Court Yard Hounds Join Lilith Fair’s Australian Trek
Lilith Fair, the traveling tour of female-led acts created by Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride in 1997 and revived this year after a ten-year hiatus, had its share of troubles this summer, ultimately canceling several dates due to poor ticket sales. But while the tour had difficulty in the U.S., Sarah is moving full-speed ahead with plans to take the show halfway around the world for a series of shows in Australia.
The Court Yard Hounds, comprised of sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson, joined Sarah for several Lilith Fair dates this summer, and are the only stateside act that will reunite with Sarah for A Taste of Lilith. Other acts confirmed for the shows include Australian artists Kate Miller-Heidke and the Verses.
Lilith Fair, which ran from June to August this year, invited several country acts to perform as they toured the U.S., including Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Loretta Lynn. And Martie, who remembers playing with the Lilith Fair more than 10 years ago as part of the award-winning trio, the Dixie Chicks, says she looks forward to performance opportunities like Lilith Fair for reasons other than just having a chance to perform. "You always see somebody's set, and somebody else's set," she tells The Boot. "This is such a unique kind of festival."
Court Yard Hounds are continuing to pursue their own music, even as the Dixie Chicks hint at emerging from a three-year hiatus. The Hounds' 'I Miss You' from their self-titled album, was heard in a recent episode the HBO series 'True Blood.'