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- Angie & the Doc
- Billy and Me
- Charlotte Rose and Jess
- Deer Prudence
- Dingo's Breakfast
- Emlyn and Jodie O'Regan
- Franklyn B Paverty
- Helen Begley
- Josh Maynard
- Lorraine McCrimmon
- Mandy Connell
- Michael Waugh
- Phil & Trudy Edgeley
- Rebecca Bastoli
- Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar
- The Lowlands
- The Northern Folk
- Tom Bolton and Peter Anderson
Having spent their childhood singing together on long car rides and at family gatherings, Charlotte Rose and Jess unleashed their sound on a public stage for the first time in 2015. Hailing from Sydney's Northern Beaches, the teenaged duo have spent the past year adding originals to their repertoire, showcasing their unique folk and country-inspired talent. The sisters have been praised as having "the kind of unique blend that only comes from shared DNA"; for this act, music is truly a household affair, and they invite you to join the family.
Since forming from the humble beginnings of their high school music class, Deer Prudence are no stranger to the stage, performing at the Spring Fling Festival 2014, Brunswick Music Festival 2015, Bendigo Blues and Roots 2015, Anglesea Music Festival 2016, Wintermoon Festival (QLD) 2016, and winners of the 2015 Rosebud Busk Fest.
Releasing their debut EP in the coming months, Deer Prudence are an act not to miss.
2016-7 sees The Dingo's Breakfast, Roger Montgomery and John Angliss joined in their quest for a "fair go for all' by two Mystery Guests of high calibre, as they, the Dingos, present "Uncle Jimbo', great mate & the "Rellie From Hell' to the Wide World of Oz. A thumbnail portrait, dipped in Tequila, of a great Australian. The Dingos are presenting two shows, "Drowning in Lunatic Soup' this is Part Three of "Uncle Jimbo's History of (White)Australia'. To complement this show is "Uncle Jimbo's Island Bar Lectures', a vivid selection of U.J's prognostications and haverings thumped out whilst holding court from an Island Bar, in any one of a thousand Australian pubs all over this wide brown land of ours. Magic stuff from this larger than life, true blue Australian.
Helen Begley is a Melbourne Singer/Songwriter with a prevailing interest in writing and presenting song cycles ranging in theme from West Brunswick to the Victorian Gold Rush to the Female history of settlement. She has appeared in many festivals over the years as a solo artist and with Melbourne Folk band, "Milk" as well as touring nationally. She has written and recorded two solo albums, written and appeared on three "Milk" albums and written songs for the likes of Carl Pannuzzo, Penny Larkins and country singer, Jody Galvin and has won several awards for song writing. Helen also runs her own business, "Chicks with Picks Melbourne" where she teaches and encourages women to learn ukulele, guitar and songwriting and participate more broadly in music and song making.
Some of Joshes highlights are: 2013 Grenfell Henry Lawson Folk Festival Busking Champion, The 2014 Australian National Busking Champion, 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival Instrumental Guitar winner and also recorded with Shane Howard, frontman of the 1980s band (Goanna) in 2015.
With the release of his first album in 2014 "Escape from Reality"Josh has been busy performing and writing ready for his next album, which will be out soon.
" Josh Maynard a raw talent not to be missed "
repertoire of both humorous & traditional poetry ,recently performed at Turning Waves, 50th National and Illawarra and of course Uranquinty
'Mandy Connell is the latest in a long and distinguished line of talented female musicians to grace the musical scene in Australia. A fine singer and songwriter in her own right, she also has the knack of taking other peoples' songs, and by virtue of her original and unique interpretations making them her own, the mark of a truly gifted performer.'..- Eric Bogle
Frontwoman for well known Melbourne Folk Revival group Stray Hens, prolific collaborator and winner of the Declan Affley Award, she is well known on the festival circuit for her striking story songs and her commanding stage presence. Mandy has a talent for interpreting the moment. She is known for a rich voice, able to convey passion with a tortured restraint that is singularly arresting- completely identifiable as her own.
“Saw Ms Mandy Connell sing and play at Australia’s National Folk Festival. A great talent with a passionate and compelling voice and a total command of her music! Catch her if you can”..Paul Brady
Her contributions to "Festival Folk Sing" albums have gotten her some rave reviews (see above) including her versions of songs by Joni Mitchell, Judy Small, and Eric Bogle.
Steeped in tradition and bursting with her own tales, Connell is a gem. Of great value to the scene, we are very proud to present her in our program this year.
A band that really defines Roots music-- engaging and confrontational. A great experience - Russell Morris
Accompanied by some of Sydney's finest musicians, her song writing and their sensitive arrangements will stay with you long after you first hear them. "It boggles my mind how talented Rebecca Bastoli is - In such a short time she has€¦written some of the most poignant songs I've heard in ages."-Timber and Steel
The name "Sweet songs and soft guitar"is inspired by the lyrics of Eric Bogle's song "Kate and the Dreamtime "referring to the beautiful ambiance of session music and songs around the camp fire shared with friends. Sweet Songs and Soft Guitar is an uplifting experience in the folk tradition.