We have a fantastic lineup of artists in store for the 2014 Yackandandah Folk Festival, including…
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This family-friendly performance artfully weaves a tapestry of atmospheric impressions giving an intimate peek into the curiosities of one of Alaska’s treasured and pristine wilderness escapes. Moving along at a lively pace, American-roots music favorites are showcased touching on genres such as swing – jazz – bluegrass – pop – dawg – gospel, Hawaiian and Celtic. Of particular interest are original tunes composed and sung by this ensemble which reflects the hardship of the gold fever experience. As gifted multi-instrumentalists the family often swap instruments throughout a performance with an impressive collection of acoustic stringed instruments including guitars, violin-fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass, ukuleles and percussion; knitting it all together are the Z family signature vocal harmonies.
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!
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
Charlie A’Court is a country boy raised on a record collection of classic R&B, soul, blues, rock and folk. Whether he’s stripping the music down on an acoustic or soaring above the band on electric, A’Court is well known for his emotional delivery and stage presence- his music reaching people in a unique way.
Coalville Road are a one of a kind musical act. Jodie and Ricky’s voices blend as one when singing harmonies. Their clever songwriting and fantastic combination of instruments, banjo and mountain dulcimer, combine to produce a uniquely Australian/Appalachian sound that captivates audiences wherever they play.
Damian Howard is probably best known as the front man of The Ploughboys, but at the same time has been forging a solo career both here in Australia and overseas, throughout Europe and the USA. Damian’s songwriting includes takes on life, Australian history and narrative streams. On stage Damian returns to Yackandandah Folk Festival with his band The Ploughboys, featuring Lee Morgan, James Rust and Declan O’Neil to perform new material from his new CD release ‘Once in a While’ and highlights from his previous solo albums, together with many of the old favourites from the Ploughboy’s back catalogue of some 14 years of festivals.
David Bridie remains one of the most distinctive voices and composers in Australian music, not only to the ear but to the heart. His soulful lyrics offer unique insights, and ask the hard questions of the human condition. With conviction, passion and integrity, his songs document Australia, its geography, people and culture. Bridie’s 2013 album WAKE was described as ‘the album this country needs… passionate, intelligent and inspired’ (The Age) and ‘powerful and deeply disturbing’ (The Australian). This is a unique opportunity to see Bridie perform, mixing up the old and new – songs from WAKE as well as some gems from his extensive back catalogue in film and music.
Gen and Flora are Flash Company. Weaving together original songs with folk music from Australian, American and Irish traditions, they sing about hardluck women and whiskeybreath men, stringybark, heartbreak and trains going nowhere. Accompanied by tenor guitar, six-string, accordion and ukulele, they look back across the years and out across the oceans to create a fresh, present folk music with a distinctly Australian sensibility.
“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
“A power and presence that’s beyond words” – Colum Sands. The lyrical ingredients of the original songs by ARIA award winner and songbird, Kavisha Mazzella, 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, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within. With 5 solo albums under her belt, she has sung at festivals from as far afield as Gracisce in Slovenia to Noumea in New Caledonia, from Calgary in Canada to Woodford Queensland, and Victoria’s very own Brunswick Music festival.
Lamb Boulevard……interesting name?….interesting sound! We – Liam Jarrad and David Martinez are LAMB BOULEVARD… Our personal journey began as Year 10 students at our hometown high school, with Liam on lead vocals, rhythm guitar and ukulele and Dave on lead guitar,banjo and back-up vocals. We consider ourselves as laid-back and quiet, but our music speaks loudly. Best described as bluesy-folksy-rootsy (is that even a word??!!??) and very infectious, our style has been influenced by the likes of Mumford and Sons, The Beatles and Busby Marou. On stage, Liam’s vocals and Dave’s captivating melodies and riffs draw the audience’s attention immediately. Our long term goal is to get our music out to the wider community (ie the world!). Ultimately we would love to take our show on the road. Just as important: as long as the masses are happy to listen to Lamb Boulevard, Lamb Boulevard are happy to oblige.
Melbourne songstress Laura K Clarke has a folk/pop sound that is sweet, soothing and honest. Citing inspiration from Joni Mitchell to Rickie Lee Jones, Stevie Nicks to Jewel, her live performances are effortlessly beautiful and captivating. Laura’s EP ‘Looking For Inspiration’ is played and supported by community stations Australia wide.
In 2010 the members of the Pride came together at a party and of course, instruments came out. Louie fell in love with what these people did with her very personal songs, enriching them with full vocal harmonies and funking them up with unusual instrumentation on mandolin, bass, djembe, slide guitar and melodica. They’ve been playing show after show ever since, having more fun from each gig. Joined by Jim on the drums these days, they are in the process of recording their debut crowd funded album.
Hailing from the beautiful East Gippsland lakes region, contemporary folk band Mama Toto showcases the talent of three Australian singer-songwriters, Sharyn Dickeson, Philip Cappadona & Cyndie Bignell.
Fresh and hauntingly familiar, Mama Toto has a sound that is dynamic and spine tingling. With three voices, original material, one guitar, harmonies like silk and lyrics that cut deep, Mama Toto’s presence on stage is simple and beautiful.
As singer-songwriters, their songs tell an inspiring story of the human condition, taking the listener on an emotional journey.
Kiwi touring artist Mel Parsons is highly regarded as one of NZ’s rising songwriting stars. Armed with instant sing-along choruses, and a unique sensibility to melody and harmony, the two-time Folk Album of the Year finalist will be joined by Melbourne drummer Cat Leahy (Sal Kimber, Lisa Miller, Benny Walker ) and Yvette Maker on the pedal steel.
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.
Miriam is a singer songwriter who has travelled the world in search of songs, instruments and melodies. The result is ‘a rich cross cultural hybrid’ of music that is both uplifting in song and infectious in rhythm. She brings her 21 fishing line string West African harp, rhythmic guitar and captivating vocals.
Oliver was taught to play guitar in bits and pieces from his father from the age of 14, and his mother bribed him with xBox games to take up singing lessons. So it’s fair to say they both supported him a fair bit. Now, with those scattered guitar tutorials and bribes paid off, and Oliver loving both playing and singing, he’ll take any opportunity to perform. He now lives in Sydney studying, but will be at Yackandandah as the winner of the 2011 Yackoustic competition.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Wilkinson is a 19 year old musician from the Macedon Ranges. She has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 13 and has won several awards such as the Maldon Minstrel and a Macedon ranges youth award when she was only 16. Her style has been described as a mixture between Colbie Calliat and Sara Storer. Her smoky sound is sure to have you captivated.
The Berlin cabaret band, renowned for eccentric cover versions, are now covering their own original material as well. Embracing the musical traditions of their respective homelands, the four German, American and Australian members take on styles as diverse as klezmer, punk and bluegrass with wit and charm.
The Hollands! are seasoned concert performers, engaging audiences with their intimate merrymaking. They are an internationally touring family based in the US viaAustralia with a knack for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a long. They are 21st century nomadic travellers and frolic in the Americana, Folk revival scene. By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band. This is the experience and magic that happens when The Hollands! come to town.
“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.
With roots firmly planted in folk tradition, Melbourne-based award-winning contemporary folk band, The Mae Trio draw on a range of influences that transcend their foundations. Incorporating stellar 3-part harmonies, complex arrangements for banjo, ukulele, cello, fiddle, bass and guitar, and lyrical sophistication, these youngsters are on a rapid rise.
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!
For locals and visitors alike the Yackandandah Choir is a highlight. More info on the choir, including how you can join in, available here.
Nobody expects the Zamponistas! Our chief weapon is surprise…surprise and delight… our two weapons are delight and surprise…and irresistible melody…. Our three weapons are delight, surprise, and irresistible melody…and an almost fanatical devotion to chocolate…. Watch out for Australia’s premier Bolivian Panpipe Marching Band appear unexpectedly around the festival.