A music, dancing and learning party this spring.
ARTIST LINEUP 2019
Jane McArthur is widely admired for her raw, soulful vocals, poetic writing and intoxicating, blues-grunge rhythmical foundations. Now based in Melbourne, this festival appearance is a rare treat for Tasmanians to enjoy one of their finest songwriting exports. Luke Plumb is an internationally-renowned multi-instrumental folk virtuoso, and as well as performing with Jane will be running tune workshops and sessions over the weekend.
An old-time string band - two Tasmanian couples who have been performing roots music from the southern USA for over 30 years. You’ll be treated to vibrant renditions of music from the broad Southern tradition, including rural string bands, minstrelsy, ballads, ragtime, shape-note hymns, Cajun, jug bands, Jubilee and Gospel quartets, western swing, country blues and more. They set their music firmly in its social context, and whether you’re watching a concert, one of their “on-stage documentaries” or their acclaimed early radio show reconstruction, you’re sure to leave both entertained and informed.
Based in Tasmania, Ben Salter has toured Australia and the world for nearly 20 years, both solo and as a member of The Wilson Pickers, The Gin Club, Giants of Science and Hownowmer. Regularly cited as having one of the best voices in the country, Ben’s performances highlight his storytelling, humour and sincerity, while his recordings experiment with a diversity of styles, from acoustic ballads to rock, folk and avant garde. His songs traverse convict life, suburban streets, video game galaxies, and indigenous poetry, with an idiosyncratic and literary style in the tradition of songwriters John Cale, Robert Wyatt and David Byrne. He counts among his collaborators some of the industry’s most respected names, such as Marlon Williams, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones, TFS), Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (The Bamboos, You Am I), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), and London-based producer Aaron Cupples (Spiritualized, Kirin J Callinan, The Drones).
The Stragglers are a 3 piece all female band from Hobart featuring Samara Cullen, Teresa Dixon & Hannah Morrell. Ratbag bluegrass and boozy folk tunes, chocked full of harmonies and sass. These chooks are always entertaining whatever state they find themselves in. Traditional instrumentation with anti traditional themes. The Stragglers have mastered the art of storytelling to 3 chords. Not for the feint-hearted, but maybe for the broken-hearted and definitely for the hungover.
Dalriada capture the energy and excitement of celtic music and place it at the centre of their pop/rock band. Along with great tunes and bagpipe playing, Ticki Ogilvy’s voice soars over their music and songs. Dalriada’s innovative spirit has helped bring the bagpipes into the mainstream as an essential rock instrument has been given the nod of approval by Powderfinger who invited Dalriada piper, Andy Ogilvy to perform with them at the AFL Grandfinal.
“Dalriada give traditional Celtic roots music a fresh coat of Australian pop-rock paint and the result does wonders for the soul.” Rock n Reel Magazine UK
Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Born in a barn built by her parents in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal vocals, honest storytelling and powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary. She will be joined at the festival by Beau Thomas on drums and Paul Sharp on Double Bass.
Post Modern, Folk/Funk Fusion from the recidivist genre busting outlaws. Jazzy, folky, bluesy with a rich Mento core. The BSoT will make you dance, love and rebel.
Zac’s music ranges from upbeat acoustic guitar playing to sensitive and delicate songwriting, his music is laced in clever lyricism with stories from a relatable upbringing, ripe with humour, wit and emotion. “This humble artist is a natural when it comes to expressing himself; a story teller, a musician, a poet, a performer and an artist.” – Platform
David “Odd socks” Wanless is a danceoholic from Hobart, Tasmania, dance organiser and dance caller for many Tasmanian bands. He has called dances from Mawson station in Antarctica to Prince Edward Island in Canada. He calls dances from many traditions including Contra, Irish, Scottish, English, Renaissance, traditional and contemporary Australian including bush dances, Balkan, Klezmer, Regency and his own compositions.
Described by Australian folk legend Judy Small as ‘a young Malvina Reynolds’, Celine Yap is a folk singer/songwriter known for tackling political issues such as refugee rights, the environment, and social justice issues in the Philippines, her home country. A blend of music, storytelling, and a dash of humour.
The pan flute or nai, with a curved row of pipes, are the national instrument of Romania, and have been played in folk, classical and dance ensembles since ancient Greek times. Featuring Joanne Mitchelson on pan flute, Hamish Pike on violin, and Bruce McNicol on accordion, these accomplished northern Tasmanians present folk tunes, classical and current repertoire played by Romanian masters.
Daniel Townsend and Bert Spinks have been performing Tasmanian stories for many years. They also recently discovered they may be related. Perhaps that's not so surprising. Join them through as they explore the secrets, mysteries and confusions of Tasmanian history through song, story and poetry.
Teri Young Young writes songs of social commentary and all kinds of love. She’ll be joined by Hamish Stevenson, Ross Smithard and Anna Talbot on banjo, fiddle, double bass, mandolin and bodhran. Nodding to traditions of bluegrass, Australiana and the great Irish balladeers, these songs combine a clarion call with sweet groove.
A poet who writes about political and local characters in new and very funny ways; three time Australian Poetry Slam Finalist and twice winner of the Launceston Poetry Cup. Yvonne will be running poets’ breakfast on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Wild Willie is a flame-shooting 1910 John Brinsmead piano played by Warren Marshall, a masterful blues, boogie, country rock, and swing pianist. Warren will be playing under the stars, and jamming with festival musicians throughout the weekend.
Yyan Ng and Emily Sheppard write and play original contemporary folk tunes with shimmering fiddle and acoustic guitar lines, ephemeral vocals, and complex rhythms and harmonies. They push the boundaries of contemporary violin and guitar playing, drawing on diverse training backgrounds including Western classical, Japanese Zen, Gypsy Jazz and Folk. Their music is place-based: on scales of personal, earthly & interstellar, and they are driven by an endless curiosity for sound, stories and the numinous.
Matthew and Anna perform a variety of Celtic and contemporary folk songs, especially of the English, Irish and Scottish background. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work and dynamic bodhrán creates a sonic fusion not to be missed. They love to busk and play with vocal harmonies and songs that evoke a strong feeling or sense of place. They have recorded and collaborated on three studio albums, and toured Great Britain multiple times including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Moonshine Whiskers and the Ragged Pony have too much fun singing swing and country blues, putting a twist on some familiar songs and playing tunes for contra, square and bush dances around Tasmania.
Hamish Stevenson is an electronic music producer and virtuosic double bassist. Emily Sheppard is a wildly experimental concert violinist. The two will collaborate to create the most danceable beats overlaid with bass and strings for a late night disco on the Saturday night of the festival.
The jeweller and the luthier, together to sing old and new songs from American traditions. Kate and Daniel play a collection of beautiful string instruments that Daniel makes himself in their bush home/workshop in Tasmania’s North East. Their voices blend seamlessly, and the musical textures they make are reminiscent of the smooth and spacious sounds of Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings.
Traditional Japanese Taiko Drumming from Yyan Ng.
Daniel is a master luthier based in NE Tasmania. See a mini documentary made about his work here: http://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/2604158/innovation-in-instrument-making
He’ll be showing some instruments in the mini-makers market on the Saturday morning, and giving a talk about his unique method of instrument construction in which the designs of instrument from different families are blended, using very old and very new technologies and approaches.
Julia is a textile artist based in Launceston, who works new garments out of old garments, and uses organic material to naturally dye fabric. She will be exhibiting at the makers mini market, and running a natural dying workshop.