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Janette Geri, a regular and well loved performer at Maldon since 2000, sadly passed away at the end of June. We will have a tribute concert for Janette featuring her new album with chats and stories from old and new friends in the Troubadour bar on Sunday evening.
The Sweet Sorrows (Ireland) – Based in Co. Wexford, Ireland, The Sweet Sorrows are veteran Irish singer-songwriter Sammy Horner and his Australian wife Kylie. They tour globally with their blend of original and trad music delighting audiences with their humour and vocal harmonies. Sammy’s guitar and bodhran is matched well by Kylie’s whistles, melodica and accordion. British journalist, author and music critic – Clive Price:“You’ve heard Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova…now listen to The Sweet Sorrows. The rugged Celtic edge of Sammy Horner joins the dreamy sounds of Kylie Horner to produce something completely new indeed. Something…different.” – Clive Price An evening with The Sweet Sorrows always promises to be highly entertaining, provocative and moving. Their intimacy, transparency and strength of passion on stage has won them many fans.
Rory Faithfield (Ireland) – Rory Faithfield is a story-telling folk singer-songwriter who embodies the lyricism of his Irish heritage, the raw passion of his early Punk band days and the clear-eyed sensibilities of his life on the coast of Western Australia. He’s now moved back to Ireland. Performing solo with acoustic guitar and a loop station, and mesmerising audiences and critics alike, Bruce Elder stated, “Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note”.
Blueridge Broadcasters (USA) – Comprised of some of the most inspiring, innovative, and engaging young musicians on the old-time scene, the Blue Ridge Broadcasters perform a mix of driving fiddle tunes and traditional songs. The Broadcasters build on their deep reverence for Appalachian old-time music to create compellingly new sounds. They can crank out blistering fiddle tunes made to move dancers or draw out the mystery from a crooked, haunting melody. They can tease out the funkiness from a country blues. They can blend their voices into sweet harmonies, breathing new life into old songs.
Bryant & Brown (USA) – This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Mike and Marica Bryant of Tennessee have played for decades at home, at dances, fiddlers’ conventions and stage shows. Mike is revered as a fiddler of style, strength and grace, with a repertoire spanning both well-known and obscure tunes. Marcia is widely respected for her super-solid guitar and bass backup. Paul Brown and Terri McMurray make North Carolina their home, and they too have performed both locally and around the U.S. for many years. Paul is a respected banjo and fiddle player whose unique sound on both instruments attests to his own imagination and to his many years playing with senior musicians including Benton Flippen and Tommy Jarrell. Paul carries a family tradition of songs from his childhood, and he’s steadily added to his repertoire over the years. Terri is a prize winning banjo player and a fine singer who loves performing banjo-fiddle duets with her husband, Paul, and also sings fine lead and harmony. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the real old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.
Jenny Mitchell (NZ) – Jenny Mitchell is New Zealand’s brightest rising star, blending country, folk and Americana into her own captivating style. Influenced by Gillian Welch, The Lumineers and Miranda Lambert, Jenny’s love for storytelling is at the core of her craft. With a New Zealand Gold Guitar under her hat in 2017, Jenny also placed 3rd on New Zealand’s Got Talent years earlier at the tender age of 14. After her success on the show she went on to release ‘The Old Oak’, that debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #3 on the Official NZ Music Charts. A seasoned performer who’s already played to audiences in Sweden, Ireland, Australia and her homeland of New Zealand. “An artist who knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way” – Southland Times NZ. “The voice of a lioness, the soul of a sage” – Luka Bloom.
Rose Bygrave – Rose has been playing at this beautiful community Festival for many years. She is loved for her voice and songs. Her performances, combining the wit, intimacy and spontaneity acquired over a long career, is generously shared with each member of the audience .
This year she will be playing songs from her New CD- The Yabbie Catcher …and a few older ones.
Sal Kimber and Tully Sumner – Sal Kimber & the Rollin’ Wheel are steeped in talent and personality. Described by Rolling Stone as ‘Australiana alt-country at its finest’, their authenticity, and captivating musicianship has won over audiences Australia-wide. With years of touring, festivals and three albums behind them, they create a soulful and playful live show.
Rich Davies & The Low Road – With a poet’s heart and rocker’s soul, Rich Davies & The Low Road deliver a ‘foot-stomping contemporary folk attack’ (Mick Thomas). The Golden Guitar 2018 nominee has been hailed as ‘The Pogues meets Springsteen’. The award winning songwriter and his rousing band have been wowing audiences across Australia, as they peel back the skin of rock’n’roll to expose bones of folk and roots. Placing song craft front and centre, with his heart-wrung voice leading the charge.
Joe & Harmony’s Trippy Hippy Band – Harmony Breeze learned to sing in another life, milking cows on Max Yasgur’s farm. She lived in Laurel Canyon and the Haight Ashbury, tye-dying T-shirts & organising BE-INs, one that lasted 6 years. That’s how she met Joe Flower AKA Hey Joe. Part hoodoo man, part folk-nik, Joe lives by busking old blues tunes & selling CDs that he claims are hallucinogenic & more mind expanding than the words of Maharishi Sunblessed Bogey. Joe & Harmony dig grooving up festivals from Laytonville California to Wonthaggi Australia with psychedelic tidbits and cosmic acoustic classics from the 60s revolution. Often joined in Australia by Rose of Cimarron, Yossarian and the one and only Billy Shears, Joe & Harmony’s 5 piece Trippy Hippy Band will magically transport you back to an era that most people can’t even remember.
The Janes – Don’t miss the Janes! ‘Goose-bump’ harmonies are featured in whatever genre takes their fancy, but their exceptional skills when it comes to a cappella, bluegrass and gospel material delight and inspire audiences of all ages. Career highlights include performances from Bemboka to Birmingham to Berlin to Broken Hill (Rural Women’s Gathering 2016). Their eighth recording (2017) -‘All I want for Christmas’ -is an absolute cracker!
Saoirse – As an award winning Celtic band, Saoirse endeavours to bring beautiful Celtic music to a wider audience, promoting and organising performances at venues all over Australia as well as appearing at Australia’s finest folk festivals. A Saoirse performance will delight audiences offering a little bit of everything Celtic, including heartfelt ballads, lively jigs & reels, toe tapping polkas, all the while writing and arranging original works.
Claymore – Claymore’s reputation as outstanding entertainers has led them to perform at many local and international festivals, they have performed in New York, Scotland, France at the” Festival Interceltique”, the largest Celtic festival in the world many times, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston Tasmania, National Celtic Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Big Blues Day Out, Perth International Arts Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and many more. The band has played many live radio and television performances in Australia and overseas. With a mixture of traditional Scottish and Irish music and modern self penned celtic rock the band represents the best of new age Folk Music. Through a diverse and unique mix of sound’s featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, military snare, the highland bagpipes and even a didgeridoo, it is little wonder Claymore are one of Australia’s most popular festival acts. A not to be missed extravaganza.
Jugularity – Jugularity has been entertaining family audiences nationally and internationally for over 25 years. They combine brilliant musicianship with wonderful humour. Jugularity are the quintessential entertainers. Witness upbeat, irreverent, eclectic versions of folk, blues, rap, country and gypsy music. Jugularity is band for all times and all ages.
Cat Canteri and The Hipster Proof Fence – Hailing from the grit and grime of Melbourne’s inner city, renowned songwriter Cat Canteri will be performing at Maldon Folk Festival this year with her stellar band The Hipster Proof Fence featuring; Justin Bernasconi, Isaac Barter and Justin Olsson. She’ll be launching her new album ‘Inner North’, which sees her bold and reckless slide guitar style intermeshed with her poignant and poetic lyrics, reflecting the struggles and stories of her community, known as the Inner North. Cat’s songs documented real life situations and experiences – often with a brave, personal and candid honesty – framed, coloured and shaped by exquisite playing.
Enda Kenny – Enda has been a Maldon favourite since the 90’s – New Songs every visit, Builder’s Apprentice on Hay Bale Walls, occasional MC, Roddy Read award winner and Veteran of Tarrengower (The Main Stage AND the Women’s Prison Stage!). We’re not sure if he’s got a get out of jail card or he’s on bale but he’s on something with puns like that. Go see him.
Shanakee play original songs penned by Kieran O’Connell and Dave Walker as well as some well known Irish standards. Their style is Celtic with Country Influences or Celtic/Country as they have been described. A lively band that connects with their audiences from the moment they play their first note to their last.
Lisnacrieve – traditional Irish music & songs from 4 of the finest exponents of traditional Irish music on the Australian scene. Traditional tunes played with extraordinary drive, power and finesse. All four musicians have been inducted as Legends of the Lake by the Koroit School of Irish Music in recognition of their contributions to the tradition in Australia. When they combine their talents the music is exceptional and unforgettable.
Eric Purdie: Storyteller and Comedian! – Delivered in a ‘stand-up’ Glasgow style, Eric Purdie’s comedy presentation features humorous stories and anecdotes about life in Glasgow and the humour of the streets. His outrageous gags and unaccompanied songs provide a window into a culture few of us have seen. Eric’s stories tell of an Industrial Scotland and the Socialist Struggle in which he grew up describing life in the shipyards and on the building sites where he encountered many characters and witnessed many improbable but true sets of circumstances.
Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara – Respected in Scotland as a fine traditional singer and interpreter of Scots song, Fiona has been mentored by esteemed tradition bearer Andrew Hunter, who learnt the style and repertoire directly from the great Traveller ballad singer Jeannie Robertson. Fiona recently released Clyde’s Water – an outstanding album of traditional Scots song, with preeminent Celtic guitarist Tony McManus and renowned Scottish fiddler John McCusker.
Greg Champion – Combining comedy, songwriting and deep-rooted flippancy, and allegedly reflecting Australian culture (!) The artist is still trying to work out what it is he does.
Cathy Dobson – Cathy Dobson is a multi-award winning singer/songwriter from Melbourne. In 2017 she won songwriting competitions inThe Basin (Vic), Hughenden (Q’ld), The Songsalive Australia Lyrics (NSW) and the MaldonRoddy Reed Memorial Award Songwriting Competition. This year she released her 3rd album-“Tales from a Suburban Housewife” featuring “Jericho Rose”, the winning song at Maldon in 2017. Her songs have featured in “Dolly” a play by Harris Smart at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2016 Cathy was nominated for Songwriting Excellence by the ASA. Cathy writes and performs folk, country, country blues and soft rock.
Luke Robinson – Our 2017 minstrel award winner, Luke is a singer-songwriter with a powerful bass voice accompanied by acoustic guitar, varying in style from folk to country and rock. Currently living in Melbourne, he grew up in Gippsland and has worked for many years in the Northern Territory. With carefully-crafted lyrics delivered in rousing anthems and contemplative ballads, his songs range from our First Peoples to refugees, fracking, war and some light-hearted commentary on modern life.
Girl on the Hill – Girl on the Hill is the award-winning singer-songwriter Sadie Mustoe and her band. Sadie first performed at the Maldon Folk Festival in 2014 at the age of 10 and won the Maldon Minstrel Award the same year. Since then she has performed at numerous festivals around Australia, spent many hours in the recording studio and is finding her true voice.
Glenn Skuthorpe – Nhunggabarra, Kooma, Muruwari (AUS) is a compelling performer and masterful songwriter who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard. Following best album nominations for See My World and a string of successful tours (Byron Bay Blues Fest, Woodford, Calgary and Edmonton Folk Festivals), Glenn returns to the studio to record his sixth album then heads back out on tour to Canada, USA, Europe and Australia. “Skuthorpe has his own sound, his own style. He writes strong, emotional, storytelling lyrics. This album should be on turntables the world over.” Aaron Badgley, Spill Magazine (CAN)
Suzette Herft – Take some spice from the Isle of Serendip (Ceylon) and add it to a melting pot of music – folk, country, singer-songwriter, and American troubadours. Take a spoonful of the purity of the voice of Joan Baez, the heartbreak in the voice of Emmylou Harris and the soul in the song writing of Patty Griffin, and you’ve got a taste of the voice and the music of Suzette Herft….Soulful, Sublime and Shining…. ‘Suzette sings from her soul and she glows when she’s singing. She’s at one with her voice. Every song she sings is plucked with precision from her heart.” Mundy (Ireland)
Lloyd Dodsworth – It was a dark and stormy night. Foul creatures skittered beneath broken boughs, fleeing the soaking brush of the wild land for the safety of their burrow. There was no such shelter for the young man lost in the frenzy. A blinding fork split the sky and struck a mighty cedar tree: a garrulous clash of wind, wood and electricity. As the storm passed, the human approached the tree. It lay halved, in its place the raw, incomparable glory of a perfectly sculpted acoustic guitar. He lifted it gently, slipping its strap around his shoulders. It was time, he thought.
Mandy Connell – Folk and Storytelling provide a strong frame for Connell’s captivating performances. Lauded by Eric Bogle, Paul Brady and David Francey, Connell is known for her striking original songs and her startling interpretations of old ballads and more modern independent art.
Martin Pearson – The world’s funniest male, long-haired, Victorian, piscean folk singer, Martin is a very funny satirical performer. He has been amusing, even thrilling audiences around the globe for ages now, and if you haven’t seen him live – you’re missing out. Martin has an ability to take current events and observations of everyday life, and turn them into side splitting comedy routines.
Pete Titchener – If it weren’t for people like Ed Sheeran and Adele then I wouldn’t have to perform at Maldon Folk Festival. However, life wasn’t meant to be fair… so here I am. Eric Bogle (name drop) says I’m not bad, but not as good as him. I say, you get what you pay for….
Peter Vadiveloo – Charismatic international performer Peter Vadiveloo plays original songs that combine vocals (huge voice!), guitar and percussion. Peter’s songs are variously playful, political and provocative, and are presented in an eclectic mix of genres including blues, folk, funk, opera, latin, flamenco and cabaret. An artist not to be missed! “The crowd loved his energy and connection with the audience. Great performance!!” (Caravan Music Club, Melb). “A fantastic one man show. From political to funny, all topics will be covered. (Farouk’s Olive, Melb). “Thought-provoking lyrics and strong voice grabbed the audiences’ attention”. (Uranquinty Folk Festival, NSW).
The Dixie Chooks – We Chooks just love to play! We sing like birds (doh!) and we’re partial to a laugh and not above joining in with a bit of a sniffle when it gets a little emotional. We’re decisive – know exactly which instrument we fancy playing for which song, but try and pin us down to one style, or ask us our favourite song and we’ll make like very flummoxed chooks. We love blues, love jazz, love writing, adore folk, and golly we play with enough joy to chase your frowns away. Best of all we love sharing with you. Join us!
The Jam Tarts Trio – An all singing, all colourful, all feminine singing “tarted up” love songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and some unique and kooky songs of their own. Featuring some awesome harmonies, guitar, ukulele and various other bits and pieces – a little bit raunchy, a little bit country, a little bit pop, but a lot of fun.
Trio Incognito – So many songs, so little time… Since they first performed just over a year ago Trio Incognito have been wowing audiences in the South West with their take on songs from the seventeenth century to contemporary classics. Their delight in material with something important to say along with their love of harmony and quirky sense of fun has seen them popping up in a variety of places – from churches to restaurants, underpasses to the Port Fairy folk festival. Now it is Maldon’s turn to sample what the Trio have to offer.
The Michelle Chandler Four – Michelle Chandler has performed around the world. She’s a contemporary artist and experienced musician with a reputation for writing authentic songs. She’s recorded several CDs including her latest album ‘Unravelling’ in 2017 showcasing predominantly guitar-based melodies combined with well-considered lyrics. Living a creative life, Michelle has played many of the music festivals and venues throughout Australia, the UK and US. Her songs are strong and accessible with thoughtful use of instrumentation highlighting the lyrics in just the right places. Together with Neesy Smith on percussion and vocals, Fiona Steele on guitars, banjo, mandolin and backing vocals and Sue Carr Amico on piano accordion, her songs are brought to life in a whole new way.
The Rhymer from Ryde – The “Rhymer from Ryde” is one of the most well known characters in the genre of Bush Poetry today. He is an Mc, Stage & Artist Manager and entertainer as well. On the road for large parts of the year Graeme’s bookings take him all over the States where he shares his experience of Australia with his fellow countrymen. Always good for a laugh his performances are full of that irreverent ‘larrikin’ streak familiar to ‘Aussie’ storytellers. Whether you enjoy Modern, Traditional or Original verse it’s a fair bet that Graeme has something for you in his repertoire.
Jeanette Gillespie & Duncan Brown – Gospel concert
Brewers Own Bush Band – The family Bush Dance this year celebrates our 40th. Birthday! – The Brewers Own is middle aged!! We love this dance so much we have lost count how many we have performed for! Our stalwart followers and new dancers are fabulous!! Each year proves that the colonial traditional dances, (Aussie style), are still fun and a great way for families and individuals to meet and have FUN!
Margaret Crichton – See the festival from the other side of the stage – join the festival choir, learn songs in harmony then have the fun of performing them to an audience. Anyone is welcome to participate. Come and experience the joy of singing in a big group.
The Britannia Morris – The Britannia Morris have delighted punters in the streets of Maldon for over 15 years now, so if you don’t know what to expect, then you have not been paying attention. Performing traditional dances from the Cotswolds of England, they will add a little colour and excitement to your day. And they’re back again because we love them.
Rudy The One Man Band -Rudy carries a drum on his back with Macadamia, or Macca, the monkey beating the drum, Pistachio, or Archie, a baby gorilla playing the tambourine, Nutmeg the Monkey sitting on a swing under the drum, and finally Mr P Nut, an adult gorilla, sitting on top of the drum playing the cymbals. To complete the picture he wears a large umbrella over the top, a piano accordion over which he plays a guitar, a mandolin or a fiddle.
The Connected Circus space – a variety of activities for the kids Saturday and Sunday at the Rotunda in the gardens.
Michael the Balloonologist – follow Michael around the festival and he’ll make something special for you out of balloons