Taasha Coates and Tristan Goodall of The Audreys stand side-by-side in front of an upended trampoline.

Tristan Goodall, founding member of Australian folk band The Audreys, has died aged 48

Goodall formed the multi-ARIA winning group with Taasha Coates in 2004

Tristan Goodallfounding member and guitarist of the Australian roots group The Audreys, has passed away. He was 48 years old.

A representative of the band confirmed to Double J that Goodall passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 2, surrounded by family.

No cause of death has been reported. Goodall left the band in 2020 due to health issues.

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“I am very saddened to pass on the news that, despite our best hopes for his recovery, we lost our dear Tristan over the weekend,” said singer and co-founder of The Audreys. Taasha Coates wrote Today.

“I’ve talked to so many people who knew Tristan over the past few days, and the outpouring of love has been overwhelming. He touched so many of us with his beautiful music, his big heart, his big hugs and his big goofy smile.

Goodall, who had played in Adelaide band The Milk through the early/mid 1990s, and Coates formed The Audreys in 2004.

“Tristan saw something in me, and when we started playing and writing songs together, a whole new world opened up,” Coates wrote today.

The two close friends and collaborators had come up with the idea years earlier in Amsterdam, before returning to their hometown of Adelaide after years of performing as a duo in Melbourne.

“It was a dream that we took home to cherish and cherish, and over time it became the little band from Adelaide that could,” Goodall wrote in a farewell statement. on Facebook last year.

The band quickly found success, with their 2006 debut album Between last night and us go gold and win the ARIA for Best Blues and Roots Album.

They won the same ARIA in 2008 for the follow up, When the Flood Comesand then again for 2010’s Sometimes the stars are

The band was a live and record favorite throughout the 2000s and 2010, performing everywhere from the Big Day Out to Bluesfest to Woodford, playing in clubs and festivals around the world.

Early members Cameron Goodall and Michael Green left the group earlier Sometimes the stars areafter which The Audreys was primarily a duo of Coates and Goodall, with an array of respected musicians at various times.

“We’ve done so many wonderful things with our music,” Coates wrote.

“We met and worked with amazing and talented people, we walked together on stages big and small all over the world. It was the most incredible adventure.”

“So many wonderful people have helped us raise this young band: the fearless musicians, the leading hands, the tireless helpers,” Goodall wrote on Facebook last year.

“And you out there, always encouraging. I am eternally grateful to all of you.”

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Audreys’ most recent album was 2014 ‘Til My Tears Roll Away’

After Goodall retired from playing and touring for health reasons, he gave Coates his blessing to form a new lineup of the band.

“It’s now time for me to let go and say goodbye,” he said. “I know the Audreys will be safe in Taasha’s hands and ready for what’s to come.

“And I know if you’re reading this, you’ve been to a show, bought a record or at least heard a song.

“That means this music, which is the biggest part of me, is also the smallest part of you. Cool, huh?”

Although Coates’s last words to her co-worker are heartbreaking, she is ultimately grateful for the time they’ve had together and the work they’ve created.

“Twenty-five years later I have to say goodbye to my best friend, my musical soul mate, and my grief is almost unbearable,” she wrote.

“Rest in peace my dear Tristan. We had a dream and we made it come true, can you believe it?

“Thank you so much for sharing that journey with me. I will miss you every day.”

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