the 2021 lineup
BENJI & THE
SALTWATER SOUND SYSTEM
"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!
THE WATER RUNNERS
FIONA ROSS & SHANE O'MARA
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
The Water Runners play high energy Australian folk that draws on bluegrass, country and trad influences. Lose yourself on a musical journey of local tales and down South Coast trails. Winners of best band in the 2020 National Busking Championships and with a new album to show off in 2021, come along for the ride!
“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
THE NEW GRACES
Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke and Robyn Martin are all seasoned songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, their music flavoured with guitar, double bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and three part harmonies Their songs tell stories of their Australia: desert country steeped in history, wild bush dances, snowy mountains and remote swimming holes, generations of family life on the land.
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.
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.
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 outfit is fronted by award-winning songwriter and author Jane Cornes Maclean. With Neil Steward on guitar and Chris Clark on bass, flute, sax and harmonica, 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.