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Banjo and violin: Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall will bring their alternative country sound to Ballarat on January 22 at Greenfield Place.

Banjo and violin: Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall will bring their alternative country sound to Ballarat on January 22 at Greenfield Place.

Alternative country duo The Audreys will perform in Ballarat this month. But it will be a gig with a difference.

Rick Stephens and Lauren Clark, who own bed and breakfast Greenfield Place have teamed up with The Local cafe to host the award-winning pair as a “Parlour Gig” – a social media service that acts like a Airbnb for concerts.

The system cuts out the “middle men” of venues, connecting residents with high-profile artists.

The Audreys singer Taasha Coates said the pair was booked out for the coming months with house gigs.

“They’re incredibly different but it’s great because you get to know everyone,” she said.

“It’s intimate, you get to know people, they get to know you. We’re at people’s houses, we get to stay the night and have breakfast, it’s very different to walking on a stage for a concert.”

Coates said the pair had started rehearsing again after a quiet 2016 after instrumentalist Tristan Goodall wanted to have a break from touring. Coates took the opportunity to release a solo album.

The Audreys - Banjo & Violin

The two have also maintained their closeness as bandmates and friends despite splitting romantically.

“Tristan just wanted a little bit of time off touring and was very supportive of me doing a solo album. It’s been very challenging and rewarding,” Coates said.

Taasha Coates & Her Melancholy Sweethearts was released in August last year.

The Audreys will perform on January 22 from 3pm. For all the details and tickets, visit www.parlourgigs.com/gigs/583641de3001dc06b3aa4512