FESTIVAL LINEUP 2022
"Ask for forgiveness not for permission. No rules, no limits. The closest to punk the Blues will ever get. Raucous and manic." 19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots band.
BENJI & THE SALTWATER
Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.
“This group will have you dancing, singing and swinging all at the same time.” Liz Campbell, Happy Mag
MIC CONWAY & ROBBIE LONG
In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Audiences who know Mic from his days with “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band” and Circus Oz will be delighted by this incarnation: here’s magic, juggling, cavorting and that trademark tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… it’s surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning. Unforgettable!
FIONA ROSS &
Shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year 2019, Fiona Ross is an esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland. Together with award-winning guitarist Shane O’Mara, Fiona delights audiences with songs that showcase the richness of the Scots tradition.
The Bushwackers are Australia’s best-known, best-loved Australiana band and they bring their unique Australian sound and spirit to any festival stage. Celebrating 50 years performing, their music is an eclectic mix of Australian folk songs reimagined in true Bushwackers style; foot stomping, Irish-inspired instrumental pieces and original songs.
THE WATER RUNNERS
A former union organizer and activist based in Ithaca, New York, George Mann sings songs from the last century of the labor and social justice movements. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set.
“Fred Smith is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country in 2020” (Bruce Elder, SMH). His new album, ‘Domestic’, has been described as “a stunning cycle of deeply personal songs about marriage, babies, love, tolerance, decency and the complexity of modern life…a sublime study in tenderness and vulnerability”.
Kerryn Fields poignant and powerful songs, baritone brilliance and unassuming string-plucking virtuosity leave audiences transfixed, crying, hysterically laughing and dipping their fingers into all the layers of the universe - after which they lick them in public, because this life is kind of delicious. “Pure Magic” – Radio13 NZ
MELANIE HORSNELL BAND
Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’, as a ‘songwriting gem’ by The Australian. Based in Candelo in southern NSW, Melanie has recorded Eleven albums and EPs including her latest solo album, 'Trobairitz'
THE WHITETOP MOUNTAINEERS
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Whitetop Mountaineers, Martha Spencer and Jackson Cunningham, are skilled multi-instrumentalists on guitar, fiddle, banjo & mandolin, performing authentic Old-Time American mountain music.They are also strong vocal performers and their close harmonies are indicative of the Old-Time and Bluegrass traditions from which they draw their repertoire.
Montgomery Church make a rare kind of hill country magic: spinning gossamer tapestries with timeless acoustic sounds, quicksilver vocal harmonies, and the kind of unassuming storytelling that burrows deep into the subconscious. A captivating blend of folk, americana and bluegrass influences grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of NSW
Michael Waugh is a songwriter’s songwriter, a compelling live performer and an extraordinary storyteller.
Michael's insightful tributes to friends, family and parenthood are simultaneously deeply personal and nationally recognisable; we see our own brothers, parents, pubs, rivers, struggles and joys reflected in the faces of those characters who live large in Michael's songs.
They’re original, wild folk that resemble everything else: Martin’s masterful strings and vocals meets Vigenser’s captivating voice and driving rhythms, all with a connection you have to hear to believe. With uniquely gritty, evocative material, their award-winning musicianship and crazy stories will have you enthralled.
JANE AND THE RAIN
Eloquence, grace and humour are the touchstones of a Jane and The Rain performance. Winners of the 2020 Tablelands Folk Festival song competition, this contemporary folk duo comprises award-winning songwriter and author Jane Cornes Maclean and her partner in life as well as music, Neil Steward on guitar, Jane and The Rain deliver an honest, relaxed and engaging performance.
The Decideds will make you bounce. Weaving the best of dub, reggae, jazz, latin, funk, soul, roots, R&B and gypsy music, the 8-piece writes bangers that get heads bopping and booties shaking. We apologise in advance for the horn lines getting stuck in your head for weeks to come.
ALANNA & ALICIA
Melbourne twin sisters Alanna and Alicia have captivated audiences wherever they play with their original folky jazz songs, their quality quirky lyrics, sweet harmonies, and twin banter on stage. Catch them singing songs and telling stories from their upcoming fifth album, as well as favourites from their stunning back catalogue.
Bromham are an eclectic, 12 piece folk band from Adelaide, Australia that weave their broad range of instruments into one raucous yet harmonious sound. The big band exudes joy with music that emphasises family, community, and equality and a live show that features soaring group vocals and members roaming the crowd.
A yodellin´, thigh slappin’, lederhosen wettin´ dancefest of German music with The Beez´ Deta and Rob. Thrill to comic classics from Rammstein to Kraftwerk; tear off that dirndl and shake a Teutonic Tailfeather to Nena´s 99 Red Balloons but, most of all, be entertained- that´s an order!
Equus is a gathering of 4 musicians of very diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. Equus performs the traditional music of Mongolia, and Asia Minor, sung by world renowned Mongolian throat singer Bukhu Ganburged (Voice, Morin Khuur), as well original contemporary folk and fusion pieces. Fused with Middle Eastern strings and a dynamic rhythm section Equus is always spectacular and unique.
After meeting in 2018 at a bootleg bar, Sunday Lemonade ran away like Bonnie & Clyde stealing smiles while spreading their infectious joy, feel good melodies and high-energy performance across Australia. Coming
from disparate musical backgrounds & influences, Tys & Loz create something fresh, honest and optimistic.