Performers at KVFF 2018 so far
“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
Twin sisters, Alanna and Alicia charm audiences with their original folky jazz songs, sweet harmonies, fine songwriting and onstage warmth and wit.Launching their beautiful new album, ‘Songs I’m Singing with Me,’ they will also sing from previous albums, accompanied by their talented band, Jen Hawley , Silas Palmer, and Sarah Busutill.
Reid and van Sante are ex members of the hugely successful and long running (since 1969) Scottish folk group, The Battlefield Band. Alan researches historical and contemporary events that catch his interest with great depth and attention to detail. He then writes wonderful story songs with such diverse topics as endangered species of Sea Eagles to the loneliness of the life of The Last Lighthouse Keeper and a whole album’s worth of songs about John Paul Jones.’ Rob provides beautiful guitar backing on guitar. They sing in an intrinsically British traditional style delivering songs with heartfelt sincerity.
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.
The Berlin cabaret band renowned for eccentric cover versions are now covering their own original material with their trademark soaring four-part harmonies. Embracing musical traditions of their respective homelands, the four German, American and Australian members take on styles as diverse as klezmer, punk and bluegrass with wit and charm.
Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in islander flavours and fuse these with the jazz, reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Benji has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this line-up.
Sydney sextet Chaika are sensuous, cinematic and irresistibly danceable. Described as “exuberant and virtuosic, meditative and uplifting”, their music is a tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies and instrumentals, drawing influence from the Balkans and jazz. “It is easy to be enchanted” – The Australian“Mesmerising… Extraordinary” – Fine Music FM
Charlie & Jensen is a musical conversation between acoustic artists Hunter Beasley and Luke Wright. They journey through genres, shifting from vocally charged original songs, to virtuosic instrumental tunes. They take a stripped-back, raw approach to music and performance mixing bluegrass, gypsy jazz, country and spontaneity. Their musical chemistry is evident in their debut album ‘Whiskey Before Breakfast’, a collection of single take recordings, unedited and undeniable.
Dynamic, youthful folk concerts that interlace storytelling, parody and poetry. These performances will draw the audience into an urban and modern take on Australia. Backed by classic folk sounds of intricate acoustic guitar, blues harmonica, lush melodies and word play, Cj Shaw satisfies both old and new folkies.”Cj Shaw is an authentic new voice, literate in the canon but with his own wry take on the Australia we now live in.” Fred Smith
Dela is a Persian Classical Music ensemble which composes music of ancient Persia and works on some masterpieces from current well known pieces. this ensemble was founded years ago in Sydney and has performed many events including festivals and concerts. folk/traditional music from Iran is the repertoire of this group.
Equus’ unique blend of instruments and musical traditions, and its curiosity and delight in smashing boundaries has seen it become a festival hit from National Folk Canberra, Fairbridge WA, Woodford, Blue Mts Music Festival to name but a few.Expect songs and epic tales from Mongolian mythology recast into a contemporary setting that is born from a deep respect and knowledge of traditional musical sources. Expect middle eastern and Turkish ﬂavours – expect dancing to north African grooves – expect even a swing jazz standard or two!!
A former union organizer and activist based in New York, George Mann sings songs from the last century of labor and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. He helps keep the treasured songs and stories alive.
Legendary folk and roots singer-songwriter Glenn Cardier has toured with the likes of Frank Zappa, Spike Milligan and Fairport Convention. Cardier was recently a first place winner in the International Song Competition and performed at Bluesfest 2017.Christian Marsh is widely regarded as Australia’s finest diatonic harmonica player.
Hoot and Holler is based in Asheville, NC, but they spend most of their time on the road. With a dedication to traditional Appalachian String Band music, Amy Alvey (fiddle), and Mark Kilianski (guitar), bring their own voices to the stage with their fresh yet timeless original songs. These songs can be heard on their first full-length album “Reasons to Run”
Like a VW Kombi van with The Mamas & The Papas, Bob Dylan, JoniMitchell, all wailing out of a groovy AM radio, Joe & Harmony’s TrippyHippy Band takes off at a cool pace with one hand on the good book ofrevolutionary songs from the 1960s and a third eye on the cosmic gospel of peace and love.
Described by Australian folk legend Judy Small as ‘a young Malvina Reynolds’, Little foot is a folk singer/songwriter known for tackling political issues such as refugee rights, the environment, and social justice issues in the Philippines, her home country. A blend of music, storytelling, and a dash of humour.
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. Put on your dancing shoes, grab your favourite beverage and don’t miss the Low Down Riders when they roll into a venue near you.
Luci Blue is a young alternative folk musician raised in the South Coast. She draws her moody, emotive and raw ballads from a deeply personal journey. Her delicate and ghostly vocals create a nostalgia in her listeners as she connects with the ache in every human heart.
The Lurkers play acoustic hillbilly punk about super-profits, civil disobedience and the post-post-feminist revolution. They were the winners of the 2013 Songs for Social Justice’ Award, presented by the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund for their song ‘Mining Man’, a protest song about Coal Seam Gas mining.
The Macedonian Cultural & Artistic Association Ilinden is a symbol of the Macedonian folklore through dancing and music. Being the oldest and most respected Macedonian institution in Australia, we strive a new generation by blending old world traditions with current artistic flair and showcasing its traditional Macedonian costumes and instruments.
Australia’s favourite bluegrass funsters The Pigs (our heroes) are known worldwide for their combination of super-catchy original tunes and foot-stomping ‘Piggified’ cover versions. Crashing through musical genres like a runaway tractor, The Pigs recordings marry superb musicianship with a distinctly Australian sense of humour – and hints at the uniquely bent energy of The Pigs’ exceedingly popular live shows.
Mesmerizing Melbourne Gypsy dance band, The Royal High Jinx, write, play & sing danceable music inspired by European traditions, shaded with gypsy jazz, Balkan, & a pinch of classical virtuosity. Launching their new album ‘Gone Gone Gone,’ at KVFF, sing, dance and be entertained by Melbourne’s most colourful gypsy dance band!
Turn off the highway and head into the hills with Shelley’s Murder Boys – a band that brings a new verve to the old timey music of the Appalachians.
Super Rats play classic Romanian ‘lautari’ music, from the gypsy neighbourhoods of Old Bucharest. We play on everyone’s favourite instruments: violin, cimbalom, accordion and double bass. Sometimes we even sing.
Teri has a keen perception of the intricacies of human relationships, and sings about the stories that unfold between families, lovers, friends and fellow community members. With their honest voices, and accordion, mandolin and cittern guitar in their hands, Jon and Teri make music that is playful, subtle and very enjoyable. Winner of National Folk Festival Alistair Hulett Songwriting Award 2018.
Traditional Graffiti (aka ‘The Trads’) has risen, phoenix-like out of the ashes of the Wheeze & Suck Band. We play a mix of English traditional and contemporary folk music, (including some favourites from the Wheezers repertoire), and American roots / blues music, including a number of self-penned compositions.
Trilogy and Trio 42
Shoalhaven musicians Jim Dorrington, Anne Stuart and Vicki McCartney on guitar, cello and flute join vocal group Trilogy (Joy, Kathy and Robin Sharpe) to present a mix of songs from traditional Celtic to contemporary classics. A lovely acoustic concert showcasing beautiful playing and heavenly harmonies.