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2013 Performers

 

Sunas

 

Sunas

Regarded as Queensland's premier Celtic group, Súnas have been delighting audiences around Australia and overseas with their fresh and exciting take on traditional Celtic music. Known for their engaging and intense stage presence, they are a group not to be missed. Súnas is a fiery four-piece band featuring multi-instrumentalists and exquisite three-part vocal harmonies. They play a unique and unforgettable blend of original, contemporary and traditional tunes and songs.

 

Leigh Sloggett

Leigh Sloggett’s music was described by Mark S. Tucker of the ‘Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange’ as, "...a letter perfect blend of folk and blues, one of the best I've ever heard”.

Leigh performs a blend of original acoustic folk, blues, and instrumental guitar music played on both lap-slide and open tuned guitars. His songs, imbued with stories of personal journeys, historical themes and social comment are subtly woven around his distinctive husk tinged vocals and compelling musicianship.

 

Leigh Sloggett

 

 

The Blue Mosquitos

 

 

The Blue Mosquitoes

The Blue Mosquitoes play contemporary folk music, and comprises Hannah and Stuart Foley, and their cousins Chris and Alastair Boon. Releasing their first album in 2011, the band's original pieces range from dynamic fast-paced tunes, to insightful ballads.

Their career highlight to-date has been a highly successful 24 gig UK/Ireland tour where their music was variously described as being "startling good musicianship", "implausibly fast" and "truly professional beyond their years".

 

 

Ange Takats

One of the purest voices on the Australian music scene – Ange Takats is able to coat with sugar, crush with sadness and cut through to the soul of a song. The National Folk Festival award winner will release her second album in 2013, which mixes Americana folk with the sounds of 1930s jazz…think Joni Mitchell meets Billie Holiday with the Andrews Sisters on backing vocals. It was recorded in an old country hall in Gippsland by acclaimed producer and composer Greg J. Walker.


 

Ange Takats

 

 

The Company

 

 

The Company

Are a Brisbane-based bluegrass band with a passion for high-energy original acoustic music. From fast finger-picking to soulful songs with sweet harmony singing, these blokes do it all. Boasting two Australian Bluegrass champions on guitar and fiddle, they’ve appeared at many of the major festivals in Australia and the UK and are highly regarded for their originality in the genre.

 

 

Nick Charles

Nick has been a performing and touring acoustic musician for over 25 years on the Australian and international acoustic music scene. Averaging over 200 shows a year from Perth to Sydney and LA to Kansas City - including many major guitar, folk, blues and jazz festivals - the eclectic nature of Nick’s music continues to delight and captivate his audiences. Nick will also run a guitar workshop at the festival.

Nick's new album 'Into the Blues' available at the festival.

 

Nick Charles

 

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 show this year.

Richard (Skreitch) Leitch

Our Poet for 2013. Skreitch is well known to the Tamar Valley Folk Festival. Skreitch will host the Poet’s breakfast on Sunday and run a children’s workshop.

 

 

Richard Leitch

 

 

Rebecca Moore

 

Rebecca Moore

Singer/guitarist Rebecca Moore is a highly original, imaginative songwriter whose musical style is described as traversing the plains between Led Zeppelin's Battle of Evermore and Stevie Nicks' Gold Dust Woman. In March 2011 Rebecca released her Closing the Distance EP at the Sydney Opera House supporting the Afro Celt Sound System.

Andrew McKenna

Twice-winner of the Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling competition, Port Fairy Folk Festival 2006 and 2012.

He has toured Ireland twice, performing at festivals including the prestigious Baboró International Children's Festival and the Waterford Imagine Festival, as well as libraries, theatres and schools.

He was a founding member of the innovative theatre company Whistling in the Theatre, and he has toured shows around Australia's eastern states to festivals schools.

Andrew McKenna

 

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. 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.Vince has a long history with George Town and has written some great songs about the area and people, past and present.


 

Joe and Katie

Contemporary folk songs about life and love, lessons learned, mother earth, journeys, dreams, aspirations and contemplations - ‘Joe and Katie’s performance is transportive, heartwarming and inspirational!

Multi-instrumentalist Joe on guitar and harmonica, and Katie with her ukelele and percussion. His rich, soulful voice and her enchanting, mesmerising voice compliment each other beautifully and combine to deliver sweet vocal harmonies.

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Myers

 

 

Alex Myers

A well-known Tasmanian singer and musician based in Launceston. She has a beautiful, pure, soaring voice which has given pleasure to countless audiences at folk clubs, folk festivals and other venues, for many years.

Alex taught herself to play guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer and autoharp.

 

 

The Craggs

A four piece Tasmanian acoustic folk band with a contemporary sound. Their music is infused with gentle,driving rythms and rich instrumental harmonies. Their songs are inspired by the Tasmanaian landscape and its culture as well as journeys overseas.


 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Maguire

 

Kerrie Maguire & The West Coast Singers

Kerrie Maguire, Geoff Iliff, Richard Wolfe, Loris Cole, Matthew Dames, Susan Buggy and Jesse McCormack will present the themed concert "Fire Underground: The Mount Lyell Disaster of 1912"

This is a highly acclaimed show - dont miss it.

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

Bob is currently developing his solo performance, diversely exploring the work of such masters of music as Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson and Tommy Emmanuel while further expanding his original repertoire.

Bob has been performing for many years, extensively touring Australia and New Zealand in the 80s with the group 'Facial Expressions', featuring traditional and contemporary folk, blues and original music while appearing at many Festivals.

 

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.

Joy will present a ukulele workshop and a children's drama workshop.

 

Mick Flanagan

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

Mick will run the blackboard concert this year. Be quick to put your name down at Bass and Flinders.

 

Mick & Declan

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Brauchlie & Kate Case

Daniel hails from Alaska, plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, lap steel guitar and flute. Together with singer Kate Case, these two explore exciting vocal harmonies. Their music is a collection of early American and Celtic music plus some originals.

Daniel is also an instrument maker.

 

 

John Hughes

Singer of both English traditional and contemporary songs, both self penned and from other sources. The guitar accompaniment includes counter melodies and rhythms with a wide use of tunings.

 


 

 

 

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.

 

 

Backseat Driver

Reformed and reconfigured, the singer/songwriting duo Backseat Driver comprised of guitarist Lindsay Campbell and vocalist Caroline Flood has now become a trio after the welcome addition of Kevin Regan on drums. Focusing on original music, the trio brings a wealth of experience including 'The Craggs', IHOS Opera, 'Bandecoute' and the 'The Blue Flies' to the band, whose music is relaxed, reflective and uniquely Tasmanian.

 

 

 

 

John Lavery & Malcolm Turnbull

 

 

John Lavery & Malcolm Turnbull
A mix of solos & duets by our favourite 'old folkies' - 60s coffee lounge style (has been described as "gently introspective". The set will include traditional + Tasmanian singer-songwriting (including John's originals)

 

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 cook up a storm and have lots of fun creating their snack.

 

Margie Brophy

 

 

 

Phil Beck, Paul Stewart & Friends

Phil Beck is an English folk singer now living in Perth WA and is a regular performer at Tamar Valley Folk Festival. This year, together with Paul Stewart, Scotty Balfour, Peter Bate, Don Bruce, Dave Evans, Chris Pemberton and Tony Suttor will present a themed workshop entitled 'Woody Guthrie: Ramblin' Radical'.

 

 

 

 

Velvet Sledgehammer

Matthew Dames & Jesse McCormack present a catalogue of songs ranging from traditional Celtic ballads to innovative original pieces.

Matthew won the 2012 Youth Encouragement Award TVFF

 

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

 

 

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 on Percy Grainger.

 

Danny Spooner

 

Brian Mooney

 

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

 

Jack & Molly

Jack & Molly have been performing in Kindergartens, Child Care Centres & at Festivals for the past 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