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2019 Festival Artists Playing Times

2019 PROGRAM RELEASED

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These 52 artists will be appearing at the 2019 festival:

International and National Artists

Across The Great Divide (NZ), Amie G, Buck & Deanne, Cameron Jones Trio, Chris Matthews (WA), Co-cheol (Vic), Eddie Nuardo (Vic), Enda Kenny (Vic), Fly Little Sparrow (Qld), Genni Kane & Jon Wilby with Christian Prusiak, Good Tunes, Highlander, Justin Bernasconi (Vic), Kate Delaney & Denis Tracey, Medusa's Wake, Narrownecks, Neil Murray, Nerida Cuddy, Oh Reach, Richard Grainger (UK), Robyn Sykes, Roolya Boolya, Rusty & The Saint, Saoirse (Vic), Steve Wilson - Concertina Man, Stonybroke, Stuns'l Booms (Tas), The Dixie Chooks, The Thomsons, Tim Moore (SA), Tinman (Vic), Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin

Local Artists

Carefree Road Band, Chord-eaux, Dear Violet, Jessica Grainger, JOCEAN, John Tubridy Trio, Katandra Women’s a cappella, Kiama Pipe Band, Me & Pete, Murmur, Peter Willey, Poncho Green, Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar, The Con Artists, The High Country, The Water Runners, Three Sixty, Trilogy, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Artist                                             Day           Start    End     Venue Event

Special Events                                                          

SongBirds Concert                       FRI            7:45 pm         10:30 pm       Saddleback   

Arvo Trad Artists Concert           SAT           12:15 pm       1:30 pm         Kendall          

Parody Concert                            SAT           1:45 pm         3:00 pm         Kendall          

Woodstock Revisted                    SAT           1:45 pm         4:30 pm         Kendall          

Humourous Concert                    SAT           3:30 pm         4:45 pm         Saddleback   

Evening Trad Artists Concert     SAT           6:00 pm         7:30 pm         Kendall          

Celtic Connections Concert         SAT           6:00 pm         10:00 pm       Anglican Hall 

Finale Concert - free entry         SUN          5:00 pm         10:15pm        Kiama Bowling Club                                                                                 

Participate                                                                

Bush Dance                                  FRI            7:30 pm         9:30 pm         Anglican Hall 

Songs of the Sea Singalong         FRI            11:00 pm       12:00 am       Verandah      

Blackboard Concert                     SAT           3:00 pm         4:30 pm         Kendall          

BYO Poem                                    SAT           9:30 am          10:45 am       Kendall          

Good Tunes Session                    SAT           11:00 am       12:00 pm       Kendall          

Good Tunes Session                    SAT           10:30 pm       11:30 pm       Verandah      

BYO Poets with a Sea View         SUN          8:30 am          9:45 am          Rugby Club   

ARTIST SCHEDULE                                            

Across the Great Divide              FRI            8:30 pm         9:15 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Across the Great Divide              SAT           2:15 pm         3:15 pm         Old Anglican Church Concert

Across the Great Divide              SUN          2:15 pm         3:15 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Amie G                                          FRI            6:00 pm         6:45 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Amie G                                          SAT           12:30 pm       1:15 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Amie G                                          SAT           8:00 pm         9:00 pm         Kendall           Concert

Buck and Deanne                        SAT           3:35 pm         4:20 pm         Nortfolk          Woodstock Revisited

Buck and Deanne                        SAT           5:00 pm         6:00 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Buck and Deanne                        SUN          1:45 pm         2:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Cameron Jones Trio                    SAT           7:30 pm         8:30 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Cameron Jones Trio                    SUN          11:45 am       12:30 pm       Rugby Club    Concert

Carefree Road Band                    SAT           2:40 pm         3:25 pm         Nortfolk          Woodstock Revisited

Chord-eaux                                  SUN          12:00 pm       12:45 pm       Saddleback    Concert

Chris Matthews                           FRI            7:30 pm         8:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

Chris Matthews                           SAT           10:00 am       11:00 am       Saddleback    Concert

Chris Matthews                           SAT           3:00 pm         4:00 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Co-Cheol                                       FRI            9:45 pm         10:30 pm       Saddleback    SongBirds Concert

Co-Cheol                                       SAT           11:45 am       12:45 pm       Old Anglican Church Concert

Co-Cheol                                       SAT           6:00 pm         7:00 pm         Anglican Hall  Celtic Connections

Co-Cheol                                       SUN          10:45 am       11:30 am       Nortfolk          Concert

Dear Violet                                   SAT           12:40 pm       1:20 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Dear Violet                                   SUN          10:00 am       10:45 am       Saddleback    Concert

Dixie Chooks                                FRI            7:45 pm         8:30 pm         Saddleback    SongBirds Concert

Dixie Chooks                                SAT           9:30 pm         10:30 pm       Rugby Club    Concert

Dixie Chooks                                SUN          10:00 am       10:45 am       Nortfolk          Concert

Eddie Nuardo                              FRI            9:30 pm         10:15 pm       Kendall           Concert

Eddie Nuardo                              SAT           3:30 pm         4:30 pm         Old Anglican Church Concert

Eddie Nuardo                              SUN          8:30 am          9:30 am          Breakfast Venue        Concert

Enda Kenny                                 FRI            8:30 pm         9:15 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Enda Kenny                                 SAT           8:45 pm         9:45 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Enda Kenny                                 SUN          5:50 pm         6:30 pm         Bowling Club Finale Concert

Fly Little Sparrow                        FRI            8:45 pm         9:30 pm         Saddleback    SongBirds Concert

Fly Little Sparrow                        SAT           5:00 pm         6:00 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Fly Little Sparrow                        SUN          6:40 pm         7:20 pm         Bowling Club Finale Concert

Genni Kane                                  FRI            9:30 pm         10:15 pm       Rugby Club    Concert

Genni Kane                                  SAT           9:30 pm         10:30 pm       Nortfolk          Concert

Genni Kane                                  SUN          1:00 pm         1:45 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Good Tunes Session                    SAT           11:00 am       12:00 pm       Kendall           Session

Good Tunes Session                    SAT           10:30 pm       11:30 pm       Verandah       Session

Highlander                                   FRI            9:45 pm         10:45 pm       Nortfolk          Concert

Highlander                                   SAT           7:30 pm         8:30 pm         Anglican Hall  Celtic Connections

Highlander                                   SUN          1:00 pm         2:00 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Jessica Grainger                           SUN          2:30 pm         3:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

Jocean                                           SUN          3:30 pm         4:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

John Tubridy Trio                       SUN          3:00 pm         3:45 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Justin Bernasconi                        FRI            6:00 pm         6:45 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Justin Bernasconi                        SAT           1:00 pm         2:00 pm         Old Anglican Church Concert

Justin Bernasconi                        SAT           5:30 pm         6:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Katandra Women's a cappella   SUN          11:00 am       11:30 am       Norfolk           Concert

Kate Delaney & Denis Tracey    SAT           11:15 am       12:15 pm       Saddleback    Concert

Kate Delaney & Denis Tracey    SUN          11:00 am       11:45 am       Saddleback    Concert

Kiama Pipe Band                         FRI            6:45 pm         7:00 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Me and Pete                                 SUN          9:30 am          10:15 am       Kendall           Concert

Medusa's Wake                           FRI            10:30 pm       11:15 pm       Rugby Club    Concert

Medusa's Wake                           SAT           10:00 pm       11:00 pm       Saddleback    Concert

Medusa's Wake                           SUN          9:15 pm         10:15 pm       Bowling Club Finale Concert

Murmur                                        SUN          2:00 pm         2:45 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Narrownecks                                FRI            10:45 pm       11:30 pm       Saddleback    Concert

Narrownecks                                SAT           1:30 pm         2:30 pm         Anglican Hall  Concert

Narrownecks                                SUN          2:45 pm         3:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Neil Murray                                  SAT           8:00 pm         9:00 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Nerida Cuddy                              SAT           1:45 pm         2:45 pm         Kendall           Concert

Nerida Cuddy                              SUN          10:00 am       11:00 am       Anglican Hall  Concert

Nerida Cuddy                              SUN          3:45 pm         4:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

No Such Thing                             FRI            7:30 pm         9:30 pm         Anglican Hall  Bush Dance

Oh Reach                                      FRI            5:00 pm         5:45 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Oh Reach                                      SAT           12:00 pm       1:00 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Opening                                        FRI            7:00 pm         7:30 pm         Nortfolk          Opening

Peter Willey                                 SUN          11:30 am       12:15 pm       Kendall           Concert

Poets                                             SAT           9:30 am          10:45 am       Kendall           Poetry

Poets                                             SAT           5:00 pm         6:00 pm         Kendall           Poetry

Poets                                             SAT           7:30 pm         8:00 pm         Verandah       Poetry

Poets                                             SAT           9:00 pm         9:30 pm         Verandah       Poetry

Poets with a Sea View                 SUN          8:30 am          9:45 am          Rugby Club    Poetry

Poncho Green                              SUN          10:30 am       11:15 am       Kendall           Concert

Richard Grainger                         FRI            7:30 pm         8:15 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Richard Grainger                         SAT           12:15 pm       1:15 pm         Anglican Hall  Concert

Richard Grainger                         SUN          12:45 pm       1:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Roolya Boolya                               FRI            8:30 pm         9:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

Roolya Boolya                               SAT           10:30 am       11:30 am       Old Anglican Church Concert

Humourous Concert                    SAT           3:30 pm         4:45 pm         Saddleback    Theme Concert

Parody Theme Concert               SAT           1:45 pm         3:00 pm         Kendall           Theme Concert

Rusty & The Saint                        FRI            10:30 pm       11:15 pm       Kendall           Concert

Rusty & The Saint                        SAT           1:30 pm         2:30 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Rusty & The Saint                        SAT           6:15 pm         7:15 pm         Saddleback    Concert

Saoirse                                          SAT           9:00 pm         10:00 pm       Anglican Hall  Celtic Connections

Saoirse                                          SUN          3:30 pm         4:30 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Steve Wilson                                SAT           10:30 am       11:30 am       Rugby Club    Concert

Steve Wilson                                SAT           12:15 pm       1:30 pm         Kendall           Theme Concert

Steve Wilson                                SAT           6:00 pm         7:30 pm         Kendall           Theme Concert

Stuns'l Booms - Songs of the Sea     FRI      11:00 pm       12:00 am       Verandah       Songs of the Sea

Stuns'l Booms                              SAT           11:00 am       12:00 pm       Anglican Hall  Concert

Stuns'l Booms                              SAT           8:15 pm         9:15 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Stuns'l Booms                              SAT           12:30 pm       1:45 pm         Kendall           Theme Concert

Stuns'l Booms                              SAT           6:00 pm         7:30 pm         Kendall           Theme Concert

Stuns'lBooms                               SUN          5:00 pm         5:40 pm         Bowling Club Finale Concert

Sweet Song and Soft Guitar        SUN          1:30 pm         2:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

The Con Artists                            SAT           9:30 am          10:30 am       Nortfolk          Concert

The High Country                        SAT           11:00 am       11:40 am       Nortfolk          Concert

The Thomsons                             FRI            6:00 pm         6:45 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

The Thomsons                             SAT           4:15 pm         5:15 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

The Water Runners                    SAT           1:45 pm         2:30 pm         Nortfolk          Woodstock Revisited

The Water Runners                    SAT           7:00 pm         8:00 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

The Water Runners                    SUN          8:20 pm         9:00 pm         Bowling Club Finale Concert

Three Sixty                                   SUN          12:30 pm       1:15 pm         Kendall           Concert

Tim Moore                                    SAT           2:45 pm         3:45 pm         Anglican Hall  Concert

Tim Moore                                    SAT           9:15 pm         10:15 pm       Kendall           Concert

Tim Moore                                    SUN          9:45 am          10:30 am       Rugby Club    Concert

Tinman                                         FRI            7:30 pm         8:15 pm         Rugby Club    Concert

Tinman                                         SAT           4:00 pm         5:00 pm         Anglican Hall  Concert

Tinman                                         SUN          11:45 am       12:30 pm       Nortfolk          Concert

Trilogy                                          SAT           11:50 am       12:30 pm       Nortfolk          Concert

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin            SAT    6:30 pm         7:30 pm         Nortfolk          Concert

Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin            SUN    7:30 pm         8:10 pm         Bowling Club Finale Concert

Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret               SUN          9:00 am          9:45 am          Saddleback    Concert

Across The Great Divide
Across The Great Divide

Across the Great Divide are three passionate artists from Americana, Celtic and Scandinavian traditions creating a new and inspiring transatlantic sound. From evocative soulful Celtic airs, to wild vibrant jigs, reels and originals, this is a compelling blend of artists and instruments not normally gracing the same stage.

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Amie G

"Amie Grisold is a singer, songwriter and musician who creates beautiful original folk-pop music. Amie’s unique style and lyricism makes her stand out in the modern folk crowd. Her style has been compared to that of Missy Higgins, Sarah Blasko and Joni Mitchell. And her EP of original music described as: “Such a beautiful debut album... a sensational talent and a gorgeous voice"

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Amie G
Buck & Deanne
Buck & Deanne

Buck & Deanne, a classic harmony duo with two plucky acoustic guitars. Together they create a straightforward, homespun sound that connects audiences with the roots of country, folk and down-home blues. They sing songs of hope, hurt and yearning, about a place where joy and sorrow walk hand in hand. Together they collaborate on original material as well as placing their own quirky arrangements on some timeless covers.

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Cameron Jones Trio

Cameron Jones is musician who draws inspiration from the driving rhythms and melodic honesty of the acoustic gypsy jazz guitar. He performs regularly with prominent Sydney bands; The Spyglass Gypsies and Gadjo Guitars. Jones is also the Creative Director of the Brisbane based OzManouche Festival. Australia's only festival dedicated to gypsy jazz.

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Cameron Jones Trio
Carefree Road Band
Carefree Road Band

WOODSTOCK REVISITED

It is 50 years since the Woodstock Folk Festival in 1969. So it is a good time to relive this iconic Concert. With other bands Carefree Road will perform songs from the three days that changed the music world. So many Bands to choose from. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, Canned Heat to name a few.

Chord-eaux

Chord-eaux is a Wollongong-based folk/bush band which supports folk music by performing folk songs and tunes from Australia and overseas at community events in the Illawarra area. Chord-eaux also plays regularly for the Wongawilli Colonial Dancers to help support their weekly dances.

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Chord-eaux
Chris Matthews

With a larger than life stage presence, some mind blowing guitar shenanigans, and an ability to weave yarns and stories in song with the best of them, Kununurra based Chris Matthews will startle and astound with his uniquely Australian sound. Not only is he one of the hardest touring acts in the country, he combines it with more energy onstage than Wolverine crossed with Monkey Magic, making him one of the most entertaining performers you'll come across live.

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With their spine tingling harmonies, charming storytelling and playful humour, award winning quartet Co-cheol have that rare ability to evoke the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. These adventurous women perform traditional Scottish, Irish and original music, traversing a cappella and accompanied songs with captivating body percussion sublime musicianship.

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Co-cheol
Dear Violet
Dear Violet

Dear Violet is a female trio from Wollongong NSW. Their smouldering harmonies blended with guitar and percussion are a treat for the senses. Along with a range of covers, the girls also sing some beautiful originals telling stories of our local history. They have a large following throughout the Illawarra and beyond and play regularly at festivals, restaurants, weddings and other special events.  Hey - and when you hear them you won't believe that they are only 15 and still at school.

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Eddie Nuardo

Eddie Nuardo is a Melbourne-based singer/songwriter who released his debut album 'The Good Whiskey Never Lasts' in 2018. His songs are influenced by a love of old-time, folk and blues music from the early 20th century, alongside alt-country songwriters from the 60's and 70's.

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Eddie Nuardo
Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

A multi-award winning songwriter and twice winner of the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award, Enda's recent compositions highlight his quirky sense of humour and add to an already impressive catalogue of songs which led Colum Sands to describe him as "the finest Irish songwriter living overseas".Website | Listen
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Lisa Lazuli and Lizzie Flynn come together to sing harmonies that emulate riding on the wings of a strong-willed bird. Heading on a flight path of beautiful harmonic arrangements, their eclectic repertoire and commentary will take you on a journey from fragility to hope. Songwriters in their own right, Lisa and Lizzie have performed in various bands and projects."

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Fly Little Sparrow
Genni Kane & Jon Wilby with Christian Prusiak

ARIA award winning Genni Kane has been writing and performing her original songs for over 40 years. Jon Wilby has been playing instruments with strings for just as long. Together with their friend Christian Prusiak they sing songs about love, loss, chickens, furniture, and nudity.

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David De Santi has been accumulating ‘good’ tunes for over 30 years and wants to share them! Be ready for a musical tour around Australia, Italy, Quebec, Scotland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Ireland, England and beyond! Sheet music available or use your ear to join in.

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Good Tunes
Highlander

Highlander is one of Australia's most entertaining live acts combining traditional Celtic based music with an acoustic rock edge that attracts audiences of all ages. Highlander delivers powerful traditional songs and instrumentals as well as modern day classics and original music. ""Double Award Winners for both traditional song and Instrumental"" - Australian Celtic Music Awards 2014.

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Jessica Grainger

Jessica is a local singer/songwriter who  blends together melody and lyrics that hold special significance in the Australian story (e.g. Mt kembla Mine disaster, Anzac Legends) as well as light hearted songs about getting children to bed, Politics, dogs and life in general.

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Jessica Grainger
Jocean

Jocean (meaning joyous) is an emerging artist and singer-songwriter from Shellharbour. Jocean performs alongside his percussionist and father (Big Beats Brucey) and together this dynamic duo (also called "Jocean") perform original acoustic songs that celebrate the power of faith and music, with an emphasis on social and environmental issues.

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John Tubridy Trio

John Tubridy Trio present original songs to humour, outrage and entertain you. Three local musicians from Austria, Belgium and Australia. United in song and spirit.

John Tubridy Trio
Justin Bernasconi

Justin is an acclaimed folk roots guitarist who's playing has been lauded on both sides of the globe - on launching his last album Barefoot Wonderland in London, leading UK magazine fRoots described him as 'like Leo Kottke and John Fahey on the instrumentals and John Prine on the songs."

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Kate Delaney & Denis Tracey

Kate Delaney is best known for her performance with late husband Gordon McIntyre. However,since his death she has performed solo and in a variety of musical combinations. The combination of Kate with Denis Tracey came about by a recent 'jam' one Sunday afternoon, playing a variety of stringed instruments plus tin whistle and percussion.

Kate Delaney & Denis Tracey
Kiama Pipe Band
Kiama Pipe Band

The sounds of the pipes and the beat of the drums can always draw a crowd in Kiama. The kilt worn by members of the Kiama Pipe Band is called the ‘Red Ulster’ tartan. Under the direction of Pipe Major Paul Wells the band is always willing to offer its support for local community events where the presence of the band can add some colour and spectacle.
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Repertoire is chosen from a wide range of musical styles including Jazz, Pop, Medieval, Folk and World Music, so everyone will find something that they can enjoy. What determines the choice of music is that it must be a beautiful song, a great arrangement of parts, have vocal skill building features and be fun to sing.

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Katandra womens a cappella choir
Me & Pete
Me & Pete

Me & Pete are a contemporary folk rock duo playing original songs featuring catchy rhythms backed by melodic and sometimes growling harmonica, flute and sax. Their songs capture the emotions of love, nature, social justice and lessons learned. They regularly play venues in Sydney and the Illawarra.

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Medusa's Wake formed in Sydney in 2015, we play music that is modern, but has traditional roots, music that is undeniably Australian and yet unmistakenly Irish at the same time. Foghorn Records describes our latest release "Rascals & Rogues" as The love child between The Pogues and Australia’s own Roaring Jack.

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Medusa's Wake
Murmur
Murmur

Murmur are a three-piece band from Austinmer NSW. Murmur play a range of chilled brazilian and latin-american music. The bands set also features original songs influenced by this warm, tropical style of music. Murmur are Luke O'Neill (vocals and guitar), Matt Dickson (bass) and David Gale (drums).

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Narrownecks

With American old time string band roots, Narrownecks are based in Sydney, Australia. With fiddle, banjo, cello, guitar and mandolin, they offer a unique take on a traditional sound. Narrownecks renditions of old-time fiddle tunes and sweet vocal harmonies are sure to keep you coming back for more.

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Narrownecks
Neil Murray

Founding Warumpi Band member and now maverick, award winning songman, Neil Murray released his 9th album ‘Blood & Longing’ this year. Widely covered, his song writing is diverse and influential and in concert he captivates and inspires taking the audience on a journey through Australian lands of rich stillness."

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Described as a 'Central West Mary Black', Nerida has been capturing stories for over 20 years in finely crafted lyrics and emotive melodies. A true folky, she sings from the heart with a social conscience, sense of humour and love of country.  Be ready to sing along!

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Nerida Cuddy
Oh Reach
Oh Reach

Oh Reach is a weave of stark voices that produce a surreal gospel experience. A strange beauty, in the blend of three unique singers in harmony. A collaboration between: Marcus Gordon (Spookyland) , Terry Serio (The Ministry of Truth) and Simon Relf (the Tambourine Girls). Their debut album is set for release this year, recorded in Sydney, Paris and rural Australia.

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No Such Thing

No Such Thing is a group of musicians who play collected Australian dance tunes. The unusual name came about after a Scottish musician commented that "there is no such thing as Australian dance music". The band recreates the authentic feel of the old time dance bands and will soon get your feet tapping.

No Such Thing
Peter Willey
Peter Willey

Peter is simply hilarious! He's a stand-up comedian, singer and musician. Stories, jokes, impressions, poems, original songs and parodies galore! He has performed at countless festivals.

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Poncho Green

Poncho Green is a mostly acoustic and folk artist, at times blending elements of spoken word poetry with a flavour of flamenco. After releasing his debut album Livestock, he continues to write from his home in the Illawarra amidst themes of environmental shift and societal change.

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Poncho Green
Richard Grainger

Richard Grainger is a singer and songwriter, who captures the richness of the traditions of northern England ,in particular his home county of North Yorkshire a region rich with maritime and industrial heritage such as the birth of the railways, James Cook, Shipbuilding, Fishing, Iron & Steel industry and much more. From a working class and musical family,richard sings for, and of, the working folk in that region. His songs range from the very serious to the hilarious, from climate change, shipwrecks and war to days out at the seaside, and he's been described by a BBC presenter as 'The Folk Singers folk singer'and,'a folk singer in the truest sense'

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Robyn Sykes

Robyn Sykes sculpts words using metaphors, metre, similes, rhyme and more. The award-winning poet, writer and entertainer has incubated crocodile eggs, lived in Japan, edited a newspaper, focussed an electron microscope, worked on a farm and with her husband raised four sons. Don't miss this unique poetry experience.

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Robyn Sykes
Roolya Boolya
Roolya Boolya

Roolya Boolya are a lively and lovely pair with their music encompassing the essence of all things Celtic; tradition, beauty and of course ‘craic'! Fiddles, guitars, mandolin and voices simply made for each other, promise a performance which will leave hearts warmer and toes toasty from tapping.

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Long-time musical acquaintances finally come together on stage to present an eclectic selection of contemporary folk-influenced songs that will appeal to a wide audience. Rusty is Russell Churcher and The Saint is David De Santi. They debuted at the 2017 Illawarra Folk Festival with a swag of songs from the likes of Richard Thompson, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett.

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Rusty & The Saint
Saoirse

Saoirse, from Victoria, provide soaring harmonies, beautiful ballads sung in English and Irish including original material, jigs and reels and even the odd step dance. A SAOIRSE performance will engage and delight your inner Celt!

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Steve Wilson - Concertina Man

Steve Wilson “ Concertina Man" is one of the finest exponents in Australia of song accompaniment with concertina. His style is refreshing and he sings an eclectic mix of trad and contemporary folk, pop and original material including political satire aided by dancing puppets Pauline, Scomo, Malcolm and Tony.

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Steve Wilson - Concertina Man
Stonybroke
Stonybroke

Now Allan Stone is a poetry bloke otherwise known as Stonybroke
He’ll make you laugh and make you cry. Or spin you yarns about pie in the sky
Raising awareness of global pollution. And how we all must be part of the solution
Three young lads fresh out of luck. Towed through the Bush by a big Mack truck
A driver chap who gets into fights. First Nation people with sacred sites
There’s even a bloke who had a lamb. And Mulligan who blew out a lamp
So come along, get on yer bike. When Stonybroke is on the mike.

Stuns'l Booms

Stuns’l Booms was formed this year for the inaugural Albany International Folk ‘n Shanty Festival. A straight forward folk group from Tasmania for pirates and bushrangers of any shape or size.

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Stuns'l Booms
Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar
Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar

"Two Voices in the Crowd” performed by Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar is a performance of songs of Judy Small & Eric Bogle. The songs reflect the issues of a generation, and cover a wide range of subjects including women’s rights, social equity & environmental activism as well as promoting freedom from hatred, war and oppression."

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The Con Artists

The Con Artists are Australia's biggest folk band. We play a range of folk/world music from different countries especially balkan music with a range of sections and instruments.

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The Con Artists
The Dixie Chooks

“The Dixie Chooks present a wonderfully eclectic and truly original interpretation of the acoustic folk singer-songwriter genre. Their harmonies and solo voices are a joy, their musicality on a variety of string instruments precise and their stage-craft infectious!” NICK CHARLES

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The High Country

Brett Sergeant and John Nichols became the High after discovering a special energy and synergy exists when writing and performing together. Brett and John are both passionate songwriters making clever observations about life, people and places finding inspiration in wild landscapes and in the deepest recesses of the soul.

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The High Country
The Thomsons
The Thomsons

The Thomsons place the lyric at the heart of the song.  Guitar, keys and vocals provide the framework that supports deeply personal storytelling.  Be prepared to dust off your passport, add a few obscure visas, and meet a cast of unique and unforgettable characters that would enliven any dinner party.

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The Water Runners

The Water Runners mix of great harmonies, witty stage banter and quality musicianship has delivered entertaining performances of bluegrass-infused Australian music at festivals, pubs, clubs and events from Sydney to the Snowy. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, double bass and percussion combine in memorable songs of love, life and local legends. 

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The Water Runners
Three-Sixty
Three-Sixty

Three-Sixty perform iconic folk songs from the 1960s. Protest songs, ballads, the odd comedy-song. They bring back these great songs to inspire and entertain you!

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Born in a small town on the southern edge of the world, Tim sings with a well-travelled heart. With haunting melodies and a voice like cut marble, Tim is a teller of stories worth telling. His shows are like a conversation with a good friend who makes you laugh and cry and question everything you know.

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Tim Moore
Tinman

Born of a New Year’s Eve campfire sing-along, Tinman are a contemporary folk outfit in love with their heritage and building into new territory. Infused with the sounds of mandolin, cigar box guitar, piano accordion, ukulele and dreamy vocals, the quartet come together to create an electric live performance.

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Trilogy

Trilogy is made up of sisters, Joy. Kathy and Robin Sharpe . We have been singing together for many years, we love harmonising and making up arrangements of folk songs, 60's pop songs, country ballads, Aussie pop classics and what ever takes our fancy.

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Trilogy
Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin
Victoria Vigenser & Lindsay Martin

An all-original, wild act, it’s folk that resembles everything else. The duo packs emotional punches, with songs to heal the scars. You’ll swear you hear twins, with sounds you just can’t pick apart. Lindsay Martin brings virtuosic strings and velvet vocals to the mix, while songstress Victoria Vigenser brings driving rhythms and lyrics with a magnificent voice.

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Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

Zlatko and friends, with their special love for gypsy music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, share the spirited and captivating tunes of gypsy life, from moving love songs to passionate dance music, with the soul-stirring fire of true gypsy blood.

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Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

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