Program – 2017 Performers

Below is the current list of Performers for the 2017 Festival. Further announcements will be made pre Australia Day.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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

A – C

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.

Web_accrowAccrowbatics 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!

web_actchineseACT 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.

Web_wheatAdam 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.

web_alangogAlan 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.’’

web_alanreidAlan 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.

web_alannaAlanna 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.

Web_alexhughesAlex Hughes

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_SmAll 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.

web_amiwilAmi Williamson

“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).

web_andrewgalanAndrew 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.

web_andygordonAndy 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.

web_andysalvAndy 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”.

Web_aoifeThe 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.

web_apodimiApodimi 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.

web_appaAppalachian 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!

web_ausmorrisringAustralian 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.

web_barryskipseyBarry 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.

web_beanprojectBean 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’.

web_benwhitingBen 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.

Web_billabongBillabong Band

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.

web_blackbearBlack 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.

web_bohemianBohemian 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.

web_borderlinekayleeBorderline 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!

web_bortierBortier 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.

web_bridgeprojectBridge 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.

web_caitlinCaitlín 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 1Canberra 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.

web_catherinefraserCatherine 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.

web_charmoffinchesCharm 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.

Web_chloejasonChloe & 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.

Web_chrismatthewsChris Matthews

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!

web_cjbowerCJ Bowerbird

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.

web_colinlillieColin Lillie

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”.

web_comhaltasComhaltas Melbourne

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

web_crazyoldmaurCrazy 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.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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D – F
web_dancekaleidDance Kaleidoscope

From elegant dances of the gentry to the rough and tumble linked sword dances of the lower classes, Sheree Greenhill has 20 years experience sharing her love of English dance with both beginners and experienced dancers alike. Her passion is passing the dance on to young folk to experience and enjoy.

Web_dannysRemembering Danny Spooner – A Special Tribute

It was with enormous sadness that we heard in early March, of the passing of Danny Spooner, one of the most cherished members of our folk family. Danny was an outstanding champion of folk music and a key figure in the folk movement. At this year’s Festival we will honour Danny’s memory with a very special concert – Saturday 15 April – 12:30pm Budawang.

Daoirí Farrell Trio (IRE)

Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Daoirí launched his solo career at the 2016 Celtic Connections. Daoirí will perform in trio with Blackie O’Connell (Uilleann Pipes) and Robbie Walsh (Bodhran) and launch his highly acclaimed and long awaited solo CD True Born Irishman at the 2017 Festival.

web_davidhalDavid Hallett

Nimbin’s multi award winning poet olympian David Hallett is a fascinating wordsmith of drama, comedy, satire and social commentary. A performance poet for over 40 years David’s entertaining poems jump from page to stage, from outback schools, to the Opera House to the beat cafes of New York.

web_davidspryDavid Spry

David Spry is an Indigenous singer/songwriter from Northern Australia. David shares his experiences through song in an Acoustic Roots style with a uniquely upbeat vibe and is creating new pathways for Contemporary Indigenous music.

web_deadmaggiesDead Maggies, The

The Dead Maggies weave tragic tales from Van Diemen’s Land’s dark and oppressive history – and then set them to upbeat, foot stomping, wild music that makes you dance, shout and folk ’til you punk.

Web_denhanDen Hanrahan and the RUM RUNNERS

Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners tap a style of bluegrass/old-time/Irish that is neither frozen in the past nor experimenting with the future. It is simply played on mandolins, guitars, fiddles, accordions and upright basses with songs blending contemporary and old fashioned Australian stories.

web_desertchildDesert Child

Formed in 1995 Desert Child are the incredible guitar talents of Guy Ghouse & Damian Watkiss. ” The music is a blend of styles. Their guitar brilliance will astound you, their melodies move you. Very funny, High energy, warm and extremely expressive and entertaining”

Web_dingobreakfastDingo’s Breakfast

In their quest for a “fair go for all” Dingo’s Breakfast—Roger Montgomery, John Angliss and Bruce Boyd—present Uncle Jimbo’s History of Oz, part three, Drowning in Lunatic Soup plus a choice selection of His Famous Island Bar Lectures to the Wide World of Oz. These are two seminal works of comedic genius. Beauty!


Often likened to artists such as Tallest Man on Earth and Steve Smyth, 25 year old Sydney troubadour Direwolf is known for his deeply evocative lyrics and explosive stage presence. With his debut full length release to be recorded in August 2016 on a farm in the Blue Mountains.

Drowsy Maggies, The

The Drowsy Maggies were awarded the Gill Rees Memorial Award at the 2016 National Folk Festival after dazzling audiences with their harmony filled original songs and cracking tune sets. Their debut CD will be launched at this festival.


You could call Brisbane outfit DUBMARINE many things, but unforgettable is probably top of the list. brow. High-powered and high-energy the nine-piece tour-de-force somehow smash together dub, dancehall, reggae, drum n bass, and trap into a groove all their own.

Duncan Woods_SmDuncan Woods

Duncan Woods is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter, born in Zimbabwe but grown on the Central Coast of NSW. Nowadays he travels around the world, playing and absorbing music wherever he can. His sound is a mixed bag of reggae/pop/hip hop/folk flavours.

Dylan Hekimian_SmDylan Hekimian

Drawing comparisons with John Butler, Newton Faulkner and Jose Gonzalez, Dylan’s innovative style of guitar playing and percussion continues to wow live audiences lucky enough to see him.

web_exaudiExaudi Youth Choir

Exaudi Youth Choir is a group of 50 experienced young singers from Melbourne. They love to explore the best choral music from folk traditions around the world, and will sin g anywhere, any time. Led by Mark O’Leary, they sing with passion, energy and joy.

web_fannyFanny Lumsden

Fanny Lumsden has been claimed as ‘A breath of fresh country Air’ by Rolling Stone Magazine & with her own Australian & bright version of Country, Lumsden along with her cracking band The Thrillseekers are bringing joy to stages all over the country. Cracking Alt-Country, with a whole lot of heart.

web_fiestavilleFiestaville Multicultural Choir

The Fiestaville Multicultural Choir, from Sydney’s south, presents “Amulet”—an interweaving of stories, songs and portraits. The choir will perform songs in many languages. The show is heart-warming, entertaining, and celebrates diversity and harmony.

web_flamencoFlamenco Centre, Canberra

Inspired by Tomás Dietz’s’ passion, technique and emphasis on genuine expression in performance, the Flamenco Centre Canberra dancers share the complex and demanding dance with nuances firmly rooted in the Spanish culture.kat

Web_flatsandsharpsFlats and Sharps (UK)

Flats and Sharps blur the lines between bluegrass, folk and country and have gained recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of bluegrass classics.

Web_fourplayFourPlay String Quartet

FourPlay String Quartet is an an eclectic and diverse musical tour de force that has been wowing audiences at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre with their new album, This Machine. The four members (brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenzo Gregorio) create a rare synergy and an unspoken understanding in how they go about their work.

web_fredsmithFred Smith

Fred has written a book! Its called The Dust of Uruzgan. Revealing the back stories behind the songs from the acclaimed album of the same name, he weaves memoir, history, and eyewitness reportage in to a ripping yarn that explains what was going on over there in the dust of Uruzgan.


Forté creates music to surround you with love and hope. Awakened to meditation, authenticity, mindfulness and generosity, his music has become a reflection of this new consciousness. Listen to Forté’s music, and let his compassionate compositions put a smile on your face.

web_fromserieFromseier Hockings (DNK)

Fromseier Hockings perform as a lively, impulsive and playful duo full of virtuosit, they have developed a unique intimacy in their music. Old swingy traditional tunes and songs are combined with Ditte and Sigurd’s own compositions.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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G – K
web_galaxGalax Bogtrotters, The (USA)

Driving award winning string band from Virginia, USA. From the musically rich region surrounding Galax. The Galax Bogtrotters is a leading force in carrying the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge into the new millennium.

Genise and nicholasGenise and Nicholas Williams

Sister and brother Genise and Nicholas come from Hermannsburg, NT. They sing in the Central Desert Aboriginal Choir which recently toured to Germany. Great storytellers and beautiful singers, they will talk about Hermannsburg in story and song, and will be leading the Festival Choir with Rachel Hore.

Web_genniGenni Kane

This ARIA-winning former Flying Emu brings the songs and the voice front and centre. Humorous and heartbreaking, she sings the stories that mark a lifetime of songwriting. Genni will perform songs from her new album ‘Selfies’ with an all-acoustic bare bones trio featuring John Kane and Jon Wilby.

web_gentlemensqueakGentleman Squeak & Friends

Balloon art for both children and adults. We take requests and are always up for a challenge, the weirder the better! This way of working has seen us make everything from “a teddy bear in a space ship” to “a snake on a snow pea” entirely out of balloons!

Web_georgiastateGeorgia State Line

Hailing from small-town regional Victoria, Georgia State Line are a band weaving together soaring folk-esque melodies, intertwined with alt-country rhythms. Together they exemplify the essence of old-time country innocence: the tales of being young, in love and losing far more than you gain.


GhostNoises, a.k.a. Liam White, is a Canberra based recording artist and producer. GhostNoises is a multi-instrumentalist who blends intricate percussive beats with elaborate, classically inspired indie-folk compositions.

web_gillyGilly Darbey & Vikki Clayton (NZL)

No one hearing Gilly can fail to be moved by the soaring range of her voice and her heartfelt interpretations of her eclectic songs. Vikki Clayton is regarded as one of the finest singers of her generation. They have two of the most mesmerising voices to perform together.


Energetic, original, ostentatious and contagious, Goldstein roast the self-centered and champion the everyday heroes. It’s honest Australiana folk rock-style storytelling that people of all ages can relate to.

Greg Champion

Combining comedy, storytelling, songwriting, and, allegedly, “reflecting Australian culture”(!?)The artist is still trying to work out what it is he does.


Loosen your suspenders, tighten your shoelaces and get ready to flap your extremities. Greška 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.

web_guythefoxGuyy & The Fox

Guitar meets violin in this mesmerising and captivating duo. Award winning musician Guy Lilleyman and Amelia Gibson join forces to offer an eclectic performance ranging from folk ballads to soaring instrumentals and everything in between.

Web_gypsyscholarsGypsy Scholars, The

The Gypsy Scholars have been described as “so damn infectiously feel good that you’re going to want to start a ‘free hugs’ campaign”. Canberra Music Blog. After gaining much hype at their appearance at the New Year’s Eve Lost Paradise Festival, they released a new single and sold out their Australian tour in April 2016.

web_harpethHarpeth Rising (USA)

Original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.

Web_heathcullenHeath Cullen and His Band

Heath Cullen has emerged as one of Australia’s strongest musical voices. His 2015 album ‘Outsiders’ was recorded with Elvis Costello’s longtime band The Imposters, and named “One of the finest Australian albums in quite some time…the work of a man well on top of his game” by Rhythms Magazine .

web_circusHighwire Events and Entertainment

The dynamic circus production team from Highwire Events & Entertainment are back, with the shows you’ve loved from previous years, with all new acts and all new mayhem! With The Not for Kids Kids Show, Circus Hokum, Circus Deathmatch, and the Circus Deathmatch Training Ground.

web_himmerlandHimmerland (DNK)

Danish based Folk/World Band – fusioning European with African cultures and music styles – ” Beautiful and honest a joy to listen to. Please come back to Australia again ” David Rivett, Fairbridge Festival, WA.

web_jackharrisJack Harris (UK)

Jack has been described as “a priest of song” (Anais Mitchell) and “a natural, captivating songwriting talent” (The Telegraph). He was a South by South-West showcasing artist at 17 and the youngest and only non-American ever to win the New Folk song writing award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas.

Web_jameskenyonJames Kenyon

James Kenyon’s songs traverse regret, grief and hope, and sing of those who do not go gently into that good night. They capture the broad plains, bright sun, grit of bitumen and the exhilaration of speed.

Web_janyarnJan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky

Bridging music, story and theatre, Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is the consumate performer of Australian song and story, original and traditional. With an impressive list of credits dating back to his co-founding The Bushwackers in 1971, Jan backs himself on 5-string banjo, harmonica, bodhran and bones.

Web_jaredJared Thomas

Dr Jared Thomas is an award-winning writer of theatre, children’s and young adult fiction and a passionate commentator on climate change and environmental issues. A Nukunu man of the Southern Flinders Ranges who grew up on country, Jared’s writing explores belonging and culture.

web_jarlathhendJarlath Henderson (SCOT/IRL)

The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2003, Tyrone-born multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has created a sound that defies convention, juxtaposing the traditional with the modern to dazzling effect, joined by members of Treacherous Orchestra and the Kate Rusby band.

web_jerryoreillyJerry O’Reilly (IRL)

Renowned Irish Traditional Set Dance Teacher and Irish Traditional Singer Jerry O’Reilly and his partner Rosie Davis are visiting Australia in 2017 They will teach traditional set dancing, sing and give a talk on rare versions of songs from the Irish tradition.

web_joemanJoe Man Murphy

Joe Man Murphy is known to most as a singer, guitarist and songwriter of highly successful Australian band, The Timbers. Joe Man’s Solo music brings together a unique guitar style blending fingerpicking and tapping with a stomping beat.

web_jumptownJumptown Swing

Jumptown Swings specialise in teaching authentic dance styles from the 1920s to 1940s, including the Charleston, the Lindy Hop and authentic jazz. The talented and experienced teachers provide lots of fun and friendly dance taster workshops to get the Festival hopping.

Web_karenlawKaren Law and Family

Karen’s upbeat and reflective songs are brought to life with guitars, trumpet, flute, didgeridoo and lots of harmonies. Together the Law Family embodies the true essence of home-grown music: joyful, harmonious and fun.

Web_kateburkeKate Burke, Luke Plumb & Ruth Hazleton

Kate Burke, Ruth Hazleton and Luke Plumb combine for special one-off performances showcasing a range of collaborative material. Featuring songs from the album ‘Declaration’ and future solo/duo projects, this formidable trio will draw on influences from their combined and personal catalogues.

web_kateybrooksKatey Brooks (UK)

British Indie Award nominee Katey Brooks is best described as a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of soul. With a “voice to melt glaciers” (Venue Magazine) and her own brand of percussive guitar playing, Brooks is “not to be missed” (Time Out).

Web_kayladwyerKayla Dwyer

The 2016 Lis Johnston Award winner Kayla Dwyer is a natural storyteller with one powerful voice. Heart-on-sleeve, her songwriting evokes tears of laughter one minute and sorrow the next. Kayla’s fresh, folk country sound will be showcased during the Festival with her highly anticipated second album.

web_kentdanielKent Daniel and Bill Wiseman

Bill and Kent have been delighting audiences with their mix of traditional and contemporary music for quite a few years. Based in the Hunter valley, these two musicians have a wealth of concert experience, and exhibit a mastery of their instrument and vocal talent.

Kerrie Davies_1Kerrie Davies

A Wife’s Heart: The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson is a new biography by journalist, author and media academic Kerrie Davies. Hear her speak about
this innovative, imaginative and at times shocking work examining Bertha and Henry Lawson’s marriage through a modern lens.

Fri 11:20am Terrace

Web_kristabelleKristabelle and The Southern Jubilee Ringers

Kristabelle and The Southern Jubilee Ringers are an old-fashioned ranch party-style outfit bringing you cowboy jazz from the 1930’s to the 50’s Western music scene alongside soulful original gems, polished under the lens of that early country era, written by US-born songstress Krista Schmeling.

web_kutchaKutcha Edwards

Award winning singer/songwriter Kutcha Edwards has an extensive body of work including several solo albums, most recently ‘Beneath the Surface’, significant collaborative ventures, and music theatre productions. A proud Mutti Mutti man, his life’s work is the continuum of his ancestral Songline.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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Laurie McDonald_smLaurie McDonald

A city-bush poet (can’t make up his mind) and reciter of quirky and sometimes tall tales which might challenge your imagination, Laurie’s CD—’Laurie McDonald Live…at the Murrumbateman Pub’—was a finalist for Album of the Year in the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth in 2014.

web_lespoulesLes Poules à Colin (CAN)

Despite their youth Les Poules à Colin are road warriors, bringing their brand of traditional folk music to venues across North America and Europe. Fiddle, foot percussion, twin vocals, guitars, banjo, mandolin and electric bass delight and surprise with sparkling, inventive arrangements.

web_lorenkateLoren Kate

Quickly gaining a reputation as an utterly captivating performer and brilliant storyteller. Loren Kate is fast becoming one of the most important voices in the Australian contemporary folk scene.

web_lowdownLow Down Riders

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.

web_lucysugarmanLucy Sugerman

Lucy Sugerman, crowned an Australian National Busking Champion, is a fifteen year old musician and songwriter hailing from Canberra. Her angelic voice well beyond her years captivates the audience with her thought provoking and inspiring lyrics resonating with all, old and young.

Web_maetrioMae Trio Band, The

The Mae Trio are a vibrant splash on the international folk scene from Celtic Connections in Glasgow to the Americana Festival in Nashville. They return in 2017 to release their highly anticipated second album recorded in Nashville and showcasing their powerful songwriting and stunning harmonies.

web_malwebbMal Webb and Kylie Morrigan

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter Mal sings his brain provoking songs with guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone and loopers. Whilst Kylie plays violin and sings in perfect balance to Mal’s nutsness. Imagine Einstein, Dr Seuss and Paganini making pancakes.

web_marthatilstonMartha Tilston (UK)

BBC best newcomer Folk Awards nominee, guest vocalist with Zero 7, six critically claimed internationally released albums – Martha delivers a mesmerising set of songs and astute observations with her beautiful crystal-clear vocals, with the support of an eclectic ensemble of multi-instrumentalists.

web_martindohertyMartin Doherty and Leigh Birkett

Martin, fresh from Raglan Road’s 28 years reunion is back with regular collaborator Leigh Birkett. Songs both original, topical and traditional wrapped in music covering celtic, blues and jazz traditions and delivered with the power and eloquence that made Martin a household name in Australian folk.

Web_martinMartin Pearson

A strange mix of serious song, comedic parody and cabernet merlot. Not quite young enough to be up-and-coming and not quite old enough to be a legend, he will continue to describe himself as a folk-singer out of sheer bloody- mindedness, and will crash-tackle anyone who describes him as eclectic.

web_martinstheMartins, The

The Martins share their road-savvy musings and experience that has informed and directed their life and art. “The Minstrels at play once again: timeless yet as contemporary as the headlines in this morning’s news.”

web_matbrookerMat Brooker

Armed with only a flamenco guitar & stompbox, you’ll be surprised how much noise and beauty six strings can make. Mat blends lightning speed, melodic charm, warm engaging audience rapport and fearless improvisation.

Web_mattdentMatt Dent

Matt Dent is a regional solo singer/songwriter who has done the hard yards in the industry. Matt’s performances generate a unique style of acoustic folk, woven through with a rugged, rolling and rumbling Aussie pub rock.

Web_mattglassMatt Glass and the Loose Cannons

Matt Glass and the Loose Cannons effortlessly dip and weave between stomping, upbeat folk and rousing alt-country. Soaring three-part harmonies, guitar, mandolin, viola, mandolin banjo, and percussion perfectly accompany Matt’s upbeat and memorable songs.

web_menmematesME ‘N ME MATES

SA based acoustic trio – traditional folk, country and contemporary with guitars, mandolin, mouth organ, percussion. In the tradition of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Slim Dusty. A contemporary, energetic approach to traditional songs with broad appeal. G-rated, family friendly entertainment.

web_melparsonsMel Parsons (NZL)

One of New Zealands established song writing stars, award-winning folk artist Mel Parsons has a dynamite live show with a red hot band not to be missed.

Web_melisMélisande [électrotrad] (CAN)

The multiple award-winning group from Québec presents high-energy traditional French-language songs with strong vocals, acoustic and electric instruments, drums and programming. Its new album Les millésimes (Borealis Records 2017) is already garnering attention from around the globe.

Web_micconwayMic Conway’s National Junk Band

Mic Conway’s National Jug Band is a new-vaudevillian comedy cabaret act of blues, illusion, fire, magic, political satire, lunatic on-stage antics, and some very funny songs!

Jessie Lloyd CropMission Songs Project

Curated by Jessie Lloyd, the Mission Songs Project is an initiative to revive and perform a rare collection of early Australian Indigenous contemporary songs that were performed between 1900–1999. Jessie Lloyd is the 2017 National Folk Fellow.

Web_mitchkingMitch King

Mitch King “Multi-instrumentalist” offers energetic and dynamic performances which showcase his ability to simultaneously blend vocals with electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, kick drum and tambourine to create his unique Australian folky blues and roots sound.

web_maypoleMolly’s Maypole

Molly’s maypole and her lively accordion will have kids dancing and creating intricate ribbon patterns or playing percussion. Erika Cleaver (Molly), an accordionist and experienced early childhood teacher, along with her helpers enjoy sharing music and dance with kids.

Web_ciellemontMontgomery Church

“Soaring vocals”, ”Spellbinding Dobro” and “Stunning harmonies” are just a few of the things being said about this Cooma-based acoustic folk/Americana duo. Theirs is a captivating and intimate listening experience.

Web_morrisonsMorrisons, The

Winners of the folk/acoustic Song of the Year at the ASA awards (2014), The Morrisons fuse Australian stories with the spirit and intensity of Americana, bluegrass, country and folk. With aching harmonies, driving rhythms, and virtuosic playing, they deliver a live show of raw energy and emotion.

web_neotheNEO, The

Collective consciousness generators, sound wave therapy and serotonin stimulators, The NEO is a full-power, soul-fuel musical experience. Mixing Australian soul, funk, ska, blues and roots, expect a flurry of blazing horns, three front men, shredding harmonica, fat bass and beats made for dancing.

Web_newmacedonNew Macedon Rangers, The (USA/AUS)

The New Macedon Rangers are a dynamic Appalachian old-time duo whose powerful vocal harmonies and impressive musicianship have won them the respect of audiences around the globe. Showcasing an Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Champion, the duo has also won fiddle and folk song contests in the US.

web_northernriversNorthern Rivers Folk Choir

The Northern Rivers Folk Choir is an accomplished, heart-centred, a cappella choir singing Indigenous songs from around the world, including Gurrumul, Joey Gaia, Maori, Solid Rock, My Island Home and Ruby Hunter. They’ve toured NZ and NSW.

Web_oidipnoiOi Dipnoi (ITA)

Oi Dipnoi propose tradition and innovation within a new contemporary folk full of personality, with light fusion of jazz, progressive and archaic folk. The trio, formed in 2013, has performed successfully at important folk festivals in Italy and Europe. In 2015 they released their first studio album ‘Bastrika’.

web_oldempireOld Empire Band

As Australia’s biggest social dance band the Old Empire Band has been making noise for nearly 30 years! Featuring musicians from all over Australia, and with a near fatal wall of melodeons, an OEB dance will excite and delight you! With guest callers, thrill to the wall of sound when they present The Big English Dance.

web_oreadOreades Tribal Belly Dance Gathering

With swirling skirts, shaking tambourines and dazzling swords, Oreades brings together dancers from across Australia including local favourites Gypsy Dreaming and special guests from Ghawazi Caravan to entertain audiences with a captivating display of American Tribal Style bellydance.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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web_pantareiPanta Rei

Panta Rei combines different forms of world-dancing into a new type of dance. Performers include drummers who produce driving Djembe and Tabla rhythms, together with musicians such as a didgeplayers, guitarists and flutists, resulting in a spectacular display of sound, movement and colourful costumes.

web_pennyPenny Davies & Roger Ilott

Penny Davies & Roger Ilott have been singing, playing, recording and writing together for more than 30 years. Their shows are feature songs of substance, warm harmonies and ringing strings in the colours of Australia. Their latest album TIMELESS LAND is a paean to this restless country.

web_petermacePeter Mace Bush Poet

Peter is a Bush Poet who has appeared at most of the major festivals throughout Australia. Whether performing his own work or that of our traditional or contemporary poets he is sure to either have you rolling in laughter or maybe shedding a tear.

web_philwigginsPhil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA)

America’s foremost harmonica virtuoso, Phil Wiggins and Backsliders’ guitarist and vocalist Dom Turner combine as a trans-Pacific blues duo. Their performances feature a set list packed with original songs and arrangements in Piedmont, Delta, & Hill Country blues styles.

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The Pop Up Choir, under the musical direction of Rachel Hore, sings in public spaces, changing the nature of vacant space through sound and song. You might find us popping up in tunnels, markets, foyers, street corners and parks, anywhere where there is a space that can be warmed by the human voice.

web_prestonPreston’s Historic Punch & Judy Show

Australia’s best known authentic Punch and Judy show presented with glorious live music. As performed in UK, Iran, Pakistan, Singapore, USA and around Oz. Experience a true living folk tradition as performed the Preston Family. Long live Mr Punch!

web_quanbeyanmacedonianRazigrana Makedonka

Razigrana Makedonka will be presenting an exciting and energetic display of traditional Macedonian folk dance. The young, enthusiastic performers will fill the stage with the strength, grace and rhythm that’s paramount to execute the dances inspired from different regions across Macedonia.

web_revontuletRevontulet 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.

web_rheingansRheingans Sisters (UK)

Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna grew surrounded by traditional music. Rowan is known as a member of the popular trio Lady Maisery and Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band. Anna lives in southern France and is a much sought after fiddler and teacher of French music traditions. Both have studied fiddle music in Scandinavia and their music reflects influences from both northern and southern European fiddle traditions.

Web_rhondatallnashRhonda Tallnash – Australian Bush Poet

The current Australian Female Bush Poetry Performance Champion and children’s author, Rhonda Tallnash, performs her quirky ‘Rhymes and Rants’ that include classical, modern and original works. Much of her performance stems from her unique slant on the ‘funny’ and a definitely warped mind!

web_rhymerfromrydeRhymer from Ryde, The

The “Rhymer from Ryde’s” Bush Poetry is 98% fat free, low in salt, good for your cholesterol and best enjoyed whilst sitting down. Graeme’s audiences revel in his easy going manner & theatrical style of delivery. His repertoire includes Original, Traditional & Contemporary material.

web_roryfaithfieldRory Faithfield

Performing solo with acoustic guitar, harmonicas and a loop station, Rory has mesmerised audiences and critics alike. Bruce Elder stated, “Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard”.

web_sallybalfourSally Balfour

While the isolation and extremes of the NT loom large in Sally Balfour’s songwriting, her music connects on an individual level. Through her deeply personal, acoustic guitar driven songs, you will be taken on a journey of one woman’s life in Australia’s outback.

Salmiakki PelimannitSalmiakki Pelimannit

Australia’s best known Scandinavian dance band—Salmiakki Pelimannit (Finnish for Salty Liquorice Folk Musicians)—has been performing music from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland since 1996.

Web_sandrarenewSandra Renew

Sandra Renew’s poetry expresses her opinions on the state of the world. She wonders who sleeps at night? Who is lucky enough to live in safety and peace? Her poetry is informed by her many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.


The Saoirse experience! This award winning Celtic band will enthral any audience with their beautiful songs, luscious five part harmonies, feisty jigs and reels and fabulous dancing feet.

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A yodellin´, thigh slappin’, lederhosen wettin´ dancefest of German music with The Beez´ Deta and Rob. Thrill to comic classics from Rammstein to Kraftwerk; tear off that dirndl and shake a Teutonic Tailfeather to Nena´s 99 Red Balloons but, most of all, be entertained- that´s an order!

Web_scarletsrevengeScarlet’s Revenge

Scarlet’s Revenge is an Australian pirate folk punk band from Sydney’s inner west. The band’s sound has numerous influences including traditional Celtic folk music, 80s Irish punk, dirty blues and Americana. The band features flute solos and accordion over electrified acoustic, bass and drums.

web_senorecabralesSeñor Cabrales

The European Celtic music of Señor Cabrales is unique, pungent and not for the faint-hearted. The Señor emerges sporadically from mountain caves to play music which can be complex, fruity and biting, mouldy, sometimes crumbly, but never predictable. Best enjoyed with tumblers of rustic cider.

web_siobhanSiobhan Owen

Siobhan is an internationally acclaimed singer and harpist, recently touring Europe and representing Australia and Wales at Lorient Interceltic Festival. She captivates all with her sublime, ethereal voice, singing a selection of heart-wrenching traditional laments and contemporary Celtic songs.

Web_southerncrosstrawlersSouthern Cross Trawlers

Southern Cross Trawlers—Margaret Walters and Don Brian, sing traditional Australian songs and trawl through old books, Trove and elsewhere for material. Don’s speciality is Norfolk Island history while Margaret has a large repertoire of songs about women. Sue Brian’s interest is in traditional crafts.


Australia’s “sirens of satire” Sparrow-Folk are the only confirmed glam-folk band, a combination of hilarious wit and heavenly harmonies. The pair have taken their deliciously naughty music around the world. Don’t miss a chance to share their nest, this duo are gut-bustingly hilarious.

web_spookySpooky Men’s Chorale, The

The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the defacto archdeacons of low frequency vocal mayhem, and one of the Blue Mountains’ most successful exports, having appeared at festivals Australia wide, and on six UK tours. Part monk, part visigoth, part village idiot, they will gently smash your brain with man love.

web_stephenwhitesideStephen Whiteside and Maggie Somerville

Stephen Whiteside will be hosting the panel shows “Desert Island Poems” and “What I Love About Poetry!” He will also be performing poems and songs for children with Maggie Somerville. Maggie Somerville will be performing songs and poems for children with Stephen Whiteside.

web_strayhensStray Hens

Known for fantastically ambitious arrangements of older ballads, this energetic five piece present their brand new Album, Produced and Engineered by the fabulous Luke Plumb, and showcasing songs led by each member of the band.

Web_stringcontingenttheString Contingent, The

Chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have reached “the upper echelon of instrumental exploration, arrangement, composition and performance” (Rhythms), and “bring to mind the bluegrass records of Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer…with Bach, Kronos Quartet and sometimes a splash of Philip Glass…” (Lira).

Web_sweetpotSweet Potato Pie

Folk music for kids and their grown ups! Taking their musical inspiration from traditional American bluegrass, and drawing on repertoire from around the world, these musicians have only one intention—to introduce quality music to the youngest of folkies.

web_sydneyenglishSydney English Country Dance

Sydney English Country Dance are a joyful group dedicated to continuing and sharing a lovely tradition. They appreciate and perform traditional dances, but are primarily devoted to enjoying English country dance as a modern and developing dance form encompassing a wide variety of musical styles.

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Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers began in 1958 and are a fabulous group of dancers dedicated to the preservation of traditional Irish dancing.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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Tamarisque has delighted audiences across Australia for over 20 years with performances that demonstrate their unique blend of virtuosity and heart. Folk melodies rub shoulders with gypsy jazz, sprightly fiddling and smoky ballads as the players invariably have at least as much fun as the audience!

web_tangoTango Social Club of Canberra

Since the first tango was danced in Australia in 1913, this urban folkloric dance from Argentina has captivated audiences, musicians, and dancers here. A century later and the Tango Social Club of Canberra is here to showcase the variety of dances and music that make up the world of tango today.

web_taylorpfeifTaylor Pfeiffer – The Banjo Girl

Taylor is a teenage Banjo player, Singer/songwriter & Yodeller from Adelaide. Her career highlights include performing on TV shows Spicks & Specks, Sunrise & performing with Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers & the Davidson Brothers. Taylor regularly performs throughout Australia.

Web_tillythomasTilly Thomas

At the mere age of 14, emerging Indigenous singer-songwriter Tilly Thomas commenced performing her original music in 2014, busking at the Willunga Farmers Market. She has since performed at some of South Australia’s premier events including the Adelaide Fringe Festival Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Desert Fringe prior to Archie Roach’s performance, Survival Day, and the increasingly popular Stone Pony folk sessions. Tilly is inspired by her Nukunu culture and her music is driven by folk, country and indie pop.

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Tony Eardley is a poetic singer-songwriter, a lyrical guitarist and winner of the 2016 Alistair Hulett Songs for Social Justice Award. Late onset fatherhood took him off the road for some years but now he’s back with a clutch of new songs. Prepare to be stirred, moved and amused.

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Tony Northey is a well known teacher and caller of Scottish country dancing. Tony is at home encouraging beginners and enthusing the experienced with the joy of the dance whether it be a workshop, a ball or a dance.

Tracey Bunn and her Band of Handsome Devils

A blend of rootsy rock, country swing, and 60’s-flavoured guitar pop, Tracey Bunn delivers a gutsy swag of songs that express mixed feelings of desire, regret, and wanderlust, with a healthy dose of good humour. Her song Shutup and Let Me Breathe was recently recorded by Aussie legend Colleen Hewitt.


Triantan are a long-established folk trio with a great love of the unaccompanied song tradition, ranging from rousing and cheeky to beautiful slow airs. They are polished performers, dedicated to their craft, reflecting the link between Australian and Celtic cultures.


Trioc play their own interpretation of Irish traditional music on fiddle, uilleann pipes and harp. They are Allan Evans, Matthew Horsley, and Cameron Hibbs.

web_troublekitTrouble in the Kitchen

With a reputation built over nearly two decades traversing Australia’s folk and traditional music scenes, Irish trad powerhouses Trouble in the Kitchen return to the National to lift the roof. Trouble are renowned for their explosive take on the tunes… prepare to crank it up!

web_ukuleleUkulele Republic of Canberra

The Ukulele Republic of Canberra (URoC) is Canberra’s longest established and largest community ukulele music performance group. With an emphasis on community engagement, URoC loves to feature not only ukulele, but acoustic bass, percussion, harp and kazoo in a broad musical palette.

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The Wedderburn Charming Emus Traditional Australian Dance Band artists have over 300 years playing experience between them. They have been involved in many NFF performances over the past thirty years. For a toe tapping good time don’t miss their dance or Bush Concert.

web_woodyWoody’s World

Woody performs with his kids and friends around the country. The Woody’s World live show is “…a truly magical, heartfelt and fun experience showing what family and the love of music can bring together for young audiences” Adelaide Festival Centre.

web_yunionYuNiOn with Stonewave Taiko

Internationally acclaimed taiko drumming duo YuNiOn (ex TaikOz) are featured soloists with the powerhouse from the wilderness coast- Stonewave Taiko. Over 20 performers on stage. High energy mesmerising and moving. Featuring drumming, festive song and dance Japanese shakuhatchi and koto.


Živana is one of South Australia’s most accomplished performance groups. The dancers have performed together for more than 20 years and love dancing to the exotic rhythms of eastern Europe.

web_zulyaZulya and the Children of the Underground

This Aria award winning band performs exquisite original music inspired by Zulya’s Tatar and Russian roots and more. It is a transformative concert music that is haunting and nuanced, with Zulya’s smoldering vocals enriched by accordion, clarinet, guitar, double bass and percussion.

Please note: The National Folk Festival and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.

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