Sanctuary is a journey through the past and into the future, where one can still roam with wild exuberance. Where the desire to perform is matched with the desire to escape and unravel inside the music.
Sanctuary is Magpie’s happy place.
The band title and songs within Sanctuary centre on the mind of singer-songwriter and Dashville founder Matt “Magpie” Johnston.
Born and bred to be the Dashville man, he grew up on the same rural property where he now hosts two of the best music festivals Australia has to offer. Generally consumed by festival creation and the “running of the project”, it was the desire to play music that started it all.
It’s been a rollicking 13 years since the first Gum Ball was held, where he first stood on stage alongside his brother Dan in their teenage rock n blues outfit Johnny Real & The Lovemakers. Over the years, just as the audiences have grown, so has Magpie and his musical vocation. Through development within the Dashville Progress Society, his brotherhood with Baghead and his beautiful drumming wife Jessica, he is slowly working his way towards sharing a collection of music that tells a story.