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Gina Jeffreys – In January 1991, Gina Jeffreys burst onto the Australian Country Music scene as the new Star Maker winner, taking over the reins from previous winner Keith Urban at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Gina went on to become Australia’s first ever female country artist to sell platinum albums, perform sell-out shows across Australia, and take her music all over the world. She quickly went on to become a household name regularly appearing on hit TV shows like Hey Hey It’s Saturday and The Midday Show, and touring Australia with music greats like Lee Kernaghan, Kenny Rogers, Guy Sebastian, Kris Kristofferson and the most famous of all – Johnny Cash. After having a string of number one hits, Golden Guitars and music awards and seven albums under her belt, Gina and husband – award-winning record producer and musician, Rod McCormack – decided to put family first and Gina stepped out of the spotlight to raise their son Jacky. During her time away from the stage, Gina became a successful public speaker and set up the highly successful Gina Jeffreys Workshops, where she and her team teach and mentor talented young people from all over Australia on the Central Coast. Several of her students have gone on to sign recording deals, and the Workshops have also contributed winners of The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent. After taking off almost all of son Jacky’s formative years to never miss a goodnight kiss or a footy game, Gina is back with her first new originals album in 12 years titled “Beautiful Tangle” and released on August 9. Gina says, “If I’m honest, I used to just look for songs that I thought radio would like. Songs that sounded like hits, but now, all I care about is that these are true stories straight from my heart. There are songs that were hard to write without crying. Songs about family, my love, my heart and my life. Gina will be joined on stage by Rod McCormack, James Gillard and Max Jackson.
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. Rod plays many instruments, specializing in most things with strings – acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, lap steel, papoose, dobro, Hammond organ, ukulele and all sorts of other weird and wonderful world instruments.
The Sweet Sorrows (Ire) – Irish troubadour and Australian songstress bring the very best in acoustic Celtic roots music, Sammy & Kylie Horner have played in some of the finest venues in the world, a lot of the coolest festivals and of course to the finest people on the planet…good music and great times assured. The Sweet Sorrows brings Celtic charm and edge together with soft harmonies to create an Americana/ Celtic Roots fusion. British Journalist / Music Critic and Author Clive Price said… “You’ve heard of Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, Glen Hansard & 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 new indeed. Something….Different.”
Fred Smith (ACT), with Liz Frencham and Carl Pannuzzo – This remarkable singer-songwriter – who reveals influences that range from Paul Kelly via Lou Reed to Loudon Wainwright III to Leonard Cohen – keeps releasing amazingly accomplished albums.” (Bruce Elder, SMH). Fred Smith blends tunes you can whistle with stories you will remember. His songs are subtle, wry and perceptive. His remarkable hybrid career is the subject of an Australian Story documentary. His memoir, the Dust of Uruzgan, was recently published by Allen and Unwin. His performances will have you laughing, thinking and feeling. Accompanied by an all star band (Liz Frencham, Carl Pannuzzo) Fred will be playing songs from his rich back catalogue and his new album ‘Warries’.
Scott Cook and the She’ll Be Rights (Can) – Canadian balladeer and veteran road warrior Scott Cook returns with a new intercontinental stringband, consisting of fellow prairie boy Bramwell Park on banjo, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. Sturdy songs, equal parts introspection and insurrection.
Marcia Howard – Marcia has sustained a diverse career for over thirty years as a performer/singer-songwriter and music educator. She was the Port Fairy Maton Artist of the Year in 2016 and returns to the festival circuit with her show “House of Song”. She invites you to join her at her vocal workshops where she will lead you through her musical journey in song from her early years growing up in the local musical Howard family to the 1980’s and her time on the road as a member of the iconic Goanna band. From the Australian outback to her solo albums recorded in Ireland with Irish singer Mary Black, and then on to America recording the Nashville Sessions and returning home to appear on Season 5 of The Voice, her show will feature songs from her latest album “Everything Reminds Me” joined by Matisse Schubert on Fiddle and mandolin. Join her at her singing workshops and ‘House of Song’ performances.
Neil Murray – Maverick songman Neil Murray (a founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band) has released several remarkable solo albums the latest being 2019’s “Blood & Longing”. In 1995 he received the APRA song of the year award for “My Island Home” – which featured in the Sydney 2000 Olympics. In 2017 he was made the Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the year. His work has contributed substantially to Australia’s contemporary music heritage and many artists have covered his songs.
The Good Girl Song Project – presents “Voyage” – a full scripted and costumed music theatre performance that follows the voyage of 200 free and single immigrant women to Australia in 1833. and ‘Settlement’- a new song cycle performance (set of songs) that examines the lives of single, immigrant women in the early days of settlement. It also answers the question “what happened next?” to the characters from Voyage. A universal journey story cast anew with three female leads, Australian history and new Australian song writing. In this “must see” show, four of Australia’s leading folk musicians present a powerful account of a voyage that thousands of brave young women voluntarily took to Australia in the 1830’s. The show takes place on the pier at Gravesend and shipboard between England and Sydney. Three young women, played by Penny Larkins (Vocals), Helen Begley(guitars and vocals), and Penelope Swales (whistles and vocals), a committee member and a sailor, played by Jamie Molloy (concertina and vocals), are pushed through the colonial migration process and the experience of life aboard an emigrant ship. Written by Helen Begley and based on the academic writings of Liz Rushen and others, this is a show that speaks to the unknown history of Australian women. The script quotes directly from eyewitness accounts of the voyages and the songs capture the humour and poignancy of everyday life on board the ship.
Joe Quinn (Scot) – Joe is a seasoned musician who has played for over 50 years in many different countries. His performance ranges from Glasgow street songs to his own arrangements of some classic pop songs and original material. His heart is in traditional Irish and Scottish music. His own songs will take you on a journey from childhood farms through love lost and won and back to the 1920s. Joe’s ideal gig brings an audience into his world and sends them dancing home with visions of Scotland in their heads.
Skinner & T’witch (UK) – an original, contemporary folk acoustic duo based in Leeds, England, performing folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs. They made the top 100 artists for December 2017 in the list compiled by Richard Gillmann, from FolkDJ-L playlists based on 14,015 airplays from 132 different (largely US and AUS) DJs! ‘Steve (Skinner) ought to rate himself as one of the best songwriters, because he’s really outstanding’. Doug Welch, KentFolk, BBC Radio Kent. ‘T’witch has a hell of a voice, and she knows how to use it’. Liz Franklin, The Folk Garden, Blues and Roots Radio/Eden Folk, Eden FM ‘With their tight harmonies, versatile musicianship, and insightful lyrics, Skinner & T’witch are the perfect duo for resonating with a contemporary acoustically-inclined audience.’ Nick Noble, The Folk Revival, WICN
South Carolina Broadcasters (USA) – the “real deal” when it comes to Old-Time Bluegrass music, or “primitive bluegrass”, as they sometimes call it. Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional multi-instrumentation, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats.
The trio consists of David Sheppard (guitar & vocals), Ivy Sheppard (banjo, fiddle, guitar & vocals) and new band member, Jackson Cunningham from The Whitetop Mountaineers (mandolin, fiddle, banjo & vocals). Their material ranges from the Old-Time music mountain music of Appalachia, through Carter Family country classics, and Cajun music, to original tunes that sound like they’ve come from the past.
Lloyd Spiegel – Acoustic Blues master Lloyd Spiegel is proud to announce the release of his 10th album ‘Cut and Run’ and is headed out on a mammoth Australian tour to get people acquainted with the new tracks, and is not a show to miss for those who love incredible guitar playing, great songs and the odd tall tale. As Lloyd celebrates his 30th year on tour in 2019, he can’t recall a time before playing guitar. Picking up the instrument at age four, Lloyd played his first professional show at age ten and was touring the east coast of Australia at 12. By 16 he was on tour in the United States, cutting his teeth as a true travelling blues man. Lloyd’s travels not only honed his craft, earned him a swag of awards and brought him to take counsel with the founding fathers of modern blues – it taught him the most important part of being a blues musician: connecting with everyday people. Lloyd has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, viewing himself as a social worker more than anything else – someone to help people forget about their worries for a few hours and put a smile on their face. ‘Cut and Run’ is the final part of an unexpected trilogy about personal redemption Lloyd didn’t even realise he was writing until it was finished. Where previous albums ‘Backroads’ and ‘This Time Tomorrow’ had Lloyd asking questions and begging forgiveness for the sins of his past, on ‘Cut and Run’ he has found the tenacity to face the next chapter of his life. First taste of the album is lead single ‘Track Her Down’, a deep and soulful blues number about the fleeting, yet precious, nature of connections he makes with people on the road and the fragility of personal relationships for a travelling musician. Lloyd will be at Maldon on Saturday, with his cd launch on Saturday evening in the Community Centre hall.
Nick Charles – Known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” Nick has brought his brilliant mix of fingerstyle guitar magic, insightful songcraft and travelling tales to 13 US tours and every major festival and concert venue across this land. His most recent album won the Age “Blues album of the year” and in 2014 he was Port Fairy Folk festival Artist of the Year. A lifetimes tunes, songs and stories from the world’s musical highways await you!
Rich Davies and 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. The Low Road are renowned for their raucous live show and heart-stopping harmonies, traversing tender ballads to impassioned stompers. Placing song craft front and centre, with Davies’ heart-wrung voice leading the charge.
Claymore – Their 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
Hannah Schmidli and the Someones (Roddy Read songwriting winner) – For Hannah, playing at Maldon is like a homecoming having grown up attending, performing and being influenced by this great festival. Thanks to winning Maldon’s Roddy Read Memorial Songwriters Award last year, Hannah is back performing and launching her newest release with her band “The Someones”. Hannah is a dynamic songwriter who displays a writing maturity beyond her age. Her performances are engaging and thoroughly entertaining. She has the rare ability to be able to connect with audience members young or old and take them with her as she weaves images with her lyrics, stories and music.
The Ugly Uncles – The Ugly Uncles was born out of a desire of a dissolute bunch of chancers to see if it is possible to have as much fun on-stage as the audience does off. With Uncle Derek Guille at the lead, the Uncles ‘uncle’ just about everything from jug, jazz, rock and country blues, to calypso, swing, folk and ceili. The Ugly Uncles are Australia’s foremost (and possibly only) exponents of Alt-Jug. They are eclectic (to say the least) and the banter between songs is often more so.
Jodi Martin (SA) – Ceduna-based singer songwriter Jodi Martin (ABC TV’s BACKROADS) draws on folk, country and blues to layer rich vocals over acoustic guitar grooves and slide. Beginning songwriting at the age of 3, Jodi penned a song for Kasey Chambers and the Dead Ringer Band on their ARIA Award-winning album Homefires by the time she turned 16. Jodi Martin’s songs are an unforgettable indie-folk experience – you will be grateful for the tears in your eyes and the goosebumps on your skin. In the words of folk icon Arlo Guthrie, ‘if you like James Taylor or Jack Johnson, you’ll love Jodi Martin’.
Phil Manning – Many Australians know him as a member of Chain, the legendary blues band whose contribution to Australian music and the development of the blues in this country is unparalleled. Since the mid seventies, Phil has forged a brilliant solo career for himself. He has featured at all the major festivals and venues throughout the country, and the list of international artists he has toured with, performed alongside or recorded with is impressive. This experience spans three decades at the top of his field. His skillful touch and great passion for the blues have kept him musically progressive, always prepared to interest himself in new musical ideas whilst maintaining his stylistic purpose. The result is a gifted songwriter with an awesome guitar technique.
Maria Forde – Maria Forde is a fine singer and a gifted songwriter. Like all good songwriters her lyrics often reflect an understanding of, and compassion for the human condition, with all it’s triumphs and disasters, all it’s bright peaks and dark corners. At her live performances she presents her songs with sincerity, passion and more than a dash of humour, and these very human attributes, along with her fine singing voice, is why she invariably establishes such a seemingly effortless rapport with her audiences.
Michael Waugh – Winner of Best Folk and Roots Album (2018, The Age Music Victoria Awards), named one of the ten best songs of 2018 (The Australian) and nominated for Best New Talent (2017 Golden Guitar awards), Michael Waugh gives a profound new voice to the Australian experience. His insightful storytelling cuts to the emotional heart of everyday life. A unique, intelligent and emotionally charged performer, Waugh has been compared to the honesty and power of Australian folk and country legends, Mick Thomas, Paul Kelly and John Williamson. He is uniquely Australian and genuine – the real deal. Michael’s second album, ‘The Asphalt & The Oval’, debuted at #3 on the Australian Independent Record charts and #6 on the iTunes Country charts: “…unguarded intimacy is part of his overwhelming charm… I can recommend the entire collection of 13 tracks, which together offer a masterclass in songwriting… When Michael Waugh opens his mouth, you should listen” Andrew McMillen, Music Editor The Australian (4.5 star review). Michael’s third album, The Weir due for release mid 2019.
Nigel Wearne – an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, he melds finger-style guitar, ‘up’-hammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories and an amalgamation of truth, observation, personal experience and fiction. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.
Suzette Herft – 2019 Folk Victoria Award Winner. Suzette is a Sri Lankan born, Melbourne based contemporary troubadour whose songs are medicine for your soul. She is a captivating performer who shines with a natural grace and presence. “Suzette sings from her soul, she glows when she sings… every song is plucked with precision from her heart” Mundy (Ireland). Suzette has recorded 6 albums, and is currently working on her 7th album, with the title track from her album ‘Roses’ listed as a finalist in the Australian Independent Music Awards. Suzette has performed nationally and internationally, even gracing the hallowed stage of the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Suzette is passionate about social issues and uses her ‘voice for the voiceless’ – like her folk-icon hero, Joan Baez. She has written and performed a tribute show honouring Baez -‘Shining’, which has received standing ovations at festivals all around Australia. She is also a great facilitator of singing and songwriting sessions.
Linda Mizzi Trio (NSW) – “..Music is far more porous than genre-definers would have us believe……. Linda lets her muse wander where it may..” Linda Mizzi is a singer songwriter based in Katoomba NSW in the Blue Mountains. Seamlessly blending folk, jazz and blues, she draws on influences as diverse as Patty Griffin, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Doris Day! Linda and her band bring to you a collection of her original songs from three of her albums. As a storyteller, Linda Mizzi enjoys telling a tale and sharing her real life observations – performing her songs stripped back for all to feel.
Deb Morrow (NSW) – One Woman. One Acoustic Guitar. One Compelling voice . Deb Morrow is a singer songwriter; and a proud Weilwan/Ngympaa woman, who has been performing since her teenage years. A soulful and expressive storytelling through a variety of genres. Offering the audience an insight into her life and culture through song and story.
Marni Sheehan & Mark Smith – recently announced as semi finalists in the Blues & Roots Radio International Song Contest 2019. Reviews describe their new album ‘A Crazy Dream’ as “a unique and cultural album that perfectly epitomises Australian country with a mix of T Bone Burnett riffs” (Forte Mag) and “nothing short of magnificent…with dextrous playing, soulful vocals and wonderful self penned tracks” (Made in the Shade Radio). Their mix of blues, country & originals is a crowd pleaser.
Martin Pearson – Folk singing comedian and story teller, Martin is a quirky comic genius, who presents unpredictable ramblings with great wit. He is an authority on a range of obscure subjects and never fails to bring the tent down. Martin returns with another year’s worth of song and story. Hear more about travel and travail, Moroccan triads and Cornish pasties. It is even possible he might be a bit grumpy with the government by then. Come and watch Martin age gracelessly before your very eyes.
Play It Martha After many years of working and flirting, musically, with each other, Play It Martha is the newest creative incarnation for Pat Evans, Ewen Baker and Cora Browne. As veterans of the Victorian folk scene they have come together to share their love of harmony, well crafted song and the odd rollicking chorus. The vibe is playful, yet sincere, honouring the folk tradition with new interpretations of the classics while adding to the genre with fresh original songs. If you love soaring voice, lush harmony and skilful musicianship, a session with Play It Martha should set you right up!
Sean Kenan & Geoff McArthur – experienced players of the traditional music of Ireland. Both have a great love of this music and its heritage – the stories behind the tunes and the legendary players past and present. Sean has performed the music for many years across Australia and abroad on fiddle and banjo and is a highly regarded fiddle teacher and session leader. Geoff has developed his own dynamic style of accompanying traditional music on guitar and is also skilled at playing tunes on mandolin and has performed at many festivals with some of the finest Irish traditional musicians. Irish reels, jigs and more played with great groove and respect for the tradition. You will find it hard to stop your feet and soul from responding to these ancient rhythms and melodies.
Allegra Dunning (NSW) – the Junior FFNSW Young Folk Artist of 2019 at her young 10 years of age. She is a singer songwriter that performs a mix of rearranged covers and her originals. She writes songs about experiences, emotions and things we fear, with a distinctive Americana/ Blues/Folk feel. She performs with her trusty guitar yet is a multi instrumentalist and plays Drums, Piano, Ukulele. Her Music will move you and leave you in awe as her music is wise beyond her years. Allegra as a songwriter is the ultimate storyteller, that will take you on an emotional journey.
Indigo (Gaelle Horsley, Mike Daley, Ric Peck, Clive Bourne) – Indigo is smooth, rich vocals and harmonies meshed with double bass, guitar, banjolele and spooky slide. Playing from Blues to Folk and back again (with some weird Gospel, humour & a small obsession with death thrown in), their songs travel from Ma Rainey to Neil Young, Bessie Smith to Diamanda Galas, J. J. Cale to Carlos Santana. In addition, Indigo write songs of violence & hope, spirituality and despair Indigo are dark blue in a terrifying world of harsh fluoro!
Andy Rigby & Allan Evans – Andy and Allan play a broad and exciting range of Celtic music on harps, flutes and whistles. From foot-stomping reels through to stately baroque-folk crossover tunes including the harp music of Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), as well as some of their own compositions. They are both currently involved in harp making from Andy’s workshop in Malmsbury, Central Victoria (Allan as unofficial instrument maker’s apprentice). Between them they have extensive knowledge of the history of their instruments and the music they perform.
Eric Purdie: Comedian and Storyteller – a proud Glaswegian now living in Australia. He is a wonderfully entertaining storyteller and comedian. His stories of growing up in Glasgow, working in the shipyards and other tales of every day human experiences, are 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 as well as in folk clubs and pubs.
The Tracey Roberts Quartet – a joyful and vibrant jazz-folk-funk combo – with eloquent vocals, melodic and lyrical songs – both original and restylised jazz and pop standards – and much merry-making alongside their experienced and outstanding musicianship. Tracey’s vocals are smooth, warm and eloquent, a powerful and dynamic range from full-on blasts to a delicate whisper and her tastefully executed jazz-infused piano playing is accompanied by polished jazz musicians on drums, bass and horns. Coupled with comical and spontaneous repartee, this outfit delivers an exceptional musical experience with a passion and energy totally captivating their audience.
Witches Leap (NSW) (Jade Tinkler, Paddy Connor, Leigh Birkett) – Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats. This trio features the distinctive earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Witches Leap takes Irish trad on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales.
Kira Janowsky (minstrel award winner) – Herowines and Feasts. Singer/Songwriter Kira Janowsky writes and sings about her passions Food/Wine and Heroines. Her all original, contemporary folk show called “Herowines and Feasts” includes Leon Conway on piano accordion and Patrick Evans on fiddle, guitar and harmonies. The winner of the 2018 Maldon Minstrel Award she has released three CDs. Her influences include Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. Her vocals can be rich and smooth like a good cabernet or smooth and silky like a vanilla bean panna cotta. She has sung at the Meeniyan Tavern night a couple of times and likes to sing around country Victoria and many inner Melbourne venues. She is a very convincing storyteller whether the songs are hilarious or more heart-rending. ‘Singing was beautiful, guitar playing was beautiful, the rhythm just seduced me, made me want to come back for more, that’s what makes a great song’, Charles Jenkins. Melodramatic at heart she loves to dress up as some of her characters on her you-tube clips and takes on their personalities in her performances. Expect a delightful menu of songs which include a comedic degustation meal, a nostalgic tale of a milkman’s clydesdale and a zucchini tragedy. Her heroines include a quirky housewife, gypsies and witches and an undaunted and heroic movie star. Her performances are a celebration of women and food. Eclectic and unique. Sure to entertain!
The Brass Harpies – The Brass Harpies are 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!
The Rattlers – Based in Castlemaine VIC, The Rattlers pair together sensitive harmonies with gypsy-style folk, telling stories of being on the road and tales of rural Australia (past and present). The Rattlers EP (released 2018) reveals a journey through past heartache and a longing for far off places. The band’s recent demo release “Fire In The City” is an epic tale of post-colonial terror, with haunting vocal wails and densely layered acoustic sounds. The Rattlers have been on the road for the past 12 months playing shows at The Taproom (Castlemaine), Queenscliff Music Festival 2018, Blue Bean Love Cafe (Hepburn Springs), Newstead Live Music Festival 2019 plus others.
Jake Fry, 25 years old, a Maldon local, aspiring blues musician, primarily focused on acoustic blues (guitar and voice). He draws his main inspiration from the amazing Australian blues artists Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel whilst attempting to put his own spin on things. Jake will be performing at the Maldon Primary School market on Saturday.
Jeanette Gillespie and Duncan Brown – From down the road at Guildford, Jeanette and Duncan (Scottish born Australian, with a voice as mellow as a good single malt!) have performed at virtually every Maldon Festival since its inception. Inspirational singers, these two have covered nearly every Folk Festival on the eastern sea-board and beyond. A much appreciated duo who have encouraged countless others over the years.
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.
Margaret Crichton (Festival choir) – Bring your singing out of the shower and into the safety of numbers. The festival choir is the place to exercise your vocal chords, learn a couple of songs – with harmonies! – and sing them out on stage. Singing is fun so come along and take the opportunity to say ‘I performed at the Folkie!’ (one of the songs they will be singing will be “Open Sky (Remember Maldon)” written by Janette Geri)
Brewers Own Bush Band – We are 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 Folk Festrival to bring the Saturday afternoon dance for folk to enjoy and will continue to do so as long as we are able!
Britannia Morris Men – 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.
Campbell the Swaggie – 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.
Don Gingrich – Join Don Gingrich for a look at the origins of several songs in the Australian traditional repertory. He will be talking about who wrote the songs and lyrics, and the circumstances of how the songs got written. And after talking about each song there will be an opportunity for the attendees to join in sing them.
Emu Creek Bush Band and Friends & Gay Charmers and Friends – Long time stalwarts of the Maldon Folk Festival, the Celebrated 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 in which the audience end up entertaining the band.
Kyneton Street Band – This Band brings vibrant rhythms from Latin America, Africa, the Balkans and beyond to the streets of Maldon. Led by Andy Rigby and featuring horns, percussion and their own unique mobile marimbas, they are in fact the first marching marimba band in the world….watch out!
Michael the Balloonologist – Michael wanders the streets and venues of Maldon making balloon animals, and other things. Watch him make one of your own or make one yourself.
O’Shea Ryan Irish Dancers – The dancers from the 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 (30) different countries throughout Europe and Asia. Geraldine is a well-known authority on Irish Dancing around the world, and is recognised as the Senior, longest Registered Teacher, still actively teaching in the World….
Raging Bull (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.
Lorraine McCrimmon (poet) – A performance poet of several years with a variety of both traditional & contemporary poems some to reflect some to laugh out loud , have performed at National Folk Festival , Majors Creek , Illawarra and numerous other NSW festivals.
The Rhymer from Ryde (poet) – He has travelled all over Australia over the last 15 years or so where his performances are widely known for their vibrancy, humour & heartfelt emotion. Audiences enjoy his easy going manner and theatrical style of presentation. Among the many prestigious awards Graeme has won over that time are the Henry Lawson & Banjo Paterson Literary Awards as well as the Leonard Teale & Bobby Miller Memorial Awards and Tamworth’s coveted Golden Damper
Rudy The One Man Band – carries a drum on my 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 Connected Circus space – For the children – 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.
Dhungala Song Book Choir, Trentham Senior Choir – Fresh from their performance in the 300 strong Victorian Schools Choir, Melbourne Town Hall, where the Trentham children have performed under the baton of acclaimed opera singer Deborah Cheetham, OA. The school choir will perform at the Maldon Folk Festival stage in 2019, as part of the year of Indigenous Language Celebration. Allison Walsh and the children will present tunes from “The Dhungala Song Book” series. they will be performing on the Community Centre stage, 10.30am-11.30am on Saturday 2nd Nov.