Appalachian Heaven String Band play Southern Appalachian old time mountain music with gusto & authenticity, learnt directly from the masters during visits to USA festivals & band camps. Appalachian Heaven String Band perform driving & sensitive fiddle sounds, dance tunes with curly toes, cheeky songs & disarmingly touching ballads … delighting audiences young & young-at-heart!
‘Austrian World Music award recipients, Black Market Tune are an outstanding example of musicians networking across Europe & the profound impact of the Celtic Folk genre. With many strands of Ethno, American & European folk, they present a powerful musical tapestry. Their first recording Nightfire appeared in 2013 & this tour will launch their second CD.’
‘BLEACH is acoustic duo Xavier Carthew & Sean Nudl- two young 16 year old singer/guitarists from Bendigo. Still at school, they’ve been polishing their musical skill at local festivals, markets & pubs, performing together for just 12 months. They are really looking forward to performing at their first Yackandandah Folk Festival.’
Broads is the musical partnership of Kelly Day & Jane Hendry. With years of singing together in vocal vintage pop group The Nymphs (as seen on Spicks & Specks, RocKwiz), Kel & Jane have developed a harmonic symbiosis that is evident in their luscious harmonies & their interactions during live shows.’
This young, creative, nomadic songstress, originally from south-east QLD, has her travelling shoes permanently on these days. Over the past three years she has lived a gypsy life on the road, touring Australia with her modern-folk tunes. She launched her debut EP, Live in Bruthen, in 2015, at the Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, VIC.’
Having toured across North America, Europe & UK in 2015, Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma is the man everybody’s talking about on the World Music scene & has become one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters. With an ability to cross cultural & musical boundaries, when he sings, you listen & travel with him– a love song sung in Pitjantjatjara will make your heart sing in whatever language you speak.
‘Gorani meaning “Mountain Men”, an 11 voice male vocal group, has been meeting every Tue night since 1992, specialising in Bulgarian songs initially, but mainly singing Georgian songs in recent years. Travelling to Georgia as a performing group six times, they have appeared on national TV & radio in Georgia, Bulgaria & Australia.’
Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, & youth counsellor turned folk artist, Tentrees has released 6 records, toured extensively in North America, UK, Australia & Europe, & nominated for a slew of awards. Deeply personal & moving, melodic & uplifting, & lyrically rich – master storyteller & multi-instrumental performer Tentrees delivers songs that will tear your heart out, one note at a time.
‘Born in Senegal, and now living in VIC, Jali Buba is a master of traditional kora tunes, and has applied his kora to the Afro Manding styles, soukous of Mali & Guinee Conakry, the mbalakh, reggae, salsa, jazz & blues. Jali has appeared at festivals around Australia including WOMADelaide & The Melbourne International Festival to name a few. ‘
Jaxon Haldane is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist & record producer. As a member of Canada’s legendary bluegrass mutants, The D.Rangers, he travelled the country carving out his place in the Canadian folk music scene. Haldane has demonstrated, through his own catalogue of original recordings, a deft touch for songwriting. His music combines elements of blues, country, folk & jazz blended into an eclectic mix of proto-rock & roll.
‘Bred in Byron Bay, with a musical upbringing, Sulman learnt about Blues & Roots before dropping the training wheels off his pushbike! His lyrics come from experiences, his music from the heart; bringing northern culture south with his smokey blues voice, eclectic guitar work & cheeky percussion with much success.’
Kirsty Bromley is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny & beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger. Her debut album Time Ashore features original songs & carefully curated folk gems.’
Lucy’s best known as the dream-voiced ukulele wielding song maker in a family band from Margaret River WA; & Stephen, as double bass playing crooner &creator of the Spooky Men’s Chorale. Together, they explore a whole bunch of highly necessary conversations: between the bass & the uke, between the resonance & the groove, between verbal nuance & sweet cadence, between grand stupidity & grace.
‘Lulu & the Paige-Turners invigorate with a theatrical performance inspired by those of bands such as gypsy-cabaret group Rapscallion & punk-cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls. Lulu & the Paige-Turners blend contemporary folk sounds, sweet pop melodies & cabaret-esque rhythm. Their arresting live performances have mesmerised audiences.’
‘Michaela Alexander is a self taught singer/songwriter/guitarist from NE VIC, who has been performing & writing for twenty years. After winning the 2015 Yack Folk Festival busking comp she returns for 2016, bringing her distinctively powerful chops & homemade tunes, which have been described as a union between blues & folky ballads.’
Mick Thomas has been a staple of Melbourne’s music scene for well over 25 years. Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer & poet, Thomas is best known as the Blundstone-wearing song master of pub-rock icons, Weddings Parties Anything. His band The Roving Commission features Squeezebox Wally on Piano Accordion & a rotating schedule of talented performers to keep the party alive.
Pete Denahy released a comedy album in 2014 featuring songs about over use of mobile phones, selfies, food & flatulence. The songs have delighted & disgusted a wide range of people, which seems to suit Denahy. He’s also written songs about Yackandandah in the gold rush days & beyond, which feature on his latest bluegrass albums Wishbone Road and Singin’ Shoes. Pete describes his songs as eclectic and appealing to something inside of everyone. If you see him at the festival, be sure and ask him for some of his much-admired money saving tips.
Beechworth & Yack locals Rourke (vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin & stomp box) & Huon (harmonica, guitar & vocals) play a variety of blues, folk, Australiana & Americana influenced original songs. Rouke’s catalogue contains humorous songs about his life as a shearer & a few good old fashioned songs dedicated to a man’s best friends….beer & whiskey!
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 roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Cook has managed to distil the stories collected over years of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, & Australia, into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He’s currently touring in support of his fifth DIY release, Go Long. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, & your life can change the world.
Marni, Mark & Dave play traditional songs in a blues or country style, some dating back to the 1800s, or classics penned by Robert Johnson & Woody Guthrie. Originals are stylistically in keeping & are co-written/arranged by all members. Audiences love the sparkle, variety & humour of this act, whose songs deal with fundamental human concerns – love, hate, sex, death, injustice, & survival.
‘Sheila Kay Adams is a ballad singer, banjo player, writer & story teller from North Carolina. For seven generations, her family has maintained the tradition of passing down the English, Scottish, & Irish ballads. Adams was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 2013, & received the North Carolina Heritage Award 2015. Her innovating tunes, with her signature drop-thumb style banjo skills, have won her numerous awards.’
With their trademark satire, charm, & penchant for nonstop folk pop, their music examines lost love, seedy friendships, the free market & summer’s golden promise. Continuing to push the boundaries of folk, they use accordion, violin, acoustic guitars, banjo, harmonica, cello, tuba, & all kinds of percussive oddities, alongside analogue synths, programmed drums, vocoders & a small symphony.
Ontario guitarist Jake Charron & 7th generation PEI musicians Tim (fiddle) & Koady Chaisson (banjo) make traditional music seem ridiculously hip. An adrenalized, roof-rattling, performance monster, the trio’s excellent new release Secret Victory, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015, features beautiful songs & a series of free-wheeling, feisty instrumental jigs, stomps & reels.
‘Described by Rhythms magazine as “Australian dirt music in its purest form” (July 13), The Hannafords have a unique & distinctive flavour to their well-crafted original songs. Little bit Celtic, little bit bluegrass, with a strong folk edge. Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, always enjoyable – their stories are delivered with honesty & skill.’
‘The Northern Folk are a 9-piece alternative ensemble from Albury, with a merging of folk/blues/funk/rock. Focusing on original songs with group vocal sections, murky bass lines, & big catchy horn hooks, Northern Folk mix high-energy moments with stripped back acoustic sound, targeted at all demographics & groovers.’
After living & touring throughout Canada, Europe & Indonesia, Richardson returns home to Australia with a brand new CD, inspiring one-man live show, & infectious demeanour. An adventurous yet humble artist who appreciates the freedom of travel, exploration, & the privilege of forging relationships with listeners & cultures around the world.
True Spirit Revival Yoga with live Music is back in 2017 by popular demand, with your favourite way to experience yoga! Imagine your uplifting yoga practice, merged with live music, humour, challenge & connection. Step into the most soulful blend of contemporary live music, woven with traditional mantras & paired with heart wisdom. This exciting Yoga Loves Music workshop is a collaboration between two internationally renowned presenters, Canadian-born yoga instructor, Kimberly Erin, and Australian singer- songwriter, Tom Richardson. The perfect way to start your day!
‘For almost two decades, this trio has blended their individual musical influences into a unique Australian Folk Rock style, creating intimate ballads about rural Australia. Take a journey with them through past & present, & be left with a warm feeling of strength, resilience & contentment, that is truly Australian.’
For locals and visitors alike the Yackandandah Choir is a highlight. More info on the choir, including how you can join in, available here.