Performers 2014

Below is the list of Performers for the 2014 Festival. You can also download a pdf of the full 2014 Program Grid.




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

A – C
Web_AlaskaString Alaska String Band (USA) are a gifted family of multi-instrumentalists often swapping instruments throughout a performance with an impressive collection including guitars, fiddles, mandolins, dulcimer, banjo, bass, ukuleles and percussion; knitting it together with signature vocal harmonies.
Web_monkeys Amazing Drumming Monkeys This is an adorable variety show aimed little kids, and it’s also great entertainment for all ages. The 2 monkey puppets play African drums, lead audiences in songs & dances, magic tricks and special guest segments.  The show also features beautiful positive messages. The Monkeys appeal to a great range of people, places, and events.  The show has cute & funny monkeys for the kids, great drumming for the adults, variety segments for all ages, and a message for the world.  “The Next Wiggles” (NT News), “The Next Bananas!” (JJJ) “ Beating Hi 5 hands down” (Adelaide Advertiser).
Web_angetakats Ange Takats & Band One of the purest voices on the Australian music scene – Ange Takats is able to coat with sugar, crush with sadness and cut through to the soul of a song. The former foreign correspondent turned folk singer’s second album ‘Arva’ blends Americana folk with 30s jazz and will be brought to life on stage with the help of violinist/ vocalist Caroline Trengove (JigZag), multi-instrumentalist Steve Cook (Barleyshakes) and jazz bassist Tim Finnigan. As a previous winner of the Lis Johnston Award, Ange’s worldly adventures and gift for storytelling have allowed her to develop a unique performance style – weaving lighthearted travel tales between darkly emotive songs.
Web_archie Archie Roach Described as a National Treasure Archie is Australia’s beloved, respected and admired Aboriginal singer/songwriter with a voice and sensibility that is this country’s most important songline. Through his long and distinguished career Archie has sung of suffering, pain and injustice in a manner more effective than most. His blueprint song and his most enduring one, Took The Children Away, from 1990 and the great Charcoal Lane era, documented the yearning of the Stolen Generations and cries tears still, an Australian musical landmark.
Web_AustChineseEns Australian Chinese Music Ensemble Lead by master of the Sheng, Wang Zheng-Ting the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble consists of four of Australia’s leading Chinese traditional instrumental musicians. They perform traditional and contemporary Chinese music.
Web_BArleyshakes Barleyshakes is one of the most respected Irish bands in Australia today. Hailing from the sunshine state their music is brewed in Ireland and distilled in Australia. This exciting Celtic six piece outfit combine world music with intense energy, beautiful harmony and driving dance rhythms.
Web_BaronsOfTang Barons of Tang, The From bass clarinet through accordion, congas, guitars and saxophones, to a roaring double bass and energetic percussion, this extraordinarily captivating and dazzling 7-piece inspires unstoppable dancing and acts of wild abandon. Showcasing tunes from their new epic album “Into The Mouths of Hungry Giants”.
Web_Bernard Carney David Hyam Bernard Carney and David Hyams (WA) Bernard Carney’s songs have consistently entertained informed and delighted audiences nationally and internationally and his career has produced ten successful recordings, four major songwriting awards and a Port Fairy Artist of the year award. His teaming up with David Hyams, much respected multi-instrumentalist composer producer and leader of his own Miles To Go band, makes for a powerful and entertaining combination.
Web_bobcampbell Bob Campbell Fiddler, writer, singer Bob has been a lifetime political activist and performer throughout Australia and Europe. His hard hitting songs on his many recordings reflect his commitment to peace and social justice. His book, GIANTS LEAP, AN AUSTRALIAN ACTIVIST MEMOIR, will be launched at the festival.
Web_bon accord Bon Accord is a 6 piece dance band plus Dance Caller, specializing in dances from the Australian and Celtic traditions. Lively tune sets incorporate original dance tunes and are played with fiddle harmonies over a driving, energetic dance rhythm provided by keyboard, mandolin and electric bass.
Web_brassknuckle Brass Knuckle Brass Band, The The Brass Knuckle Brass Band is an 8-piece funk outfit inspired by the New Orleans street band tradition. Hailing from Canberra, the group has performed to great acclaim and significant booty shaking at the Falls Festival, Corinbank Festival, the National Folk Festival and most rooms in the ACT large enough to fit six horns and percussion.
Web_cameron mather Cameron Mather is a singer and multi-instrumentalist performing mainly Irish music, but also drawing on the traditions of Newfoundland, Scotland and Canada. He has supported numerous touring international acts including Finbar Furey, Damien Dempsey, The Young Wolfe Tones and Liam Byrne to name a few. He has also performed at a number of festivals including the Illawarra Folk Festival, Turning Wave Festival and the prestigious National Folk Festival, where he was awarded the Peter J Daly Memorial Award in 2013. His new album, “More Than I Can Say…” was released in late 2012 and features a fine collection of songs and tunes from Ireland and beyond.
Web_candy royalle Candy Royalle + Sloppy Joe Nominated for the Sydney Fringe Music Awards, Candy Royalle and her band Sloppy Joe fuse cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique musical rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. They have toured nationally where reviewers were “mesmerised from the first word she [Candy] spoke” and declared “Go see Candy’s performance then buy one of her CD’s – you’ll want to hear these words again and again”. Completely unlike any other fusion of poetry and music, this collaborative project is what would have happened if Patti Smith and The Doors had a musical baby together…
Web_castlecomer Castlecomer boast a high-impact live show with their 5-part harmonies and catchy hooks. The band’s sophmore EP ‘Lone Survivor’, out July 2013, shows the band’s addictive sound developing whilst showing people why they are one of the most exciting unsigned bands to come out of Australia in the past few years. There’s no doubt that Castlecomer’s songs will be stuck in your head on repeat for days after.
Web_ccroweth Chloe & Jason Roweth (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola) have been researching and reinventing Australian bush music / entertainment for over twenty years. The Roweths’ broad repertoire allows both the humour and remarkable depth of traditional Australian bush ballads and dance tunes to shine through. They’ve gathered a bulging swag of new material for 2014 – songs of the kitchen, the verandah, the shearers’ huts, the front bar of the local, and the campfire. Bring your voices!
Web_ChrisDuncan_Strutt Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt Australia’s foremost Scottish music duo, fiddler Chris Duncan and pianist Catherine Strutt have been exploring and performing the traditional fiddle music of Scotland since 1990. This ARIA award winning, Newcastle based pair have performed internationally and nationally captivating audiences with their superlative musicianship, bringing to life the sensitive slow airs, the swing of the jig and groove of the reel.
Web_chriscady Christopher Cady [Guitar-vocals] plays Ragtime Blues in the Piedmont style – sort of stride guitar really – and, drawing from the works of the old blues-masters such as Blind Blake and the Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell and so many others, he puts out an authentic performance that is nonetheless all his own. With two CDs out so far it is also possible to take him home with you.
Cole  Van Dijk_greyscale

Cole and Van Dijk set their musical compass by the dance music of Western Europe in general and Great Britain in particular. Their original melodic constructions reference the badlands of the trad landscape, but show off thoughtful, playful and dazzling arrangements which have at their heart an instinctive melodic interplay that exposes the true nature and strength of traditional music.


Coolfinn Mac Coolfinn Mac’s lively Celtic fusion style draws on songs and tunes from Ireland, Australia and the Celtic nations peppered with original material and good humour. Their sound is very much anchored in tradition but, with a contemporary edge resulting in an exciting mix of past and present and a creative blend of instruments and styles.

Web_crooked fiddle

Crooked Fiddle Band, The Delivering high-octane future-folk, this Sydney-based violin-led quartet twists trad folk into intense cinematic sound-scapes with medieval battle-axe climaxes, transforming dance floors into post-apocalyptic hoe-downs. Inspired by fjords in Norway, lakes in Finland, the back streets of Berlin and the deep forests of Sweden, their new album is absolutely epic.

↑Back to Top

D – F
Web_damiendempsey Damien Dempsey (Ireland) The Greatest Irish Singer of his Generation. Damien Dempsey is an Irish singer/songwriter who mixes traditional irish folk with contemporary lyrics. Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and his performances have taken on a spiritual and soulful quality. Most recently, when asked who was on his hit list of artists for the main stage of the Sydney Opera House, music director Fergus Linehan listed Damien among his targets for one of the most renowned stages in the world.
Web_damien thornbar Damien Thornbar and the Orphans (WA) Organisers and presenters of the Desert Feet Tour, a charity penetrating the WA desert to deliver music workshops, Damien Thornber & the Orphans are a respected contemporary folk/rock outfit featuring guitar + vocals, viola, double bass and drums. Core duo, Damien and Emily, are polar opposites in their approach to music. Emily is a classically trained graduate from WAPA while Damien is self-taught, acquiring his expertise through his creative process. They have released 2 albums to date, the proceeds of which have been funnelled into the Desert Feet Tour project, helping to bring music education to underprivileged children in remote areas.
Web_danny spooner Danny Spooner A traditional singer from Central Victoria, Danny Spooner is regarded as one of the foremost in Australia. He learned his craft as a boy on the Thames and at sea with a singing skipper, then through the Australian folk revival of the 60s. As a historian his introductions give context for his British and Australian material. Through years of festivals, concerts, house concerts and camps in Australia, Europe and North America, he’s welcomed for his personal warmth, and loves to pass songs on.
Web_DarcyWelsh Darcy Welsh is a 19 year old singer/song writer from Canberra who burst onto the folk scene in 2012, winning the Lis Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence at the National Folk Festival in 2013. With a mix of his own take on popular songs and his own originals, Darcy’s genuine vocals and unassuming style are not to be missed.
WebDavid Johnson Dave Johnson The Festival Bush Orchestra is under the direction of Dave Johnson. This is your chance to participate with other festival musicians practising and performing arrangements of collected and contemporary Australian tunes. You’ll learn some beaut tunes over the four days of the Festival culminating in a performance to show them off. Dave is the force behind the Bundanoon DanceFest and the Goulburn Gathering and has been the musical director of the Sydney-based Heritage Ensemble for a remarkable thirty years. Bring your instruments along and make this year’s National one to remember.Click here to download the Festival Bush Music Orchestra sound files
Web_DavidsonBros Davidson Brothers Three-time Golden Guitar winning act, the Davidson Brothers have firmly carved their contemporary bluegrass style into the Australian music scene. Having performed together for over 20 years, Hamish and Lachlan have each toured as sidemen with major country artists and together have become National Festival favourites as well as touring extensively throughout Australia, Europe and the USA.  Winner of multiple Australian National Bluegrass Championship titles on Fiddle, Banjo and Mandolin, the Davidson Brothers are high powered acoustic music at its best.
Web_drstovepipe Doctor Stovepipe is comprised of Dr. Jim Sharrock, Dr. Gillian Cosgrove & Dr. Edward Radclyffe. All guaranteed qualified and of professional composure, they employ the latest hygienic methods in Guitar, Fiddle & Double Bass & practise proven techniques in Harmonizing Minstrelsy. Dr. Stovepipe draws from the pharmacopoeia of Appalachian string-band music, bluegrass, Gypsy Swing, Cowboy-Western combos & Popular Ragtime.
Web_dub Dubmarine You could call Brisbane outfit DUBMARINE many things, but unforgettable is probably top of the list. When you see this band live, you know you’ll walk away with a grin on your face and sweat on your brow. High-powered world bass act that smash together dub, dancehall, reggae and drum n bass into a groove all of its own.
Web_dylanheki Dylan Hekimian At just 20 years of age Dylan Hekimian is a multi-award winning artist. Voted as Best Youth Artist and Best Live Performer for 2013 at the ACT music awards MAMAs. Dylan’s innovative style of guitar playing and percussion has to be seen to be believed. Overlay this with soulful lyricism and beautiful melodies and you have an act that cannot be missed.

Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland) is one of Ireland’s most accomplished female singer/songwriters. Respected as a fine multi-instrumentalist in both traditional and contemporary music, she is best known for writing “Only A Woman’s Heart”, the title track of an anthology album that’s gone on to be the best selling recordings in Irish History.  Eleanor’s strong Irish accent adds to her renditions of her quirky, perceptive songs, ranging from love ballads and story-telling to left-of-centre takes on the vagaries of life.

Web_elliscollect Ellis Collective, The This six-piece’s live dynamic, highlights the versatility of an already versatile group. From the singing-saw to junkyard percussion, The Ellis Collective seamlessly blend and borrow from a diverse range of styles to create a sound that is undeniably unique and unmistakably Australian. The Ellis Collective practise an unconventional approach to storytelling that recounts the jagged-edged disappointments of everyday Australian life. The Ellis Collective continue to gather momentum touring the country to launch their new album ‘Carry’ over the 2013-14 festival season.
Web_enda Enda Kenny Enda & Lindsay are entering their third decade of performance together and are festival favourites across Australia and beyond. With Sandy Brady on bass and vocals from your good selves you can expect a selection of humorous, thought -provoking and quirky songs from their seventh CD “Heart Tattoo” as well as some old favourites.”Enda writes great lyrics with unfussy tunes that hang on the words like well-made clothes” -George Papavgeris.
Web_fasta Fásta (Ireland, Québec & Scotland) Featuring musicians from Ireland, Québec & Scotland, Fásta remains true to its roots while creating a new and original sound. With a selection of reels, jigs, and songs in Irish, French and English, the band bridges the three celtic cultures. The members are Fiachra O’Regan (uilleann pipes, whistle & voice), Sophie Lavoie (fiddle, voice) and Bob McNeill (guitar, voice).
Web_fiddle chicks Fiddle Chicks, The Discover a powerful fusion of female vocals, fiddle-style violin music and rhythm. The Fiddle Chicks started out as a musical experiment, creating a unique minimalist sound. From their inspiring originals to unique arrangements of songs from the rich heritage of folk music, The Fiddle Chicks have proven themselves to be one of SA’s most endearing and original acts. Their musical style ranges from Traditional Celtic, European, Gypsy, Blues and Roots and American Folk, but it is their original compositions and rich fiddle soundscapes utilising some clever digital effects, which really shine through.
Web_FionaRoss Fiona Ross Respected as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona Ross has performed throughout Scotland and internationally, including the Tradition-Bearer concert series of Glasgow’s prestigious Celtic Connections. Having recently moved to Melbourne, Fiona is now bringing her strong, sensitive delivery of traditional Scots songs and ballads to festival stages across the country – delighting Australian audiences with her real understanding of Scotland’s singing traditions and a heart-warming set of Scottish songs both old and new.
Web_FrankYamma2 Frank Yamma Indigenous songwriter Frank Yamma continues to move audiences around the world with his resonant lyrics and distinctive guitar work as he delivers heartfelt stories from the Australian desert. Considered one of Australia’s most important songwriters, Frank’s globally acclaimed 2010 album ‘Countryman’ will be followed by a new album set for release in 2014.

↑Back to Top

G – K
Web_geoffrey graham Geoffrey W Graham The Iron poet: Entertainer and theatrical communicator, Geoffrey combines music, verse, and comedy, into a unique format. He has devised several one-man shows, on varied themes, from traditional poets to wholesome subjects like Ratbags & Romantics. Provides entertainment for schools, festivals, and the corporate sector as well as workshops /seminars on talking business and communication skills.
Gina_Williams_Guy_Ghouse_2 web Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse (WA) Winner, Indigenous Act of the Year, 2013 WA Music Industry (WAMi) Awards, Noongar singer Gina Williams and Desert Child’s Guy Ghouse will capture your hearts through songs in the rare Noongar language. Love, connection, loss and reconciliation mean the same in anyone’s language. This duo will capture your hearts and imagination through the power of song. With the blessings of elders and community, get ready for an extraordinary musical journey. NEW CD will be launched on Friday at the Flute ‘n’ Fiddle 7:10pm.
Web_glover sorrenson Glover & Sorrensen Two-handed stand-up comedy – where two comedians are onstage at the same time – is fairly rare. It takes a special comedic relationship. [NL]Every now and again it happens and when it does you get twice the fun. With Glover & Sorrensen it’s super live, interactive festival comedy – in stereo.
Web_gobsmacked Gobsmacked! “There’s a Dragon in my Suitcase” The dynamic Gobsmacked Duo, Bertie & Louis, are back with their unique brand of mischievous and musical storytelling. ‘There’s a Dragon in my Suitcase’ is a true and magical story of travels to a new land. What happens when a host of fantastic creatures, ghosts and ghoulies arrive on these shores with the children who bring them from different corners of the world?
Web_great big storybook Great Big Story Book is a colourful comedy show based on the famous Aboriginal legend of Tiddalik the Frog. Performed within a beautiful 3D pop-up storybook, this much-loved dreamtime story tells of a frog who drinks all the water in the world. The 50-minute play addresses conservation and environmental issues through a range of themes relating to the wonders of water. Performers enchant and narrate the story using delightful puppet characters that engage the audience in an unforgettable interactive theatre experience.
Web_gregory north Gregory North Discovered wandering in the Blue Mountains, this man of many hats will have you wondering which voice is really his. Known for his rendition of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ in 15 different accents and his adventures with sticky tape, the voices and characters in his poems and yarns could be the result of medical experimentation or maybe he’s just a freak of nature. Whichever it is, this three-time Australian bush poetry champion brings a multitude of characters to life whenever he performs.
Web_grimick Grimick An honest, acoustic, folk-rock style, Grimick are an energetic group of singer/song-writers who never stray far from the essential ingredients – great rhythm, a contagious melody, and something to say…. With seemingly no upward limit to their vocal range, they are capable of both power and tenderness, humour and passion. Combine this with ripping guitar riffs and solos, smooth harmonies, earthy percussive rhythms and arrangements on conga, trumpet, ukulele and piano – and you have a special live act not to be missed. Grimick have captivated audiences & received outstanding reviews at festivals and premier live music venues all over the country.
Web_guylilleyman Guyy Lilleyman is a new face on the folk music scene. Playing guitar from a young age, Guyy has combined his love for classic alternative rock with modern folk and roots. Using a 12-string guitar, multiple channels and an arsenal of effects Guyy brings you a full and unique sound. Guyy has a passion for connecting with people, pushing the envelope and sharing in that journey with songs inspired by the 60’s, 70’s and Australian roots.
Web_hayleyshone 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 story teller as well as an accomplished guitarist who incorporates a fusion of finger-picking and tapping.
Web_heathcullen Heath Cullen Hailing from the tiny village of Candelo, NSW, In 2013 Heath Cullen released his ambitious and highly anticipated 2nd album, recorded in Los Angeles with a band borrowed from Mr Tom Waits (Marc Ribot: guitars, and Larry Taylor: upright bass) and featuring legendary drummer Jim Keltner (Bob Dylan, Travelling Wilburys). The Still And The Steep sees Cullen bringing his stray dog stories to the world’s table, this time with some very famous friends, to create an album that the Weekend Australian has called “a collection of exquisite songs … like a road trip heading out of town at daybreak, nothing ahead but empty plains and cloudless skies”
WebHimmerland_0033 Himmerland From from three regions of Denmark – Bornholm (an island in the Baltic Sea), Copenhagen, and Northern Jutland – and from Poland and Ghana, in West Africa these five traveling musicians carry very different life stories and traditions in their rucksacks. After a successful tour in 2013 Himmerland is back at the National for one show only.
Web_howard Howard is the name of a five-piece group from Melbourne. Their sound could be described as the combination of folk-rock, gypsy and psychedelia, or as a friend once described them – ‘As if Queen went to Hebrew school’. They’ve been constantly writing and playing shows around inner-city Melbourne, as well as recently releasing their debut five-track EP. Expect harmony-based vocals, a solid rumbling rhythm section of drums and bass, soaring piano accordion melodies, eerie guitar tones and crisp mandolin. Howard is ready to play you something you haven’t quite heard before.
Web_Iris Iris (WA) is a six-piece all-woman musical group who have evolved from their a’cappella roots to performing with touches of guitar, piano, ukulele, oboe, recorder & various percussion. However, their passion for intricate harmonies ensures the creative emphasis is firmly on voice! The joy of singing, friendship, and the woman’s journey infuse an Iris performance, and you will be wrapped up in their openness and warmth when you listen and join in!
Web_JosephLynch Irish Jo Lynch Irish Storytelling at its very best. Irish Joe is a multi-award winning Storyteller/Poet. He will make you laugh, cry and feel as you journey with him back to the ‘Fairy Forts’ in the lake isle of Innisfree, back to the old prison in the rainy moors where future Australians sat awaiting transportation. He will take you away out beyond the milky-way and deep inside your own romantic heart. You may have seen Irish Joe’s humours contribution to the ‘Infinite Bees’ at last year’s NFF. A rare act and a rare talent, this is a cultural experience not to be missed.
Web_jame griffin James Griffin is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet and spoken word performer who has co-written hit and award winning songs with Joe Camilleri (Black Sorrows) and country music star, Lee Kernaghan, and who has performed his witty, poetic and insightful songs all over Australian, including opening concerts for the likes of Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. At the Festival James will perform his new cycle of songs and poems, Songs for the Jukebox at Ghost Town Bridge, a celebration of country town life in contemporary, post internet, post 9/11 Australia.

Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky (Folk Fellow 2013/14) is a storyteller, folk musician and a founder of the now famous Bushwackers Band. Since then he has taken a big and winding path performing his Australian music and one man shows throughout the world, living and working up north and making books and documentaries with Indigenous people. Expect a mix of music, story and theatre wherever Jan takes the stage.

Web_jane thompson Jane Thompson Much-loved at the National for her singing in Blackwood and The Rainmakers, Jane Thompson has recorded her first solo album ‘Here’ and is delighted to be bringing you her original songs – warm, endearing, insightful stories from recent years. An award-winning song-writer, Jane’s pure, honest voice and engaging style are accompanied by James Rigby’s guitar, mandolin, harmonies and cheeky comments… and the exceptional Kate Burke on guitar and fiddle.
Web_johnbennet John Bennett (WA)  From the remote country where sea meets desert, Bidyadanga’s John Bennett has an astounding ability to transport listeners to his home country and transcend cultural barriers.
Web_huckle Johnny Huckle A powerful singer/songwriter playing, original material. A 4ft nothing “pocket rocket” with loads of talent Johnny is guitarist, didgeridoo player, singer and mimicker of native animals and birds.
Web_JordieLane Jordie Lane Back from touring North America and Europe, Jordie Lane returns to the National Folk Festival to celebrate the release of his new live album ‘Jordie Lane – Live at The Wheaty’. The album captures the best of Lane’s classic stage banter, storytelling, rhythmic guitar picking and a voice sent from the heavens. “It’s hard to accurately describe the feeling in the room, but it’s music like Jordie’s that makes it seem like the world’s not such a bad place, and nothing evil could exist when there is something as sweet as that” Live Review, AU Review.
Joseph_Tawadros_1web Joseph Tawadros Trio Internationally acclaimed Egyptian-Australian oud player, Joseph Tawadros, won the 2012 ARIA for ‘Best World Music Album’. Praised for his “now legendary oud skills” and composing almost all pieces, Joseph’s unique voice crosses boundaries of world, middle-eastern, jazz and classical genres. In 2013 Joseph released his acclaimed 11th album ‘Chameleons of the White Shadow’, recorded in New York with Bela Fleck, Richard Bona, Joey DeFrancesco and Roy Ayers, and this show with jazz extraordinaire Matt McMahon brings many of the new album’s works to Australian audiences.
WebJustin Walshe_2 Justin Walshe Duo (WA) The Folk Federation of WA has been particularly supportive of this year’s Festival and, through an arts grant is sending two fantastic acts to the National, Justin Walsh Duo and, Justin Walsh is an award winning singer, songwriter, raconteur and performer from Fremantle and teams up with Rhyll Wilson.
Web_kamerunga Kamerunga ARIA-nominated Cairns band that has redefined and reinvigorated Australian folk music with an exciting multi-genre and multi-instrumental approach. Kamerunga have performed at every major folk festival in the land. Shane Howard waxed about the band: “They’re inventive, bold, and shine with brave and dazzling musicianship.” The Sydney Morning Herald described them as “a fine example of innovative musical cross-fertilisation”. The Weekend Australian said their music is “a multicultural mélange”. Leading UK magazine Songlines, pointed out that Kamerunga’s “sprightly jigs are interwoven with creative time changes”.
Web_karavanaflam Karavana Flamenca plays rumba flamenca, traditional flamenco and Cuban music with fire! [NL] The gut-wrenching Spanish/Romani vocals , wild rhythms and soulful Moorish melody of oud and flamenco guitar spell “Fiesta” every performance. The music fuses the roots of rumba from its Afro- Cuban origins to its final destination, Spain, with a contemporary sound inspired by the Turkish and Spanish/ Romany backgrounds of the members.
Web_karen lynne Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle A 6 piece Bluegrass band headed by Australia’s foremost female contemporary Bluegrass vocalist Karen Lynne, who perform both traditional and contemporary style bluegrass songs & tunes using traditional bluegrass instrumentation – flat-pick guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & double bass. Karen is an Award winning vocalist and songwriter who now has 10 albums, four of which are Bluegrass releases, the latest Bluegrass album being “Shine Your Light”. She was first female in Australia to have a Bluegrass album released through a major label, an album called ”Wishing Well” released under the ABC Records ‘Heartland’ Label and distributed thru Universal Music.
Kate_Fagan_2 web Kate Fagan is deservedly hailed as one of Australia’s best folk-roots songwriters. She makes a welcome return to festivals with a new album entitled Inner Nature, fresh from supporting Joan Baez on her recent tour of Australia-NZ. Kate has earned a devoted following for the captivating warmth of her voice and the poetry of her songs. To launch her album she is joined by a stellar band including rising alt-country luminary Heath Cullen, veteran percussionist Hamish Stuart and pedal steel wizard Jason Walker.
Web_kentbill Kent Daniel & Bill Wiseman Two of the Hunter Valleys finest exponents of the traditional dance music of Ireland, as well as contemporary music and song. They have an extensive repertoire, which includes a lot of original material.They deliver their music with good humoured patter and anecdotes, but possess an ability to transport the audience with haunting sounds that seem to transcend time.
Web_kerrianne_cox_1 Kerriane Cox & Albert Wiggan (WA – Artsflight) Representing the North West Kimberley region of Western Australia are Kerriane Cox and Albert Wiggan. Kerriane Cox’s music celebrates the spiritual depths of her culture and the struggles of the First People’s road to empowerment while Albert Wiggan’s songs are about culture and identity.

↑Back to Top

L – O
Web_ladybug Ladybug Express, The A puppet theatre that appears from nowhere, and then it is there! With its bubble exhaust and flags flying, children and adults alike will enjoy a wonderful show until it disappears again as quickly as it came! Join Little Ladybug, Pickle Mousekawitz and the Storyteller (folk singer/songwriter Michael Peter) on a musical and fun filled adventure that will have the whole family smiling.
Web_last five coins Last Five Coins, The play dance music of Europe with great authority on authentic instruments. We use hurdy gurdy, violin, piano accordion, flutes, bass, voice and percussion. Our singer is fluent in Sephardic, Ladino, Serbian and Greek to name a few. She is also a belly dancer and we combine the music and dance on stage to great effect. We also provide music for dance projects for Perth International Dance and Souleiado French dance group who are also applying to perform. Be entranced.
Web_leblanc Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band The A fine tribute to the music and language of the Cajuns the Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band play the traditional music of Southern Louisiana.
Web_flannagan Leah Flanagan If music is the food of love, then the recipe can be found in the life of singer Leah Flanagan. Over the past decade Leah’s pursuit of creating something truly special has not only taken her around the world, but across the genre map. From her strikingly simple and direct solo recordings, to her numerous festival and television appearances (Spicks & Specks, Rockwiz), Flanagan’s personal narratives take flight with dry evocative imagery, breathtaking vocals that “you can sink into”, and move as effortlessly between emotion and style as any artist dreams. Leah performs at the National with her 4-piece band.
Web_lindaortega Lindi Ortega (Canada) Lindi Ortega is armed with an inimitable, irresistible singing voice The Independent hails as “a truly magnificent instrument,” and a heart bursting with creative ambition, the Canadian songstress whom American Songwriter calls “the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra” decided to relocate to Music City from her native Toronto to birth her brand new musical offspring, Tin Star. Tin Star is Lindi’s third full-length album, she has toured with such luminaries as Kevin Costner, Social Distortion, KD Lang and Noah and the Whale, and in her native Canada she has received nominations for both the Juno Awards and the Polaris Prize.
Web_littlestevie Little Stevies If you’ve seen The Little Stevies play before then you won’t need this blurb to convince you to see them again. Once these harmony singing siblings make new fans they tend to keep them. Sisters Sibylla & Bethany Stephen have been making music together since they were kids, they’ve toured Australia, Canada and the US extensively and they’ve been collecting Little-Stevie-loving fans on every adventure. With four studio albums under their belt, 2013’s ‘Diamonds For Your Tea’ is their latest; a beautifully crafted collection of songs that weave between heart aching and tender, refreshing and captivating. Their live shows are engaging and honest. They love to chat and have a laugh. You’ll walk away feeling like you’ve made a lifelong friend.
WebLousiePhelan Louise Phelan & Maeve Moynihan are two talented Irish fiddle players who have been living in Sydney for the past three years. They have performed at the National the last two years with the “the Shamrock Sheilas”. The girls’ music is Irish traditional fiddle playing at it’s finest. They will be joined by Ben Stephenson on accompaniment and John Cassidy on percussion and look forward to launching their debut CD at the festival.
Web_PlumbDaff2 Luke Plumb & Peter Daffy are two excellent Australian musicians steeped in Celtic and American folk styles. Luke Plumb is Tasmanian born and acknowledged world-wide as a gun mandolin player, composer and is best known for his long-term membership of Scotlands’ famous Shooglenifty. Peter Daffy, a guitar player and singer of impeccable taste is also a highly respected maker of mandolins, guitars and other stringed instruments. Together these two artists have honed their musical partnership into something quite special over the space of seven band lineups and four albums.

Lurkers, The play subversive homespun bluegrass. With banjo, guitar, fiddle and three-part harmonies, it’s acoustic hillbilly punk about super-profits, north shore pirates and the post-post-feminist revolution. The Lurkers were the winners of the 2013 Alistair Hulett ‘Songs for Social Justice Award’. Based in Sydney, The Lurkers are bringing songs of rebellion to a new generation.


Mae Trio, The (Multi-Award Winning Band) Three of the Australian folk scene’s most talented young songwriters, singers and performers, sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby (The Rainmakers) are joined by cellist Anita Hillman (Evelyn’s Secret). They perform an insightful collection of original songs arranged for ukulele, banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, bass and superb three part vocal harmony. Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011.


Margaret Walters Margaret Walters is a consummate singer of good songs of all pedigrees and persuasions and is well known in the Australian and UK folk scenes. She will launch her new CD at this year’s Festival.


Margret RoadKnight During her “golden jubilee” celebration Margret RoadKnight returns to the National Folk Festival (she was on the first!) bringing her unique roots-based repertoire, her powerful vocals, and her sense of history & humour.


Martin Carthy For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.  Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums including ten solo albums.


Martin Pearson is a leading trouble-maker at most of Australia’s festivals. He is back from beyond the nether regions, to share fact and fantasy, thrill, enthral and entertain.With your permission of course!

Web_mick flanagan

Mick Flanagan was born in Galway, Ireland, into a musical family, and has sung at folk clubs and festivals throughout the last 50 yrs.A Traditional repertoire initially, and then adding his own compositions about his work experiences as a miner, driller and seaman, amongst others. Mick also plays button accordian, and now resides in George Town, Tasmania.


Mike Martin & Lindsay Martin have been playing the folk circuit for many years and last appeared at the national as part of The Strelley Project. After playing in the UK last summer, full of new creative enthusiasm, their looking forward to being part of this years National and promoting their own style of Australian Folk.


Moochers Inc Moochers Inc. sells trad jazz to people who hate trad jazz. The six-piece group features the least respectable members of respected Canberra bands like the Brass Knuckle Brass Band, Rafe and the Well Dressed, and Spectrum Big Band. There will be raucous dancing.


Morrisons, The (ex Steamgrass Boys) Hailing from the Blue Mountains, The Morrisons are a raucous 6-piece string band that forge elements of bluegrass, country, old-timey, gospel and folk to create a unique and contemporary Australian sound. Highly accomplished pickers, singers, and multi-instrumentalists they are a modern day string band like no other, featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, harmonica, washboard and harmony singing. Playing a host of original tunes and good time covers of whiskey swilling and banjo’s ringing, their stories are inspired by Aussie folklore and modern Australian life.


No Hausfrau Brainchild of Alice Cottee, this heartstring filled folk league just wants to hold you. No Hausfrau explores ‘Suburban Folk Rock’, woven from everyday experience. Be whisked away by smooth undertones as deep as the underground, in a vessel of melodic ritual.


Old Man Luedecke (Canada) is one of Canada’s most original folk artists. His banjo accompanied, narrative-driven folk songs are playful, coy, and soul warming, and his tunes have a way of staying with you. He has a brilliant natural talent for language and his songs are rich in metaphor, love, art and purpose. His admiration for the tradition is much in evidence; his latest album ‘Tender is the Night’ was recorded in Nashville and produced by the great Tim O’Brien. Its Luedecke’s 4th album and reveals an artist honing his cunning lyrical flair – tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and memorable hooks.


Older Women’s Network Theatre Group Expect to be captivated and challenged by the Older Women’s Network Theatre Group’s cabaret-style performance that explodes the myths around growing older. For more than 25 years, the Group has used original lyrics, puppets and skits to excite, entertain and educate audiences with its irresistible blend of wit, wisdom and wackiness.


↑Back to Top

P – S
Web_pants down circus Pants Down Circus is a creative, vibrant and highly skilled ensemble working together to produce new, exciting and spectacular work without taking itself too seriously. Perfect for all ages this ensemble of highly skilled, charming and energetic performers are among the circus elite in Australia.
Web_penny davies Penny Davies & Roger Illott have been singing, playing, recording, and writing together since the 80’s. They communicate warmly, deeply and humorously in performance, drawing on their love for our colourful, diverse land and its people. Guitars, mandolin and warm harmony vocals.
Web_Pepperjacks1 Pepperjacks, The (WA) combine four part harmony singing with slick performances on guitar, dobro, fiddle and harmonica. From flat out fingerpicked rags to broody folk tunes, from gypsy jazzgrass to Italian folk songs, the band refuse to be pidgeon-holed and revel in the love of a good tune, well delivered. The Pepperjacks are: Rod Vervest (guitar), Lara Norman (violin), Craig Sinclair (dobro, guitar), Bob Lipinski (vocals, harmonica, accordion)
Web_perth scot fiddlers Perth Scottish Fiddlers With the spirit of Scotland and an Australian flavour, the Perth Scottish Fiddlers is a group of musicians who play the rich and extensive Scottish violin and dance repertoire. The group comprises fiddles, cello, guitar and accordian, and they play a range of music, from beautiful airs and elegant strathspeys to toe-tapping jigs and reels.
Web_pocketfox Pocket Fox Proudly hailing from Canberra, Pocket Fox are a team of multi-instrumentalists whose energetic performance will have you singing, dancing and falling in love. They play original, eclectic folk-pop, full of rich vocal harmonies and catchy horn lines. After spending 2013 working hard in the studio, they have just released their debut album and are looking forward to sharing it with you at this year’s festival.
Web_quarry mdr Quarry Mountain Dead Rats instrumentation of banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar, double bass and washboard fits the bluegrass mold, but the influence of old- time mountain-music combined with rock‘n’roll sensibilities, give way to some- thing altogether different. Revellers are no doubt drawn to QMDR’s humour and anything goes attitude, but what stands out is their ability to tear into their songs with an intensity that’s rare for an acoustic band.
web_raglins Raglins, The (Award Winning Duo) perform traditional Australian folk songs with a twist, reinterpreting old Australian ballads and reimagining them into something new and memorable with funky rhythm guitar and esquisite vocals/fiddle. Runners up in the 2013 Folk Alliance Youth Awards the duo is, guitarist Robert Hillman (Port Fairy Emerging Artist of the Year) and vocalist/violinist, Hannah Pelka-Caven (Liz Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence).
WebTake Me as i am_1 Rainee Lyleson Experience an intimate concert exploring some of Joni Mitchell’s most memorable songs and the stories that inspired their creation. Rainee Lyleson embodies Mitchell in her one-woman show, Take Me As I Am Evening with Joni Mitchell set at the peak of the incredible singer-songwriter’s career. You’ll feel like you’re in the room with a young Joni Mitchell with songs like A Case of You, Amelia and Big Yellow Taxi.
Web_thumb Ray Grieve Author of A Band in a Waistcoat Pocket, Ray Grieve will launch his second book on the history of the harmonica in Australia at this year’s Festival. Ray has spent many years researching, interviewing players, collecting records, searching archives and conducting extensive correspondence on this subject. The book will be launced by Kevin Bradley from NLA.
Web_recycled string band Recycled String Band, The Fast becoming festival favourites with there great sense of fun,musicianship and fine songs. And all done on instruments that had a previous life as something else, a not to be missed act.
Web_rhys davies Rhys Davies ‘The Trickster’ is a talented young 14 year old whose fire eating, comedy, chainsaw juggling, unicycling and incredible magic is combined with his humorous antics to form a show fueled with fun and youthful energy.
Web_rhymerryde Rhymer 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 experience as a performer has seen him hired for major Festivals all over the country for the last 15 years where crowds have enjoyed his easy going manner and his theatrical style of delivery. Traditional, Contemporary and most definitely Original verse comprise his extensive repertoire with something on hand to suit all tastes.
Web_RichardPerso Richard Perso aged just 22 has now played over 110 festivals including multiple tours of USA and Canada. Richard is a unique act with his range of instruments and style and combined with a rich deep timbered voice that resonates through the venues nearly as much as his didgeridoos.
Web_riff raff Riff Raff Radical Marching Band is a mobile 20 piece wind, brass and percussion community marching band, folk, rock, pop, balkan/gypsy, reggae, funk. Flamboyant red and black outfits, entertaining and fun and a hit with kids. Other musicians are welcome to join in to blow their horns with us and share the community spirit of Folkies! We play at rallies, community events and busk to raise funds for the environment and social justice.
Web_riley lee Riley Lee & Jeff Peterson (USA) Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee is once again joined in concert by Grammy-winning slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson from Hawai’i. Together, they create beautiful music truly from paradise. In 2009, their recording, Haleakalâ received the most prestigious Hawaiian music accolade, the Hoku Award for “Instrumental Album of the Year”. They frequently perform in Hawai’i to sell-out audiences, but have played in Australia only twice before. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to relax with Jeff and Riley as they transport you to the Islands with their “timeless “nahenahe” style Hawaiian music without peer”.
Web_robert ziel Robert Zielinski & Ciodhna Ni Ruairc Well known Western Australian duo Robert Zielinski and Phil Waldron play music from Ireland Scotland and the Shetland Islands. Rob is a prodige of Mick Doherty ,nephew of the renowned Donegal fiddler Johnny Doherty. He has spent 14 years living in the west of Ireland where in 2001 he won the Michael Coleman Traditional Fiddler of the Year Award and will be be ccompanied by Phil Waldron on bouzouki and double bass.
Web_rory faithfield Rory Faithfield returns to Australia in 2013 after many years based in Dublin Ireland. His fourth and latest album was described by Bruce Elder as “a sublime, heart-stoppingly beautiful album from a major new Australian folk talent ”. “Faithfield inhabits the same rich musical world as Christy Moore, Luka Bloom and Glen Hansard. His songs are wistful, romantic, deeply felt, beautifully crafted and sung with a voice that pours sincerity and emotion over every line and note”
Web_RoryMcLeod Rory McLeod (UK) A one-man Cockney soul band, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. He is a story-teller supreme, weaving his Cockney spruik into highly rhythmic Latin/reggae/blues inspired music, a one man soul band, once seen never forgotten.  A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, and whatever else he can get his hands on!. A true individual and unique performer, there’s nobody like Rory McLeod. Touring with his latest album ‘Swings and Roundabouts’
Web_round mountain girls Round Mountain Girls From humble beginnings in a shed atop an isolated outcrop in northern NSW, the phenomenon of Round Mountain Girls has etched itself into the ”strange but true” annals of Australian musicology. Five like-minded souls were brought together for pure gratification, playing the kind of music they adore – and they carry this attitude into every performance. As one critic once said, “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”.
Web_rusty spring Rusty Spring Syncopators, The Armed with their hand-crafted junkyard contraptions (washboard, wash tub bass, banjo and resonator guitar), and channelling the energy of a forgotten American yesteryear, The Rusty Spring Syncopators beat out the finest in crusty blues, rusty rags and manky-janky jazz.
Web_santataranta Santa Taranta Santa Taranta is a new Melbourne-based band playing 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 band members, Salvatore Rossano (accordion, percussion, voice) and Davide Ierardi (harp, diatonic accordion, ciaramella, voice) grew up playing the traditional music of Puglia and Basilicata. Emiliano Beltzer (guitar, voice) is a fine guitarist from Argentina, joined by Nara Demasson (mandolin, guitar), one of the best musicians 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_sarahhumphreys Sarah Humphreys Central Coast songstress Sarah Humphreys is a dreamer, a storyteller, a romantic and a mother, with an honest and refreshing approach to song writing and performance. She performs with a mix of quirky and acoustic sounds – from ukulele to melodica, acoustic guitar and percussion – but it’s Sarah’s voice that really shines. Smooth and sweet and full of tenderness and emotion.
Web_shenanigans Shenanigans brings traditional Celtic, Australian and American folk and jazz songs to life through the barbershop musical tradition. Forget about fuddy-duddies singing slow old songs and wearing straw hats, these girls bring a breath of fresh air to a cappella singing, and give their all to take their audience on an emotional journey through their songs, which include jazz standards, well-known musical numbers, and thoroughly familiar modern Australian folk songs. Remember, “barbershop: invented by men, perfected by women!”
Web_silkweed Silkweed have carved a niche in Australian folk and arts circles with their inspirational interpretations of Australian history featuring original music, drama and visual presentations. Voice, cello, violin keyboard, flute and accordion weave throughout a spellbinding storyline and a mix of modern and archival images in all of their themed performances. Silkweed shows and concerts have moved audiences at festivals as diverse as The National FF, Ten Days on the Island, Junction Arts festival, Cygnet and Tamar Vally Festivals and on tours around their home state of Tasmania.
Web_SiobhanOwen Siobhan Owen was born in a small Welsh town with the very long name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This young Adelaide singer/harpist Siobhan will take you on a reflective musical journey across the Celtic lands of Wales, Scotland and Ireland… and far beyond! Siobhan’s haunting soprano voice and delicate harp playing are a beautiful combination for the mainly traditional Celtic/folk songs in her repertoire. Be prepared to be enchanted by this sublime performer.
Web_Souleiado Souleiado French Dance Group: Souleiado lives up to its namesake meaning ‘sunny’ in presenting the traditions of southern France with warmth and effervescence. Specialising this time in dances from Occitania and the French Basque and Catalan regions, this popular group from Perth brings to you village life and customs of the South expressed through dance and music with expertise and a sense of playfulness and fun.
Web_sparrowfolk Sparrow Folk is a folk parody band born out of the creative genius of two strong, inspiring women. Two ukes, one song. With a background in improvised theatre and musical comedy, these two little birds joined forces to create sweet, poignant tunes. Sparrow’s premiere performance was under southern stars and a Hills Hoist. They are passionate about music, passionate about women and passionate about fun. Their style is quirky and they aim to bring a smile through their songs and commentary on the world around. Sparrow’s upcoming EP will be launched from the nest during the festival.
Web_squeezebox trio Squeezebox Trio, The Out of the Sydney’s West comes one of the newest emerging gypsy jazz groups The Squeezebox Trio. Armed with an thirty year old accordion, a left handed violin and acoustic gitane the group will make you up and swing with their energetic and fun performances. Continuing the ‘Jazz Manouche’ tradition of the 1930’s said to have been started by the two fingers of Django Reinhardt the boys bring in a unique blend of French musettes and Russian melodies. The trio have built a strong repertoire of European folk songs, a selection of jazz standards, an occasional movie tune and a collection of originals.
Web_stetson family Stetson Family, The The Stetson Family are at the forefront of Australia’s progressive bluegrass scene. Their songs dig deep into the roots of bluegrass, folk and alt-country, delivering a fresh new twist on a timeless sound. In 2012 their song ‘O Winding River’ was selected for showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Web_steve ros barnes Steve & Ros Barnes Steve and Ros Barnes combine one of the finest female voices in Australian folk with award-winning original songs and nifty fingerpicking guitar. Their songs have been widely covered in Australia, Ireland and the USA by artists including Sean Keane, Judy Small and Geraldine Doyle. Ros Barnes teaches Voice at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and has taught in the master class program at the National Folk Festival. “A true delight…thoughtful, finely honed songs, effortless and joyous singing …” Trad&Now

↑Back to Top

T – Z
Web_takadimi Takadimi bring you into their worlds with evocative soundscapes, lyrical melodies and a globe trotting rhythmic pulse. Harnessing an unusual mix of classical and contemporary instrumentation of violin, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, double bass and drums, the group’s thoughtful compositions are emerging as a unique voice amongst the Australian world music landscape. These five promising young improvisers weave together worldly styles with a jazz thread, emitting a captivating spontaneous energy.
Web_tangalo Tángalo “Sassy, talented and oh so hot right now” – Made in Argentina Festival, 2013.[NL]Tángalo is a vibrant modern tango quintet based in Sydney, Australia. Combining the emotion of golden-age tango with a contemporary aesthetic, Tángalo’s music is exquisite for dancers and listeners alike. Tángalo has made a concerted effort to engender a live-music dance-culture in Australia. Whilst Tángalo plays a wide array of music, ‘golden-age’ repertoire is often featured beside original compositions, it is an important aspect of Tángalo’s musical craft that the repertoire performed is still music that is ‘danceable’.
Web_three sheets 3 Sheets to the Wind “Three Sheets to the Wind” combines the musical talents of Col Bernau, Steve MacDonald, Lainey Keir and singer Nina Haysler . Songs and tunes, tunes, tunes – Celtic, French, Latin American, Old Timey and Gypsy Jazz all played on a wonderful combination of instruments. Veterans of many festivals and bands 3 Sheets to the Wind bring a fresh approach to contempory folk music using Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Quatro, Mando Cello, Bazouki, Irish Whistles and vocals. They have recently wowed audiences at Turning Wave and Uranquinty Folk Festivals , the Wagga Jazz Festival and the Merry Muse Folk Club.
tift Tift Merritt (USA) The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” Releasing her debut in 2002 and nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004, Merritt now releases, ‘Traveling Alone’, a record that is real, raw, and live off the floor. Acclaimed by NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the success of Traveling Alone caught the attention of the UK’s BBC Two, where Tift performed on Later… with Jools Holland and in the US, on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Web_tingley turner Tingley Turner are cellist  Jennifer Tingley and guitarist Nick Turner. Be transported as they weave guitar, cello and vocals to produce delicately textured songs that tell stories of life on the ocean, travelling, the joys and trials of boat ownership, heatwaves and Jen’s gentle joyful contemplation of how life will be when her baby is born. On their new CD ‘Heroes and Dreamers’ Tingley Turner also pay homage to some of their heroes, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and the great Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.
Web_tolka Tolka Emerging out of the lively traditional music scene of Melbourne, Tolka encapsulates a sense of what it means to be playing traditional music in a contemporary context. With dynamic and exciting arrangements of tunes and songs, Tolka have had audiences at festivals across Australia out of their seats and dancing. The band released their debut album, ‘Tunes from the External Hard Drive’ in June 2013, and were also received the Jimmy Moore Memorial Award in 2013 at the National Celtic Festival.
Web_tom lewis Tom Lewis (Canada) The repertoire Tom Lewis ranges from traditional shanties to songs fashioned out of his own seafaring background. Tom recruits his audience for a voyage by turns reflective, dramatic and humorous. Now resident in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, Tom was born in Northern Ireland and that Celtic heritage is obvious in his clear, strong voice, evoking quiet sorrow for a fisherman lost to the sea just as honestly as it powers out a shanty “to be heard above the gales.”With songs that have become folk standards; known and sung wherever great choruses ring out; Tom accompanies himself on button accordion and ukulele.
Web_TraceyBunn Tracey Bunn and Her Handsome Devils Part swing chanteuse, larrikin cowgirl and passionate witness, singer songwriter Tracey Bunn has spent over 20 years honing her craft, touring relentlessly in venues and festivals across Australia, Ireland, Europe and the UK, both solo and with her original band the Toe Sucking Cowgirls. Her exuberant live shows have garnered praise around the world and her songwriting has drawn a swag of awards.  Her debut album ‘By The Wayside’, produced by Anne McCue and recorded in Nashville with some of its’ finest musicians (including Aussie legends Bones Hillman and Mark Moffat) is a luscious blend of country, folk and pop rock, sometimes reminiscent of kd lang and Patsy Cline
Trouble in the Kitchen Web Trouble in the Kitchen After a 4 year hiatus Trouble in the Kitchen return with a fresh outlook & some cranking new material. Long established festival favourites, some of their most memorable concerts have been at the National. Prior to their extended break Trouble have been at the forefront of Irish music in Australia for over 10 years. Now back in action expect to see them a bit more around the traps.
Web_ukes Ukes of Today These four teenagers, who were invited to play at this year’s Sydney Festival, continue to earn the crowd’s love with their growing list of original Indie Rock songs and sprinkle of contemporary covers. Since last NFF, where they performed at opening night and in the Infinite Song Competition final, they have supported The Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Perch Creek Family Jug Band. Their sophisticated three part harmonies, fresh approach to the ukulele and song writing flair make this young band as invigorating as a surf on a summer’s day. Their new single ‘Crazy Girl’ scooted to Number 8 during the 2013 Triple J Unearthed High Competition.
Web_ukulelerepublic Ukulele Republic of Canberra is Canberra’s own ukulele orchestra. Based around the “little flea” the band plays and sings across all musical genres with a leaning towards the ukulele music of the twenties and thirties, as well as blues and Australian rock music of the eighties. The twenty five or so players use ukes, bass, mandolin, percussion and harmonica and of course their harmonies, to entertain and to inspire others to take up the mighty uke!
Web_valanga Valanga Khoza and South African Jive will take you on a journey from rich vocal harmonies, soulful saxophones and lilting tones of kalimba to rhythmic guitar and irresistible dance grooves.The songs are from their new album aswell as some old favourites that range from township jive to haunting traditionally inspired melodies. All songs composed by South African born Valanga, tell stories of the past and present, a journey reminding us of our shared humanity.
Web_wedderburn Wedderburn Charming Emus A core of musicians from three of Victoria’s iconic Old Time Dance Bands combine occasionally for special functions. Together they constitute one of the best bands and concert entertainers this side of the black stump and the other side as well. Come trip the light fantastic toe in Canberra with this celebrated band, led by one of Australia’s best traditional country dance musicians, Peter Ellis.
Web_wiradjuri Wiradjuri Echoes Canberra and surrounding areas’ leading indigenous dance group, they perform a range of traditional Wiradjuri dances and songs, whilst engaging the audience to participate and have fun. Wiradjuri Echoes strive for respect of culture and they achieve this through their dance and songs.
Web_woodymann Woody Mann (USA) is considered a modern master. The blues is his touchstone; he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. With his diversity as a singer/songwriter, jazz and blues guitarist, and composer, Mann blurs the line between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard.Few guitarists have been so generous with their knowledge.
Web_zepteppi Zeptepi are a high energy foot-stomping folk-rock band, fusing elements of post-punk acts such as The Pogues and The Waterboys with a hint of Neil Young and a love of sea shanties – all led by the infectious groove of the electric banjo. The first Zeptepi recordings surfaced in 2001; album #6 will be released in late 2013. After 250 shows – including a recent UK tour – they are one of the most exciting live acts in the country and have appeared at festivals such as the National Celtic, Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Maldon, Yackandandah and many more.

↑Back to Top