19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band.
|Accrowbatics Quartet (FIN)|
Accrowbatics is a brand new finnish folkband, who’s music is strongly based on skillfully played diatonic accordion. Their repertoire consist mainly of music the members have composed themselves, not forgetting the roots of finnish accordion music. Their lively, skillfull performance of finnish traditional accordion music is audience captivating and leaves the audience wanting to hear more!
|ACT Chinese Australian Association Dance Group|
The ACT Chinese Australian Association Chinese Cultural Dance group presents Chinese traditional ethnic dances, interwoven with Chinese drama, martial arts, swords, fans, umbrellas, and dressed in traditional dance costumes to promote the Chinese folk culture of minority groups.
|Adam Scriven |
A guitarist, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an array of harmonicas, stomp box and yidaki (didgeridoo) coupled with a passion for music that is clear and infectious, Adam’s conscious, uplifting and emotive lyrics crafted with intricate finger picking and a unique self-taught guitar style create a diverse and dynamic live solo show.Now touring his independently released debut album “Paved in Gold”, Adam’s one-man powerhouse performances are a must see.
|Alan Gogoll |
Having built his reputation as one of Australia’s finest guitarists on intricate and uplifting performances and compositions, Alan’s original bell harmonics technique & signature guitar tuning have seen him featured both nationally & internationally such as on ABC Classic FM & in Guitar World.’’
|Alan Reid and Rob van Sante (SCOT)|
Alan, singer, songwriter and keyboardist and for decades an integral lynchpin of Scotland’s legendary Battlefield Band is ably joined by skilled guitarist and singer Rob to perform a varied programme of Scots song old and new, laced with a liberal sprinkling of old Battlefield Band favourites.
|Alanna and Alicia|
Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia charm audiences with their original folky jazz songs, their sweet harmonies, fine songwriting and onstage warmth, wit and fun. They will launch their new album, ‘Songs I’m Singing With Me’ and also sing favourites from previous albums, with their fine band.
Returning from a seven-year stint as a session musician in LA, Alex Hughes is an exciting acoustic act combining stunning percussive guitar work, groovy jazz standards and folky originals. His unfettered musicality has led audience members to describe him as “Django Reinhardt on Crystal Meth”.
|All Strings Attached|
All Strings Attached combine soaring violin melodies over fast and furious rhythms to create a melting pot of world music. The 5-piece gypsy folk-rock band delivers its own cranking eastern European-inspired tunes with a twist of punk, polka and a hint of pirate sea shanty.
“What do you get when you mix an entertainer with a songwriter? An ex-opera singer with a comedian? A folk singer with a set of drums? A show girl with a poet?….. Ami Williamson!” (The Sydney Morning Herald).
|Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls|
Okinawa Girls are a BluesNoisePunkPop duo from Canberra. Andrew Galan writes poetry that’s gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Together they are Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls and a triple dose of BluesNoisePunkPopEatingFightingPoetry.
|Andy Gordon, Syd Green and John Kane|
Folk music and storytelling that operates in the netherworld between ethereal and rootsy country-folk and the dreamy and hypnotic realm. Guitar, dobro, percussion, steel pan. Stories of First Contact.
|Andy Salvanos |
From city streets to soundtracks and national festivals, Andy Salvanos continues to break new ground with the Chapman Stick. Skirting the edges of tradition and the unknown, Andy’s music has been called “the sound of the world”.
|The Aoife Scott Band (IRL) |
Her voice a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks, Dublin Folk singer/songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk traditional scene. As a member of the legendary Black Family, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk scene.
|Apodimi Compania (GRC/AUS) |
Apodimi Compania, based in Athens, is one of the world’s leading exponents of Rebetika, often described as,” The Greek Blues”. They also bring an unparalleled opportunity to experience the musical flowering, the grace and beauty of rural Greece with its various regional styles of Folk music.
|Appalachian Heaven Stringband|
Southern Appalachian old timey mountain music played with gusto and authenticity. Appalachian Heaven Stringband perform driving and sensitive fiddle tune, dance tunes with curly toes, cheeky songs & disarmingly touching ballads … delighting audiences young & young-at-heart!
|Australian Morris Ring|
Morris dancing is England’s traditional folk dance, performed by a team of dancers wearing bells, and using handkerchiefs, sticks or garlands. It includes Cotswold Morris from Oxfordshire, Border Morris from the English–Welsh border and Northwest from Lancashire.
BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants you for the Poetry Slam at the Australian National Folk Festival. Two minutes on stage with your original material, no props, no music, all for more First prizes than any poetry slam now, then or ever. Judge, perform, audience, you will have the best night ever!
Brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia, the Barleyshakes are a Celtic band with world music influences who combine intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms in their thrilling live performances.
|Barry Skipsey |
The outback spirit of this Island Nation are portrayed in Skipsey’s lyrics. As a deckhand, a roustabout or father, his rich and powerful voice will convey songs of life, love and family. They will take you on a nostalgic journey and move you. At the same time, be prepared for a laugh.
|Bean Project, The|
From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne come The Bean Project, a vibrant French horn-clad acoustic quartet blending the raw untreated sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter styles with fresh and unique songwriting – most aptly described as ‘the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire’.
|Ben Whiting |
Ben Whiting is an indie/folk/rock infused singer songwriter based out of Melbourne. BW & his band deliver a heart felt electric live set with Ben’s unique vocals that touches the soul & a band that rattles your bones to make you want to move.
Kick off the Festival with a rousing bush dance from Australia’s oldest bush band, the Victorian Folk Music Club’s Billabong Band. Our expert dance caller will present a program of dances old and new that will appeal to beginners and experienced dancers alike.
|Black Bear Duo|
Iain Mckenzie and Emma Nixon have joined forces to play fabulous Scottish music. They bring together a deep love of Scottish music and years of experience playing for dances and concerts. Your spirits will soar and feet will tap as this dynamic duo present an eclectic mix of Scottish tunes.
|Bohemian Nights |
Wild & soulful Gypsy, Klezmer & European songs and tunes, with some jazz, tango & middle-eastern. Ernie Gruner and Phil Carroll celebrate their 21st anniversary. 7 NZ tours, most Oz festivals, studies in Turkey, New York & Budapest, 2 CDs.
|Borderline Kaylee |
Borderline Kaylee is a vibrant group showcasing a range of Australian Folk and Celtic music. They perform a variety of traditional and original songs and tunes, often putting a twist to old favourites. Energetic and lively, Borderline Kaylee are also an experienced dance band fun or all ages!
|Bortier Okoe (GHA/AUS)|
Bortier Okoe is one of the most talent multi-instrumentals in the African music genre. A composer, master drummer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter from Ghana, West Africa. Bortier delivers songs in English, and his native Ghanaian languages which will inject energy and happiness.
|Bridge Project, The (TUR/IL/AUS)|
A band that brings together a Muslim, Jew and Catholic by birth, from 3 different continents, to demonstrate the capacity that we all have to create beauty together and transcend violence.
|Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, with special guest Cathal Ó Curráin (IRL)|
Join three of Ireland’s top exponents of music and dance, featuring Caitlín Nic Gabhann – three times All Ireland concertina champion and dancer with Riverdance; Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – one of Ireland’s leading Donegal style fiddle players; and Cathal Ó Curráin – an award winning singer and banjo player
|Canberra Scottish Country Dancers |
Canberra’s vibrant Scottish Country Dancers perform a colourful and lively display of dances that evoke the landscape, environment and settlements of South Australia and the Northern Territory, to music from Iain Mckenzie and Emma Nixon.
|Catherine Fraser Trio|
Award-winning fiddler Catherine Fraser presents a program of new acoustic music inspired by the Scottish tradition. With many international performances to her name Catherine has revamped her sound to include the exciting talents of guitarist Sam Leske and renowned cellist Rachel Johnston.
|Charm of Finches|
Melbourne “dream folk” sister duo Charm of Finches, Mabel and Ivy, create something pure with their angelic harmonies. Aged 17 and 14, they emerge from an eclectic musical childhood of classical strings and Celtic folk and released their debut album, “Staring at the Starry Ceiling” in 2016.
|Chloe & Jason Roweth|
The Roweths bring you the songs, poems and yarns of the kitchen, the verandah, the shearers’ huts, and the local pub. Music runs under poems and expands into songs, weaving together and driving forward diverse threads of the Australian tradition.
With some mightily impressive guitar playing and a larger-than-life stage presence, Kununurra-based Chris Matthews is not quite folk, bluegrass, country, classical, roots or rock n roll—he’s all of them, all at the same time!
CJ Bowerbird is a spoken word artist and physical performer. Winner of the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam, CJ tells stories through verse and performance. He explores what it is to be human, writing about things we have lost, things we never had and things that are slipping through our fingers.
A band of multi instrumentalists second to none. With cutting edge celtic folk rock and personality and stage presence to boot, they are one of Australia’s most popular festival acts! Performing nation wide and internationally many times over. A not to be missed Celtic extravaganza.
A remote dusty town in the middle of Australia, this gypsy Scotsman put down the bottle and found a voice. Performing as both a solo act and in different collectives Colin has built a reputation as a gifted songwriter and commanding performer, creating a sound that is uniquely “Colin Lillie”.
Comhaltas Melbourne have been meeting every week for the last 26 years passing on the Irish traditional music, dancing and culture in a friendly and social way. Our “Taste of Irish” will show you the fun and enjoyment we have as a group performing together.
With new singer Gabrielle Ballard, Conchillia draw on a whole world of inspiration to create a unique sound pulsing with vibrancy & vitality. They “imbue their pop song craft with Latin grooves, calypso flair, a touch of big band swing & the aroma of cabaret. The mood is decidedly up, the instrumentation executed with class” Mixdown
|Crazy Old Maurice|
You’re invited to COM’s acoustic dance party. The trio (keys, double bass and drums) will move you from tears to the dance floor over the course of their electric performance, featuring raw Australian vocals and 3-part harmonies.