Artists

10 Strings and a Goat Skin

Transforming tradition with vigour, curiosity, humour and spark, this trio from Prince Edward Island wielding bodhran, acoustic guitar and violin plays seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining music. Traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with infectious rhythms.

Bohemian Nights

 

Ernie Gruner (violin, mandolin) and Phil Carroll (vocals, accordion, ney ) play Gypsy, Klezmer, Middle-Eastern, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music ranging from soulful to wild. 15 years of festivals around Australia and New Zealand, and 2 CDs. ‘Loads of enthusiasm, brilliant musicality’ – director Wellington Folk Festival

Bruce Watson

Not just another singer songwriter! Bruce is an icon of the folk scene, a major songwriter and performer. He has won a swag of awards and had songs covered by many performers including Eric Bogle. His songs are joyful, thought provoking, totally engaging – reflecting life, ordinary people, and the big issues, often with a twist and a quirky sense of humour.

Chris While & Julie Matthews

In a career that spans 20 years, 13 duo albums and countless other projects its the While & Matthews’ musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled with spotless arrangements, peerless singing and melodies.

Corin Raymond

Let this artist transport you away to another time and place with his often dark snippets of everyday life told in a totally captivating style you’ll not soon forget. Echoes of Tom Waits, Neil Young and similar storytellers will remind you of other things once heard never forgotten but the strong Americana feel of this Canadian will enthral all who see him.

David Ross Macdonald

Son of an ex jazz trumpeter dentist who ditched geology to fail at jazz college to take up washboard to join The Waifs over a Port Fairy Guinness who fell in love with a 1935 Gibson guitar while touring the USA with Bob Dylan to writing songs and riffing stories to anyone who cared to listen.

Faith i Branko

Faith i Branko: Serbia’s No. 1 Roma violinist and UK accordionist perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music with an international quartet/quintet.

The duo met in Branko’s Serbian Roma village of Gornja Grabovica in 2009, and – with music as their only tool for communication – began a journey that would lead to the creation of their WOMEX award-winning album ‘Gypsy Lover’, their marriage and their success in international touring and media. Branko taught himself the violin, which became a way out of the extreme health, social and economic problems through which he lived in Serbia; he created his own music – intuitively combining sounds of Jazz, Indian, Turkish and Classical music with his Roma traditions. Now based in London, the duo are currently touring with their quartet and quintet.

‘Quite remarkable musicians’  – Stephen Fry, BBC World Service

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will capture your hearts through songs and storytelling in rare Noongar (Aboriginal) language. Combining guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals it’s an extraordinary musical journey.

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys

 

Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Guyy & The Fox

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!

Imogen Pemberton

Always in the search of a rawer, more heartfelt sound within her songwriting, Imogen Pemberton mesmerises audiences with her broad vocal range, soaring melodies and sophisticated guitar playing. Within her folk ballads she touches on many genres but always stays true to her own unique sound. Her pure organic tone and honesty within her lyrics displays a maturity beyond her years that reaches listeners on a personal level. Of recent times, Imogen has been performing with Cellist Oliver Downes. Together the dynamic duo present a hauntingly beautiful soundscape that both nourishes the soul and breaks the heart.

Mariah McCarthy

Originally from the small country town of Heathcote south of Sydney, folk singer/songwriter Mariah McCarthy made the move to Melbourne four years ago and quickly gained recognition in the folk scene with her duo Deer Prudence. Mariah now embarks on her future work as a solo musician producing intimate, thought provoking songs, which delicately tell stories of love and loss. Mariah’s debut EP is set for release in 2018.

New Flamenco Project

Flamenco dancing with fierce footwork together with castanetes and shawl accompanying guitar and vocals.

Pete Denahy

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.

Rachel Clark

A self-taught Singer-Songwriter, Rachel Clark delivers a heart-felt and intimate combination of music and story-telling; With a vibe of soulful acoustic folk and in a bare-all honesty, telling stories of loss, love and the battles fought within ourselves.

The Coconut Kids

 

 

Infectiously fun, The Coconut Kids defy genres to create French-influenced world folk using ukulele, brass, bass, keys, violin, mandolin, percussion and powerful vocals. Their unique sound will have you dancing one minute and in tears the next.

As well as instigating the curious & effervescent pop-up club ‘The Coconut Club’, these kids have also performed at Caloundra Music Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Winter Moon Festival and Semaphore Music Festival.​

They released their debut EP in June 2016, followed by their acclaimed single “Un De Plus” in September 2017, and their most recent release Sugar in July 2018.

The Good Girl Song Project

In this theatre-based song cycle, seven of Australia’s leading folk musicians recount a voyage taken by young women to Australia in the 1830’s. A must see new work that combines old fashioned storytelling and new Celtic-flavoured songs. The group will be launching their new CD at the Festival.

The Good Lovelies

Funny, upbeat, sassy and wielding mandolin, acoustic guitars and banjo, this Canadian trio delights and charms with their uplifting three-part harmonies, light-hearted song writing, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter.

The John Flanagan Trio

John’s engaging lyricism, uplifting melodies and warm vocal timbre have seen him draw comparisons to James Taylor and Paul Kelly and described as the songwriting force of a new generation. Festival favourite Liz Frencham (double bass) and bluegrass virtuoso Dan Watkins (mandolin/guitar) add dynamic arrangements and stirring, warm vocal harmonies.

The Knott Family Band

The Knott Family Band are four Melbourne musicians who play a finely curated selection of originals & bluegrass classics that reflect both traditional and contemporary influences.

The Timbers

Thumping rhythms and big misty mountain melodies will cast you away to a sweaty, smoky, melting-pot of folk, roots and Celtic bushman brassy punk. They rollick and hammer their way through live gigs with abundant energy and have become festival favourites throughout Australia. This Adelaide based band has an infectious desire to take their audience on a wild ride of non stop musical passion and they do so without care for playing safe. Definitely worth seeing.

The Young Folk

 

Their commitment to writing lyrics relating to real issues concerning family, childhood memories and times of great personal value resonate with audiences immediately. The Young Folk are known for their immaculate harmonies and sing tales of times that impacted on their lives with a commitment that is hard to match and easy to fall in love with. The Young Folk marry traditional acoustic instrumentation, perfect harmonies and contemporary production techniques resulting in a sound which has seen them compared with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and Crosby Stills & Nash, and are continually winning over new audiences the world over who are blown away by their fresh take on the Folk genre.
“This is an accomplished musical aggregate that join the microdots between Noah & The Whale and old Greenwich Village Kweskin Jug Band. This is folk in Cuban heels.” Eamon Carr – Irelands Evening Herald

Ukelele Death Squad

 

Exploding onto the scene in February 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, they blend their own ukulele style with Flamenco, Mexican, rap and Folk, with an energetic performance that goes beyond anything audiences have ever seen.

The Death Squad have already managed to achieve sold-out Adelaide & Edinburgh Fringe Festival Seasons in 2017. In fact they have sold out every single show to this day. The UDS will warp your perceptions of ukuleles one nylon string at a time With stage-craft, mad thumping rhythms and outrageous solos, they will quite literally blow your minds. Enter at your own risk
“These guys are fantastic” – Peter Goers – Radio Host, Commentator ABC Adelaide

William Alexander

William Alexander or “”The Kid From Bourke””, has a deep set passion for old songs. Songs written in a time when times were tough and life was simple. William spends his time roaming the bush with his wife archiving and performing forgotten ballads.