|Fresh of the release of his Second EP, “These Moments”, and hailing from Albury/Wodonga, this Indie Singer-Songwriter, Adrian Clark, will take you on a journey through heartache and out the other side. A new twist on the old classic, let this one man percussive guitar show, tell you a story about life, music, love and beyond.|
|The Alaska String Band brings the best of Americana. Winners of the Fame Awards – Bluegrass Band of the Year, this group is polished and riveting harmonies are totally off the charts. Groove along while this captivating four member family band offers up American roots favorites swing, jazz, rock, original, pop, folk and Bluegrass.|
|Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a Melbourne-based blues and roots artist mixing it up on cigar box guitar resonator lap steel and six-string guitar. Her driving sound and style of urban blues and eclectic steel slide will take you deep in to her world of emotionally charged electrified hill country blues.|
|With her sun-drenched voice and songs about far-flung places, Anna Smyrk paints stunning pictures of the places she’s lived- from the sapphire waters of the Solomon Islands to crumbling Cambodian towns. Her live show features glowing harmonies, masterful violin and mandolin, songs in several languages, and lots of stories.|
|Canadian born and bred Bob Jensen has a lifetime of writing under his belt. He made one musical recording called First Time Since August and wrote the award-winning novel, Matchbox Funeral. He has also released two spoken word poetry audio books and has collaborated with dozens of legendary songwriters from four continents including Australia’s Shane Howard. He will tour England, Europe, Canada, Australia and Zimbabwe in 2020.|
|Bright Blue Gorilla: charismatic, joyous, crowd-pleasing, quirky-folky-fun. They come to the stage with wit, humor, beautiful vocal harmonies, tabla drums, harmonium, acoustic and mini-guitars, harmonicas and a genuine love of life. Their live performances are not to be missed. Orange County Register called them “Best live act of the year.”|
|Burralow is an indie folk outfit fronted by two hopeless-romantic songwriters. Together they have penned and orchestrated a collection of stories from living on the road and around the Blue Mountains. The band’s timbre teeters between acoustic and electric as they swap and blend traditional folk with pop instruments throughout their set.|
|Melding the earthiness of folk with the dexterity of jazz and craft of classical, Chaika’s vast influences create superb genre-blending vocal and instrumental music that transcends labels. Like a gust of wind ushering in a new season of possibilities, (What”s on Sydney) they are steadily forging a new direction in Australian music.|
|A fresh and fledging singer/songwriter from the Yarra Valley, who intertwines original music using Folk and Country influences. Chloe’s been entertaining crowds at Community Events, Open Mics and is starting to be embraced by the Folk Festival circuit. Performing beyond her tender age of 18, Chloe returns after winning the hotly contested 2019 Yackandandah Folk Festival Busking Competition.|
When the creative juices are flowing, there’s no holding back the talented quartet that makes up the Celtic supergroup, Còig. Còig’s music is a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players. It’s traditional for sure, but it’s performed in a lot of non-traditional ways.
|Formed in 2017, The Midnight Ramblers are Dave’s side project and satisfy his love of bluegrass, folk, country, and Americana. Featuring Midnight Electric members Rob Barber and Tim Cavanagh, plus new recruit Connor Ross- Hicks, the band delve deep into Dave’s vast catalogue and re-imagined some of his most popular songs into down home country and bluegrass stompers. Heavy on harmonies, with lashing of rolling banjo and soaring fiddle, Dave Wright & the Midnight Ramblers are a rollicking, boot stomping, good time ‘ol country hoedown.|
|Critically-acclaimed folk singer, Floyd Thursby sings about love and death, sacred moments and everyday life. Occasionally, he’ll say something funny!
“Floyd Thursby has a fascinating voice but of course, all that would be insignificant without great songs as vehicles for that voice. Thursby has armfuls of them.” (Rhythms)
|Gemma and Dave King are a husband and wife duo now happily living in Yackandandah. Originally from Bath in the UK, this is where they began their musical journey. Gem sings from the heart, taking you through their life experiences and events including Gem’s song “Graceful Yackandandah”. Dave accompanies Gem with his funky beats on percussion drums.|
|Great Aunt is a country folk duo, rambling a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. Their music is raw and austere, simple and bold; full of stomping feet and clapping hands, whispered words and soulful lament. Set somewhere between a gospel church and a dimly-lit speakeasy listeners will hear tales of joy and grief, gratitude and purpose-seeking.|
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.
|Grooveyard Hammond Combo is a 4 piece organ combo from Albury/ Wodonga, that plays an extensive and eclectic mix of blues, soul and R&B-based tunes. All members of the band have enjoyed varied music careers, which enables them to produce spontaneous, engaging and entertaining music. They can also play their extensive repertoire acoustically.|
|16 year olds Asha Bright (vocals & guitar) and Indigo Walker Stelling (keys) are a duo from Beechworth, Victoria. 2 years ago, the duo entered a Battle of the Bands competition, which lead them recording their first single ‘Jealous’. After the song was released they started to perform in more competitions and at local venues.|
|Jarrod Shaw possesses a passion and appreciation for blues music that becomes obvious from the moment the first note sounds. He delivers a soulful blues show, performed with conviction. He blends his unique guitar approach, lying somewhere between Piedmont fingerstyle and the blues of the delta, with wailing blues harp and a powerful voice often described as belying his years.|
With his honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerising, fingerstyle guitar, John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. John’s intimate take on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following around the world. “The Future of Folk Music” – John Renbourn.
Lucy’s best known as the dream-voiced ukulele wielding song maker in a family band from Margaret River WA; & Stephen, as double bass playing crooner & creator of the Spooky Men’s Chorale. Together, they explore a whole bunch of highly necessary conversations: between the bass & the uke, between the resonance & the groove, between verbal nuance & sweet cadence, between grand stupidity & grace.
As a solo performer (finger-picking acoustic guitar and vocals) and songwriter, Marisa started late in life and has slowly developed the confidence and skills to play guitar to support herself and more recently with a full band. Her musical watershed came in 2007 with a decision to pack her life into ‘Bob’ the campervan and take off on an epic solo road trip. Starting in her then hometown of Geelong, she drove up the eastern coast of Australia and across the Top End, mostly camping at roadside stops and staying with friends along the way.
Her two-year journey took her back to her roots in Darwin, where she stayed for nine months earning a living for the first time as a solo musician—writing songs, performing three to five shows a week, and crystallising her unique vocal style and stage presence. These songs formed the basis for her two solo CDs, Marisa Quigley and Gypsy’s Lament.
Since 2015, she has performed with Her Sunday Best; four experienced musicians who complement her sublime songs with a full instrumental sound and soaring harmonies. Her Sunday Best are Rudi Katterl (lead guitar), Chris Mangan (keys), Darren Christie (who is now Marisa’s Husband)(bass), and Bryan ‘Rolie’ Dwyer (drums).
|Hailing from Albury, Melbourne based singer-songwriter Matt Ortiz delivers emotional performances blending folk, indie and alternative vibes. Stripped back emotional performances are at the heart of each of his original pieces. With a strong focus on delivering stories that resonate with his listeners.|
|Mayfair Lane is married couple Rhys and Esther Duursma. They have combined different musical backgrounds to find a new sound that has a growing fan base. In 2019 to launch their debut album ˜Go Again” they have toured nationally and internationally. Their songs tell of life lessons and musings, crafted using beautiful harmonies, conversing guitars and an intimate delivery.|
|From the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado, USA, Morning Bear plays an emotionally-charged orchestral Indie Folk. The music is a cathartic embrace of what make us human – love, loss, self-doubt, and perseverance. Featuring soaring vocals and atypical arrangements, Morning Bear’s music provides a textured landscape behind pop-influenced hooks.|
|International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant are “as genuine as it gets” – Lloyd Maines. The nomadic husband and wife duo captivate listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Pete’s understated, melodic and mellow banjo weaves through Crystal’s steady and clean rhythm guitar, with poetic lyrics purposefully delivered in rich harmony, “like their voices were made to go together” – Texas Music Journal.|
|In 2007, Pete Denahy released a song called “Sort Of Dunno Nothin'” which went viral on YouTube and radio stations around Australia. The song gained so much attention, it became better known than Pete Denahy himself, who until then was famous mostly in the wine cask areas of small town supermarket bottle shops. His fame has spread moderately since and he now enjoys being recognized in some of the larger shopping centres. His comedy material includes such songs as The Petrol Head Fly, The Shopping Trolley, Bat In The Cave, The Target Song, Toilet Paper, Poker Machine and You Actually Burn More Calories Eating Celery Than You Get From The Celery Itself. Pete has won several Golden Guitars for his songs and is a regular performer at Tamworth Country Music Festival. In his spare time, he actually writes serious songs in a bluegrass style!|
|Saije is a multi-instrumental folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories infused with Celtic and French-gypsy flavours. Their song writing typically encourages connection to self, the Earth and each other. They are the Folk Alliance Australia’s ˜Young Artist of the Year”.|
|Together SARAH CARROLL and SHANNON BOURNE bring to the stage a true understanding of great songs and virtuosic musicianship. Sarah Carroll’s songs chime with sincerity and come straight from her big, brave heart. Shannon Bourne is Australia’s foremost free-thinking guitarist. These two know how to have a good time so come along and learn from the masters!|
|Shane Nicholson inhabits a rare space in the music industry: songwriter, recording artist, producer/engineer, multi-instrumentalist, guitar pedal builder, whiskey-enthusiast, motorcycle-lover, and musical mentor. Shane has received three ARIA awards, as well as 10 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and now at Yackandandah.|
|Whether its playing something that will get an audience dancing or singing songs for more quiet reflection, Southern Cross has a song that will get anyone to stop, listen and feel a shared sense of what it is to live in country Australia. Original songs, written by Lachie Cossor, share experiences of life, love, family and fun, the Australian way. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might catch a glimpse of Yack Community Centre’s David Thorpe on stage!|
|Steve Wilson – Concertina Man is one of the finest exponents in Australia of song accompaniment with concertina. His style is refreshing and he sings an eclectic mix of trad and contemporary folk, pop and original material including political satire aided by dancing puppets Pauline, Scomo, Malcolm and Tony.|
|Singer/Songwriter/Composer and Choir director Tanya Sparke, is a singers singer. Golden tones and poetic lyrics seduce. Having worked with The Australian Art Orchestra, Peter Dasent, Jane Campion, she is at the top of her art form. Singing all original compositions with electric and acoustic guitar, she will take you there. Right… there!|
|Heralded as Australia’s “Quirkiest and possibly first!!” Ukulele/Celtic/Folk/Reggae/Bluegrass band, the Gypsy Rumble has its roots in Celtic, world and bush dance fun. The band”s enthralling, highly energetic performances carry audiences back in time as the Gypsy Rumble blends showmanship, artistry and tradition.|
|The Maes have brought their contemporary twist on folk music on the road across Australia, Canada, USA and Europe with performances at the Hydro Stadium at Celtic Connection, Glasgow, Americana Folk Festival, Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival, UK; Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada; Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals, Australia.|
From Ireland, 20 year old twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots. They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Their music perfectly embodies the breezy effortlessness of early Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.
|Architects of barefoot hillbilly pop, The Pigs, are an unmissable festival experience. In 2019, The Pigs trotted their way to #1 on the Australian Independent Chart with their all-original Album Hillbilly Synthesiser! Join The Pigs as they play many of their greatest hits and launch tracks from their chart-topping album.|
|The Whitetop Mountaineers is made up of the duo, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham. They both live in Whitetop, VA, at the highest mountains in Virginia. Their shows feature old time country duet singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass mandolin and guitar instrumentals as well as high energy Appalachian dancing.|
|Its easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Cat Leahy and Leisha Jungalwalla create an expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage. They play with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band. With a new EP out now the two have been busy touring the world drumming up a contagious euphoria.|
|Tim & Rachel are an acoustic Celtic-folk-metal-goblincore duo based in Berlin, performing over 140 gigs each year. They play an inventive mix of percussive guitar and violin with entrancing vocals. Their shows are full of lively music and humour that has the audience toe tapping, dancing, laughing, crying and everything in-between!|
|Celebrating a decade as a full-time independent artist, Tom Richardson might just be your next ‘over-life’ success story. Having shared songs and stories at almost every festival in his homeland Australia, his passport shows memories of musical collaborations with Native American poets, Indian Kirtan masters, Fijian highland village choirs & indigenous Australian icons. It’s a musical odyssey that includes regular tours around Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.|
|Conjuring a unique but universal language from that most ubiquitous of instruments, the acoustic guitar, Tony McManus has both extended and transcended the parameters of contemporary Celtic music. Ranked by peers and predecessors alike alongside the guitar world’s all-time greats, his fiendishly dexterous, dazzlingly original playing draws on traditions from the entire Celtic diaspora – Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia, Asturias, Cape Breton, and Quebec|
|Yoga Loves Music is a seamless blend of playful live tunes and yoga flow for ALL levels. This fusion spans genres and moods, sometimes leading to spontaneous dance jams whilst at other times, inviting soulful moments of quiet contemplation. Through the timeless & soulful blend of contemporary grooves, weaved with traditional mantra and paired with heart wisdom, Kim & Tom have been stirring hearts throughout Australia, Bali, Canada and Europe for the last eight years. The perfect way to start you festival mornings!|
|Hold onto your hats as Ungus Ungus Ungus straps you in for a rollercoaster ride of dancefloor mayhem. Traversing territory from frenetic folk through swing, circus and world music influences, their show features a dynamic stage presence with a side of well-seasoned carnie chaos. Don’t miss these guys-they were very popular at YFF last time.|
|Driven by violinist Alana, chased by double bass and accordion, Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their Eastern European travels. Formed late last century, Vardos have played throughout Australia, toured to Europe, Britain, the Pacific and the US, and appeared in film and television.|
|UK folk divas Vikki Clayton and GIlly Darbey have between them worked with Richard Thompson, Fairport Convention, Jasper Carrott, Van Morrison and John Martyn – and that’s not all…they are sure to make you cry, laugh out loud, give you goosebumps and get you singing along! With a little Ab Fab thrown in , these ladies will do almost anything for bubbles!|
|Soul wrenching harmonies, incredible arrangements and great energy. The Widows sound is an intoxicating mix of bluegrass, Americana, gospel, and blues. Their gigs include fresh arrangements of both obscure gems and standards from different eras. Gorgeous harmonies from these talented female vocalists will have you alternately stomping your feet or crooning along with them.|