blue Mountains Music Festival, NSW
  • 2011, 2012 Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn, NSW
  • 2010 Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, NSW
  • 2008 + 2010 Breath of Life Music Festival, TAS
  • 2010 Tablelands Folk Festival, Yungaburra, QL
  • 2009, 2012 Forth Valley Blues Festival (Winners of Mal Greenop Memorial "Peoples Choice" Award), TAS
  • 2007, 2008, 2009 Devonport "Jazz in July" Festival, TAS

Who they have supported:
Diesel, Ian Moss, The Black Sorrows, Wendy Matthews, The Songbirds, Deni Hinds, Richard Clapton, The Choirboys, Damien Leith, Spy Vs. Spy, Carus Thompson, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Lucie Thorne, The Little Stevies, Shaun Kirk


Contact:
Email: halfwaytoforth@gmail.com
Phone: 0419 428 563 (Dan)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/halfwaytoforth
Website: www.halfwaytoforth.com


© 2014 Halfway to Forth Website created by Kyle Lizotte