2015 Performers

Below is the list of Performers for the 2015 Festival.

PLEASE NOTE: THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL & ITS DIRECTOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ALTER THE PROGRAM & THE ACTS AS CIRCUMSTANCES DEEM NECESSARY

A – C | D – F | G – K | L – O | P – S | T – Z

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Web_3mark 3 Marketeers The 3 Marketeers is a traditional bluegrass band that has played together on and off for the last 20+ years. They include some of the old country songs by Hank Williams and Lefty Frizell in their repertoire. The band consists of prize-winning musicians, Jenny Shimmin on banjo, Jimmy Rush on guitar, Nigel Lever on mandolin and special guest John Taylor on upright bass.
Web_3sheet 3 Sheets to the Wind 3 Sheets to the Wind like to surprise their audiences by playing traditional music with a twist: gypsy jazz on low Irish whistles and mandolin, traditional Celtic tunes played on a Puerto Rican quatro and banjo, Swedish folk songs (in Swedish), all combined with Irish tunes. Combined with great vocals, their music will remain with you long after they finish performing.
Web_alannaalicia Alanna & Alicia Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia have charmed audiences from Port Fairy to Fairbridge with their original folky/jazz/roots songs, their sweet harmonies and onstage warmth and fun. Known for their fine songwriting, with lyrics that are equal parts heart and humour, the sisters will sing songs from their beautiful new album ‘Twinlines’ and favourites from previous albums, ‘Two in a Book’ 2010 and ‘Funny She’s so much Like Me’ 2006. Their band features fine musicians, Damien Neil (guitar), Silas Palmer (violin and piano) and Liz Frencham (double bass).
Web_alisterfrasernathouse Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA) The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the highly talented young Californian cellist Natalie Haas is one of the most exciting developments in Scottish traditional Music. Alasdair has been at the top of Scottish fiddle league for more than 30 years and this musical partnership with Natalie is the fulfillment of a musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.
Web_allourexes All Our Exes Live in Texas All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney musical talent – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney – all beautiful performers in their own right, here combining in four-part folk heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar and with four stunning voices, All Our Exes Live in Texas make music that is refreshingly different, drawing influence from traditional country harmony to create a brand new type of modern folk. Fair warning: You’ll need your charisma sunnies or you’ll walk out a little bit in love.
Web_aphir Aphir Aphir is the solo choral project of Melbournite, Becki Whitton. Drawing on pre-modern vocal styles such as William Byrd’s masses and the sprawling, densely lyrical songwriting of folk figures such as Joanna Newsom, Becki becomes her own glitch-infused choir live on stage, singing her multi-layered vocal compositions into the cathedral of her loop station. This Is Fake DIY hailed Aphir as “equal parts Bush and Bjork, but no-one currently comes close to Aphir in her field of ‘Dreamchoral’.”
Web_appalach Appalachian Heaven String Band Appalachian Heaven String Band is a lively, driving six-piece Melbourne-based string band, playing traditional ‘old time’ music from North America. Instruments include fiddle, guitar, acoustic bass, autoharp and clawhammer banjo. The band is also vocally entertaining. They enliven concert stages, run square dances and give instrument workshops. Band members have extensive experience in square dance calling, and in teaching banjo, fiddle and autoharp.
Web_baka Baka Beyond (UK/Africa) The original afro-celt fusion band celebrating the release of their new album “After The Tempest” The music of the Baka People of the Cameroon Rainforest is a source of inspiration in rhythm and theme but the overwhelming point in favour of Baka Beyond is the exuberant enjoyment generated by the ensemble, the experience, the double lead vocals and the dancing.
Web_bandaluza Bandaluzia Flamenco BANDALUZIA is an acclaimed modern flamenco dance and music ensemble led by ARIA nominated virtuoso guitarist Damian Wright. Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity that has made Bandaluzia a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. It is an experience that saturates the senses with the grace of Flamenco.
Web_belle Belle Jar Belle Jar plays an energetic blend of gypsy pop, Klezmer and swing styles, singing in English and French, telling stories of urban disenchantment and breaking out of the ordinary with wild rhythms and infectious melodies that get audiences up and dancing.
Web_billjackson Bill Jackson with Pete Fidler Bill Jackson is one of Australia’s finest songwriters and Pete Fidler, one of its finest instrumentalists. Described as ‘joined at the hip’ – they will combine to launch Jackson’s new album project (January 2015) as a follow-up the widely acclaimed “Jerilderie”.
Web_Blackmountain Black Mountain String Band The Black Mountain String Band is a fantastic celebration of old time string band music: where twin fiddles and voices harmonise with infectious rhythms from banjo, guitar, double bass and mandolin. This superb group of well-known Canberra musicians gather around a single mic and share tunes and songs that draw from the well of old time tradition, and the inspiration of original material that feels as old as the hills. The Black Mountain String Band is Donal Baylor, Jacqueline Bradley, Matt Nightingale and Pablo Shopen, who are reviving Pablo’s father’s band from the 1970’s.
Web_bluegoose Blue Goose Band Blue Goose present a mix of original compositions interspersed with refreshing interpretations of traditional folk, jugband, blues and jazz standards. Sonia Bennett’s powerful voice is supported by guitar, banjo, mandolin, slide guitar, keyboards, bass, harmonica and ukulele. With their whimsical approach to playing it all adds up to good entertainment.
Web_bobfox Bob Fox (UK) Bob Fox is from County Durham in the North East of England and is one of Britain’s most respected and internationally acclaimed folk singers. He has been a professional performer since 1975 and during the course of his career has released several award-winning albums. His masterful arrangements and delivery of both traditional and contemporary songs have earned him regular nominations in the BBC Folk Awards. John Tams says of Bob “he is the last of a great line of North Eastern singers, most probably the last great traditional folk singer we have today”.
Web_bonscotts Bon Scotts, The Armed with a steadfast commitment to fun and shenanigans that effortlessly befits their namesake, The Bon Scots sit resplendent upon their throne of eccentric musical hijinks. They exhibit a nimble masterminding of folk sounds, crafting scalding wit, percussive curios and oddities into something frantic yet fluid, with an often boisterous, always breathtaking, live show.
Web_brass Brass Knuckle Brass Band The Brass Knuckle Brass Band is a New Orleans-style street funk group from Canberra. The band has performed to great acclaim and significant booty shaking at the Falls Festival, Corinbank Festival, the Snowy Mountains Music Festival, the National Folk Festival and most rooms in the ACT large enough to fit six horns and percussion. The band has also had the pleasure of sharing bills with a bunch of amazing funk and soul artists including Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Saskwatch, the Cactus Channel and international trombone deity and James Brown sideman, Fred Wesley.
Web_burleygriff Burley Griffin, The The Burley Griffin are wild and warming like your grandma’s combustion stove. With voices intertwined, wood and steel in chorus, The Burley Griffin resonate the souls of the saints in 5.1 surround sound. Unabashed and unrelenting, The Burley Griffin will embrace you with their heartfelt lyrics and raucous tunes.
Web_bushmusic Bush Music Club The Bush Music Club founded in 1954 to collect, publish and popularise Australia’s traditional songs, dances, music, yarns, recitations and folklore is the oldest folk club in Australia. Members such as John Meredith, Duke Tritton, Sally Sloane, Chris Kempster and John Dengate contributed to the successful revival of interest in these Australian traditions
Web_button Button Collective, The The Button Collective is an exciting folk band originally formed in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, currently based in Sydney. Their music borrows elements from traditional folk bands of Australia, Ireland, and central Europe, spiced with the spirit of fast-paced bluegrass from America, all with a very personal and intimate delivery. Brodie Buttons’ guitar-driven songs are backed up by accordion, double bass, banjo, fiddle, drums, and rich, multi-layered vocal harmonies.
Web_cathclint Cat & Clint Cat & Clint play their own brand of Old-Timey music, featuring sweet vocal harmonies, twangin’ banjo and crankin’ fiddle tunes. Predominantly traditional Old Time music from the Appalachian region of America, they mix it up with a few original songs, a touch of blues and some classic old school country. Their new album “Red Mountain Wine” will be launched at the festival.
Web_cathie Cathie O’Sullivan Cathie O’Sullivan realised an Australian musical vision early on in her musical career. Music was a way of exploring the Australian story and she did that as a member of The Larrikins, Summerhaze and solo performance. She has a deft hand at bringing poetry, be it John Shaw-Neilsen or Banjo Paterson or her own songs to life. Her arrangements of these songs took flight, usually propelled by her Celtic steel-strung harp and the talented musicians who created with her. Larrikin Records and its ambient label, Jarra Hill, released 6 albums featuring Cathie’s music. Her Festival concerts will celebrate and launch two compilation albums ‘Down By The Green Bushes’ and ‘Silly Winds’ that bring together 2 streams of Cathie’s music – the interpretation of traditional songs and tunes and the adventurous creation of new songs and music stemming from the same traditional roots.
Web_chaika Chaika The six-piece ensemble Chaika takes its name from the Bulgarian word for seagull. Chaika creates a beguiling and original soundworld, blending four female voices with clarinet, violin, piano, accordion, double bass, guitar and percussion. Described as cinematic, deeply touching and meditative, as well as exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting, Chaika’s strength is its elusive style.
Web_chloejasonroweth Chloe & Jason Roweth with Bill Browne The Roweths (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola, mandolin) have been researching and reinventing Australian bush music for over twenty years, getting great satisfaction from bringing almost forgotten songs back to life again. Their vibrant three-piece line-up at this festival features the deft drumming of Bill Browne. These are the songs and poems of the kitchen, the verandah, the shearers huts, the campfire, and the front bar of the local – and the yarns that go with them! The end of 2014 saw the Roweths busy in the studio, and there are new albums available in the Festival Shop.
Web_chrisoconnor Chris O’Connor Chris O’Connor sings old time fingerpicking blues songs as if they were written yesterday, songs about bad luck, phonographs and catfish. His own wry songs sit comfortably alongside those from masters of the 1920s such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Tommy Johnson. He ranges from infectious ragtime rhythms to driving delta blues and flowing bottleneck guitar instrumentals played on his National steel-bodied guitar.
Web_chriswhile Chris While & Julie Matthews (UK) Chris While & Julie Matthews, multi instrumentalists, brilliant singers and outstanding songwriters are the most enduring duo in the British folk roots scene. In January this year these two exceptional English performers celebrated 20 years together as professional artists and they continue to be a leading force in Britain and Europe. Their live shows continue to be highlights in any festival program featuring beautiful arrangements, peerless singing and highly distinctive melodies. They return in 2015 with a new studio album ‘Infinite Sky’ and a new double CD ‘Higher Potential & Stage 2 Live’.
Web_chrismim Christina Mimmocchi Christina’s magpie approach to music sees her collecting and presenting shiny songs: found and new, both familiar sounding and from journeys of musical discovery. She has performed with various musical ensembles over many years including the iconic Blindman’s Holiday and she was the 2009 Folk Fellow. Cornstalk Gazette’s review of her debut solo CD, ‘Rumours of Summer’ stated: “It’s a stunning collection and—given the maturity of the song-writing—it is hard to believe this is a debut album”.
Web_chrsitinewheeler Christine Wheeler & Friends Malt whisky-voiced singer and musician Christine Wheeler (Wheelers and Dealers) teams up with festival favourites Jane Thompson and James Rigby, and guitar/bouzouki virtuoso Leigh Birkett. Songs and tunes from their combined decades of creating folk music, maybe even as far back as the first band Chris and James played in together around 1978.
Web_christopher Christopher Coleman Collective Christopher Coleman Collective crosses the divide between folk, pop, blues and rock, delivering an energetic and emotive show led by one of Australia’s most charismatic young front men. Formed in 2011, the Collective was unearthed by Triple J in late 2012, earning a spot at the Falls Festival, Marion Bay. 2013 saw the release of the Collective’s debut EP, a debut UK tour, and Coleman winning the prestigious 2013 Telstra Road To Discovery competition. The Collective has now released its debut self-titled album to rave reviews, alongside a standout performance at Port Fairy Folk Festival 2014.
Web_chocheo Co-cheòl Award-winning vocal group Co-cheòl are four lasses with some serious harmonising skills! They will take you on a musical journey with their gorgeous and creative arrangements of songs from the Celtic lands and beyond. In addition to breathtaking a cappella songs, Co-cheòl accompany themselves on the harp, flute, piano accordion, ukelele and body percussion!
Web_colhardy Col Hardy Born and raised in Brewarrina, north-western New South Wales, Col is a Kamilaroi man once dubbed “the gentle giant of country-soul”. A respected elder Col Hardy was the first Aboriginal person to win a Golden Guitar at Tamworth in 1973. Col’s career began in the 1960’s as a member of the Opals, a country outfit and sometime house band for Jimmy Little’s travelling All-Coloured Revue. In 2007 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia “for service to the country music industry”. When not sharing the gift of his voice with other people, Col works at Taronga Park Zoo where he tells stories and sings.
Web_coolfin Coolfinn Mac Coolfinn Mac’s lively Celtic fusion style draws on an extensive repertoire of songs and tunes from Australia, Ireland and the Celtic nations peppered with original material and good humour. Their sound is very much anchored in the tradition, but with a contemporary edge resulting in an exciting mix of past and present and a creative blend of instruments and styles.
Web_cornerbrook Cornerbrook Fast-paced and cranking tunes and songs of Ireland and Newfoundland, Cornerbrook comprises Cory Clark – accordion, Mark Anderson – concertina, Bridie Burke – fiddle, Ben Stephenson – guitar and Ben McAtamney – Bodhran.

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D – F
Web_danielho Daniel Ho (USA) Six-time Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho performs thoughtful instrumentals and original songs in English and Hawaiian on ukulele, slack key guitar, and piano. His achievements include Grammy Awards for Best Hawaiian Music with his childhood friend, singer and actress Tia Carrere, and nominations for his solo works on ukulele. Originally from Honolulu and based in Los Angeles, Daniel was the composer and keyboardist of the chart-topping contemporary jazz band, Kilauea. As a singer/songwriter, his songs of sincerity stem from a simple island upbringing and ocean themes. Daniel will be joined by Nani Edgar, hula dancer and background vocals, and Sydney’s own Steve Hunter on bass. The 2015 National will mark the debut of Daniel’s new Hawaiian music album, “Aukahi.”
Web_darcy Darcy Welsh Canberran 20-year old Darcy Welsh, will capture you with the first note he sings. Influenced by a wide variety of artists, wanting neither to prejudge others nor be pigeonholed himself, his pure voice and unassuming manner have been at the heart of his past National performances. Now you can share in the evolution of this young talent as he continues to develop as a perceptive, thoughtful and entertaining songwriter and artist. He will not disappoint you.
Web_darkhorses Dark Horses (UK) A Dark Horses set combines the power and passion of Flossie’s beautiful voice with Keith’s remarkable and totally original songs and guitar playing, with plenty of the stage presence and charisma for which both are deservedly renowned, not to mention more than a little Geordie/Gallic humour!
Web_daveoaks Dave Oakes Dave Oakes, a singer/songwriter, has lived in Alice Springs since 1977. Several of his songs have been recorded by other musicians. He has delivered several songwriting workshops at both top half festivals in Alice Springs and Darwin. He originates from Liverpool UK and his musical roots are in the English and Irish tradition.
Web_davidfranc David Francey (Canada) David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked..
Web_davidhyams David Hyams Travelling Bones This is Fremantle instrumentalist David Hyams in singer/songwriter mode with his ‘Travelling Bones’ line up. Featuring the classy strings of Roy Martinez (bass) and top WA fiddler Charlie McCarthy (The Seals, Bellville Swing), it’s a departure from the Celtic-inspired fusion of the ‘Miles To Go’ line up. The strong connection to the Australian landscape remains, with a few of the old tunes thrown in for good measure.
Web_dingos Dingo’s Breakfast WA’s much beloved ‘Dingo’s Breakfast’ is Roger Montgomery, (award-winning performance poet), John Angliss and Bruce Boyd. The Dingo’s will be performing one of their iconic Radio Ballads plus the usual great selection of Australian Music and Performance Poetry once again shining a spotlight on the beastly behaviours of our corporate captains, bankers, shock jocks and their ilk that pollute the corridors of power in our fair Land of Oz, with the accent, as always, firmly on comedy. Beauty!
Web_dva DVA (Czech Republic)  This Czech duo is a twoperson dance party. Quirky and mysterious, their music is a fantastical collage of pop, kitchen beatbox, tango, cabaret, circus and radio noise, singing their own imaginary language. “Absolutely amazing blend of off kilter electronics, homemade percussion and traditional instrumentation. Wow!”—BBC.
Web_equus Equus The stunning artistry and musicianship of Mongolian horse-head fiddle player and throat singer, Bukhu, meets a world of old and new sounds. The haunting lilt of the Arabic oud, and Turkish saz, of John Robinson; the sax and exotic winds of Andy Busuttil; inventive upright bass of Bertie McMahon, and master percussionist Peter Kennard. From evocative ballads to high-energy tunes and improvisations, from Mongolian folk songs to all new original fusion pieces. Exciting, pulsing, invigorating music.
Web_flyingemus Flying Emus During the 1980s the Flying Emus took the Australian music scene by storm. Writing songs about modern Australia flood, drought, love and city life – their influences were wide-ranging from Bluegrass and Folk to Pop and Western Swing. 6 Golden Guitars and an ARIA later they called it a day in 1990. Now this much loved band has reformed for one special year to celebrate a collection of music that is still relevant today. John Kane, Genni Kane, Ian Simpson, Mike Kerin, Hanuman Dass and Michael Vidale are having one last shebang! Don’t miss your last chance ever to see this iconic band.
Web_folklore Folklore Folklore is the distillation of five fine musicians: Fiona McVicar, Cliona Molins, Ken O’Neil, Rosie McDonald and Anthony Woolcott. Sharing a combined passion for songs and tunes of the Celtic and English Folkloric tradition as well as venturing forth from Australia to the America’s-South and North,Spain, Breton and beyond. Together they explore the songs and music of the folk tradition. The line-up includes exquisite instrumentation with a para celtic harp, fiddle, viola, bouzouki, guitar, bodhran as well as sweet five part harmonies.
Web_frankpovah Frank Povah and Chris Cruise Frank and Chris have been performing together “off and on” as solo artists and a duo in Australia since the early days of the “folk revival”. Frank has also performed in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Multi-instrumentalists their vast repertoire includes songs learned from past generations of their families, blues, mountain music and anything that takes their fancy. Recorded for the National Library they are talented musicians on autoharp, mandolin, banjo, guitars, ukulele and mountain dulcimer. They recently celebrated their 50th year performing as a duo.
Web_paverty Franklyn B Paverty Franklyn B Paverty has been one of Australia’s best loved and most accomplished and successful bush bands for many years. First formed in the mid 1970s, it is one of the true survivors of the Aussie folk scene. With 12 popular albums to its credit, countless festival folk club appearances around the country behind it, along with numerous TV and radio appearances, it remains as popular as ever—and is playing better than ever.
Web_fredsmith Fred Smith Fred’s remarkable career as songwriter and diplomat was the subject of a recent Australian Story documentary. He returns to the National with Liz Frencham and band to play songs from his back catalogue and his new album Home, a collection of songs about coming home and calming down. Home follows up on Fred’s 2011 release, Dust of Uruzgan, which earned him a national profile and comparisons to the great Australian songwriters Eric Bogle, John Schumann and Don Walker.

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G – K
Web_ginaguy Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse Winner of the Best Indigenous Act of 2013 at the WA Music Industry Awards and best Indigenous act at the NAIDOC 2014 awards, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse are a rare act who can capture the hearts and imagination of an audience and connect deeply through the power of song. Gina sings entirely in Noongar Language – rare and unique to the South West of Australia with less than 240 speakers left of this beautiful Language. Guy compliments on guitar in a way that will leave you breathless. With the blessings of her elders and community, Gina and Guy will take you on an unforgettable journey.
Web_gleny Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys This is swing not bling, grease not dust, laughter not tears, beer not whisky, two-step not boot scooting. Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys—Dougie Bull (bullfiddle), Roy Payne (guitar and lapsteel) and Jason Nelson (trombone)—are taking a leaf from the book of Ray Charles by experimenting with modern sounds within an old genre. Each performance starts with hillbilly swing then moves seamlessly through gypsy jazz, bluegrass, western and blues, with a good dose of cheeky innuendo and some tales from Gleny’s western NSW upbringing.
Web_gordiemackeeman Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (Canada) PEI’s award-winning 4-piece yank you out of your seat by the collar, when Gordie ‘Crazy Legs’ MacKeeman’s thrilling dance style and supernatural fiddlin’ meets Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos,and the multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes in an old-timey bluegrass meltdown.
Web_greshka Greshka Loosen your suspenders, tighten your shoelaces and get ready to drain your energy reserves. Greshka is a five piece neo-gypsy/klezmer ensemble not unlike a chipotle and cocaine kebab: you’re not sure where it’s from, but it sure knocks you off your tits. A torn canvas of Romanian gypsy dons a filthy smear of western metal, jazz-funk and classical-arrangement.
Web_griffin Griffyn Ensemble, The Described as “akin to a religious experience” (The Australian), and “Canberra’s premier chamber ensemble” (CityNews), The Griffyn Ensemble break down the barriers of genre and re-contextualise music from around the world through theatrical musical performances.
Web_heartstring Heartstring Quartet (Ireland) Two of the most important names in Irish music, legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn and virtuoso fiddler Nollaig Casey – who between them have played with every major Irish artist of the last thirty years – are joined for this special project by Máire Ní Chathasaigh, the doyenne of Irish harpers and Britain’s finest flatpicking guitarist Chris Newman. Their award-winning CD Heartstring Sessions is “Inspired… a contender for album of the year“ fROOTS (UK) “Traditional music at its very best” The Irish Times.
Web_hayley Hayley Shone Ranging from foot-tapping blues, melodic folk tunes, to humorous songs about the eccentricities of everyday life, Hayley Shone has a lot to offer. Bringing her unique songs to life, Hayley is a storyteller as well as an accomplished guitarist who incorporates a fusion of finger-picking, tapping and rhythm. While fond of playing guitar in the empty bath at home, Hayley has kept busy since the National last year by supporting Deborah Conway and The Bedroom Philosopher, performing in the Woodford Festival of Small Halls tour and recording her debut album.
Web_helenwebb Helen Webby & Davy Stuart (NZ) String wizardry extraordinaire from NZ’s best on Celtic harp, guitar and bouzouki. A stunning instrumental combination, equally at home in a wool shed or a concert hall. The music ranges widely, from traditional music of Ireland and Scotland to new music from NZ and elsewhere. Expect variety – reels to polkas, airs to waltzes and a few songs with a definite Scottish accent. With the easy rapport that comes from 14 years playing together, they have enthralled all round NZ and Australia and were at the National in 2006 and 2011 when they also tutored at the folk school on harp and bouzouki.
Web_hex Hexhamshire Lass, The Award-winning Northumbrian piper and singer, Helen is a well-known figure in the world of Northumbrian music. She has performed in England, New Zealand and Australia and is an honorary member of the British Northumbrian Pipers’ Society. She sings, recites, and plays with an infectious humour and enthusiasm. Her songs touch on all the human emotions: cry about loss, laugh about love, suffer with those who struggle, celebrate with those who triumph. The tunes will make you want to dance, tap your feet, or smile. Listen to this glimpse of traditional music from the North East and be transported.
Web_hoddle Hoddle Fiddle, flute, whistle, double bass and guitar combine with sweet vocals at the juncture of older traditions and new compositions, with emphasis on arrangements and an eye for detail. Hailing from the ACT, Hoddle have performed across the festivals of Australia, from Fairbridge to the National. The music of Hoddle is imbued with a warmth and lightness that comes from a true love of the folk tradition. Since launching their debut album, ‘Apples in Winter’, at the National in 2013, Hoddle have been hard at work and return this year with newly penned, finely honed tunes and songs.
Web_janpreston Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus Jan Preston’s stunning ability as a boogie-woogie and ragtime piano player is matched by a richly resonant voice and a joyful and communicative personality, which leaves audiences mesmerised. Joining Jan will be guitar, percussion and bass.
Web_jessemilnes Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller (USA) Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, singing close harmony with Jesse’s unique finger-picked guitar style and a healthy dose of old-time fiddling. Emily was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. Jesse grew up in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter. They now make their home in central West Virginia.
Web_joefilisko Joe Filisko & Eric Noden (USA) The blues and roots music duo Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity enables them to create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon, and both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers. The collective result in both their live shows and their recordings are charged, dramatic performances that are simultaneously powerful and sophisticatedly subtle.
Web_johnbennet John Bennett with David Hyams John Bennett from Bidyadanga community in WA’s Kimberley region, accompanied by multi-instrumentalist David Hyams, return to the festival after their debut performance in 2014. John continues to go from strength to strength, and is increasingly appearing on stages around the country, including with the ‘Murru’ album performances, which has seen him sharing the stage with Bill Chambers, Emma Donovan, Harry Hookey and Lucky Oceans. Heartfelt songs of John’s remote homeland, his culture and community.
Web_katebourke Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton Over the last fifteen years, Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton have honed their unique interpretations of folk music and become festival favourites around Australia and in the UK. After taking a break to start families, they’re back on the Australian festival scene with an exciting new album and a wealth of new material. Don’t miss these consummate performers as they return to the National – the festival where it all began.
Web_kazoo Kazoobafak Jug Band This exuberant trio play sassy goodtime music from the Jook Joints of yesteryear with ‘viv and voive’. Evan Mathieson’s rich powerful voice accompanies his easy listening finger-picking style on guitar and autoharp and he blows a mean kazoo. Barry Martin plays a Mark-10 tea chest bass and haunting blues harmonica (sometimes together) plus jug. Teana Amor adds bluesy vocals, guitar and zappy washboard. Warning: their humour is contagious!
Web_keithmchen Keith McKenry One of Australia’s finest performance poets, Keith is also a keen historian and folklorist. His highly researched theme concerts have been acclaimed at many festivals around Australia and overseas. His recent biography “More Than a Life: John Meredith and the Fight for Australian Tradition” will be celebrated in a major feature concert at the Festival.
Web_kimrichey Kim Richey (USA) Two-time Grammy nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller who tugs at the heartstrings with a voice so pure, arresting and honest, it literally aches with life’s truths. Over two decades Kim has released six critically acclaimed albums, written two #1 singles, with four others hitting the Top 10. Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison and she has sung on albums by Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin. Guests on Kim’s 2013 release Thorn In My Heart include Jason Isbell, Wilco’s Pat Sansone and, returning the harmony-singing favour, Trisha Yearwood.
Web_kipori Kipori Baby Wolf Woods New Orleans Blues Band (USA) Kipori Baby Wolf Woods is a New Orleans blues, funk, jazz and gospel guitarist, singer/songwriter. Grandson of Luscious Lloyd Lambert, the NOLA band leader and bass player who played with Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Guitar Slim. Kipori is a natural crowd pleaser, who has performed with nearly every New Orleans blues artist. His exciting stage act has an International following via tours of Europe, Asia and the Americas. Woods has appeared in several TV shows and the movie Ray and has twice been Offbeat Magazine’s Best New Blues Performer. Blues Gone Wild is his fourth CD released in 2013.
Web_kutcha Kutcha Edwards Trio Fusing soulful music and a rich, powerful voice with his personal story,Kutcha’s songs reflect on life as an Aboriginal man in white Australia. His deep and rhythmic tones are that of a storyteller whose inspiring songs are full of passion and spirit that evoke a connection to an intimate and resilient songline. Kutcha invites us on his unforgettable journey of understanding,insight and memories. His magnificent singing, his poignancy and humour makes for an unforgettable encounter with one of Australia’s Indigenous icons and celebrated singer/songwriters.
Web_kvonn Kvonn (Faroe Islands)  Kvonn is a lively group of musicians from the Faroe Islands that plays traditional and contemporary folk music from Scandinavia. Kvonn’s repertoire includes music composed by the band members, as well as traditional tunes and tunes from the 18th century notebook of Faroese musician and scholar Jens Christian Svabo. Three of the musicians, Sharon Weiss, Ivar Barentsen and Kristian Blak, are regular members of the international, Faroe-based group Splimenninir, that since 1977 has toured widely in Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia playing at folk festivals, dances, clubs, and concerts.

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Web_lime Lime and Steel Lime and Steel take a bluegrass string band, and throw in penny whistle and a pared back drum kit for a unique homegrown sound. Original roots-banjo fiddle grooves, folk-noir ballads, and dust kickin’ hoedowns back lyrics that brush just the right amount of paint on the broad canvas of Australian identity: From tales of murder in the old-time afghan camel trains, to songs of nameless suburban longing or tunes about drinking on public transport… The show rolls in like a tent boxing call-up on the culture wars crossed with a fast-pickin’ wine-soaked family singalong.
Web_londonklez London Klezmer Quartet (UK) Expect exuberant and accomplished performances from this all-female band of Europe’s top Klezmer players, back in Australia by popular demand to tour their new album. Dance, sing, laugh and cry with the group as they take you on a musical journey across continents and centuries. Featuring Ilana Cravitz (fiddle), Susi Evans (clarinet), Carol Isaacs (accordion), and Australia’s own Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals).
Web_lucie Lucie Thorne & Hamish Stuart Lauded for her unique voice, poetic lyricism, and tender-to-gutsy electric guitar playing, Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most distinctive contemporary songwriters. Touring far and wide in a sensational collaboration with legendary drummer Hamish Stuart; their dynamic duo show is “a sublime demonstration of power through grace and subtlety” (Drum Media). “Thorne writes some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (The Age)
Web_lucywise Lucy Wise Trio Hailing from the far South Western corner of Australia, singer-songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her unique blend of folk, chamber and pop music combined with masterful storytelling and a soulful voice. Her band includes Chris Stone (violin), Holly Downes (double bass) of New-Acoustic Instrumental trio, The String Contingent. Lucy Wise Trio bring to life the characters of near and faraway places, traversing the landscapes of memory, travel and human relationships to place.
“A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.” 
– Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National
Web_malwebb Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentist, looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs, using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, brass and a loop recording pedal called Derek. Expect ballads, beatbox and beyond, jolly jaw dropping journeyman, eclectic, ebullient and even educational.
Web_markmoldre Mark Moldre 2013 saw alt-folk singer/songwriter Mark Moldre release his second album An Ear To The Earth, to much critical acclaim – including CD of the Week in the Sydney Morning Herald. It’s gritty, smooth, poignant and raucous, with Moldre’s live show a boisterous representation of songwriting and musicianship at it’s best, featuring banjo, lapslide guitar, guitar and suitcase percussion.
Web_martinpearson Martin Pearson Martin is renowned as not only a marvelous satirist but also as a wonderful poet, musician, singer and author. He regularly performs at every major folk music festival and folk venue in the country. His appearances and performances at the prestigious National Folk Festival are (almost) legendary!
Web_melbscot Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers In their 20th year and stronger than ever, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers explore the lively sounds of Scottish music with a repertoire that both acknowledges and reinvents traditional roots, drawing enthusiastic and loyal crowds. Watch for the on-stage fireworks when they perform with long-time collaborators Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas who join the club in their 20th Anniversary celebrations around Australia and in Scotland. With some genre-bending moments featuring the group’s alumni, some of the best fiddle players in Australia, their exhilarating shows are not to be missed.
Web_mikazz Michael-John Azzopardi “Esoteric genius with a penchant for intricate acoustic masterpieces” (Guitarist Australia). A masterful guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Michael-John Azzopardi draws on Celtic and Eastern folk, blues, roots and alternative styles. Accompanied by the virtuosic cello playing of the well-respected Rita Woolhouse, they combine to perform an eclectic mix of re-worked traditional and original material of which it has been said “reach right into the listener and take a firm hold on the soul”. Michael-John’s album ‘The Cheshire Moon’ will be launched at the Festival.
Web_mikemcclellan Mike McClellan Legendary singer songwriter guitarist returned to performing after a 25 year break with two wonderful new albums. Richard Glover ABC 702 presenter said of his new CD Dancing In The Rain, Mike McClellan just gets better and better. It is such a beautiful record. I loved every song.
Web_mikelangelo Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen bring their visceral and intoxicating Kabaret Noir to the National Folk Festival. The group has played to packed houses and received awards and accolades from the Sydney Opera House to Budapest and back. In concert Mikelangelo commands the stage with his thunderous baritone. He is part-ringmaster, part-crooner, part-beast-possessed. The Black Sea Gentlemen are his formidable musical ensemble. Together they waltz, tango and polka their way through a show bristling with humour, pathos and beauty.
Web_miriam Miriam Jones – 2014/15 National Folk Fellow Miriam Jones is fiddle player with the subversive, homespun bluegrass band The Lurkers and the original old-timey band Catgut. In 2014 she was winner of the Alistair Hulett Memorial Song Writing Award and the recipient of a Bouddi Arts Grant. Her Folk Fellowship research project is High and Lonesome Down Under: a history of Australian old-time music. For her presentation and concert performance Miriam will be joined by Catgut.
Web_moochers Moochers Inc. Old-timey jazz played fast, fun and funny. Good for the dancing, good for the listening, good for what ails you. Moochers Inc. make the music that your great-grandparents used to make love to.
Web_mustered Mustered Courage Formed in 2010, Mustered Courage bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The Melbourne based quartet – consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – has made waves in Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, endorsements from Seal and Kasey Chambers and a trophy at the 2012 MusicOz Awards at the Sydney Opera House for Country Act of the Year.
Web_myfriend My Friend the Chocolate Cake MFTCC is the band with the strings, the piano and the big tunes and is unique among its peers. In 2013 they celebrated their 23rd anniversary and continue to tour recent album FIASCO plus an exclusive 8th album release featuring the best of their live recordings, titled ‘Best (Cake) in Show’. Singer/songwriter/pianist David Bridie, cellist Helen Mountfort and violinist Hope Csutoros are high in the collision of elements making MFTCC a fail-safe concert draw and triple ARIA winners.
Web_nuala Nuala Kennedy Band (Ireland/Scotland) Nuala Kennedy is an internationally renowned traditional flute player and singer. Nuala Kennedy Band has won fans around the world with its unique and powerful Irish/Scottish sound with a twist, where high-octane instrumentals rub shoulders with imaginative vividly presented ballads.
Web_ohpep Oh Pep! Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band; a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) & Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged folk/pop adventure for your ears. Now joined by accomplished musicians, Justin Olsson (kit) and Isaac Barter (double bass), Oh Pep! will have you travelling far & wide to their gigs for a sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heartbreaking show.
Web_outside Outside Track, The (Ireland/Scotland)  One of Scotland’s hottest musical exports, The Outside Track simultaneously won Best Group in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards. A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, their marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. They effortlessly fuse the traditional and contemporary with winning joie de vivre. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. “Among the top groups in the world. Traditional, creative, and brilliant” (Live Ireland).

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Web_patdrummond Pat Drummond and Karen Lynne Pat Drummond is an Australian singer/songwriter. His style is a cross between song writing and journalism. His well documented songs about real people and places are drawn from interviews gathered on his erratic tours across Australia and present a composite picture of that country and her people. Karen Lynne is an internationally recognised country and bluegrass singer whose beautiful vocals weave through Pat’s stories and bring a new dimension to his songs. This is a delightful interweaving of two very different talents that have resulted in two acclaimed albums.
Web_pekka Pekka Mikkola (Finland) Pekka Mikkola won the very popular annual Tango King singing competition in Finland in 2012. In 2015 Pekka, her partner Noora Ontronen and a group of local musicians bring Finnish Tango to the National Folk Festival audience. Are you ready to experience sweet melancholy in a very special Finnish way?
Web_plough Plough, The The Plough are an old-timey string band, playing high energy Appalachian style acoustic music. Fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar make for some foot stomping Old-time fun.
Web_restelesslegs Restless Legs Restless Legs is a Sydney-based quartet, whose members have travelled a long way in their individual musical voyages. Originally hailing from counties Limerick and Laois in Ireland, Maeve Moynihan and Louise Phelan hold the fort on fiddles, while more recent arrival Mairead Hurley from County Sligo plays concertina & whistle. On flute and guitar is Canberra native Benno Stephenson, who has spent time living in Ireland’s musical hotspots Galway & Ennis. Together, the group play toe-tapping traditional Irish music.
Web_rhythmhunters Rhythm Hunters A dynamite force in world roots music; dramatic, charismatic and outside the box. Leader Rendra Freestone brings original blood inspiration from Sumatran folk music. Now performing with a contemporary edge including horns, bass, subtle electronics, Asian flute and frenetic drum choreography Rhythm Hunters traverse cultural sound-scapes, carnival grooves, and music of the future. Workshop – Percussion for any instrument – Looking at how knowledge of rhythm can lead to amazing phrasing when developing melodies. Unexpected musical genius arises when exploring rhythmic concepts.
Web_roundmountain Round Mountain Girls A night out with Round Mountain Girls is like a good night in with your partner. They’ll leave you hot and sweaty, exhausted but exhilarated, sonically bruised, maybe even a little tender… and yet you’ll still end up begging for more. WARNING: This band may contain traces of nuts.
Web_sandypollard Sandy Pollard Originally from Brisbane, award-winning singer/songwriter/composer Sandy Pollard moved to Franklin, Tasmania in 2014, after spending a few decades playing solo and in bands, producing CDs and writing music for film and video. Sandy returned to live performance in 2011, bringing with him new songs, new instruments and an incisive lyrical vision. Sandy’s solo show is an eclectic mix of folk/roots style originals and select covers, performed on a variety of acoustic guitars, Appalachian dulcimer and stick dulcimer.
Web_santataranta Santa Taranta Santa Taranta play traditional music from southern Italy. Their musical styles include Pizzica, Tammurriata and Stornelli, as well as Polkas from the barbershop and the occasional serenade d’amore. Two of the band members are grown in the traditional music of Puglia and Basilicata. Another is a fine guitarist from South America, joined by one of the best musician of the local music scene. From the Salento peninsular to Mt Vesuvio they will infect your blood and keep you dancing like a spider and weeping like la Madonna.
Web_senor Señor Cabrales Señor Cabrales plays the energetic and vibrant music of Asturias, Galicia and Brittany and also draws influences from Scottish and Irish traditions. The band members have played traditional music in Australia and beyond for many years and are now introducing Australian audiences to the music of Europe’s Atlantic coast.
Web_serendipity Serendipity Emily Schoof and Kacey Stephensen make up the duo Serendipity. They are a talented and engaging young duo who demonstrate a knack of being able to instantly endear themselves to an audience with youthful excuberance, passionate playing and a fresh approach to the music.They write songs that tug at every emotion with delightful guitar/mandolin arrangements and goosebump raising harmonies. Receivers of the Lis Johnston award 2014 and one of the top three acts in the FAA Youth Showcase at the NFF 2014.
Web_shanehoward Shane Howard Trio Shane Howard is one of Australia’s most important and influential writers and singers and founding member of the legendary Australian band, Goanna. “Howard… combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions and captures something essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music. Nevertheless, his songs have a global reach and explore universal themes”. Aziz Choudry, Montreal.
Web_shiny Shiny Bum Singers The Shiny Bum Singers invented the Australian office politics folk parody genre, writing and singing about their actual work lives. The Bums have accumulated 15 years worth of self-penned parodies covering every aspect of working life and politics. Packed audiences sing along as the dozen or so Bums create mayhem on stage with creative reinterpretations of everyone’s favourite songs to shambolic choreography, sometimes accompanied by guitar or percussion.
Web_simpsonthree Simpson Three, The The Simpson Three are a trio of siblings who perform predominantly Irish music, with a few interesting flavours! They are highly talented multi-instruMENTALISTS who perform tight and refined arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. Their show will have you laughing along at hilariously terrible sibling rivalry one second, and then will have your toes tapping along to crankin’ tunes the next! They are recent winners of the Peter J Daly Award and Declan Affley Awards for excellence in Traditional Irish Music. “You will definitely wanna check these guys out!” – Their Mum.
Web_siskinriver Siskin River A compact duo with big sound, Siskin River deliver an original style of folky roots, with a stomping groove factor, delectable riffs, fast fingers, and evocative lyrics. With Tullaras unique style of percussive guitar tapping, Shalanes earthy vocals, two years on the road, two EP releases, and their debut album out AUGUST 2014, these sisters are redefining ‘Sibling Rivalry’.
Web_southerncross Southern Cross Trawlers Southern Cross Trawlers Sydney duo, Margaret Walters and Don Brian sing unaccompanied traditional Australian songs and trawl song books, ships logs and archives for unusual material. Don has an extensive stock of traditional Australian song, is a collector, and researcher. He recently returned from five years on Norfolk Island and the duo includes the unique material gathered there in their current repertoire. Margaret has been part in the Australian folk scene for nearly forty years and is described as “a consummate singer of good songs of all pedigrees and persuasions”.
Web_sparrowfolk Sparrow-Folk Award winning duo Sparrow-Folk are the only confirmed “glam folk” band. The “adorkable” Fox and Lark present their most delicious confessions on ukulele. Described as Australia’s answer to Flight of The Conchords, the pair are hilarious, original, and just a little naughty. “The ukulele-donning duo captivate with their sharp wit and heavenly harmonies” (The Advertiser)
Web_spooky Spooky Men’s Chorale The Spooky Men continue to rumble towards vast, stupid, musical, masculine glory at their favourite ever stomping ground. The current repertoire includes many of the tastiest gems from their latest album, “The Spooky Man in History”, including their glorious mock Sufi ode to the Bee Gees, “Ba’hari Ghibb”, plus new morsels from a Georgian themed album currently being recorded. A set with the Spookies is bound to inflict hilarity and awe in equal measure.
Web_squueze Squeezebox Trio, The Out of the Sydney’s west comes one of the newest emerging gypsy swing bands, The Squeezebox Trio. Armed with a thirty year old accordion, a left handed violin and acoustic gitane the group will get you up and swinging with their energetic performances. Continuing the gypsy swing tradition of the 1930’s forged by the remaining two fingers of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, the boys bring in a unique flavour with their own arrangements of French musettes, Russian war songs, Jazz Standards and the occasional Disney film classic.
Web_stevewilson Steve Wilson Steve Wilson—The Man With The Concertina performs an eclectic repertoire of folk and beyond to include original compositions and covers of popular songs. His passion for the concertina is infusing and his performance certainly entertaining.
Web_strayhens Stray Hens Nobody else in Australia is rearranging folk revival tunes with such LIFE. The driving twin fiddles, complex harmonies and timings are inspired by English Folk, traditional Irish, Appalachian and jazz, with a line-up inspired by super groups like Bellowhead and Imagined Village. Few acts in Australia are interpreting old English ballads, and there is a demand for them. Songwriters Mandy Connell and Rowena Wise, reputed fiddle player Sally Taylor, Richard Grace on double bass and Ryan Tews on percussion make for an incredible, female-led group with varied influences and a broad, rich sound.
Web_stringcontingent String Contingent, The The String Contingent have been described as “the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance” (Tony Hillier, Rhythms Magazine). Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass) with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) compose music of sparkling beauty and originality and perform with virtuosity, finesse and a light-hearted twinkle. Their sound combines diverse musical backgrounds in celtic folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass and metal into evocative, exciting and original musical discussions or trialogues’.

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Web_tedegan Ted Egan An old bushy from Alice Springs, for the last 40 years Ted Egan has been writing and recording songs, filming and writing about the Australian people who to him represent the real ethos of this country. He has just completed his 30th album of songs. He is “the presenter” of 13 x 1 hour documentary films titled This Land Australia, and has written ten books. That represents a classy way to make a living.
Web_transylvan Transylvaniacs, The Featuring Martin ‘Florin’ Codoba, amazing Roma violinist direct from Transylvania, Romania, The Transylvaniacs immerse you in a world of rural village kitchens, wedding tents and dances. Hungarian, Roma and Romanian music with a little dance boot percussion!
Web_waitingfor Waiting For Guinness The darlings or the bastards of Sydney’s subversive culture, masters of dance floor mayhem and troubadours of our troubled times this iconic band returns to the National after a long break. From the Opera House to a street corner near you Waiting for Guinness, a rhapsodic renegade, a rambunctious hand grenade will get you out of your seats.
Web_whitetop Whitetop Mountaineers (USA) The Whitetop Mountaineers from the hills of Virginia are the genuine article. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists, Jackson on guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo, and Martha on fiddle, guitar & banjo. They are both strong vocal performers and their close harmonies are indicative of the old time and bluegrass traditions from which they draw their repertoire. In addition to being a talented musician & singer, Martha is also an exceptional dancer and teacher of the art of Appalachian dance. Jackson is also a highly skilled luthier and his beautiful hand crafted fiddles are in high demand

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