Performers

Performers at KVFF 2021

The following performers booked for the cancelled 2020 one day concert have been invited to be part of KVFF 2021.  Many more will be added if we are able to return to our usual festival format.


19-Twenty

“Ask for forgiveness not for permission. No rules, no limits. The closest to punk the Blues will ever get. Raucous and manic.” 19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band.



Benji & the Saltwater Sound System

Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the jazz, reggae, world folk and African roots to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this the beautifully poignant lyrics that Ben has become known for and you can’t help but expect something special from this line-up.



Black Joak Morris

Black Joak Morris performs the traditional folk dancing of the bucolic English Cotswolds (Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire). Morris dancing is fresh and varied, friendly and skilled, danced to live music provided by our talented and knowledgeable musicians. The origins of Morris are lost, but have been linked to ancient English rituals connected to hunting and harvesting traditions. The Joakers are an energetic side from Sydney who couple athletic display with bright costumes and loud bells to delight and mystify audiences of all ages.



The Bushwackers

The Bushwackers are Australia’s best-known, best-loved Australiana band and they bring their unique Australian sound and spirit to any festival stage. After 49 years on the road, they remain as musical and energetic as ever, bringing their Australian classics to heart-pounding life with fiddles, accordion, guitars, bass, drums and the mighty lagerphone of Dobe Newton beating out the rhythms. The Bushwackers are simply THE classic Australian band. Their music is an eclectic mix of Australian folk songs reimagined in true Bushwackers style; foot stomping, Irish-inspired instrumental pieces and original songs.



The Button Collective

he Button Collective is a high-energy travelling folk band. Their guitar-driven sound delivers definitively Australian stories combined with elements from traditional Irish folk songs and tunes, and spiced with the spirit of fast-paced American old time music, all with a personal and intimate delivery from singer and songwriter Brodie Buttons.



Canberra Shanty Club

Canberra Shanty Club is a community singing group that runs a fortnightly session at pubs around Canberra to sing our favourite sea shanties and folk songs. All singing levels welcome and we’ll teach you the parts you need to sing. So if you can stamp and shout and show some passion join us for a tune or two.



Inspektor Gadje

High energy folk music that makes you want to dance.



Canberra Shanty Club

Canberra Shanty Club is a community singing group that runs a fortnightly session at pubs around Canberra to sing our favourite sea shanties and folk songs. All singing levels welcome and we’ll teach you the parts you need to sing. So if you can stamp and shout and show some passion join us for a tune or two.


Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara

Shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year 2019, Fiona Ross is an esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland. Together with award-winning guitarist Shane O’Mara, Fiona delights audiences with songs that showcase the richness of the Scots tradition.


John Kane & Andy Gordon

Great musicality, truthful singing, good natured banter, bad jokes, guitars, banjo and mandolin, stylistically sitting somewhere between Americana, old country and bluegrass but decidedly Australian with a nod to the great Texan songwriters. Andy Gordon and John Kane (ARIA and 7 Golden Guitars) are not to be missed.



Kerryn Fields

Kerryn Fields poignant and powerful songs, baritone brilliance and unassuming string-plucking virtuosity leave audiences transfixed, crying, hysterically laughing and dipping their fingers into all the layers of the universe – after which they lick them in public, because this life is kind of delicious.    “Pure Magic” – Radio13 NZ



Mic Conway & Robbie Long

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Audiences who know Mic from his days with “Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band” and Circus Oz will be delighted by this incarnation: Mic as storyteller of tall tales and true. There are new songs and some oldies close to Conway’s heart. He croons “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and a heart-breaking version of “Mad World”, dispenses good advice in “Never Bite a Married Woman on the Thigh” and revisits Captain Matchbox classic “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes” and Tom Lehrer’s “Masochism Tango”. There’s magic, juggling, cavorting and that trademark tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… it’s surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning. Unforgettable!



Miriam Lieberman

This is a singer songwriter who knows how to tell a story. With her soulful vocals, kora (21 string African harp) and percussive styled guitar, her music is both lyrical and uplifting. Added are the violins and rich vocal harmonies of Susie Bishop and Lara Goodridge. There is a strong musical chemistry between these players that effortlessly bridges the unconventional mix of kora (African harp) and Western classical instruments. Together they build lush harmonies and soaring string arrangements around Miriam’s songs.



The New Graces

Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke and Robyn Martin are all seasoned identities in the Australian music scene. Songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, their music is flavoured with guitar, double bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and three part harmonies plus a little desert heat-haze that could only be Australian. Between them, they weave tales of farmers, mothers, sea farers, history, lovers, the ordinary, and the mysterious. Their songs tell stories of their Australia: desert country steeped in history, wild bush dances, snowy mountains and remote swimming holes, generations of family life on the land, waking up in a sunny Sydney bedroom, returning to favourite old pub to play music with friends.