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The Good Ship Announce Split & Farewell Shows

25 March 2015 | 10:02 am | Staff Writer

The Brisbane-based collective will pers form two final gigs in May

Brisbane 'porno-country-folk-cabaret' ensemble The Good Ship have announced that, after six years, three albums and innumerable costume changes, they'll be calling it a day with a pair of farewell shows in Melborne and at home this May.

From their humble roots as a side project for songwriters John Meyer and Daz Gray, The Good Ship evolved into a thriving, eclectic travelling cacophony, gigging all around the country and eventually breaching international waters as they pumped out albums — 2010's Avast Wretched Sea, 2012's O' Exquisite Corpse, 2013's The Seven Seas, which doubled as a full stage show — and executed high-profile performances at festivals such as Woodford, Festival Of The Sun and Falls. All the while, the ever-fluctuating membership roster (at one stage the group hit 14 members) continued to hone their craft, garner new fans and make sweet music.

"International touring, three full-length albums, and a ridiculously loyal following," Meyer reflected in a statement. "The thing I'm most proud of, though, is the good humour and love within the band. We've been through some hard times and plenty of setbacks and challenges but we've always managed to have a good laugh."

Before they sail off into the sunset for good, the band are saying goodbye with two shows, which they've dubbed La Petite Mort — French for 'the little death' — in just under two months; they'll take to The Spotted Mallard, in Melbourne, on Saturday, 16 May, supported by The Bon Scotts, before heading home to Brisbane to play The Zoo the following Saturday, 23 May, once again with The Bon Scotts and also joined by Nick Watson & The Bawdy Dicks.

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