Performers at KVFF 2019
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Their appreciation of classical music, Tin Pan Alley tunes, Tropicana and music from films combined with AJ’s love of historical fact and Jenny’s classical flare to present concert goers with a musical experience that crosses time zones – combining timeless melodies with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision.
“…one of our finest lyricists…he shows true mastery of crafting melodies and marrying them to the words without recourse to a shotgun…” John Shand, SMH. Songwriter, comedian, raconteur and author Fred Smith joins forces with an all-star band to present songs from his rich back catalogue and his new album “Warries”.
With lots of hats and voices, he’s a wonder to behold,
a writer and performer – three-times champion, we’re told.
Bush poetry performance makes him come alive, you see;
it’s dinkum Aussie culture that will fill you full of glee.
So come along, experience his characters in rhyme
come climb the slime and grime, no crime, it’s prime, a time sublime!
George Mann (US) has produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers (2013) and Joe Hill (2015). George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts– stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life.
Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar , a husband-and-wife duo setting the Americana/Folk scene ablaze, as a duo or with their five-piece band, The Mammals. Singers, songwriters & storytellers, social & environmental activists, poets and parents, they tour with their children in tow, embodying a down-home approach to Americana. Ruth is carrying on her family tradition, being the daughter of legendary fiddler/composer, Jay Ungar (‘Ashokan Farewell’).
Canadian balladeer and veteran road warrior Scott Cook returns with a new intercontinental stringband, consisting of fellow prairie boy Bramwell Park on banjo, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. Sturdy songs, equal parts introspection and insurrection.
The Sweet Sorrows bring Celtic charm and edge together with soft harmonies to create an Americana/Celtic/Roots fusion. (CrossRhythms UK)
Based in Co. Wexford, Ireland, The Sweet Sorrows are veteran Irish singer-songwriter Sammy Horner and his Australian wife Kylie. They tour globally with their blend of original and trad music delighting audiences with their humour and vocal harmonies. Sammy’s guitar and bodhran is matched well by Kylie’s whistles, melodica and accordion.
An evening with The Sweet Sorrows always promises to be highly entertaining, provocative and moving. Their intimacy, transparency and strength of passion on stage has won them many fans.
Skinner & T’witch are an original, contemporary folk acoustic duo from England, performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs. ‘A pair of comic geniuses’. David Chamberlain, Blues and Roots Radio