Performers at KVFF 2018
“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.
was founded in 1954 to collect, publish and popularise Australia’s traditional songs, dances, music and folklore. Concert Party was formed in 1957 to be the performing arm of the Club, and over the decades has trained hundreds of musicians and created countless bush bands.
Should these words ever be together? Bring your ukes and join Chris, Kerry and Rick for a loud and raucous session of Bush Songs. No uke? .. join in the singing, everyone welcome, words and chords will be supplied.
recreates the exhilarating and inspiring contra dance scene from northern America. With diverse, dare we say eclectic, music from the Apalacians through to Quebec, a social dance style that anyone can do, and our world renowned callers (who teach and call all the dances), Canberra Contra Club will be a highlight to your festival.
is a chamber choir with members from the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. Our mission is to celebrate life, love and international harmony through a musical exploration of the culture, dreams and beliefs of our global community. Cantares offers a changing repertoire from various epochs, cultures and styles. Cantares is directed by Dr Carlos Alvarado, a professional conductor who studied choral and symphonic conducting in Russia and Germany. Bethany Morris is our piano accompanist. Cantares takes part in festivals, choral competitions and performs regularly throughout the year. The choir is occasionally joined by members of the Manly Warringah choir and the South American folk trio Los Incas.
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
has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years across a whole variety of styles from English, American, Morris, and Australian. Colin’s clear and concise teaching, and his relaxed and fun approach will make any dances achievable, and a thrill for all who dance.
Dear Violet are a young Australian trio from the Illawarra. Their enchanting harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar are beautifully unique. With a wide repertoire of songs from the 40’s to the 2000’s along with a collection of originals, there is always a song for everyone.
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!!
Geoffrey W Graham
He’s a storyteller, who thrives on Australian heritage. Presents a range of verse, (traditional & original) song and humour, specialising in traditional Aussie poets and standout Aussie moments.
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.
On the nebulous intersection of trad jazz, sea shanty and good ol’ fashioned folk sit The Grubby Urchins, a duo of happy-go-lucky young Melburnians with dirty feet, useless degrees and a penchant for the eclecticly bizarre. Armed with heady harmonies and intrepid instrumentals the Urchins wage their reckless stylistic war on songs old and new.
The Hollands are a full time nomadic family who also write and perform music that warms the heart. With feet in both Australia and the US, they have toured extensively throughout North America and Australia as well as SE Asia. This year they are excited to release the family’s 4th studio album.
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.
The members of Kangaroo Ceili are experienced and versatile dance musicians who enjoy playing exciting up-tempo music for Irish set dancing and bouncy rhythmic tunes for English country dancing. We like to play old Australian dance tunes adapted to suit the English and Irish dances.
is an Aussie, heartfelt, funny, smile filled, storytelling singer/songwriter from the Northern Illawarra. He leaves audiences with a big warm fuzzie and emotions stirred.
Kangaroo Valley School Choir
Acclaimed as the greatest primary school choir in the Southern Hemisphere, come along and share their love of singing.
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.
have danced together since 1965. Their names are synonymous with Irish dancing and their workshops are full of fun and energy, yet demanding enough for the most discerning dancers. They regularly visit Ireland to immerse themselves in the traditional dance scene.
Margaret Bradford Trio
features Sydney-based singer songwriter Margaret Bradford together with her daughter Sonya Bradford (vocals, keyboard) and singer-guitarist Norman Mifsud. Together they combine warm enveloping harmonies as they present stirring original songs of remarkable Australian women whose stories are relatively unknown.
Greek dancing with Margaruette Pollakis
As a member of Greek folk dancing groups for more than 25 years, Margaruette has performed around Greece and abroad, even participating at the opening ceremony of the European Athletics Event in Athens! Whether you like to move with the rhythm of the waves of the Mediterranean Sea or at the slow pace of the wind blowing in the Greek mountains or get thrilled with the beat of the Zorbas dance, you will feel stress-free and stimulated!
and her lively accordion will have kids dancing and creating intricate ribbon patterns or playing percussion. Emphasis is on fun audience participation where adults are invited to join in. Erika Cleaver (Molly), an experienced early childhood teacher and her helpers enjoy sharing music and dance with kids.
If it’s your first time at a square dance, have no fear, you’re in good company and our trusted caller will be on hand to take everybody through the steps. If you’ve been before, you’ll know how much fun it is. Come with friends, a partner, or by your lonesome. Everyone dances together! Yeeee- Hawwww
perform a selection of traditional and original material with stirring vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Their compelling interpretation of Old-time, Bluegrass, and early Country music captures the essence of these genres while original songs and instrumentals keep the traditions moving forward.
No Such Thing
is a group of musicians who play collected Australian dance tunes. The unusual name came about after a Scottish musician commented that “there is no such thing as Australian dance music”. The band recreates the authentic feel of the old time dance bands and will soon get your feet tapping.
Why start the day with Tai Chi? It’s a gentle way to invigorate mind and body to prepare you for the day ahead. Pamela is an experienced instructor who has designed sessions to suit all levels.
A stylistic chameleon, masterful songwriter and troubadorian trailblazer. Poetry and music delivered with authenticity, fitness and a powerful love.
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.
The travelled troubadour – true tales of the ups and downs since leaving the folk music dens of Kings Cross with his trusty guitar and harmonica to make music in a war zone and beyond. Smile big, shed a tear, sing along and loudly cheer on this absorbing musical ride.
Revontulet Nordic Folk Dancers
Canberra’s Revontulet performs folk dances at a range of community events and festivals each year in authentic Nordic folk costumes. Active in Finnish dance for over 30 years, the group has merged with Linnéa Swedish Folkdancers and now draws its repertoire from across the Nordic countries.
Experience bush poetry at its energetic best with Australian Champion Robyn Sykes. Meet the characters, hear the stories, feel the drama of this traditional form with a modern twist. Original work a specialty, with dashes of old masters and modern maestros. Authentic Aussie entertainment.
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!
Colourful and Award winning Ruido draw entice you with their stories . They harness authentic rhythms, songs and gestures from the world of flamenco and drive them into Australian hearts. Ruido are cheeky and brazen, reviving forgotten songs from Andalucia and Latin America with improvisation and creativity.
is an acoustic singer/songwriter originating from Jervis Bay, NSW, Australia. R.J. describes his musical foundations as being derived from the blues. He believes the style of playing is the most direct connection a musician can make to their heart. In 2017, R.J. placed as a finalist in the Australian National Busking Championship held in Cooma.
In 2018, his debut album “Resilience” will be available. As a personal creation, the songs on the EP focus around issues such as love, loss and the importance of perseverence.
Ryebuck Bush Band
Ryebuck Bush Band is enthusiastic about sharing the dances and music for bush dancing from its origins in the Playford dances of colonisation to modern variations including Contra. Alex, Ralph, George, Craig and Wally are experienced dance musicians and Margaret has been dancing and calling with them for over 20 years.
The Session Experience
Four friends who enjoy playing music with others. They have been running “slower sessions” with provided music at festivals for many years. Everyone is welcome to bring an instrument and join in. The playlist includes well-known session tunes and collected Australian dance tunes that sound great at a slow pace.
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.
Funny folk who play some pretty funny Folk music – Ken Smith and Russell Neal are smart fellers who write songs that use puns and jests, satire and irony, spoonerisms, witticisms and aphorisms to amuse and entertain their audiences. Always good natured and even in good taste, their songs contain jokes that predate the oldest folk tunes. They take their music very seriously, playing ukulele, guitar, mandolin, lap steel, harmonica and kazoo and employing every musical cliché known to humanity.
Shoalhaven Community Choir began in May 2017 and now has 55 members. We welcome everyone regardless of ability and our aim is to spread the word that singing is extremely good for health and group singing is the most exhilarating of all. We are a welcoming, supportive choir, singing a wide range of music genres.
Started in 1987 to support the South African struggle against apartheid, Solidarity Choir is still going strong, singing songs of freedom, struggle and justice from Australia and around the world in four part harmony. Come along for songs to feed your revolutionary Spirit!
A trio of folk/jazz/rock musos, St Joan is available to provide music in almost any format, including solo, duo or full trio performances. With two singles released and a national tour already under their belt, this is a live act that is sure to entertain and enthrall listeners.
Look… up in the kids tent…it’s a bird…it’s a plane …no it’s …Super Kenny .. Who, disguised as mild mannered folk singer, Kenny Bartley, fights a never ending battle for silliness, laughter and songs about farting dogs!
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.
The Surly Griffins are Canberra’s local morris side. They like to challenge the neat traditions of morris, bringing together Border and Cotswold styles, and throwing in some Yorkshire Longsword dancing for good measure. With their vigorous stick-clashing, flamboyant costumes, and jaunty music, the Griffins will give you full morris satisfaction.
Taurai is a singer-songwriter born in Zimbabwe who performs with her band ‘Take Time’, songs in a fusion of Zimbabwean and Western styles. Her latest songs and forthcoming album celebrate women’s rights and freedom, both in her own country and globally as well as traditional Shona songs.
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.
A gobsmackingly powerful performance. Victoria Vigenser’s gritty intelligent social comment and imagery is a theme in her writing, an astonishing voice. The likes of Mitchell, Chapman and Difranco at times. There is a spell binding quality to Vic’s own delivery that comes out in achingly beautiful lyrics lovingly wrapped in Lindsay Martins exquisite mandolin and fiddle accompaniment.
Voices from the Vacant Lot is a Sydney based 12-voice mixed singing and percussion group. Over 30 years they have worked together to build a diverse and powerful repertoire sourced from a wide range of musical cultures including Cuba, Brazil, France, Latin America and more. VVL have built a reputation for their moving and dynamic performances taking the audience on a global journey of language, harmony and rhythm. Voices have participated in many major folk festivals around Australia, toured Indonesia and recently performed in the International Choir Festival of Santiago de Cuba.
The choir has performed for over 20 years around the region, interstate and at the Opera House (with others!) We have both men and women singers and perform trad Welsh folkloric plus modern tunes in both Welsh and English.