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Jarrah Records is an independent Australian record label which releases material by Western Australian-formed bands, John Butler Trio and The Waifs, and their members. In July 2002 the label was founded and co-owned by John Butler; The Waifs' members Josh Cunningham, Donna Simpson, and her sister Vikki Thorn; and the artists' common manager, Philip Stevens. Initially it was established to handle their releases for the territory of the United States by 2003 it expanded .

Jarrah Records
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Founded2002 (2002)
FounderJohn Butler, Josh Cunningham, Donna Simpson, Philip Stevens, Vikki Thorn
Distributor(s)MGM Distribution
Country of originAustralia
LocationPerth, Western Australia


Jarrah Records' founders are John Butler (leader of John Butler Trio); The Waifs' band members Josh Cunningham, Donna Simpson, and her sister Vikki Thorn; and the artists' common manager, Philip Stevens.[1][2] The label was established in Fremantle in July 2002, initially, to release John Butler Trio and The Waif's material into the United States market.[2] The Waifs had formed in 1992 as a folk rock band in Albany by Cunningham, Simpson and Thorn.[3][4] Butler initially performed as a busker in Fremantle in mid-1996.[5][6] Since the mid-1980s Stevens was involved in the local music scene, he became a music promoter and by 1996 was the owner of Mojo's Bar in North Fremantle.[7][8][9] In 1998 Stevens gave Butler a regular Tuesday night gig at his venue and soon became the artist's manager.[7] Also that year Butler formed his trio as a roots and jam band. In 2001 The Waifs hired Stevens as their manager.[2] In the following year both groups were due to tour the US and wanted to release material into that market on their own independent label.[2][10]

Jarrah Records re-issued The Waifs third studio album, Sink or Swim, into the US – it had appeared in Australia in June 2000.[11] The group's first new work for Jarrah was a five-track extended play, London Still, released in July 2002, which reached the top 50 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[12] In October London Still received two nominations at the ARIA Music Awards of 2002 for 'Best Independent Release' and 'Breakthrough Artist – Single'.[13][14] In February the following year John Butler Trio issued a 2× CD live album, Living 2001–2002, on the label for the Australian market. It peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[15] According to The Age's Patrick Donovan by March 2004 John Butler Trio and The Waifs had "proved that mainstream airplay and huge sales are not reliant on the backing of a big record company".[16] The label continued to issue work by both acts, including subsequent solo material from Butler and Cunningham.[2]

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  1. ^ "Labels :: Jarrah Records". Australian Music Online. Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Petherbridge, Matt (15 February 2011). "The Waifs – Waif Hello to Temptation". BMA Magazine. Radar Media (Scott Layne, Allan Sko). Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  3. ^ Denton, Andrew; Thorn, Vicki; Simpson, Donna; Cunningham, Josh (20 August 2007). "Episode 144: The Waifs" (transcript). Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  4. ^ Gee, Mike (12 February 2009). "The Waifs". Gee Music. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  5. ^ Denton, Andrew; Butler, John; Caruana, Danielle (7 August 2006). "Episode 115: John Butler" (transcript). Enough Rope with Andrew Denton. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ Krueger, Debra (December 2001). "Composer Profile: John Butler: Writing from His Roots". APRAP. Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Donovan, Patrick (16 December 2005). "Little Aussie Butler". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  8. ^ Bannister, John (William John Egerton); Stevens, Philip (2008), Philip Stevens Interviewed by John Bannister in the Perth Independent Music Project, Perth Independent Music Project. National Library of Australia, retrieved 23 July 2013
  9. ^ "Philip Stevens". BigSound. 7–9 September 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  10. ^ Szabo, Sarah (Spring 2004). "Splendid Isolation" (PDF). Scoop Magazine. pp. 62–64. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  11. ^ MacNeil, Jason. "Sink or Swim – The Waifs". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Waifs". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Search Results 'The Waifs'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Winners by Year: 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  15. ^ "John Butler Trio - Living 2001-2002". Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  16. ^ Donovan, Patrick (16 March 2004). "This Musician Is over the Moon". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 July 2013.

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