Performers at KVFF 2017
“Ask for forgiveness not for permission. No rules, no limits. The closest to punk the Blues & Folk will ever get. Raucous and manic.”
“One of the most exciting riff and groove based blues and roots acts
emerging from the east coast of OZ!”- Tone Deaf
“These guys are sick!” – Ash Grunwald
“Who the hell is this guy? He definitely has the talent!” – Ian Moss
“Definitely a guitarist to watch!” – Australian Guitar Magazine
500 Pounds of Joy is a blues & roots based duo from the Illawarra region of NSW Australia. The duo comprises Steve Cocksedge (Vocals/Harmonica/Percussion) and Dan Stephenson (Guitar). Steve and Dan have enjoyed a long (20 years) partnership in blues music having previously been founding members and band leaders for Illawarra based bands The Taildraggers and El Caminos. 500 Pounds of Joy has become the primary focus of the duo’s musical partnership which has recently allowed them to explore a more stripped back, traditional styles of blues based music.
Andy Gordon and John Kane bring Stories of First Contact to light with Guitar, Voice, Banjo, Mandolin and Dobro.
Black Joak Morris performs the traditional folk dancing of the bucolic English Cotswolds. Morris dancing is fresh and varied, friendly and skilled, danced to live music provided by our talented and knowledgeable musicans. The Joakers are an energetic side, who couple athletic display with bright costumes and loud bells to delight and mystify audiences of all ages.
Chloë & Jason Roweth bring you the songs, poems and yarns of the kitchen, the verandah, the shearer’s huts, and the local pub. Pieces are tied together musically and thematically, music running under poems and expanding into songs, weaving together and driving forward diverse threads of the Australian tradition.
Den Hanrahan is a singer-songwriter whose songs tell the stories of modern Australia – from the red dust of the landscape, to the loves and losses of the people that have touched his life. Den is joined on stage by Matt Nightingale, Dave O’Neill, Peter Logue and Zena Armstrong.
It is about time Australia caught up with Fred Smith. This remarkable singer-songwriter – who at various times reveals influences that range from Paul Kelly via Lou Reed to Loudon Wainwright III to Leonard Cohen – keeps releasing amazingly accomplished albums.” (Bruce Elder, SMH). Accompanied by an all star band (Liz Frencham and Carl Pannuzzo), Fred will be playing songs from his rich back catalogue and his new album “Great” – a wry interrogation of American politics, history and pathologies. Fred is joined by friends Liz Frencham and Carl Panuzzo.
What’s that? Oh, it’s a guitar. The way he plays that thing sounds alright. His fingers are moving quickly. I’ve seen faster fingers than that. What about his voice? Yeah, he’s singing. That’s alright hey? Yeah, sounds like a recipe for entertaining music.
Weaving meaningful poetry into memorable sound and story, Giffen sing wistful songs of family, unrequited love and folk music. Rooted in folk traditions with a contemporary flavour, Giffen feature rich multi-layer harmonies, fiddle, guitar,mandolin, bowed double bass, sweeping accordion textures and beautifully placed percussion.
David De Santi has been accumulating ‘good’ tunes for over 30 years and wants to share them! Be ready for a musical tour around Australia, Italy, Quebec, Scotland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Ireland, England and beyond! Sheet music available or use your ear to join in…
Queensland Music Award wining guitarist and composer, Jordan Brodie, is regarded as one of the best young guitar players in Queensland. Blending the sounds of folk, jazz and classical music, his style incorporates the bass, rhythm and melody parts simultaneously, in a solo fingerstyle guitar performance not to be missed.
On their annual workshop and concert tours to North America, J’n’J are compact travellers – 7 instruments in 2 bags (guitar, banjo, bass, ukes, & pocket trumpet). At KVFF they fatten up, joined by John (on bass) & Ruth (on ukulele), to enjoy rich vocal harmonies … and unpredictable banter.
At 19, Josh is an exciting new up and coming self taught musician who has set out on a journey to help develop and grow our own Australian National Folk Scene.
A display of honesty and a general acceptance of awkwardness, Kay’s live performance is much like being invited to her lounge room. The co-ordination that never showed up on any sort of sporting field has made itself known in the form of engaging, narrative songwriting, sung out in soul-bearing fashion. Combining acoustic guitar with a jazz-nuanced folk singing style, Kay has found her own brand of noise, gaining a steady following of music goers who have a soft spot for a songstress with an honest, heart wrenching voice and an accidentally dry sense of humour.
Kenny Bartley/Super Kenny
Kenny Bartley is a singer/songwriter from the northern Illawarra. a regular at the KVFF over the years he is sure to make you smile, laugh and cry with his Australiana style folk. Super Kenny is an interactive kids show that entertains both kids and adult. the kids become part of the show, with often hilarious results.
The Kiki and Pascal show is the funniest love story of all time. The journey of this unlikely couple is wrapped around a show full of beautifully diverse skills, singing, juggling, contortion, interactive comedy, acrobatics and a surprise magical ending. The Kiki and Pascal show is a rom-com stand up variety that is best watched sitting down, with outrageous interactive situations and genuine originality. BUT, as talented as they are, that is all secondary to how damn funny and entertaining the show is. Don’t miss it because everyone will be talking about it, but they won’t know how to explain it.
Kazadorian Comedy Princess
“Kiki Bittovabitsch – she’s flirtatious, outrageous, monstrous, hilarious…in short, she’s bitchin’ brilliant.” – Anne-Louise Rentell Artistic Associate Merringong Theatre.
The Great Dave’s speciality is mixing high level circus skills with character and comedy, creating a show with a broad appeal that not only “wows” the audience but engages them, inviting them into his world. His signature trick is the “rarely performed outside of The Chinese State Circus’ act of crockery manipulation” – kicking cups, saucers and then a spoon from his foot to a balanced stack atop his head…whilst riding a 6 foot unicycle! There are literally only a handful of people in the world performing this trick and it never fails to bring genuine gasps of amazement from the audience.
With a combination of lyrical honesty and charming melodies, Brisbane based Lizzie Flynn writes songs that blend a little satirical storytelling with a lot of joyful emotion.
Her latest collection of songs weaves audiences through toe-tapping country to tender ballads… songs of lessons learnt and love lost.
Born and bred in Sydney’s inner west, the Low Down Riders are a five piece band inspired by the musical gumbo that is New Orleans street music.
Luci Blue is a young singer/songwriter from the Shoalhaven area. She is currently working on her debut CD of original songs and is also a longstanding member of the Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra.
Laureate storyteller, singer-songwriter Luke O’Shea spent decades travelling the world absorbing universal truths that he now weaves through his celebrated stories and songs.
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.
Long time active in the Australian folk music scene Margaret has gained wide recognition as a talented and versatile musician. From Sydney Australia Margaret’s songs cover many themes….the environment, women, children, family and Aborigines. Passionate about the world and its changes Margaret’s songs are socially relevant often with a touch of wit and satire. Margaret has wowed audiences across the globe singing for young and old alike at clubs, festivals, schools, public rallies and house concerts. She has inspired many an emerging musician. A number of other artists have recorded her songs.
Veteran ex-pop wannabes turned gleeful geezers doing it for love. “Great words, tunes – funny, poignant, political, ingenious” (SMH). None shall escape without a laugh, tear, pricked conscience or stomped foot.
Hailing from Cooma, NSW, Montgomery Church are a Folk/Americana inspired duo fast becoming known for their captivating stage presence and ability to move audiences with their powerful harmonies, skilful acoustic instrumentation on dobro and acoustic guitar, well-crafted original songs and undeniable chemistry.
Nick is one of Australia’s most versatile creative people. He’s been in the radio business for over 25 years, starting as a comedy writer, singer and songwriter. Heâ€™s also a children’s entertainer,journalist, podcaster, musician and teacher. He loves uke, charango, baglama and other small instruments. He sings mostly funny songs.
Hailing from Albury, NSW and now based in Melbourne, The Northern Folk is a collective of eleven musical ambitionists spreading their unique brand of folk/pop/stomp/rock into the roots of small towns and big cities. Their five-piece brass section and tasteful rhythm section frame their massive vocals featuring multi-layered harmonies.
Stylistic chameleons with beautifully crafted songs ranging from delicates and complex to raucous and rollicking. An 8 album catalogue (one an aria finalist best blues & roots album 2012) means every festival show will be different.
Travel from the steamy jungles of Australasia to the radical beats of cyber culture Rhythm Hunters is stand-alone act, bringing big indo pacific groove machinery, visceral Islamic trance dance and sharp frenetic rhythm vibes.
The Roaring Forties from Sydney had a successful tour in the USA in June 2017, returning with renewed energy. They have a huge repertoire with solid roots in the best Australian and British folk songs. All members are strong individual singers who enjoy singing robust, unaccompanied chorus songs in harmony.
Rory Faithfield is a story-telling folk singer-songwriter who embodies the lyricism of his Irish heritage, the raw passion of his early Punk band days and the clear-eyed sensibilities of his life on the coast of Western Australia – Performing solo and mesmerising audiences and critics alike. Bruce Elder stated, “Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note”.
Sometimes it’s hard to fit people into boxes, and the music by The Rosie Burgess Trio is no exception. Sliding from folk to blues to gypsy-roots, the trio cross more genres than state borders, giving off “more energy than an illegally sparked firecracker” [Drum], whilst still maintaining their unmistakable flavour.
Ruido weave their award-winning contemporary flamenco sounds with a honest gypsy tradition. Enter their world where musicians dance and the dancers play! An explosion of colour, movement and passion. Beautiful interpretations of an elusive and magical world.
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!
The Scary Family Band play folk, old time, jug band, early blues and even the odd Istrian folk concert. They love doing sciency stuff and also jamming and busking too.
Steve Wilson is one of the finest exponents in Australia of song accompaniment with concertina. His concertina style is refreshing and his songs, an eclectic mix of trad and contemporary folk, pop, country, jazzy, bluesy and original material, will bring a smile or a sigh and get toes tapping. Steve’s passion for the concertina is infusing and his performance certainly entertaining.
Joropos, Cumbias & Clave from the Latin harp repertoire of Venezuela & Mexico. Interspersed with Unique Vocal & Instrumental arrangements of Swing, Funk & Pop covers including Original Compositions. A varied musical palate – An eclectic instrumental array – with Soaring Vocals & Harmonies!
Theresa Young plays, writes and collects songs of grace, colour, heart and humour – songs about community, family, ridiculous things, and love. She won the Folk Federation of Tas 2016 Song of the Year and People’s Choice awards and the Cygnet Festival’s 2017 Song & Tune Writing Contest, and has recently released her first album “Pulling Clouds”.
Shoalhaven’s singing sisters, Trilogy, present a singalong concert featuring all your favourite songs from the sixties. Bring along your voice to sing, feet to tap and be ready to have some fun!
Trilogy with Trio 42
Shoalhaven group Trio 42, Jim Dorrington, Vicki McCartney and Anne Stuart, join vocal group Trilogy (Joy, Kathy and Robin Sharpe) to present a selection of much-loved Irish and English folk songs. Classical guitar, cello, flute and three part harmonies breathe new life into traditional arrangements, with a few contemporary pieces thrown in.
Like a VW Kombi van with The Mamas & The Papas, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, all wailing out of a groovy AM radio, Joe & Harmony’s Trippy Hippy Band takes off at a cool pace with one hand on the good book of revolutionary songs from the 1960s and a third eye on the cosmic gospel of peace and love.
Be transported with this ensemble to forgotten fishing villages, moonlit olive groves, and a hard life under a hot sun where peasants play music to celebrate life with a fierce sense of humour. They provide the sounds and energy of folk, gypsy and Italian world music woven expertly together to provide a truly spaghetti and meatballs experience.