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2012 Performers

 

Mzaza

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

 

 

The Blue Mosquitoes

 

The Blue Mosquitoes

The Blue Mosquitoes play original contemporary folk music with a strong Celtic influence. This hot young Tasmanian band are making waves in the UK folk scene. The band enjoyed a highly successful 24 gig UK/Ireland tour in 2011 where their music was variously described as being “startling good musicianship”, “implausibly fast”, “truly professional beyond their years”, “None better in 30 years running this folk club”, and “the highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe festival so far”. The band is looking forward to playing to Tasmanian audiences and writing new material before heading back overseas for a 2013 tour.

 

Tobasco Tom and Doc White

Mix one part old-time medicine show, one part hillbilly swing, spice with a bit of country blues and New Orleans jazz and you have the Tabasco Tom and Doc White show. Tabasco hails from Long Island, New York, Doc is from Melbourne. They are joined by Australian music legend Broderick Smith on harmonica.

 

 

Tobasco Tom & Doc White

 

 

New Holland Honey Eaters

 

New Holland Honey Eaters

Stan Gottschalk, Rebecca Gottschalk, Steve Ray and Jane Ray specialize in the broad musical traditions (mostly pre-1945) from the rural southeastern United States – including Anglo-Celtic and Afro-American traditional music, minstrelsy, ragtime. Tin Pan Alley tunes and songs, cajun music, gospel and jug band music. A new radio show this year.

Tim Thorne

Tim Thorne is an Australian poet, critic and publisher. He is also the originator, and for 17 years the guiding light, of the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, which at its inception, started the now famous Launceston Poetry Cup. Tim is highly acclaimed and an award winning Poet. It is our great pleasure to have him along for our 21st festival.

 

Tim Thorne

 



Lucy Thorne

 




Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart

Acclaimed Australian songsmith Lucie Thorne returns to the Tamar Valley on the back of a national tour in support of her stunning new album, Bonfires In Silver City. Lauded for her unique voice, poetic lyricism, and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, this new album has been receiving extraordinary praise across the country, described by many as her best work yet, and sees Thorne further hone her spacious, gritty, “exquisite miniatures of distilled emotion” (The Canberra Times), with that signature warmth and intimacy for which her live shows have become so renowned..

 

Folk Train

Based in the Hills area in Melbourne, and play mainly original songs written by Matt and Chris, with ocassional traditional songs or covers. Matt sings the majority of songs, and plays acoustic guitar. Chris sings a few songs, and plays octave mandolin, tenor banjo and harmonica. Rudy sings and plays fiddle, mandolin,accordion and harmonica

 

 

Folk Train

 

 

Vince Brophy & Cora Browne

 

Vince Brophy & Cora Browne

Vince Brophy & Cora Browne- corner that wonderful market place of ballads and Irishness in the world of folk and contemporary music. It’s been twelve years since Vince accomplished his song-writing residency in Tamar valley and he still writes of its beauty with two of his new songs, ’Lavender Blue & The Measure of a Town’. As songwriters a lyric and melody are never far from the plate and they bring a new Cd to the world this year. Cora with her blue/jazz voice, swaps seamlessly back to her roots to honour her Irish heritage.

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo

With a focus on sharing the stories of current australian song-writers, Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo, currently based in the lovely central victorian town of Castlemaine in Australia, have created their own niche in Aussie folk music. Telling stories of their own and others couched in Pannuzzo’s accompaniment of piano, uke or guitar - the closeness created by their harmonies will soothe and stimulate. They bring their latest album “The Cradle” to Tasmania for the first time.

 

Penny Larkins & Carl Pannuzzo

 

 

Slings & Arrows

 

 

Slings & Arrows

Slings & Arrows are a fantastic duo from Launceston. Fiona Brown and Joe Hextall began singing and playing guitar, bass, keys and percussion together to brighten the winter of 2010. They have written over thirty songs between them so far with a brilliant debut album already released and a second helping expectant in the summer of 2012. Harmonised narratives delight the ears of all who hear them with tunes and lyrics that will bring a smile each time you find yourself humming them.

 

Mem and Dennis Taberner

Mem and Dennis have been singing together for over 40 years (but who’s counting they say). Their passion is telling stories through folk music. Mem’s rich voice is complimented by harmonies and instrumental work from Dennis. The songs are embellished with introductions to place the song in context (real or imagined). The moto is - “never spoil a good tale for want of a pinch of truth

 

 

Dennis & Mem

 

 

Bruce Watson

 

Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson is a favourite of festivals and folk venues all over Australia. He delights audiences with his silliness and then suddenly floors them with his incisive writing and beautifully delivered unpalatable truths. He plays guitar, mandolin and snare. Bruce is a well known children's entertainer.

Scott Balfour

As a band member, solo artist, professional entertainer and festival organiser, Scott Balfour’s involvement in the Australian folk scene spans 40 years. He has drawn on his extensive repertoire of British Isles and Australian vernacular and ‘contemporary folk’ for his contributions to concerts and workshops at national and regional festivals and clubs. His warm vocal style, expressive guitar accompaniment are a highlight of any concert. Although he prefers songs that dig into the terrain rather than skip across the surface, he is happy to dip occasionally into the pop, children’s and whimsical songbags.

 

 

Scott Balfour

 

 

Seagrass

 

Seagrass

Seagrass is an all original Tasmanian acoustic band that combines blues with bluegrass. Tim Saunders (banjo, guitar, vocals)Rowlie Walker (mandolin, vocals)Mark Phillips (bass, vocals). The music style ranges from southern Mississippi swamp music with bottleneck guitar through to hard driving Scrugg's style 5 string banjo bluegrass.

 

Bob Sharp

"A wandering minstrel” who headed east then north to south thru’central west. Bob’s diverse journey is reflected in his spirited eclectic style, an impressive mix of original songs, together with blues ragtime and folk, both traditional and contemporary played adeptly on his well travelled Lowden guitar.

 

Bob Sharp

 

Joy Coates

 

 

Joy Coates

Joy has performed previously at The Tamar Valley, Cygnet and Rosebery Folk Festivals fronting “The Fence Pickets”, several times at the Fleadh in Hobart and was winner of the Tasmanian Folk Federation’s Mike Silverwood Song Writing Competition 2002. Joy loves traditional Irish ballads, Gillian Welch, Iris Dement and obscure songs from the Appalachian Mountains.

 

 

The Tribesman and the Dub

Declan Pickering, a Dubliner, has played at many a mighty session at the renowned Donoghue’s pub, before migrating to Australia. He has played with the Quarefellas in W.A., the Cockies, and many other groups and duo’s since settling at Cygnet in Tasmania. Dec sings, and plays tenor banjo, guitar and mandolin.

Mick Flanagan comes from Galway and via Bristol, then Sydney, Mt Isa, Kalgoorlie etc, to Franklin in ’77 ( where he met Dec)and presently resides in George Town Tasmania. .Mick sings, plays button accordion and enjoys a good session.

 

 

Mick & Declan

 

 

Brian O'Neill

 

 

Brian O’Neill

Now living in Tasmania, Brian joins us again to perform his old favourites and more. Lovely Irish ballads an lively tunes. Catch Brian at a concert or down town on Saturday or definitely at a session.

Rose Harvey & David O'Connor

Rose and David began playing together almost 35 years ago, when they earned a living as restaurant entertainers. Since then they have earned separate reputations as MSG and FSG, writing and performing both their own songs, traditionals and covers at festivals and folk venues all over Australia. They have reunited for this tour and, familiar with each other's material for yonks, their rapport is plain and their audience empathy is immediate, guaranteeing a varied evening of humour, seriousness, intelligence and fun

 

Rose Harvey & David O'Connor

 

 

Neil Gardner

Neil Gardner

The first Tasmanian artist to record and release an album of his own compositions, Neil Gardner has been writing songs for the last 44 years. Now based in Hobart, Neil began writing on the North West coast of Tasmania where he was part of the Brumida network of young artists and writers.His music contains a variety of styles and genres ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

 

Scott Haigh

The 2011 Youth Encouragement Award winner, will perform at the Youth Award Concert and also at a concert this year. Scott writes his own material and has recorded an album.
We are very proud to have Scott on the programme.

 

Scott Haigh

 

Alex Myers

 

Alex Myers

Alex lives in Launceston is a favourite of our festival. Alex likes to invite her friends to join her concert and it is sure to be a real audience pleaser.keep an eye on our programme for more details, this concert will be held at the Yacht Club..Such a lovely venue on the waterfront.

 

Margie Brophy

Well known to all in the folk scene, as part of the Molly and Jack children’s entertainment duo. This year Margie will work with the children in a fun workshop called “Margies Kitchen”. The children will make yummy pasta and have lots of fun creating their snack.

 


Margie Brophy

 

 

Sheik Charmers

Sheik Charmers Dance Group

Belly Dancing for beginners at a workshop. Catch their performance beforehand on Saturday in the street.

 

 

 

Accoustic Elements

Scott Jolley and Brendan Wrightare an explosion of percussive grooves, Latin fury and raw talent. See why they’re blazing a trail across the Australian festival scene as they rip through fiery latin masterpieces and beat out rock solid grooves.

 

 

 

Accoustic Elements

Peter Hicks

Peter Hicks, Mat Woolley and Annie Parsell

Three talented Tasmanian musicians combine with fabulous harmonies and tight musicianship to sing contemporary and traditional folk songs. Their repertoire includes joyful shepherd ballads and sharp barbs at politicians and the powerful. A little bit country and a whole lot of fantatstic celtic and British inspired folk.

Mike Manhire

Hails from England. Mike left Britain in 1972 to work as a teacher in Papua New Guinea and wishing to play music he took up guitar, accordion and singing. Moving eventually to Tasmania he has been part of the Tasmanian folk scene playing at festivals, gatherings and workshops. Like many people far from home,he discovered his native heritage - British folk Concentrating these days on harmonium and concertina.

 

Mike Manhire

 

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Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band

A long and flexible line up of local talent make up this band. They have played for many years at bush dances around the North. Come along to the dance Saturday early evening. Always good family fun.

 

 

Danny Spooner

Danny has been with our Festival since day one and we look forward to his performance every year. Sea chanties and stories, his highly acclaimed performance will bring a smile and sometimes a tear but always well received. Watch out for Danny’s workshop.

Danny Spooner

 

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Phil Beck & Paul Stewart

Phil & Paul with the help of friends will present a workshop at the yacht club on Saturday entitled 'Toward A New Frontier'. Phil will also perform a concert spot and launch his latest CD.

Brian Mooney

Singing traditional songs of Ireland. Brian released a couple of LPs in the 60s and spent 20 years in Ireland performing with Irelands greats. A talented musician and artist. Living in Launceston, a hero of the Folk scene

 

 

Brian Mooney

 

The Messups

 

 

The Messups

The Messups Puppets have been entertaining families for over 20 years throughout Australia and overseas. The Messups Puppets show isn't a "sit down and watch" show, it's a "get up and join in" show with no yawning allowed! With kids loving the games, prizes and whacky puppet antics and Mum & Dad singing along to the rock ‘n’ roll classics, The Messups Puppets Show is truly ‘fun for the whole family’.

 

 

 

Jack & Molly

Jack & Molly have been performing in Kindergartens, Child Care Centres & at Festivals for the pass 20 yrs. Margie (Molly) pulls from her Early Childhood background while Vince (Jack) is the songwriter & musician of the duo playing banjo & guitar. All the shows are very interactive & a mixture of storytelling & songs.

 

 

Jack & Molly

 

 

Ryebuck Sheilas

 

 

The Ryebuck Sheilas

The Ryebuck Sheilas were formed by Annie Thornton and Biddy Dennis in 2002 with the idea of forming an "all girls" group that encouraged women singers and musicians who hadn't played in public before to "get out there and strut their stuff".