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2024 FESTIVAL LINEUP

Performer applications closed 31 March. Performers are added as they are selected.

Alan Reid

loves to entertain and engage with audiences. He has performed Scottish folk music all over the world since 1975, in Scotland's Battlefield Band, a duo with Rob van Sante and now solo, forging in that time a reputation for his singing, keyboard work and for his traditional style songwriting.

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Alana Conway

Bendigo born singer songwriter and harpist Alana Conway has a voice that demands attention. Her soulful and powerful vocals combined with the angelic tones of the harp have captivated audiences Australia wide. Now residing in Sydney, Alana's highly anticipated original album is due for release end of 2024.

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Alanna and Alicia

Twin sisters Alanna and Alicia are excited to return to Kangaroo Valley, launching their fifth album, ‘Heart Song Listen.’ Their songwriting, equal parts heart and humor, sparkles with an original intimate voice. Catch them sharing songs and stories from their beautiful new album and their stunning back catalogue. Performing with their highly talented band.

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Ashlee Watkins & Andrew Small

are an award-winning old time country duo based in Floyd County, Virginia. Featuring stirring harmonies and tastefully stylized playing on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitars, their music evokes a golden era when old-time, bluegrass and country music shared a stage every Saturday night.

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Bec Taylor and the Lyrebirds

are a five-piece alt-folk-pop band that has been described as Canberra’s Seeker-Lover-Keeper. Their “charming melodies and lyrics brimming with heart” (Scenstr) combine with harmony-laden vocal hooks and the band's incredible musical (and non-musical) chemistry to delight their audiences.

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The Bushwackers

Australia’s best known Australiana/Celtic band, have enthralled audiences nationwide with sold-out shows, featuring iconic bush classics, original tunes, and masterful Celtic instrumentals. Led by Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett their 53-year journey epitomizes their enduring musical legacy. Their 2023 appearance on 'The Voice' garnered 10,000 new social media followers.

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Carefree Road Band

perform the great songs of Simon and Garfunkel. The Band have performed this concert at City Diggers and Illawarra Folk Festival. The Band have performed Irish Folk at Yass, Bundanoon, Kiama, Bulli, City Diggers, Centro CBD. Join these talented musicians performing the great songs of Paul Simon.

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Casuarina Light Phenomenon

They found themselves by an endless stream, where a she-oak revealed a captivating gleam. Produced by the sun, an illusion of light, a vortex of spirals, a wonderful sight. They were carried away to hither and yon, by the mysterious Casuarina Light Phenomenon.

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Daniel J Townsend

An AFMA-nominated songwriter and inimitable poet, Daniel J Townsend has developed a reputation as one of Australia’s most engaging and inspiring folk performers. Townsend will be accompanied by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Dave McNamara.

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Fred Smith

“is simply the best folk/country musician working in this country…beyond writing some of the finest songs about Australians at war, he has created a repertoire that is wry, literate, witty, powerfully emotional and insightful.” (Bruce Elder, SMH). Fred and band will be playing songs from his rich back catalogue and his new show ’Domesticity’.

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George Mann

A touring veteran making his 15th trip to Australia, George sings songs that matter, from some of the greatest songwriters and from his own pen. Chock full of history, love and spirit, he helps keep these songs and stories alive. George is touring Australia in support of his new CD with CD Kahn, "Labor Day."

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The Inadequates

re a modern acoustic sensation that is making waves on the Australian folk scene. Dressed in vibrant suits, their high-energy performances are infectious, making them festival favourites everywhere they perform. Drawing inspiration from artists like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Mumford & Sons, the Inadequates are constantly pushing boundaries, splicing the intimacy of traditional acoustic music with the exhilarating energy of a modern rock ensemble.

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Irish Tunes for Beginners

The Butter Trackers are musicians who play traditional Irish sessions at various venues across Dharawal & Gundungurra country (Illawarra & Southern Highlands).

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The Librarian Action Dolls

The Librarian Action Dolls are a three-part harmony country singing group from Sydney and Melbourne, backed by Spike Flynn on traditional picking guitar. Their love of harmonies developed through a capella singing and an affinity for the unaffected Appalachian music styles. Their repertoire includes nineteenth-century country gospel and traditional songs adapted by The Carter Family and Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, as well as more contemporary material.

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Lucy Wise

Award-winning singer-songwriter Lucy Wise creates a rich, distinctive sound, drawing on acoustic, traditional folk, roots and pop influences. She sings about growing up, love of all kinds, city life, country towns, beaches and bushlands, her intricate guitar work providing a vibrant backdrop. This festival Lucy launches her new EP, Yearning.

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Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs with guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone and loopers. Kylie (who's played with Orchestra Victoria, Stevie Wonder and Barry White!) provides violin and voice in perfect balance to Mal's nutsness. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.

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Mel and Susie on Tour

are Aussie Bush Champ poets. Their stand-up verse, Qld bulldust and just a bit of singing has taken them to the Edinburgh Fringe, 2 NZ tours and a stint in the US. Clean comedy, fun for kids, great show.

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Michael Waugh

Australian storytelling Golden Guitar and Music Victoria award winning singer songwriter Michael Waugh presenting story songs from his 5th studio album released July 24.

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Miss Eileen and King Lear

are a brother/sister duo hailing from Melbourne. What started off as a small side project for the pair (away from their main act Perch Creek,),has steadily gained momentum to become a solid outfit that Eileen and Lear are proud of. Mixing rock, folk, pop, and laden with strong harmonies, they have created a unique sound that compliments their dynamic personalities.

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Morrigan & Wilding

Carly Wilding and Kylie Morrigan are a folk-fusion duo based in bayside Naarm (Melbourne). They combine Carly’s theatre and music background and Kylie’s classical and contemporary musical background and merge into a slightly mystical, slightly Celtic, slightly gothic and unique blending of voice and multi-instrumentation with all original songs.

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Penelope Swales and the Stranded Assets

Penelope's searing songwriting and soaring vocals are artfully underpinned by Mal Webb (Bass, vocals, beatbox, brass, looper) and Kylie Morrigan (Violin, vocals). With incisive social commentary delivered over infectious grooves, their award-winning material documents our quest for hope in an uncertain world and will leave you both satisfied and thoughtful.

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Peter Mace Bush Poet

More information on Peter to come.

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Phil Inn Bush Poet

is my poetical name given as such when trying to get a go. I recite Henry Lawson, Banjo, Jim Grahame, A few funny ones, childrens bits, and my own work. I have been chosen to portray as Henry Lawson for the Gulgong Fest and gig in Sydney. I wrote my first poem in 1969 and enjoy being in front of a crowd, reciting stories of the time.

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Robyn Martin Band

presents an intimate and soulful live music experience. Her distinctive voice and thought-provoking folk and indie-leaning arrangements wrap the listener up and invite them on a journey into the beauty, complexity & fragility of the human experience. With a sound that is distinctly Australian, her music traverses a wide terrain from deep pocket soul, mixed with heart warming, thought provoking folk sensibilities, to the occasional banjo driven hoedown singalong and a sprinkle of grungy angst rock.

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The Royal High Jinx

have performed at major festivals across the world. Having released 3 exciting albums, they've been described as the "Balkan Abba" for their catchy songs and glamorous show. Join a world of celebration as you sing along to and dance to Melbourne's most colourful festival band.

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Sarah Humphreys

Depth of heart and sweetness of soul are two things that flow freely through the music of the beloved Australian folk singer, Sarah Humphreys. From delicate folk music to personal reveries, vibrant collaborations and rousing alt-country songs, Sarah has the ability to infuse it all with her innate sensitivity and an artisanal touch in the craft of songwriting. 'Australian folk nymph, Sarah Humphreys is as natural and honest as they come. Soulful and unpolished.' - Rolling Stone Magazine, 4 stars. 'From the first time I heard Sarah Humphreys' beautiful voice I became her biggest fan. She writes songs from the heart that are real and captivating, just like the person she is.' - Kasey Chambers

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Shanty Club

Originating from a small, noisy bar in Redfern and expanding around Sydney, Shanty Club believes quite simply that everyone can sing... they’ve just forgotten how. Come and join in with songs of the sea. Sing a harmony. Make some noise. Forget the words. It’s group karaoke done loud and right!

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Sparrowgrass

A fledgling folk trio from NW lutruwita/Tasmania, Sparrowgrass combines 3 divine voices with a focus on happy harmonies and a range of acoustic instruments. Versatile and fun, with roots firmly in Celtic and Australian folk traditions, Sophie, Tessa and Alex first and foremost make music to please themselves. You will probably be pleased too!

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The Times They Are A Changin

Maurie Mulheron and a Small Circle of Friends (SCofF) present a reimagining of Bob Dylan’s early and arguably most important albums, The Times They Are a-Changin’. It was the first and last Dylan LP that was primarily concerned with social issues of the day. Few other albums of the time reflect the close alliance between the folk music revival and the emerging political movements of the 'sixties.

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Trilogy

Hailing from the Shoalhaven area Trilogy is made up of sisters Joy, Kathy and Robin Sharpe who share a lifetime of harmonising and performing in a wide variety of musical styles. This year Trilogy presents a Seekers Singalong concert with the audience invited to join in on a selection of their favourites from this iconic Australian band.

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The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach

There could be no better place to celebrate contemporary Australian folk than a concert or workshop with The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach. With a suitcase full of original songs, they play evocative tunes, old favourites and invite audiences to laugh along with their lyrics and join in the choruses.

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Zackerbilks

is a Canberra based, trad jazz band, who play a mix of instrumental and vocal music. We capture that vintage feel of yesteryear with raucous, high-energy tunes from the 1900s to the 1940s that will get your feet moving, along with modern originals that have that vintage twist.

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