The full artist lineup for the 2017 festival is presented below in alphabetical order.
The full artist lineup for the 2017 festival is presented below in alphabetical order.
A Few Good Women are a recently formed trio from Beechworth playing a mix of styles such as gypsy, klezmer, folk and jazz. Singer-songwriters Kat Beaton (violin, guitar and ukulele) and Leah Jeskie (accordion, clarinet, ukulele and guitar) are joined by Emily Brien (percussion). Come hear songs about overcoming fear, refugees, spirituality, expensive handbags, family, frustrated love and Hillary Clinton.
Alpine Contemporary Bellydance Academy has been teaching traditional Egyptian Bellydance in Wangaratta for the past seven years & is the only professional Bellydance School in Northern Victoria. Lead Dancers, Sariah & Laveika, will present a short performance followed by a fun audience interactive segment, which will give you an understanding of the health benefits of Bellydance.
Her sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks- fragile & ethereal one minute, strong & vibrant the next. With an impeccable pedigree as a member of the legendary Black Family, this Dublin Folk singer-songwriter has become a force to be reckoned with, steadily rising to the top of the Irish folk & traditional music scene.
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!
Cathie’s Celtic Dance is a local Irish dance group from Albury-Wodonga & Beechworth. Opening in 2005 with a few students, Cathie’s Celtic Dance has grown into a large group of performers, of all ages, that regularly perform throughout VIC & NSW. The group performs to both traditional & contemporary music, with both traditional & original choreography which includes, soft shoe, hard shoe, ceili & group dances. Cathie will take you through the basics of sole shoe Irish reel steps. You’ll be skipping around the stage before you know it.
Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches, aka Mabel & Ivy, create something pure & beautiful. Still in high school, they already have a string of folk & roots festival appearances under their belts. Renowned for their sublime harmonies, they released their stunning debut album Staring at the Starry Ceiling in 2016.
Combining traditional folk influences with looping technology, Davesway’s solo show explores the limitations of a solo performance. Incorporating a mix of raw acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies, every sound is recorded live during the performance. Davesway still maintains the singer-songwriter approach with passion that will captivate audiences.
This bush band is a mustered together group of local reprobates & members of the infamous Tin Shed Rattlers. Di Simpson will get you in your place & lead you through the steps under the stars of Yackandandah. Students from our primary schools have been put through their paces in the lead up to the festival & will be warming the dance floor for the open-air Bush Dance. So limber-up, choose a partner & be swept-away through the shining times.
Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones are old-time musicians & inspired tune-smiths. They are married – in life & music. When they play, their instruments & voices blend like two forks of the same river. Southern song-duets & soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity & vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache. Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.
Performing as a lively, impulsive & playful duo, Ditte Fromseier & Sigurd Hockings are full of virtuosity. They have toured together worldwide & have, through many years of partnership, developed a unique intimacy in their music. Old swingy traditional tunes & songs are combined with Ditte & Sigurd’s own compositions.
In the short time Gallie has called Australia his home, he has crashed into the gate of the Australian music industries consciousness, with Stephen Pigram recording his song Look Away (Walking Blues). His songs have made it to a number of best of the year lists, in the press & radio, including the Top 16 tracks of the year – Paul Gough ABC Inside Sleeve; and Top 15 albums of the year, Brian Wise, Triple R.
Graciana Holland grew up in the music family The Hollands!, and was given the opportunity to explore & experience new cultures, traditions & music. She is an accomplished songwriter & composer. Self-taught on the guitar, ukulele & piano, but her voice is the stand out- with a delicate & pure delivery, Graciana’s sound keeps listeners on the edge of their seat.
Guitar meets violin in this mesmerising & captivating duo. Award winning musician Guy Lilleyman & Amelia Gibson join forces to offer an eclectic performance ranging from folk ballads to soaring instrumentals & everything in between!
Indigo Walton-Guerin is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter originally from the small village of Violet Town. She’s back to the roots of where her musical journey began – at Yackandandah Folk Festival. Exploring a combination of simplistic melodic guitar & expressive vocals, Indigo creates a dreamlike soundscape.
As a stand out performer at Small Halls, Woodford, & Bluesfest, and the national support tour for Melissa Etheridge in 2015-2016, Canadian/Irish troubadour Irish Mythen has quickly left a mark on Australian audiences. Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live performances. She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention & will bring you on an incredible & emotional journey, & a comedian with a joie de vivre that’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after she’s left the bandstand.
Delightful, insightful, warm & engaging, Jane’s pure singing ‘voice of an angel’ (Enda Kenny) & award-winning song-writing, combined with James’s sensitive rhythm guitar & strong harmonies, capture the essence of Australia’s heart & soul, landscape & humanity. You come away from their concerts with your faith in human nature restored.
“Janette’s gift is obvious from the opening notes of any of her songs, what she also brings to her performances is an all-encompassing enthusiasm for music that is conveyed to the audience the moment she walks on stage. This is the kind of stage presence you have to be born with … Janette’s music stops people in their tracks instantly.” Tim Quinn, Quill Publications/Mighty Quinn Management, UK
Winner of the Yackoustica competition in 2016, Melbourne singer songwriter Jess Gay has been writing & performing music since her early teens. Originally from Barnawartha, she’s performed extensively around the North East Region. For the past year, Jess has been performing less, but writing more, & busy recording a new EP due to be released soon.
Kathryn’s haunting voice will move you to tears as she unfolds her beautiful stories & songs from the Irish tradition. Her capacity to engage with & entice her audiences, to open their hearts to all that the beauty of song can offer, has people coming back for more! Her latest CD Erin Gra Mo Chroi (Ireland of my Heart) is a collection of songs from her 2016 trip to Milltown Malbay, County Clare and the Willie Clancy Festival.
Despite their youth, Les Poules à Colin are road warriors, bringing their own brand of traditional folk music to venues across North America & Europe. Fiddle, foot percussion, twin vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin & electric bass delight & surprise with sparkling, inventive arrangements. “A new take on Québécois folk” (fROOTS)
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.
Fitness4U is a fitness studio based in Yackandandah. With classes for both men & women, from u18s through to the more mature, there is something for everyone. The Looking Good Group are just one of the many programs, aimed at improving strength, balance & cardio. They will be here to show off some of the dance routines they’ve been flash mobbing in the local community, with new takes on old classics. So watch out, it’s contagious!
BBC Best Newcomer Folk Awards nominee; Acoustic Stage opener at Glastonbury; guest vocalist with Zero 7; and six critically acclaimed internationally released albums – Martha delivers a mesmerising set of songs & astute observations with her beautiful crystal-clear vocals, supported by an eclectic ensemble of multi-instrumental musicians.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary & stronger than ever, the Club explores the lively sounds of Scottish music with a repertoire that both acknowledges & reinvents traditional roots. Drawing enthusiastic & loyal crowds, the Club regularly collaborates with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, & puts on a charming & exhilarating show.
With a powerful voice imbued with honesty, Melbourne songbird Mezz Coleman writes & sings of love, loss & community. After graduating from VCA with a Bachelor of Music Performance (Jazz Improvisation), Mezz eventually found her home in the folk & indie pop traditions. With her ukulele in hand, she has spent the last decade performing in Melbourne and around regional Victoria, establishing herself as both a prolific songwriter & engaging performer.
Entertaining & amazing fretboard wizardry has seen Michael earn a place amongst the world’s top players, regularly touring Europe, Japan & Southeast Asia. Michael is noted for his unique & moving compositions & popular arrangements, that combine feeling & flash, presented with plenty of humour & stories.
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.
Phoebe like the Moon is a Byron Bay born folk musician, vocalist & multi-instrumentalist, whose powerful stage presence, mesmerising voice & intricate melodies have won the hearts of all who hear her. Phoebe’s songs are stories, weaving a tapestry of haunting folklore & fairy tales like a map of her heart.
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.
“On one hand, they’re your quintessential macho Oz band, with pointed Aussie accented folk/rock statements; on the other hand, the band also has a SNAG side that’s expressed in genteel balladry with pop & country sensibilities. The fact that all members are singers & songwriters with musical outlets outside of Rough Red might account for the band’s wide range of references & material, & its polished vocal harmony”, Rhythms Magazine.
Rowena Wise is an award-winning Melbourne songstress who has grown up with music- touring nationally & internationally from a young age in the Wise Family Band. Laying pop-infused melodies, & rich, quirky conversational lyrics onto a sparse folk canvas, she performs with a sophistication & verve that defies her 22 years.
Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel are a band steeped in talent, personality & connection. Described by Rolling Stone as ‘Australiana Alt County at its finest’ Sal’s authentic & warm stage presence, storytelling & antipodean vocals, along with the captivating musicianship of her close-knit band has seen the five-piece win over loyal audiences all over Australia.
After taking home the ARIA for Country Album of the Year in 2016, Sara Storer was voted Female Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia, held in Tamworth in January this year. Sara is recognised as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters whose crisp observations of the Australian landscape & its people provide the solid foundation stone for her music.
A tirelessly travelling balladeer from the Canadian prairies, Cook has already completed three tours of Australia’s festival & folk club circuit, including two talked-about appearances at Yackandandah. This year, he’s returning with his trio The Second Chances, who embellish his sturdy, straight-talking songs with banjo, mandolin, upright bass & three-part harmonies.
Shane Howard is a prolific Australian songwriter, admired and respected for his integrity and commitment to music. His songs champion the cause of the common man, the environment and the injustices endured by Australia’s Aboriginal people. Long time friends and musical companions, Ewen Baker and John Hudson will join Shane to perform as the Shane Howard Trio.
Tennyson King is a singer-songwriter performing the earthy roots of rock & roll. A mesmerizing performer that takes the audience on an impassioned roller coaster ride. Music that brings together the emotional intensity & dark sweetness of the blues, with compositions that feature a lush, layered, psychedelic, rock sensibility.
The Davidson Brothers live & breathe bluegrass. Well known for their high powered pickin’, fine vocal harmonies & classic humour, Lachie & Hamish are National Bluegrass champions, have won three Golden Guitars, showcased numerous times in the USA & they lead the way for the current acoustic-roots music revival in this country.
Young artists, aged between 9-17 years old, will showcase their skills & entertain the Festival crowds on the streets of Yackandandah! If you have a burning desire to throw & catch things in the company of others, come & join our Juggle Jam, learn some circus skills & have some fun. Roving 2.45pm-3.15pm; Juggle Jam 3.30pm-4pm.
The Lady Birds are Yackandandah’s very own Meredith Greenwood & Tijana Simic. In a very short space of time, L’Bird Tijana & L’Bird Merri can pollinate the air with the magic of music! Come & start your day with a colourful dusting of song, dance & play…and see why they’ve found fame amongst the 2-5 year olds in town!
Critically acclaimed Melbourne indie-folk darlings Tinpan Orange are returning to Yackandandah, & taking Australia by storm with their latest album Love is a Dog. With the ethereal & mesmerising Emily Lubitz at the helm, the trio have wowed fans & critics around the nation. Emily’s angelic voice, Jesse’s harmonies & delicate guitar melodies, & Alex’s flamboyant strings set, will draw you into their world of melancholy & warmth.
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!
Hold onto your hats as Ungus Ungus Ungus (premier peddlers of vaudevillian, world-infused psychedelia) strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance & mayhem. Traversing territory from Balkan & Klezmer to swing, hip-hop &jazz, paired with their trademark bold visual presence, this is carnival-esque party music for the creatively inclined!
Vanessa Delaine is a Wodonga based Singer/songwriter blessed with a voice that leaves audiences breathless, accompanied by Osbornes Flat base guitarist Michael Barnard, known for his howling blues riffs & wicked blues harp. This duo is making waves internationally having won multiple awards for their album Runaway.
For locals and visitors alike the Yackandandah Choir is a highlight. More info on the choir, including how you can join in, available here.