Ian Simpson is well known as one of Australia’s finest banjo players, awesome multi-instrumentalist and sickeningly nice guy. He turned 60 on Sunday and wanted to celebrate by doing what he loves; playing and listening to bluegrass music.
After a long COVID induced hiatus, Western Australian bluegrass band The Lost Followers are back at Holy Smokes in Fremantle for their traditional Fourth of July celebration.
The show was the band’s first performance since the Covid isolation and had the feel of a reunion, even though they hadn’t broken up. It was also the re-opening of the venue, a combination of three hundred-year-old clubs in a purpose-built club room, which had only been open for a month before the closures.