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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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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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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

is a songwriter's folksinger, just as happy singing the songs of his mentors as his own powerful stories. He's a walking jukebox with a strong focus on labour history and songs of struggle, a former union organiser and activist based in New York (USA).

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The Inadequates

are 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

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

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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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Miss Eileen & 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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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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