2012 Performers



Mzaza (em zaza)

Brisbane based six-piece Mzaza expores the crossroads of ancient and contemporary melodies from the Mediterranean. The group’s sensual stage show, eclectic instruments and unique way of expressing their influences. French-Moroccan front woman Pauline Maudy sings in French, Spanish, Ladino and Turkish. The band’s outrageous multi-instrumentalists play violin, kamanche tarhu, guitar, double bass, accordion, kaval, ney, darabuka, cajon and bender have captivated audiences around Australia



Fred Smith

"It is about time Australia caught up with Fred Smith. This remarkable singer-songwriter – who at various times reveals influences that range from Paul Kelly via Lou Reed to Loudon Wainwright III to Leonard Cohen – keeps releasing amazingly accomplished albums. In tune with the times and prepared to reach beyond predictable folk formats, he is endlessly innovative and creative. He is also very funny.” (Bruce Elder, Sydney Morning Herald). Fred recently returned from 18 months in southern Afghanistan.



Fred Smith


Papa Chango


Papa Chango

Whether you’re lulled into a trance by Ethiopean inspired melodies, energised by afro beat dance rhythms or wooed by sexy soul and funk vibes, you will be moved by Papa Chango. The band have held down long term gigs at venues all over Melbourne including Bar Open, Open Studio and The Espy, playing along side some of Melbourne's finest funk-merchants: The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Deep Street Soul, amongst others. Papa Chango have also made a solid mark on the festival scene, being return visitors to Folk Rhythm and Life, The Renaissance Music Festival and more.

Wendy Ealey, Moira Tyers, Bruce Watson, Stephen Sharpe

The *Unsung Heroes of Australian History* project is a collective of four musicians - all are multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters. The Tamar Valley Folk Festival commitee saw The Unsung Heroes show at the National and recommend this concert.


The Unsung Heroes