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About the Bastards

The twisted offspring of junkyard folk, old-world gypsy, ragged celtic & dirty blues. A multi-instrumental globe-hopping jaunt through the Australian musical landscape.


The twisted offspring of junkyard folk, old-world gypsy, ragged celtic & dirty blues. A multi-instrumental globehopping jaunt through the Australian musical landscape. The lads present a fast paced live show that leaps through various styles and instruments with all the urgency of a thirsty drunkard. Sordid, scandalous and superbly attired, The Bastard Children are, like it or not, bastards of their own diverse cultural heritage.

A roaringly successful season of over 60 shows in four weeks at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was where the band found inspiration for their debut album High Tide & High Times (2009) recorded in an old 1970’s ex brothel - think alice in wonderland gone very wrong. The result was an album of diverse material that has enjoyed critical acclaim and garnered airplay nationally. 


Chris Winterton Vocals, Guitar, Harp, Piano Accordion,

Matthew Borg Slide Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals

Luke Winterton Guitar, Banjo, Vocals

Michael Marinucci Bass, Vocals

Andy Reed Drums and percussion and Glockenspeil and vocals

Ken McAlpine Fiddle

Wes Moweson Bone

Ben Carter Sax


“Their show is worth seeing for the touches of spirit and life in their performance...confident, uplifting, and intoxicating.” 
Alistair Baguley, Three Weeks Magazine

"Pleasing contradictions abound. Slick and smooth one song, rough and jagged the next, delicate jazz-based instrumentals sit comfortably alongside hardcore blues. The tunes (all penned by Winterton) range from the jaunty and folksy to the melancholic, personal and political.” 
Lily Bragge, Melbourne Age Newspaper

“A rocking and thought-provoking accompaniment to a mid-evening beer with a band that’s not averse to a toast or two of its own.” 
Rob Adams, The Edinburgh Herald

“this idiosyncratic quintet put on a show that not only provides excellent music at the forefront of new folk songwriting, but is absolutely great fun.” 
Miranda Heggie, The List Magazine, Edinburgh

“Word Rustlin’ Five stars.
A gorgeous, catchy tune! These guys have a great sound, and an awesome rootsy feel...” 
Sarah Howells, Triple J FM

“Winterton and his band of beery men play their rambunctious hearts out, stomping and swaying for every note of their generous sets. CWQ are tailored - smartly I might add - for festival fanatics.” 
Mikey Cahill, Melbourne Herald Sun