As we are all aware, the appearance of all these performers (as is the holding of our festival) is dependent on COVID-19 outbreaks and restrictions. Until we actually are at the festival your guess is a good as ours as to what is happening. So let’s hope for the best and plan as if the festival will go ahead and all these wonderful performers will be here. We will of course follow all Govt guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Albi & The Wolves (NZ): As a proud albino man with a big bushy white beard, Chris Dent (Albi) makes for a striking figure. With his smooth, almost angelic voice and warm gentle demeanour, he naturally captures and holds his audience’s attention by just being the man he is. On stage he is joined by his wolves, Pascal Roggen and Micheal Young. This pack, with a line up including Violin, Double Bass, Guitar and rich three part vocal harmonies, come together with a massive sound to play everything from your soul-stirring ballads to your ear worming, foot stomping hoe downs. Albi & The Wolves have explored the world together. They’ve toured festivals and venues throughout America, Australia and of course their home territory of New Zealand. In 2018 these three lupine compadres were excited and honoured to receive the Best Folk Artist 2018 TUI at the New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album One Eye Open! All three musicians are powerful and compelling performers in their own right. But when they come together, they create something larger than any individual, something incredible, a must to see. “For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack” – Rudyard Kipling
Gina Jeffreys (NSW): In January 2019, Gina Jeffreys celebrated 28 years since winning the Toyota Star Maker Quest, marking the start of a remarkable career that’s not only taken Gina to the top of the country music industry, but continued to bring new surprises and successes for this talented and vivacious woman. Gina was a pioneer for women in Australian country music and forged a path for many others to follow. After releasing her first single “Slipping Away” through BMG Music, Gina signed a record deal with ABC Music, and released her first single “Two Stars Fell” in 1993. The song went straight to No.1 and the career of Gina Jeffreys was launched.
Michael Waugh: Michael Waugh’s insightful tributes to friends, family and parenthood are simultaneously deeply personal and nationally recognizable; we see our own brothers, parents, pubs, rivers, struggles and joys reflected in the faces of those characters who live large in Michael’s songs. Michael is a songwriter’s songwriter, a compelling live performer and an extraordinary storyteller. Among his admirers are the legendary Eric Bogle, alt. country luminary Shane Nicholson and country hitmakers The Wolfe Bros. His latest album The Weir received two Golden Guitar nominations in 2020 – Male Artist of the Year and Alt Country Album of the Year – as well as a nomination at the 2020 Victorian Music Awards.
Khristian Mizzi: Poetic lyrics, meandering melodies and captivating voice, along with a unique picking style, Khristian Mizzi really is a complete artist and is becoming renowned for his intimate performances and thoughtful songs.
Rod McCormack (NSW): Long recognised as one of Australia’s leading musicians and songwriters, Rod McCormack is also one of the most in-demand record producers, having produced many award winning acts. As a songwriter, Rod has written over 30 number one country hits, along with theme songs and background music for a number of successful TV shows and documentary series, and has won numerous awards. He has over 400 titles currently recorded and released by artists here and overseas, including Wendy Matthews, The McClymonts, Lee Kernaghan, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Paul Kelly and many others. As a musician Rod gained the reputation of one of Australia’s finest, and is one of our most recorded artists, appearing on thousands of albums and soundtracks ranging from KD Lang to Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian to Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll to symphony orchestras etc. In 2006 the CMAA awarded Rod their inaugural Musician Of The Year, and in 2020 Rod McCormack, with his song Timeless Traveller was the recipient of COCA-COLA Instrumental of the Year.
Rich Davies & The Low Road: Rich Davies & The Low Road are garnering a reputation as one of Australia’s most formidable live acts, showcasing ‘a foot stomping, contemporary folk attack’ (Mick Thomas). With a poet’s heart and a rocker’s soul, Davies’ compositions pay loving tribute to the great folk forms of old. Drawing from the Appalachian mountains to his Celtic heartland, traditional narrative driven song-craft is seamlessly interwoven with the modern, into a rousing symphony of ‘glorious, visceral folk rock’. Golden Guitar Nominee Davies’ fist pumping anthems and rousing ballads invoke ‘The Pogues meets Springsteen’, with 5-part gang-vocals, joined by his band of veteran Melbourne musicians including Stirling Gill-Chamber on fiddle (The Bon Scotts), Kat Ogilvie on accordion (The Goodship), Craig Kelly on double bass (Tracy McNeil & the Goodlife), and Bek Chapman on washboard & found percussion (The Nymphs, Damien Cowell’s Disco Machine). The Low Road released their debut album ‘Ghosts’ to critical acclaim, converting audiences show by show into dedicated fans. The band traversed the Australian highways on the back of the success of Ghosts, entertaining audiences as ‘a guaranteed festival favourite with an enormous range’ (James Rigby, Newstead Live Music Festival). Rich Davies & The Low Road are currently working on their sophomore album with producer Myles Mumford (Kim Salmon, XANI) due for release in 2021.
Claymore: Their reputation as outstanding entertainers has led them to perform at many local and international festivals, including 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. 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.
Greg Champion: He was raised in Adelaide. ‘Accidentally’ born in Benalla, Victoria. Arts degree from Adelaide Uni. Lifelong Norwood and Crows fan. Played in four Adelaide bands then moved to Melbourne in 1979 to explore the band scene. Met the Coodabeen Champions in 1983. Still a member, 36 years on. Wrote I Made a 100 in the Backyard at Mum’s in 1985. 23 Tamworth Festivals, a dozen Port Fairy Festivals, dozens of Gympie Musters, Maldon Festivals, Canberra fests etc. A few Tamworth gongs, Victorian Country Music gongs and two ARIA nominations. Wrote That’s The Thing About Football in 1994. Double platinum album for Aussie Christmas with Bucko & Champs. Played at 3 VFL-AFL grand finals and several one-day cricket finals. The artist is still trying to work out what it is he does.
Return to the 60s Folk Club: Three widely-known performers team up to relive the most loved folk songs of the Sixties-Seventies. Their ‘Return To The Sixties Folk Club’ show takes us on a journey back through the classics of the era: exploring everyone’s affection for the works of Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Don Mclean, Joni, Jackson Browne, Neil Young and of course Bob. Khristian Mizzi’s voice, songwriting and impact is exploding on the acoustic music scene. Rod McCormack, one of Australia’s elite musicians, has himself played a hundred festivals, dozens internationally. Greg Champion is part of the folk furniture at Port Fairy and all over.
Margaret & Bob Fagan (NSW): This year Margaret & Bob recently celebrated 50 years of musical partnership with the release of their new CD, Landmarks on the Journey. Well known to Australian audiences, both as a duo and with their family band, The Fagans, they have a vast repertoire including songs of social and environmental justice, love, loss & politics. Margaret’s powerful voice is underpinned by Bob’s superb fingerpicked guitar.
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 Tarrangower (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.
JoJo Smith: an inspirational performer who takes her audiences on a lyrical, musically diverse journey of blues, soul, funk, R&B, Latin and jazz. Her own songs are a tour de force and along with a unique interpretation of a small, select group of covers. JoJo is a true artist who is known for her capturing and gripping live shows.
The Weeping Willows: The Weeping Willows, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music. 2015-2020 has seen The Weeping Willows nominated for 5 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ awards, 4 x Country Music Channel (CMC) awards, APRA AMCOS Australian Independent Country Music Single of the Year, performing at AmericanaFest (USA), Folk Alliance International (USA), Maverick Festival (UK), Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend and the Australian Americana Music Honours. In recent years they have supported Lukas Nelson & POTR (USA), Hayes Carll (USA), Iris DeMent (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA) and Willie Watson (USA) and completed national and international tours in support of their sophomore album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ (2016), which received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone, The Australian and The Music. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on location or caught on tape will always delight.
Kaurna Cronin (SA): a unique Australian folk artist who tours globally performing a swag of deep and inventive songs. Performing predominately in the contemporary folk tradition, he is a captivating entertainer who is always seeking to push the genre to new heights. His artistry in combing emotive soundscapes with intelligent and heartfelt lyrics in the tradition of folk troubadours who are storytellers first and foremost demonstrates a maturity and an ingenuity beyond his years. Cronin has toured Europe and Australia extensively, from intimate venues to some of the largest festivals in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Italy and even Russia. With numerous songwriting and performance awards including Folk Alliance Australia Young Artist Of The Year, National Folk Festival Youth Award, and a SAM nomination for Best Solo Artist in 2020 Cronin’s knack for timeless sentiment and rich imagery in his songwriting is palpable as he combines the best, most intimate aspects of the acoustic genre with an inventive and experimental modern approach. His six album releases in as many years, relentless international touring and truly artistic approach to capturing story in song, have cemented him as an artist for this moment, and set him at the cutting edge of folk.
Loren Kate (SA): An Utterly captivating performer and brilliant storyteller. Loren Kate is launching her NEW ALBUM right here at Maldon Folk Festival. Loren’s bravely honest lyrics, paired with carefully crafted melodies make every moment on this new record absolutely spell-binding.
Saije (NSW): Saije is an award-winning, contemporary folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories. Their songwriting is crafted from the depths; stirring melodies bound together with graceful lyricism. Through multitasking techniques, the pair create a full-bodied sound infused with flavours from their travels around the globe, inviting listeners on a journey from the haunting shadows of ancient forests to bustling French markets. After being awarded Folk Alliance Australia’s ‘Young Artist of the Year 2019-2020’ at the National Folk Festival, Saije, made up of Shanteya and Jo, toured their latest release Kindred (2019) throughout Australia and Canada in early-2020. On their 2021 ‘Rekindle Tour’ the pair carried their music and messages of connection to the far-flung corners of Australia, with unifying performances and a warmth that filled small halls.
Saoirse have firmly established themselves as one of Australia’s leading Celtic/Folk bands, having just released their fourth album, Encore!
Saoirse entertain with soaring harmonies, beautiful ballads sung in English and Irish, original material and even a few jigs and reels! A SAOIRSE performance will engage and delight your inner Celt!
Sadie Mustoe: Sadie is a modern-day storyteller whose folk-indie-pop music takes audiences on a journey seen through the eyes of a down-to-earth Melbourne teenager. With a comprehensive string of song-writing, vocal and stage awards, over 20 festival appearances and a diploma in classical violin, Sadie Mustoe launched her second EP ‘Up Left & Turn’ at Maldon Folk Festival, 2018 and has released her latest single ‘More’ in 2020. Sadie is a passionate song-writer and a multi-instrumentalist playing violin, guitar, piano and ukulele. She has an eclectic range of influences through pop, indie, classical, folk and rock, as well as a deep care for all things environmental, which is reflected through her approach to music. “Sadie effortlessly pairs stunning lyricism with an emotive soundscape and takes your breath away”, Thando. “I was blown away by Sadie’s incredible voice, dedication to her craft and her star quality. She is super talented and has that something special that is rare and hard to come by”, Adalita.
Sarah and Silas play Country/Folk music with a dash of world flavour, sprinkled with a sweet romantic tone. Their love, skill and connection shine through exciting duelling fiddles and sweet vocal harmonies which dance to the strum of a uke and the beat of a drum. Their catchy original songs & tunes will warm the hearts of all. 2020 has been a big year, but this duo decided to keep the spirits of Australians high by writing catchy, uplifting songs defining the times. As seen in The Bushwackers, The Royal High Jinx and Alanna and Alicia.
Matt Glass: Winner of the 2019 Roddy Read Songwriting award, Melbourne Folk artist Matt Glass joins us for his first Maldon in 2020. Matt’s upbeat and catchy songs often belie their layered and thoughtful construction, with themes of love, loss, parenting, and a sense of place revealing themselves on repeated listens. Matt is joined this year by Mitch Power and Anita Quayle, who’s thoughtful and measured instrumentation provide a beautiful framework for Matt’s stories.
Charm of Finches: Charm of Finches are Melbourne based sister duo Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. This multi award-winning duo make haunting chamber folk full of beauty and candour. Their jaw-dropping sibling harmonies and songs about solitude and loss, wonder and whispering trees have made this charming act a favourite of festival audiences around Australia since 2015. With diverse influences ranging from Sufjan Stevens to traditional Celtic music, Charm of Finches’ stunning 2019 sophomore album “Your Company” has received accolades locally and abroad. “’Your Company’ is a deep ocean swaying and heaving with dark tales, swirling melodies and astounding songs that float upon a hundred lovely stringed things. Songs filled with beauty, wisdom and magic with some of the sweetest ‘blood harmonies’ you’re likely to hear this side of this century! ” – Khristian Mizzi
The Humbuckin’ Pickups: From festivals such as the famous Springfest in North Queensland, Yackandandah, Maldon, Newstead and Bendigo Blues and Roots to pubs and clubs across Victoria, the Humbuckers have built for themselves a committed and dedicated fan base. Featuring Ewan Cloonan on vocals and guitar, Vinny Russell on mandolin, Trev Dwyer on resonator and banjo, and Maxine Sutcliffe on double bass, The Humbuckin’ Pickups are built around the lyrical pipes and rhythm guitar of award-winning songwriter Ewan Cloonan. In 2015 The Humbuckin’ Pickups released their debut album ‘Skullduggery’. A live studio album, the raw and heartfelt style of the Humbuckers shone through. Their track ‘Dunedin Star’ reached number three on the AMRAP regional charts in December of the same year. They recorded their latest album ‘The Well’ at ‘Taste Police’ in the summer of 2018/2019, and have been touring that album (when able) since its release. In 2021 the band received The Troubadour Foundation Award and are gearing up to start work on their next album due for release in late 2021.
Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara: Shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year in the prestigious Scots Trad Music Awards (2019), Fiona Ross has secured her reputation as a highly gifted interpreter of Scots song. Her honest singing style, grounded delivery and extensive repertoire showcase the richness of the Scots song tradition. Guitarist, producer, studio engineer, composer and ARIA Award winner, Shane O’Mara is one of Australia’s most versatile musicians. He has extensive recording and touring experience with many diverse artists including Paul Kelly, Chris Wilson and Tim Rogers. As a duo, these two highly accomplished artists combine to present a heartfelt set of Scottish songs and tunes that is both steeped in tradition and imbued with contemporary flair.
Gallie: the critically acclaimed singer-songwriter was born in Dublin city, Ireland, in the seventies. Picking up guitar in his early teens, helped him navigate ‘the streets’, something he now reflects on as having provided him with a wealth of material for songs and stories that he continues to draw from. Gallie’s music is captivating from the get-go; his performance can move from a lonesome whistling entrance sounding like a miner in the Klondike, through to a wild folk guitar crescendo, and melodic baritone voice giving the grittiest performance of his life. Gallie’s 20-year musical career has seen him support an impressive line-up of international acts— Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, KT Tunstall, Glen Tilbrook, Squeeze, Newton Faulkner, Glen Hansard and The Frames— he has shared the stage with eminent acts such as Santana, Chris Isaak and Jimmy Cliff. Gallie has lived the troubadour lifestyle, troubadour in the true sense of the word. For over 15 years he has travelled the world playing every type of show imaginable, from busking on the streets of Paris to a 1000 seat sold out show with a 46-piece orchestra in Caxias Du Sol in Southern Brazil. Having now lived in Australia for 11 years he has finally put enough roots down, to record his songs. He has made two albums and two EP’s, but only released one – The Occoquan River – He is a perfectionist.
Mick Coates & the Shallow Gravediggers: Michael J Coates & co present new gritty songs penned by themselves and various other legendary pals along with a dash of Johnny Cash’s American Recordings catalogue and Bob Wills for emotional relief. Songs to make a barmaid weep.
Réiltín Collective (Celtic Reflections Australia): Immerse yourself in a concert of warm musicality, joy and friendship, blended with a good dose of wit and humour. This promises to be a delightful session. The Irish, Scottish and Welsh have kept their rich cultural heritage alive in many pockets of the world and Reiltin are excited to share with you, their stories. Capturing the musical traditions unfolding ‘Down Under’, Celtic Reflections Australia is told from both local and ex-pat performers’ perspectives with traditional tunes, songs and original compositions. Lament, love and laugh. Come along with us on a heart-warming enchanted journey. Reiltin Collective are Maria Forde, (Vocal, Guitar), Greg Hunt (Violin, Mandolin), Cyril Moran (Vocal, Guitar) and Jules Vines (Vocal, Keyboard, Accordion, Whistle). They bring a warmth and depth to Maldon with many years of enthralling audiences at home and abroad.
The Jam Tarts Trio and band have been bringing their own unique style to the music scene for over 10 years. Their diversity of songs from doo wop to folk, from pop to just about anything in between. Beautiful harmonies, quirky arrangements and entertaining delivery, they will have you singing and toe tapping in spite of yourself.
Tinman: Born of campfires and beach houses, these four friends came together to sing and play the music that they loved. Whilst rhythm and harmony pour from the stage, storytelling and good wine are at the heart of what Tinman are all about. From festival stages to living rooms, their live show draws you in with seductive harmonies and their many stringed instruments, both curious and delightful. Over the course of a Tinman show you may feel the need to sing, even if you don’t know the words. Or just want to watch the melodies disappear into cool night air. In 2018 Tinman recorded their debut EP over a weekend in a beach house along the Victorian surf coast. Since then, the four have travelled and played their music to countless audiences and graced radio waves across Australia. Come alongside these story-tellers and magic weavers and be transported for a while.
Eric Purdie Glasgow Comedian and Storyteller: Described by the Saltwater Music Festival as a Glasgow comedian with a Gandhi soul, Eric Purdie is the winner of the Port Fairy Folk 2020 Festival Pat Glover Storytelling Award. He is wonderfully entertaining storyteller, comedian, unaccompanied singer and poet. Eric’s stories of growing up in Glasgow, working in the shipyards and other tales of every day human experiences, are from the heart, imbued with a sense of wonder and true humour. Eric has been performing regularly as a stand-up comedian, singer, poet and storyteller for a number of years at folk festivals, folk clubs and pubs.
Kevin McCarthy’s Crocodile Country (NT): Crocodile Country – the Sound of the Territory – Kevin McCarthy’s Crocodile Country presents contemporary home-grown Territory music with Bite! Besides a swag of Crocodile Country originals, there’s a sprinkling Territory classics penned by Neil Murray, Mark A Hunter, Kathy Mills, the Pigram Brothers, Troy Cassar-Daley and Seaman Dan! Don’t miss this uplifting musical journey through Australia’s last frontier.
The Green Among the Gold (NT): Kevin McCarthy (Darwin) and Geoff McArthur (Ballarat) share an Irish ancestry – Kevin’s links are contemporary, while Geoff ’s are historic. Both are proud of their Irish heritage and celebrate it in the songs they write … Australian songs that chronicle the generations of Irish migrants who helped shape the Australia we know today. These songs include stories of AIF corporal Mick McHugh from Queensland who got caught up in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, the AFL Swans recruit (and champion) Tadhg Kennelly, and 19th century Melbourne street singer Killarney Kate, as well as Kevin & Geoff ’s personal stories of belonging.
The Brass Harpies: a joyful and sophisticated trio of artful, intrepid travellers of the Steampunk Imaginarium who whimsically roam the streets educating passers-by about all things Steampunk, whilst also engaging them in splendid conversation, wonderous photo imagery, much laughter and cups of tea. Their magnificent vintage pram is filled with splendid goodies and props for people to wear as they pose with glee and frivolity for photos taken by their friends – just for fun!
Victorian Folk Music Club Billabong Band: Don’s Empty Chair! – presented by the Billabong Band, from the Victorian Folk Music Club. A memorial musical presentation of traditional Australian Bush music. Each song will be preceded by a brief look at significant contemporary to the time events, cultural factors, language, idioms, and attitudes, and the origins and development of the song. In memory of the Victorian Folk Music Club’s amateur music historian and researcher, the late Don Gingrich. We lost Don to an aggressive illness last July, hence the empty chair. Don hoped to present a similar program to this presentation in 2020 before COVID killed the festival.
Awkward Giraffe presents Breakfast Radio Active: Breakfast Radio Active is a community breakfast radio show that takes place on Regional Rural Radio (RRR) 108.2 FM. It is a shambolic mix of news, sport, politics, gardening tips, music and sex therapy with a cavalcade of on air guests. Hosted by Kieran Butler (Whimsical Tricycle).
Brewers Own Bush Band: a long running Bush Dance Band (Formed in 1978)- specializing in Family Fun Bush Dances! We love to bring the English, Irish, Scottish, American and even Scandinavian traditional dances for the public to have a go at with a focus on Fun!!! We support the Maldon FF to bring this Sat. afternoon dance for folk to enjoy and will continue to do so as long as we are able!
Bush Sessions: experienced musicians who recreate the music of Australian bush gatherings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. We offer participation workshops exploring the history and style of the music and informal pub and street sessions where you get to play along with the tunes you have learnt. Workshop 1:- Gervasoni family, Andy Rodoni; Workshop 2:- Harry McQueen, Tom Walsh Local dances were an integral part of the social life of the Bush during the 19th and into the 20th century. The repertoire of traditional players included tunes brought from their country of origin and handed down through families; tunes learnt from friends and neighbours, as cultures blended in the bush. Newer tunes were taken from broadsheets and from sheet music; wherever a friendly tune could be found. These workshop are both an opportunity to listen as well as to play along. You will hear some background on the music and its players as we play music collected from locals Harry McQueen of Castlemaine, Tom Walsh of Trentham, Andy Rodoni of Franklinford and the Gervasoni family of Yandoit. Written music provided and the pace will be moderate. Workshop 3 – Revisit the tunes learnt in workshop 1 and 2, tunes collected from traditional players in the area around Maldon.
Grace Ethel Martyr: Maldon’s Forgotten Wartime Poet. A special performance telling her story, sharing her poetry, celebrating her songs and reflecting and remembering her friends lost to the ravages of war. This play is written and presented by Richard ‘Skreitch’ Leach and features performances by local Maldon young people.
Campbell the Swaggie (anywhere in Australia you can think of): The only fair dinkum reciter of Aussie Bush Poetry who doubles as the last Australian swagman. Everyone knows Campbell, from govt house in Darwin, right down the east coast to the Sunday market in leafy Camberwell, and every festival and market in between. Keeping the Spirit of Waltzing Matilda (carrying the swag) and mate ship policy alive. By raising Funds towards helping premature and chronically ill children via financing the Royal Flying doctors and emergency relief appeals. Verses recited are kaleidoscope of my travels and experiences, Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and tales of the Land. The poems reflect the heritage pillars of Australia. Check out The Legend of Campbell the Swaggie by Kevin McCarthy’s Crocodile Country and an interview while he was staying in Maldon during most of 2020 until after Easter 2021.
Darling Buds of Maldon: Four young local hopefuls. A rocking little combo based around the song writing skills of guitarist Jimmy Dowling, plus rockabilly stalwart Keveen on lead a guitar. and crowd control. All are steeped in rock & roll, ska and blue beat, honky tonk and country blues, with a smattering of sixties pop and folk. Miss them at your peril. Otherwise your life will not be complete. Toe tapping, hip swinging, arm swaying FUN!
Emu Creek Bush Band and Friends – Gay Charmers and Friends: Friends Long time stalwarts of the Maldon Folk Festival, the Emu Creek Bush Band, will once again be providing the toe tapping opening dance of this year’s festival as they have done for many years. Despite the passing of their leader Peter Ellis OAM the band he nurtured over thirty or more years will continue to provide the best of bush dancing. Bring the kids and be prepared for a fun filled evening. You won’t be disappointed. The Bush
Concert commences with entertainment from the band, but incorporates items from the floor and so the audience end up entertaining the band!
Gospel in the Maine is a ‘pop-up’ choir led by Angie Mitten in Castlemaine. Angie Mitten is well known in Central Victoria for community singing leadership at Vocal Nosh in Newstead, Chewton Vocal Nosh and Sing for your Supper in Bendigo and previously led Mainly Gospel, in Castlemaine. The choir recently performed at Castlemaine Fringe Festival and have gathered again to sing for Maldon Folk Festival.
Harpers Bizarre: A long-time favourite of the Maldon Folk Festival, this group meets monthly to play beautiful music and of course, to share epicurean delights. Their music includes tunes from the Celtic countries as well as an exciting Latin based repertoire and individual compositions. Festive hand-crafted felt hats, and harps made from unique Australian timbers, are well known signatures of the group. Each year, in the winter months, Harpers Bizarre runs a music camp at Cave Hill Creek Recreation Centre, near Beaufort central Victoria, promoting and encouraging interest in Harp Culture. Harp maestro Andy Rigby is the group’s Musical Director and fashions many of the harps in his Workshop, just down the road in Malmsbury. Check out some of Andy’s exquisite instruments at the Maldon Folk Festival ‘Instrument Makers Exhibition’ on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Sweet Potato Pie will be performing with Harpers Bizarre at the church service on Sunday morning and the harp concert on Saturday night.
Jeanette Gillespie & Duncan Brown: We will lead the concert as we have in previous years, and involve other festival artists and friends. Possible participants may include any agreeable festival guests who we may “shanghai” during the festival!
Lorraine McCrimmon: A performance poet of many years with a varied repertoire of traditional & contemporary poems has performed at National, Illawarra, St Albans , Majors Creek Festivals.
Margaret Crichton: The festival choir is your chance to be a part of the festival, perform onstage and experience the joy of creating harmony with others, something we all missed out on in 2020. No experience or music reading is needed, just come along and raise your voice in song.
Marty Mulholland: For near on thirty years now, Marty has lived locally and attended every Maldon folk festival within that time, mostly in the roll as a volunteer for a number of local community groups. For over fifteen of those years, he has dabbled in the art of writing and reciting poetry and has enjoyed presenting various works at some of the folky chalkboard events. Marty, a local plumber, has this year been invited to present a collection of his thoughts, memories, and stories with verse over the course of the weekend and looks forward to relating his words to the
Raging Bull – Bush Poet: Noel Bull aka ‘The Raging Bull’ named because of his antics on stage, performs humorous and serious bush poetry. He is a lovable larrikin who has lots of tales, associated with working in the outback in his younger days, to share with you.
O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers: The dancers come from many regions in Victoria in the southern part of Australia. They are well known at Folk Festivals and major events, presenting their Irish Dance Folk Culture which has survived for hundreds of years and has been fostered and passed down to the present generation for their enjoyment. Many of these Dancers are experienced international performers, having presented their Irish Dance Culture throughout Europe and Asia at events to which their teacher, Geraldine Ryan, is regularly invited to bring her group. Geraldine’s dancers have, to date, had successful performances in thirty different countries throughout Europe and Asia. Geraldine is a wellknown authority on Irish Dancing around the world, and is recognised as the senior, longest registered teacher, still actively teaching in the World…
Michael the Balloonologist: Michael the Balloonologist has been a fixture at festivals, fetes, fairs and functions for over twenty years. From single balloon animals to multi-balloon creations Michael manages to enthral his audience whether they are 2 or 102. Dogs, bears, flowers and fancy hats flow freely from his fingers.
Come and claim a colourful creation – and yes, he does parties.
Rudy and his one man band: carries a drum on is 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 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 harmonica, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, trombone, and didgeridoo, depending on what song he’s singing. At night LED’s light up the whole rig to welcome audiences to join in.
The Britannia Morris Men 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.
The Connected Circus: • Circus Space: Participants can explore a range of props with assistance from instructors. These props include Hula hoops, Dragonstaff, Pois, spinning plates, ribbons and other juggling items. Performances and Workshops are included in this space. • Face Painting Space: This Space ties in well with the Circus Space as it allows families wanting to get face-painted by our staff, the opportunity to use our unique deli-system. Children and adults can play with Circus props while waiting for their number to be called without the long, frustrating queues. • Art Space: Participants can explore sketching, origami, drawing with pencils and textas, and using Playdough. • Games Space: A range of fun board games for all ages including; Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Connect 4 and Jenga. There are also games of skill in the grassy Circus space such as Finska, Bocce and Can Toss. • Interactive Puppet Theatre: This space enables children to be the puppeteers and create their own performances for their family and friends.
The Rhymer from Ryde(NSW): A wonderfully eargrabbing Bush Poet and “stretcher of the truth” extraordinaire, Graeme’s performances are renowned for their vibrancy, humour and heartfelt emotion. In the true larrikin style his reciting covers everything from the silly to the serious, Traditional to Contemporary. Since 1995 he’s received over 150 commendations for his spoken and written work and has been included in 20 Anthologies of Australian Poetry. He has released 2 books, 2 cassettes and 5 CD’s.
Whimsical Tricycle are life partners Kieran Butler (guitar, vocals) and Michelle Wilson (violin, vocals) who toured extensively to critical acclaim in the 2000’s. After a long hiatus they have returned to the folk festival circuit over the past couple of years, delighting audiences with their unique mix of humour, original songs and story telling. “Moving, humorous, immensely entertaining… superbly crafted songs” Independent Weekly; “Natural Australian humour and honesty” Adelaide Advertiser; “One of the most uplifting musical experiences on the Fringe” Edinburgh Evening News
Castlemaine Steiner School & Kindergarten choir will be singing at the Maldon Primary School Market