Gearing up for the release of his second EP, & hailing from Albury/Wodonga, this indie singer-songwriter will take you on a journey through heartache & out the other side. A new twist on the old classic, let this one man, one guitar show, tell you a story about life, music, love & beyond.
Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia sing original folky/jazz/roots songs and are known for their fine song writing, sweet harmonies and onstage sense of fun. They will sing songs from their beautiful new album ‘Twinlines’ with their fine band, Damien Neil (guitar) and Silas Palmer (violin, piano).
Alternate Folk, Beardy Country. “His moody voice fills space and leaks into the ears of the listener like the sweet words of a trusted friend. One who understands and repeats your thoughts back in his eloquent style”. Sarah Pritchard, Alternative Media Group, April 2014.
With a vintage sound and in vintage attire, Annie & Bern’s original, catchy pop songs evoke the sweetness, wit and romance of 1960s Britain. Bern’s finger-picked acoustic guitar playing and Annie’s smooth vocals create warm, intimate, captivating performances.
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!
If you’re looking to get your rhythm & blues on, then look no further than dynamic juggernaut Blue Heat. Led by Marco Goldsmith, with killer rhythm section, cracking soloists and ‘The Hurricane Horns’, Blue Heat’s big swinging sound and original repertoire is a must see for any music lover!
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.
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.
Top-class bluegrass with a twist – Coolgrass make musical mischief with bluegrass. In addition to their own tongue-in-cheek songs, they have fun with Mozart, Michael Jackson, Queen and more in a show both musical and visual. Coolgrass take the classic bluegrass lineup then break all the rules.
Damian Howard is probably best known as front man of The Ploughboys. On stage Damian returns to Yackandandah Folk Festival with his ‘Band of Brothers’ featuring Lee Morgan, James Rust and Declan O’Neil. Damian’s songwriting includes takes on life, Australian history and narrative streams.
Flossie Malavialle and Keith Donnelly tour together as acoustic superduo ‘Dark Horses’. A Dark Horses set combines the power and passion of Flossie’s beautiful voice with Keith’s remarkable and totally original songs and guitar playing, with stage presence, charisma and more than a little Geordie.
Darren Hanlon is a folk singer widely known for his lyrical poetry and engagement with diverse audiences, from the greater reaches of this country to many other pockets of the greater world, and with the release of his sixth album is fast becoming ingrained Australian songwriting royalty.
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as ‘one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers’ (Toronto Star).
Fanny sure knows how to deliver a kick-arse country hoedown. Not surprising for a gal who can shoot a gun, ride a horse & write songs on a tractor. Shared stages with the likes of Henry Wagons, Good Lovelies, Davidson Brothers & Pete Denahy, Lumsden writes timeless tunes with a whole lot of heart.
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.
A highly regarded instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Geoff treats his guitar like an orchestra laying down a mix of blues, heartfelt soul and funky grooves. He thrills audiences with his dynamic playing, catchy originals and solo arrangements which range from James Brown to Ben Harper.
Gretta Ziller’s sound may bear the hallmarks of classic Americana music but its essence is far more diverse. The Melbourne songstress’ roots span jazz, blues, rock, pop and classical. Gretta’s eclectic musical upbringing, is reflected in the varied tracks of her debut full-length album Queen of Boomtown.
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.
Jenny Biddle is a folk/blues songsmith with powerhouse vocals, an instinctual mastery of piano, and jaw-dropping skills on the guitar. With a string of awards behind her, a recent single reaching #9 in the iTunes Songwriter Charts and a truly captivating stage presence.
Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling.
Kay Proudlove is an Australian singer-songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and wordy songs. Kay’s indie-folk style is hybridised with jazz and musical theatre. A display story telling and a general acceptance of awkwardness, Kay’s llive performance is much like being invited to her lounge room.
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.
Lauded for her poetic lyricism and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, acclaimed contemporary songsmith Lucie Thorne delivers her spacious, dynamic show in duet with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart. “Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (The Age)
Luke R Davies is a blues, folk & country performer, that plays several instruments, some he made himself. With a voice that is at once laconic and deeply affecting his songs are sometimes edgy, sometimes humorous yet always topical. Luke was awarded the 2013 National Film & Sound Archive National Folk Recording Award
Nick and Liesl are an impressive independent act with over 60 festivals and three releases under their belts. Recently returned from working on their very own musical in New York, this charismatic duo and their distinct voices have been likened to Katie Noonan and James Taylor.
Equipped with personally handcrafted guitars, Nigel Wearne melds finger-style guitar, country twang, honky-tonk & honest storytelling. With a hint of Hank Williams & influences including Townes Van Zandt & Steve Earle, he tells stories of mischievous bank robbers, wandering poets & his love of eggs.
Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Performer of the Year 2014, Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally & Pepita Emmerichs writing sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heartbreaking original contemporary folk.
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.
Just as comfortable on big festival stages as she is in the lounge rooms of her fans, Buckingham is a true troubadour, poet and vocalist without peer. Three times finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, Buckingham will enchant and engulf you, opening your mind and warming your heart.
Byron Bay based Sara Tindley is one of Australia’s best country/roots, singer/ songwriters with a wonderful gift for writing funny, true and tender songs and a voice that sings straight to the heart. Her songs can be heard on ABC radio and have been placed on TV series.
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.
Three Stunning frontwomen, twin fiddles drums, bass and blended harmonies: in Aus is rearranging ballads with such LIFE. Driving fiddles, complex timings and harmonies are inspired by trad tunes groups, the 60’s folk revival, and English super groups like Bellowhead and The Imagined Village.
Sweet, close harmony meets new- school beatboxing, multi-microphone live looping, high energy showmanship and no-holds-barred comedy in a unique and memorable new show called VocalTronics.
Traditional Folkloric Music led by Master Drummer Mady Keita from Mali and supported by West African and local musicians. Against the rising tide of modernisation and commercialisation, Mady maintains a rare and authentic approach to his music and is renowned as a Roots Djembe Traditionalist.
The Blue Yonder cook up a musical casserole with a healthy dollop of twin-flute-fuelled-slide-guitar-tub-thumping folk rock originals mixed with soaring tangents and infectious melodies that evoke the Australian landscape and are guaranteed to feed an empty dance floor.
The Humphreys is a new band of fun-loving fellows. Steve McClure (guitar), Richard Coterill (double bass), Claudio Iacono (mandolin) and Humph David D Bear De Santi (accordion). They create a fusion of blues, folk and trad. Get ready for a musical stroll through woods! BYO honey and do not feed the Bears!
Three colourful and quirky women bringing back much loved songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s (plus a few originals) but with great harmonies and cute outfits. Very entertaining and even just a little bit naughty! You
Canadian innovators, The Jessica Stuart Few are the world’s only ‘koto-toting folk-jazz power trio’. Signature songwriting feat. the Japanese 13-string harp with double bass, drums, tight vocal harmonies & exceptional guitar work have put the undeniably charismatic Few on festival stages worldwide.
Emerging out of the lively traditional music scene of Melbourne, Tolka encapsulates a sense of what it means to be playing traditional music in a contemporary context. Tolka recently returned from a 4 month stay in Ireland where they wrote and recorded their second studio album with Brian Finnegan.
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!
Dan Carberry, Terry Hillman, Chris Horton, Chris McGorlick, Colin Thornton & Doug Westland are Yackandandah’s favourite a cappella group. Back this year with a changed line-up & some new music to delight everyone.
For locals and visitors alike the Yackandandah Choir is a highlight. More info on the choir, including how you can join in, available here.