The fantastic lineup of artists from the 2013 Yackandandah Folk Festival are featured below.
There is absolutely nothing better than being blown away by a band. I’m still reeling from Adelaide group Bearded Gypsy Band’s performance at the Espy Front Bar, and have been singing their praises ever since. All – look like they have barely hit puberty, yet ooze musical brilliance way beyond their years. The rhythmic display provided a new glimpse into instrumental music and was a visionary and inspiring spectacle, to say the least
A good local recipe: the velvet vocals of Treena Costin and Fiona Dyball; mix well with Alison Davey on sparkling keys; add in a dash of the sweet stylings of David Pietsch on violin and you have the Bells Flat Brigade! Come along for beautiful ballads, true and contemporary folk and some well loved jigs and reels. Music to raise your spirits and feed your soul.
Briege Murphy is a singer-songwriter from Co. Armagh in Ireland. Briege was reared in an area and family, steeped in traditional irish music , and for many years was a member of the Comhaltas there. As a young mother ,she began to write her own contemporary folk songs, which have been descibed as “having their roots in the tradition”. In November 2012 , she won “Best female Bard” in the world renowned “Bard of Armagh” humourous poetry competition in Ireland, with a poem she composed “just for the craic”. Briege has represented Ireland in an international song-contest in Holland ,singing one of her own songs, coming 5th out of 70 bands across Europe.She has also had one of her tracks included on an Northern Ireland Arts Council CD, and has won an award for her contribution to the culture of her country
Reaching to musical depth’s far beyond his years and a way with the guitar that can only be seen to be believed. Daniel Champagne often sounds closer to a three-piece band than the 22 year old singer songwriter guitarist that has established himself as a renowned performer in his homeland Australia and now around the world. Having cut his teeth on the Australian scene with two independent EPs and two full years on the road. 2011 has marked the release of the debut album ‘Pint of Mystery’ and has seen Daniel take his explosive live show to all corners of his homeland as well as Europe and Canada.
Dingo’s Breakfast, larrikin poets extraordinaire, command this year’s Yackendandah Poet’s Breakfasts. The Dingo’s are adding an element of competition to the Breakfasts, offering prizes in three categories – Junior, Teen & Open – come along and join in the fun. Make sure you also see the musical side of the Dingo’s in concert.
Ealey & Tyers pay wry homage to popular ‘lurve’ ballads or belt out their own songs as they wend their way through the nightmare of galloping middle age and plain old ordinary life. But there’s nothing ordinary about this pairing of voices and musical spirits. You’ll cry till you laugh!
Evan Davies and Mischa Herman, both talented mulit-instrumentalists, explore traditional Irish, Breton and American Old Time music. They bring together flute, accordion, guitar, whistle, and banjo. Florid runs amidst gorgeous tones and pulsing rhythms, this music is sure to lift the soul.’ -Anthony Norris.
Fiona Boyes is a distinctive blues guitarist, singer and songwriter who’s been described by reviewers as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’. Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, Fiona has carved out a well deserved international reputation with 4 nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards.
Smith is a superb songwriter. Frencham has a voice with all the appeal, emotional honesty and clarity of someone like Shawn Colvin or Mary Chapin Carpenter. Yes, really, she is that good. There is no other folk duo in Australia which even comes close to this magical combination.’ Sydney Morning Herald
Its a van load of quirky instrument collection n global groove stuff! They are a 4 ‘peace’ w guy/girl vocals in the mix, 6 & 9 strings guitars, dobro, Guitar-synth, mandolin, bass and a healthy dose of ‘second line’ drums; The songs visit themes of spacejunk, love, 3d world rip offs, rusted cars, politics, fun, envioment etc = life !! Mixing music and fun with social environmental activism they have played benifits and supported Clean Ocean Foundation, Thin Green Line, Sea Shepherd and Surf Aid.
James Keelaghan is coming back for 2013 with the fantastic David Woodhead at his side. Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards – including a Juno (Canada’s Grammy) – and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia. With James being supported by David, this will prove to be one of the best tours yet !!
Transportive, heartwarming and inspirational! Contemporary folk songs about life and love, lessons learned, mother earth, journeys, dreams, aspirations and contemplations. Joe on guitar and harmonica with rich, soulful vocals combined with Katie on ukelele and percussion with an enchanting and mesmorising voice
John Flanagan and the Begin Agains have impressed audiences at gigs and festivals around Australia with lush vocal harmonies and delicate acoustic textures on banjo, guitars, violin and mandolin. Their heartbreaking melodies and deeply honest storytelling have seen them compared to artists such as Alison Krauss and James Taylor.
Jordie Lane is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter labeled by Rhythms Magazine as ‘Australia’s brightest new roots music star’. Blending the dark romanticism of Bruce Springsteen, the country swagger of Gram Parsons and the wit and charm of a comedian’s son, Lane will release his third album in 2013!
When it’s time to dance – JUST call for reggno-rock. JUST the band – Datu Mandipensa, vocals, rhythm guitar and tribal instruments, David Thorpe, lead guitar, Rowan Brown all manner of wind instruments and percussion, Lisa Mandipensa percussion and didgeridoo, Rab Kusmierski, bass and Dave Elvin drums, know how to take a groove and make it infectious. Reggno-rock is joyous energized music. It’s about passion, rhythm, dancing, and having fun. The bands original songs speak of love, nature and the joy of life
Ken Nicol’s music covers the spectrum from blues to rock, taking in folk, jazz, ragtime and more. Renowned for his fingerpicking acoustic guitar technique, Ken also plays electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. He delights audiences with music ranging from mesmerisingly fast instrumentals to heart-stoppingly beautiful ballads and even comedy.
Lily & King are a quirky, musical junkyard that employs trombone, sweet & sassy vocals, toy piano, guitar, half a toy drum kit & an abundance of foot stomping. They create rousingly catchy music that sits somewhere between a captivating 40’s nightclub routine & the raw, rambunctious spirit of New Orleans street buskers.
Leading Little Wise is Sophie Klein, who is perhaps small in stature, but has nevertheless got big stories to tell. Klein is joined by Megan Bernard (electric guitar), Arlene Fletcher (bass) and Jordan Lockett (drums). This Melbourne collective is not bound strictly to the folk roots sound but with an injection of blues, soul, country and some keen pop sensibilities that provide a lasting depth and warmth to any room.
For decades they have mesmerized audiences with musical strength, fearless politics and tender hearts. Their voices and songs are considered world class, solo CD’s have achieved high praise, and they have shared stages with some of the worlds most loved musicians. They combine ‘divine singing, clever songwriting and a lifetime’s stage craft’ in an unforgettable performance. Their new CD is PEARL.
Sitting in the Autumn sun with whiskey in hand and an impertinent but goodtime-oldtime vibe, the Melissa Main Trio make original music with the catchy tunes, sing-able choruses and a wicked sense of humour from an award-winning songwriter and great performer. Honeyed growling voices, guitars, bass and charango.
Michelle Meehan is a guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Melbourne. With a passion for gorgeous lyrics, exciting guitar riffs and complex vocals, Michelle is keen to connect with her audiences and deliver those priceless moments where the musician and the listener feel absorbed by timelees musical rapture!
Out of the Fire and into the Pans. ‘Pans on Fire’ was started in November 2009 as a Marysville and Triangle district Black Saturday bushfire recovery project and has grown into a popular community asset. Playing at many music festivals in Melbourne and regional Victoria we love to surprise our audience with a variety of music styles, ranging from Calypso, Latin and Samba over Jazz to world music and classical
A musical treat. Paul Wookey’s first class flat picking and Gold Guitar winning vocal, Jack Melbourne’s driving banjo, high lonesome voice and tasteful dobro, Aron (Pig) McLean’s double bass, baritone vocal and bad jokes, Gold Guitar winning fiddler/ singer song-writer Pete Denahy’s tasteful ‘fiddlin’ and strong lead vocal combined with one of Australia’s finest mandolin players, Josh Grundy, makes for an entertaining experience that you will be wishing never ends! What you get with ‘Monroe’s Mill’ are 5 guys that share a love for bluegrass music, entertaining and laughter with Blue-Grassed keep the audience pondering ‘what will they possibly come up with next’ ‘Monroe’s Mill’
Prepare to be booglarized by one of Australia’s finest consummate artists. Pugsley Buzzard has performed all over the world from Berlin to the New Orleans French Quarter to the Himalayan Blues Festival in Katmandu. Pugsley has dazzled and delighted audiences far and wide with his unique blend of dark hoodoo blues, good time rollicking boogie and blazing stride style piano playing together with his huge mesmerizing voice that can make the ladies sigh and grown men cry. A recipe for loads of fun. Pugley has been invited back to perform in the prestigious Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans at the end of April. Pugsley will be recording at Oak Street Recording Studio in uptown New Orleans and performing in clubs in the French Quarter throughout May. Including the Balcony Music Club, Checkpoint Charlies and Dos Jefes Cigar Bar.
The dynamic female trio that formed spontaneously around a festival campsite has been drawing invitations from renowned US events like MerleFest, Rockygrass and Mountain Stage. In June 2012, Red Molly opened several shows for legendary music icon Willie Nelson. In 2012, founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, banjo) welcomed the newest “Molly”, singer / songwriter Molly Venter (guitar), to fill out their lush three part harmonies. If one word describes the new Red Molly CD, Light In The Sky, that word is joyous. On the American Radio Chart, Light In The Sky spent 20 weeks in the Top 40. The album features gorgeous acapella ballads, bluegrass tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing. The title sets the theme for the 14 tracks: optimism, joy, and excitement for the future.
Yackandandah’s own one man excitement machine, Perso has developed his own style blending multiple genres fused into a traditional, folky, rocking, roots & blues with didgeridoos. From humble beginnings busking at the Yackandandah Folk Festival to now a regular on the vibrant Australian festival scene, as well as the USA and Canada, with a career highlight: opening for the legendary BB King at the Ottawa Blues Festival.
A passionate and captivating musician, Ronit has developed a devoted following around Australia that grows with each performance. Audiences are drawn to her strong vocals and emotive honest lyricism, while being floored by her fiery guitar playing. Her sound is a melting pot of soul, roots and rock with hints of Middle Eastern inspired melody, due in part to her Israeli heritage.
The Go Set has created a sound of its own playing with raw energy and undeniable passion combining traditional sounds of bagpipes and mandolin with contemporary rock guitars; performing songs with a penchant for socially and politically motivated lyrics. The Go Set continue to receive accolades regarding their manic performances at festivals. Not to be missed!
“A cake made of something bluesy, poppy and rocky iced with gypsy folk” – The Hounds Homebound are rolling off the back of a stellar year of wooing and grooving audiences across Victoria and NSW. With their debut release ‘Diamond People’ hitting national airwaves and their live performances winning them the title of 2013 FReeZA Victorian Battle of the Bands victors, they’re bound to be a little bit sweet and a whole lot of fun.
The group features instruments made from recycled and reused materials. They are equally at home in the blues realm or junkyard roots and old time country. Formed by singer songwriter/ instrument maker Luke R Davies they aim to have fun, environmentally friendly and entertaining. Guaranteed to make you smile
The Yearlings fly the flag for those that believe the true beauty of music comes from the heart, not the hype.’ Ross Colin, Music SA . The Yearlings are Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson. Their music has ‘dirt on its feet and blood on its hands’, conjuring delicate harmonies and rich tremolo electric guitar, aged. Old. Just the right amount of haunting.
Vic Manuel is a dedicated singer/song-writer who tells stories with guitar and ukulele through folk /roots songs, lively and sad in one breath. Vic is based in the mid-north coast of NSW. He reaches out to audiences who hang off every word, and inspires a huge following wherever he plays.
There’s a little bit of everything in our show don’t be surprised when we sing in Irish one minute playing bodhran, and trad blues the next or something a little jazzy pop or folk. We love it all and if you like a bit of cheek and a laugh, come along and see us.
For locals and visitors alike the Yackandandah Choir is a highlight. More info on the choir, including how you can join in, available here.