Thirty years ago, a rag-tag bunch of ‘folkies’ got together and formed a band called Things of Stone & Wood that went on to define Melbourne in the early 90’s. Off the back of their top 10 single Happy Birthday Helen, the band achieved national success, international tours, a gold album The Yearning and even a Late Show parody, kicking off a career that would place them as one of Australia’s most loved folk-rock bands. Their imaginative use of organic instruments set off an acoustic/folk movement that paved the way for the likes of John Butler, The Waifs and Angus & Julia Stone. Their live show has always been full of energy and passion, and whilst they’ve won many an industry award including an ARIA and APRA Songwriter of the Year, it’s on stage that demonstrates why they’re so loved. They return to Port Fairy for their 30th-anniversary tour.