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Originally performing Bob Dylan covers in and around bars in their native Australia, the sister duo of Vicki and Donna Simpson were known as COLOURS. Formed in 1992 and touring constantly in their homeland, the pair hooked up with Josh Cunningham during a stop in August 1992. A year later, they changed their name to the WAiFS. From there, the group released a cassette of original material but decided to head for Melbourne, the mecca of Australian music. A loyal following and hectic touring pace resulted in three albums, the self-titled debut in May 1996 and 1998's "Shelter Me." Folk festivals across the United States and Canada also fell in love with their sweet harmonies and self-described "wholemeal" music. They have also shared the stage with such artists as Bob Dylan, Kasey Chambers, and Michelle Shocked. In 2001, the band released their third album, Sink or Swim in Australia, though it didn't arrive in America until the following year. The Waifs' musical honesty was captured once again with their critically acclaimed follow-up Up All Night in Spring of 2003. The album went on to net the Waifs four ARIA awards later that year. In 2004, the (mostly) live double-disc A Brief History... was released, though the band wouldn't deliver their studio follow-up until 2007's Sun Dirt Water. A second live album, Live From the Union of Soul, was released in 2009 documenting their 2008 collaborative tour with labelmates John Butler Trio. Their sixth studio album, Temptation arrived in 2011, by which time the band's primary members had all settled down in different parts of the U.S. Things remained relatively quiet for the band with Cunningham releasing his first solo LP Into Tomorrow in 2011. By 2015, the Waifs had resumed touring with their seventh album, Beautiful You, scheduled for release later that year. ~ Jason MacNeil & Timothy Monger, Rovi