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2018 Festival Artists

These artists will be appearing at the 2018 festival on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday:

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante, Alanna & Alicia, Az-I-Am, Chord-eaux, Danny and Kate, Dear Violet, Fiona Ross (performing with Ken Nicol), Glenn Skuthorpe, Ian Hayden and Kiama Ceili, Jessica Grainger, Jocean, John Tubridy, Kavisha Mazzella, Ken Nicol, Kiama Pipe Band, Linda Mizzi and Band, Little Foot, Luke O'Shea, Mad Kelpie Playdate, Margaret and Bill Winnett, Matt Katsis, Michael-John Azzopardi, Nerida Cuddy, No Such Thing, Pete Wild, Robyn Sykes, Rusty & The Saint, Seanchas, Sing Australia Kiama, Snez, Steampunk Vagabonds, Stringline, Suzette Herft, Terry Fielding, The Bottlers, The Dead Maggies, The Heart Collectors, The Honey Sippers, The Lurkers, The Mutual Acquantainces, The Royal High Jinx, The Water Runners, Wally Byrne, Willie and the Correspondents, Witches Leap, Wolf Gordon, Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

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Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

The boys perform worldwide, delivering seamless harmonies, sensitive arrangements and engaging stagecraft. Alan, for decades a vital member of Scotland's legendary Battlefield Band was inducted in the Scots Traditional Hall of Fame in 2016. Rob is an accomplished and respected singer/guitarist. Together they present the finest of Scots music.

Fri                8:15 pm                Rugby Club

Sat               3:30 pm               Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)

Sat               7:15 pm               Norfolk Room

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Alanna & Alicia
Alanna & Alicia

Twin sisters, Alanna and Alicia charm audiences with their original folky/jazz/roots songs, sweet harmonies, fine songwriting and onstage warmth and fun. They will be joined by Sarah Bussutil and Silas Palmer.

  Fri           9:30 pm             Saddleback Room

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AZ-I-AM

Az-I-Am has been performing at festivals and folk clubs for 11 years. Lilting tunes and haunting melodies best describe this well crafted trio. They perform a delightful repertoire of originals and iconic classics. They play at the cross roads of Celtic, folk and country.

Sat               1:00 pm               Old Anglican Church

Sun            10:00 am               Norfolk Room

 

AZ-I-AM
CHORD-EAUX
CHORD-EAUX

Chord-eaux is an Illawarra-based folk band committed to promoting and providing folk music and dance opportunities for people of all ages in the community. Their repertoire comprises folk songs and tunes from Australia, Ireland, UK and other places in the world.

Sun           11:15 am               Saddleback Room

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Danny and Kate

Danny Priestley (Australia) and Kate Charlton-Jones (New Zealand) are a duo who made their first performance at the Illawarra folk club, however, they now reside in Hawkes Bay NZ on a property wrought with music. Danny is better known as the former singer in Illawarra based Celtic Band, Riogh, Kate is a member of NZ band, Cabin Fevre. Separately each have quite a different history, musically speaking. From Irish ballads to bluegrass, Danny and Kate set aside their musical differences and settle on a set focused on friends and whanau (family) from across the ditch with songs they love to play together.

Sat              4:00 pm              Saddleback Room

Sun            6:15 pm              Bowling Club

 

Danny and Kate
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.

Sat             2:00 pm              Old Anglican Church

Sun          10:45 am              Norfolk Room

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Fiona Ross & Ken Nicol

Flying the flag for Scots song, Fiona Ross' honest style reaches the heart of the tradition. She joins forces with guitar maestro Ken Nicol to deliver a set of traditional songs with a contemporary edge. "Fiona Ross - a very special Scots singer of great cultural importance" Pete Heywood

Fri                 7:15 pm              Rugby Club

Sat              12:30pm             Norfolk Room
Sat                9:15 pm             Saddleback Room

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Fiona Ross & Ken Nicol
Glenn Skuthorpe
Glenn Skuthorpe

Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari man and international touring singer-songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe has carved a reputation as a masterful lyricist and compelling performer who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard. Glenn returns from touring Canada with his sixth album to join the Folk by the Sea line up.

Fri               8:30 pm              Norfolk Room

Sat             2:15 pm              Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)
Sat             5:30 pm              Rugby Club

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Jessica Grainger

Jessica blends together melody and stories of Australia's past and present with songs that make you think and feel. Themes that also reflect on our relationship with others, the environment and past events that hold a special significance in the Australian story are among her original songs.

Sun           12:45 pm               Saddleback Room

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Jessica Grainger
Jocean
Jocean

Peace, Love, Music, Art, Song, Surf, Faith, Earth. We are Jocean. A dynamic duo of vocals / guitar and percussion. We perform original folk, roots and blues, works with a focus on social and environmental issues facing current and future generations. See our new EP "For the Fellowship of Life".

Sun              1:30 pm              Saddleback Room

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John Tubridy

John Tubridy is a singer/songwriter from Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Accompanied by Guitar or Ukulele John sings songs which are about life, love and the joys of living. "Every day's a bonus" is John's philosophy of life.

Sun              2:15 pm              Saddleback Room (Songs of Tom Paxton)

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John Tubridy
Kavisha Mazzella
Kavisha Mazzella

Kavisha Mazzella Female Troubadour. "A power and presence that's beyond words" Colum Sands. ARIA award and a former Port Fairy Artist of the Year winner. Songbird Kavisha Mazzella original song's lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English and Italian she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted  stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic.

Fri               9:15 pm              Rugby Club

Sat             2:45 pm              Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)
Sat             9:00 pm              Anglican Hall


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Ken Nicol

Ken Nicol a highly acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, producer, playwright and composer, and as well as his extensive solo work he's been a member of Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. His music ranges from folk to ragtime, blues to rock, ballads to jazz, amazingly intricate instrumentals to singalong comedy numbers.

Sat              2:45 pm              Anglican Hall

Sat              5:45 pm             Norfolk Room
 

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Ken Nicol
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. The uniform was chosen to maintain the link between Kiama and the many early pioneers of the district who came from that part of Ireland. The band is very cosmopolitan, having both male and female players from Australia, Ireland and America in its ranks. 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. A key goal of the band is to develop its playing strength so that the Kiama community can continue to enjoy the benefits of having its own Pipe Band. 

Fri               6:45 pm              Norfolk Room
 

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Linda Mizzi and Band

Linda Mizzi is a Blue Mountains singer-songwriter who, over a relatively short time, has come to the attention of festival audiences local and interstate.  Her debut album,Real People, will doubtless expand her audience with its honesty, charm and simple gifts.  Seamlessly blending folk, jazz and blues, she draws on influences as diverse as Rickie Lee Jones, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams and Doris Day! Linda is joined by band members; Alexander Keller on bass guitar and cello; Stefano Cosentino on lead guitar, Ian Neil Morrison on drums and percussion and Sonja Keller on violin.   

Sat              11:00 am             Anglican Hall

Sun               7:45 pm             Bowling Club

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Linda Mizzi and Band
Little Foot
Little Foot

Described by Australian folk legend Judy Small as 'a young Malvina Reynolds', Little Foot is a folk singer/songwriter known for tackling political issues such as refugee rights, the environment, and social justice issues in the Philippines, her home country. A blend of music, storytelling, and a dash of humour.

Fri              5:15 pm              Saddleback Room 

Sat             3:15 pm              Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)
Sat             6:30 pm              Anglican Hall


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Luke O'Shea

Laureate singer-songwriter Luke O'Shea spent decades travelling Australia and the world absorbing stories and universal truths that he now weaves throughout his celebrated songs. Heartbreaking & humorous, Luke O'Shea is a fitting heir to the storytellers & bush troubadours of past.

Fri                9:30 pm              Norfolk Room

Sat               3:00 pm             Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)

Sat               7:00 pm             Rugby Club

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Luke O'Shea
Mad Kelpie Playdate
Mad Kelpie Playdate

Queanbeyan based Celtic trad/pipeband/bluegrass fusion five piece Mad Kelpie Playdate formed in 2017 through a mutual love of bagpipe music and crazy dogs.  Their high energy performances combine smallpipes, uilleann pipes, flute, guitar and percussion to provide a modern take on traditional Celtic music.

Fri                10:30 pm            Norfolk Room

Sat             10:00 am             Norfolk Room
Sat               2:00 pm             Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)
Sat             10:00 pm             Rugby Club

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Matt Katsis

A bluesman at heart, avid wanderer reflecting troubadour tradition, albeit delicately picked ballads to foot stomping slide guitar driven down home swagger. Melbourne based singer-songwriter & guitarist Matt Katsis features a one-man-band approach through use of percussive elements of the acoustic guitar stompbox and creating loop layers, this has seen Matt take to audiences far and wide with the ease and merit that parallels his music.

Fri                8:30 pm              Saddleback Room
Sat               8:30 pm             Rugby Club

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Matt Katsis
Michael-John Azzopardi
Michael-John Azzopardi

Of Azzopardi it's been said his ability to coax multiple melody lines out of the one instrument is simply breathtaking. His mastery of pathos atmosphere and intensity is awe-inspiring. Both his voice and his guitar are expert at expressing the subtlest sentiment and the most strident outburst.

Sat           10:00 am             Rugby Club

Sat             5:15 pm             Saddleback Room

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NERIDA CUDDY

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, always with a few sing-along songs.

Fri              9:15 pm              Kendall Room

Sat             3:00 pm             Old Anglican Church

Sun          10:00 am             Anglican Hall

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NERIDA CUDDY
No Such Thing
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.

Fri            7:30 pm              Uniting Hall - Bush Dance

Sat           7:00 pm              Uniting Hall - Irish Ceili with Margaret and Bill Winnett

 

Pete Wild

Pete is touring his freshly pressed album Calm, an indie-folk-piano-pop roller-coaster ride that lurches from heartfelt comedy to deep melancholy. It's a survival manual for contemporary small-town country Australia; caravan renovations, insomnia-inducing anxiety, romantic beginnings on South Coast beaches, losing your lover to the Mars 1 colonisation project...   you will love this collection of vibrant vignettes.

Fri               6:15 pm              Rugby Club

Sat             2:30 pm               Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)

Sat             6:30 pm               Saddleback Room
Sun            8:30 am               Breakfast Folk at Silica Restaurant

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Pete Wild
Robyn Sykes
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.

Sat             8:00 pm              Kendall Room (Robyn and Poet Friends)

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Rusty & The Saint

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.

Fri              8:15 pm              Kendall Room

Sat             1:30 pm              Anglican Hall

Sun            7:00 pm              Bowling Club

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Rusty & The Saint
Seanchas
Seanchas

Seanchas (Pronounced Shen-a-huss). These time travellers in sound help to unlock the secrets shrouded in the words, music, symbols and stories of the past - from beautiful ballads & songs of the joy of lovers re-united to choruses delighting in the seasons,exciting fiddle tunes to evocative airs. Seanchas bring you the music that inspires and fires them.

Fri              7:30 pm              Norfolk Room

Sat           10:30 am             Saddleback Room

Sun            1:15 pm             Norfolk Room

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Sing Australia Kiama

Having performed at last year's Kiama Folk Festival as well as Kiama Carols, Australia Day Celebrations, the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival and Anzac services, Sing Australia Kiama is a local community singing group who share their joy of being together and singing with their audience. They sing a vast array of songs from all genres. Sing Australia Kiama is a group of 50 members and is one of a network of over 130 singing groups around Australia.

Sun             12:30 pm              Norfolk Room
 

Sing Australia Kiama
Snez
Snez

Coming from a Macedonian working-class family, where stories about hardship, romance, black magic and work ethic have been passed down through generations, Snez subtly weaves these influences into her own songs, featuring SNEZ on acoustic guitar, bouzouki and vocals.

Sun              3:15 pm              Saddleback Room

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Steampunk Vagabonds

Drawing influences from Vaudeville, Bellydance, Tribal, Celtic and World Fusion, Illawarra dance troupe the Steampunk Vagabonds have gained a reputation for their vintage styling, elaborate costuming, and entertaining sets. Join them for a grand, steam and sail powered adventure around the world and across the seven seas. 

Sun            2:15 pm              Norfolk Room

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Steampunk Vagabonds
Stringline
Stringline

Stringline is a unique folk band playing catchy, powerful originals, traditional folk songs and tunes in their own infectious style. Stringline delivers an up-tempo lively sound, blending genres of folk, blues and bluegrass with their Irish roots, using acoustic guitars, mandolins, fiddle, banjo, and a focus on naturally blended vocals. Stories from Australian history to heartfelt personal experiences will have you listening intently.

Sat           12:15 pm              Anglican Hall

Sat             9:30 pm              Kendall Room

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Suzette Herft

Suzette Herft has a sublime voice, heartfelt, soulful, original songs, a joyful sunny countenance and natural charm and grace to touch your soul. Suzette sings from her soul and she glows when she's singing. "Every song she sings is plucked with precision from her heart" (Mundy - Ireland). Suzette owns the essence of the Baez repertoire with a poise, charm, confidence and ease that carries hapless listeners away on the that dreaming trip when music transcends time and place. "This is the gift of a very skilled folk singer." Jamie McKew-Former Festival Director - Port Fairy Folk Festival

Fri              7:30 pm              Saddleback Room

Sat             4:15 pm              Norfolk Room (Joan Baez Tribute)  90 minutes

Sat             7:45 pm              Anglican Hall

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Suzette Herft
Terry Fielding
Terry Fielding

Original lead singer and guitarist from 70's group Fielding and Dyer. Fielding and Dyer wrote and recorded the Australian folk classic, The Whale. Winners of Bandstand songwriters award and winners of Australia's new faces grand final.

Fri              6:15 pm              Saddleback Room

Sat             2:30 pm              Rugby Club

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The Bottlers

The Bottlers are a hard playing, nine piece, all acoustic folk punk band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Drawing life breath from not only the traditionally folk fuelled rural reaches of the nation but also it's city scapes and suburban streets with a solid tip of the hat to the folk, punk and folk punk pioneers that have traipsed and trekked the trails well before them. The Bottlers believe folk based music should progressively speak of the times it exists in whilst hearkening back to it's past, to the true heart of folk music, people. Because you truly can't get where you're going till you know where you've been.

Sat               1:00 pm            Rugby Club

Sat               8:00 pm            Saddleback Room

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The Bottlers
The Dead Maggies
The Dead Maggies

From folk clubs of Scotland, to punk warehouses of Indonesia, and the Australian festival circuit (Falls, Spiegeltent, Port Fairy, National Folk Festival). The Dead Maggies (Hobart) have been spreading tales of Van Dieman's Land's dark and oppressive history, in the form of lively folk-punk music.

Fri              10:15 pm              Rugby Club

Sat              1:15 pm              Saddleback Room

Sat            10:15 pm              Norfolk Room

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The Heart Collectors

Independent Australian acoustic folk group consisting of stunning vocals, soaring cello, sparkling mandolin, boot banging banjo and intricate acoustic guitar.

Sat              4:00 pm              Old Anglican Church

Sat            10:30 pm              Saddleback Room

Sun           11:30 am              Norfolk Room

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The Heart Collectors
The Honey Sippers
The Honey Sippers

Mark with finger picking on guitar, and Trish with soulful vocals, the Honey Sippers from Camden, love to play music that engages and tells a story.Their extensive playlist includes unique acoustic versions of early blues artists, the best Australian music, modern classics and their own moving originals. Together they bring a life experience that lends depth and authenticity to their music.

Sun              10:30 am              Saddleback Room

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The Lurkers

The Lurkers play acoustic hillbilly punk about super-profits, civil disobedience and the post-post-feminist revolution. They were the winners of the 2013 Songs for Social Justice' Award, presented by the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund for their song 'Mining Man', a protest song about Coal Seam Gas mining.

Fri              5:00 pm              Norfolk Room

Sat             5:15 pm              Anglican Hall

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The Lurkers
The Mutual Acquantainces
The Mutual Acquantainces

The Mutual Acquaintances, comprised of Ian Barker, Brett Guyer, and Michael Spencer, is a three-piece ensemble performing new and traditional Anglo-Irish music with vocals, guitars, cittern, accordion, tin whistles, bodhran and uilleann pipes. Together, they present a rich program of traditional and contemporary folk music ranging from a cappella songs to atmospheric guitar solos and lively sets of jigs and reels.

Sun                5:15 pm              Bowling Club

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The Royal High Jinx

The Royal High Jinx, write, play & sing danceable music inspired by European traditions, shaded with gypsy jazz, Latin & swing grooves, a pinch of folk and finished with classical virtuosity. Sing, dance and be entertained by Melbourne's most colourful dance band! 

Fri               10:30 pm              Saddleback Room

Sat                3:45 pm              Norfolk Room (Vox FM Concert)

Sat                8:45 pm              Norfolk Room

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The Royal High Jinx
The Water Runners
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. 

Sat                4:00 pm              Anglican Hall

Sun               8:45 pm              Bowling Club

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Wally Byrne

Wally Byrne's songs, set in Australia's past and present, tell stories about what it means to live. After a couple of decades of writing and performing, he released his solo album in 2016. Wally is a classic folk story teller.  His songs are a tonic for the soul.

Sun              4:30 pm           Bowling Club

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Wally Byrne
Willie and the Correspondents
Willie and the Correspondents

Willie and the Foreign Correspondents will provide an upbeat session of laughter, sorrow and joy with "intelligent, original ballads delivering compelling commentaries on life, love, death and politics" - Canberra Times.  WTC has two albums and has appeared at the National Folk Festival and at Tathra's Band Together Concert.

Fri              6:00 pm              Norfolk Room

Sat           11:30 am              Rugby Club

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Witches Leap

With the richness of uilleann pipes, Irish flute and vocal harmonies backed by prog-folk bouzouki and stompbox, Witches Leap filter trad music through the hanging swamps and mythology of their Blue Mountains home. Original instrumental tunes are cut with convict-gospel singalongs and folk-punk tales of black bushrangers and errant redcoats.

Fri              10:15 pm              Kendall Room
Sat             11:15am               Norfolk Room

Sat               4:00 pm              Rugby Club

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Witches Leap
Wolf Gordon
Wolf Gordon

Since the release of "Broken Road" in December 2017, Wolf has been the subject of a significant amount of buzz with national radio play and over 350-thousand digital streams. Despite the recent attention Wolf's on-stage demeanour remains honest and earnest consisting of local tales.

Sun              12:00 pm              Saddleback Room

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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.

Sun               3:00 pm              Norfolk Room

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Zlatkos Balkan Cabaret

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