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2014 Performers

 

 

Monsieur Swing

Monseiur Swing

 

Monsieur Swing

Monsieur Swing are a 5-piece Gypsy-swing troupe from Adelaide, South Australia. They perform a blend of traditional manouche, new arrangements of old favourites and compositions of their own to play their part in the developing manouche culture within Australia. Monsieur Swing have begun to venture outside of South Australia, playing at the Illawarra Folk Festival and OzManouche in 2013. In addition they have made a number of trips to the east coast - searching for new musical companionship and sharing their joy of music with everyone they encounter. You are as likely to find Monsieur Swing busking in the street as celebrating a wedding, quaffing all-you-can-drink wine at a swing dancers ball or playing in your backyard. The years they have spent playing anywhere that will have them has endowed them with spontaneity and an adaptability that makes this act a worthy addition to the Australian Manouche circuit.

 

 

The Yearlings

The Yearlings are Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson. Their music has “dirt on its feet and blood on its hands”, conjuring delicate harmonies and rich tremolo electric guitar, aged. Old. Just the right amount of haunting.

With recent appearances at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and supports including Steve Earle, The Punch Brothers and Justin Townes Earle, The Yearlings give a new strain of acoustic music, distilling American alt. country through the filter of distinctly Australian life. Chris’s guitar dances around Robyn’s plaintive, heartfelt delivery. Quiet, intimate, raw, and powerful, drawing on influences as far reaching as The Band, Gillian Welch, Broderick Smith and Matt Walker.

 

 

The Yearlings

 

 

Richard Perso

 

 

Richard Perso

95 Festivals and still only aged 22

Richard Perso, being an only child he always had to make up for his isolation by creating the same amount of mess as 3 kids. Therefore it was only a natural progression that led him to making as much noise as a 3-piece band. He doesn’t seem to have enough arms, legs or lungs to pull off such a physically demanding performance but that doesn’t stop him from playing 3 didgeridoos, driving a weapons cache of 4 overdriven acoustic guitars and somehow managing to replace the roll of a drummer with little more than his 2 feet. Having only picked up the guitar 6 years ago, it is fair to say that Richard Perso has achieved more in his short time than many musicians may ever dream of achieving. He played his first festival at the age of 15, won a string of competitions and awards at the age of 16, played at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and The National Folk Festival by 17. At 18 he has added Woodford Folk Festival and New York performances to his resume, a further 17 festivals during 2009 as well as recording his Debut album in New York City which was released in March 2010. The momentum is building while the path Perso blazes is spreading with his second CD in New York in September 2012 and has been invited back to Canada for February 2013 and again in July 2013.

 

 

Maria Forde

A proud Irish-Australian singer songwriter and storyteller who will make you laugh and cry. Maria will share traditional Irish songs, her award winning songs as well as her acclaimed show 'Sing a Song for Ireland'.


 

Maria Forde

 

 

Suzette Herft & the HeartStrings

 

 

 

Suzette Herft and the HeartStrings

Suzette Herft is a captivating songstress with a bunch of heartfelt and award winning, contemporary folk /Americana songs in the style of Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris.

Suzette has received many accolades for her moving and brilliant solo tribute to Joan Baez, and is a well-known facilitator of wonderful singing and songwriting sessions in Melbourne. She has been described as having a ‘golden, velvet voice’ and a’charismatic’ stage presence. Don’t miss this contemporary troubadour who will be complemented by the vocals and instrumental genius of Patrick Evans (fiddle and guitar) and Chris Lazzaro(mandolin, banjo and guitar).

Suzette will perform her Joan Baez tribute concert at this year's festival.

 

Steve Turner


Visiting from the UK, Steve Turner is universally acclaimed as one of Britain's finest Folk singers. Critics and audiences are also effusive about his fine concertina playing. Steve Turner will draw you in with his powerful renditions of English Folk songs. This is a deeply traditional vocal art form delivered by a recognised master. Steve's cd, 'The Whirligig of Time', has been widely hailed in the U.K. press as one of the year best traditional recordings.

 

Steve Turner

 

Stan Gottschalk

 

Stan Gottschalk

Stan has been playing and singing old-time Southern American music for over fifty years. Perfoming with guitar, banjo, fiddle and voice he has been a guest at fesivasl from Cygnet to the top End to the National. He currently leads the old-time stirng band the New Holland Honey Eaters.

 

Barry Skipsey

A passionate and creative performer. Alice Springs based, award-winning artist. Barry Skipsey speaks to those who live past the city limits. His songs reflect the aspirations and experiences of his life.

 

 

Barry Skipsey

 

 


Dave Clark & Kathy Townsend

 

 

Dave Clark & Kathy Townsend

An inspirational songwriterof mainly environmental songs, Dave has a deep, harmonious voice & plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, ukelele & concertina. (He is infamous in the folk scene. Paul Kelly even mentions Dave in his autobiography saying how much he learned from watching Dave Clark play guitar & sing!!)

Kate is a song bird, playing groovy accordion, ukelele & guitar & revells in gypsy & European music.Together Dave & Kate run a live music venue in the wine growing district of McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Dave & Kate will perform for children at the festival.

 

Paper Souls

Luke & Sarah Triffitt, Launceston Duo, performed in our Music in the Street programme 2013 and have been invited back to perform on stage this year. Paper Souls perform regularly around Launceston.

A great sound!

Paper Souls

 

Lisa McDonell

 

Lisa McDonell

A solo flamenco dance act who will run a performance/workshop for adults and children. Catch Lisa in the street on Saturday or at her workshop.


 

Irish Joe Lynch - Festival Poet 2014

Stories, Poems and Songs, Joe will captivate his audience. Joe will run the Poet breakfast on Sunday morning in the Supper-Room, Memorial Hall.

 

 

Irish Joe Lynch

 

 

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.

Alex will present a themed concert " From the Copper pot to West Park" - Songs of an Era.

Alex will be joined by Malcolm Turnbull,Johen Lavery, Neil Gardner and Hetty Bins.

 

Brett Campbell

Children's Entertainer.

An awesome time proven repertoire of songs, harmonies and multiple instruments. A fun musical show of dancing and singing.

 


 

 

Brett Campbell

 

 

Tony Newport

 

 

Tony Newport

A singer-songwriter who's songs are narratives of where he has lived and worked and contemporary life in Australia and at large.

Tony plays the auto harp. Expect to hear the lyrics of Kristofferson, Cohen, Zevon and Johnny Cash with a mix of originals.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Phil Beck

From W.A, Phil will present a themed concert this year.

Murder most Foul - with Paul Stewart (N.T), Don Bruce (S.A), Chris Pemberton (N.T), Bob Sharp (Tas) and Danny spooner (Vic)

 

 

 

 

Wendy Ealey & Moira Tyers

Multi instrumentalists and singers, Ealey & Tyers play a mix of original and borrowed material which sometimes speaks to the experiences of woman kind as they wend their way through the nightmare which is galloping middle age and plain old ordinary life. There’s nothing ordinary about this pairing of voices and musical spirits. They are equally at ease paying tongue in cheek homage to much loved ‘lurve’ ballads as they are giving songs with a bit of social bite a good airing. They’ll have you in stitches, but don’t forget to bring your tissues! You’ll cry till you laugh!

Wendy and Moira are our Festival Choir Masters this year.

 

Wendy Ealey & Moira Tyers

 

 

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.

Neil will perform in the Songs of Henry Lawson Concert.

 

John Lavery & Malcolm Turnbull

 

 

John Lavery & Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm and John will be joined by David Lumsden and Martin Evely and others to present a themed concert on the Songs of Henry Lawson.

 


Michael Manhire

Hails from England. Michael 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

 

 

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.

 

Danny Spooner

 

Ian Mcleod's Ceilidh

 

Ian Mcleod's Ceilidh Band

A dynamic 5 piece dance band who will play at both a concert and the Dance this year.