Below is the list of Performers for the 2014 Festival. You can also download a pdf of the full 2014 Program Grid.
NB: PROGRAM GRID IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF POSTING BUT MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
PLEASE NOTE: THE NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL & ITS DIRECTOR RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ALTER THE PROGRAM & THE ACTS AS CIRCUMSTANCES DEEM NECESSARY
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|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|