The full artist lineup for the 2018 festival is presented below in alphabetical order.
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.
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
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.
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.’
In the past year, changoTRee have suffered from permanent jet lag travelling the globe recording, writing & performing shows & festivals in New Orleans, New York, Ireland, London, France, Byron Bay and Mornington. Their Muse is magical roots, blues-cruise, funky-folk with soaring harmonies, swampy grooves and a splash of surf reggae twang . Having achieved a number one song on the AMWRAP Australian Music Charts, resulted in invites to the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues & Tablelands Folk Festivals.
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.
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.
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
Georgia and Garry Rose are a family duo that features Golden Fiddle winner 21 yo. Georgia playing a scintillating range of Celtic and European tunes from mesmerizing airs and waltzes to breathtaking jigs and reels, ably accompanied by her dad Garry, whose captivating and diverse songs will have you laughing, crying or singing along.
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.
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.
Lady Valiant are a Blues/Folk act with attitude. Formed in the United States and based in Far North Queensland this duo base their sound around lead singer Glenna Lynes’ raw soulful bluesy voice. It carries some serious weight. Mixed this some driving stomp box and well placed dirty slide guitar and you have the Lady Valiant recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
Vanessa Delaine is a Wodonga-based singer/songwriter blessed with a voice that leaves audiences breathless. Accompanied by Osborne’s Flat-based guitarist Michael Barnard, who is widely known for his howling blues riffs & wicked harp(harmonica) playing. This duo is making waves internationally having won multiple awards for their album Runaway.