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muSIC feStIvaL #24

14 –25 maRCH 2012


Principal Public Partner


Tickets Venues Performing Arts Moreland (PAM) is proud to bring you the 2012 Brunswick Music Festival and the Sydney Road Street Party. PAM is a not for profit company established in 2008 to promote the performing arts and other cultural endeavours for the benefit of the Moreland community. PAM can be contacted on Principal public partner

Booking Office Mechanics Institute PAC Corner Sydney and Glenlyon Roads, Brunswick Bookings open 1 February 12 pm – 6 pm Monday – Tuesday Thursday – Friday Special Saturday service during festival Phone: 03 9388 1460 Fax: 03 9380 8234

Sydney Road Street Party 6–9 Booking Form 24 – 25

Acts 10 –39

Community Events 46 – 48

Disabled access

All venues are non smoking Brunswick Town Hall Corner Sydney Road and Dawson Street, Brunswick. Concert seating capacity 300 unreserved. Mechanics Institute Performing Arts Centre Corner Sydney and Glenlyon Roads, Brunswick. Concert seating capacity 160 unreserved. Phoenix Public House 133 Sydney Road Brunswick. NB. Entry via Union St Non-seated capacity 280 unreserved. Tickets available through festival website and


Moreland City Council invites music lovers from across our community, as well as from across Australia and beyond to join us in celebrating the 24th Brunswick Music Festival. The Festival has a proud and significant history and has carved out a well deserved reputation as one of Victoria’s premier arts and cultural events. As Principal Public Partner of Brunswick Music Festival, Moreland City Council commends to you this year’s program of exciting local talent, established favourite performers and rising stars from across the music world. The Festival’s free opening event on Saturday 25th February Music for the People promises to be a highlight of this year’s Festival, with a program of activities and entertainment that showcases Moreland’s distinct cultural diversity. Brought to you by Council in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria, one of the exciting drawcards of this year’s stage program is the fabulous Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. We invite you to pack a picnic, gather family and friends and join us at the picturesque Shore Reserve in Pascoe Vale South for this free celebration of cultural richness.


Moreland City Council is also proud to support a range of other free events, providing the perfect complement to the impressive range of ticketed concerts and events in this year’s Festival. The ever popular Sydney Road Street Party continues a great tradition with a multitude of music, stalls and entertainment treats. For a quieter and more reflective experience, don’t forget to visit Council’s contemporary art gallery located within the historic Brunswick Town Hall. From 1st March the Counihan Gallery In Brunswick will present Material Culture, an illuminating exhibition of contemporary textile art, together with a program of activities from 8-15 March as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Cultural Program. More than ever, this year’s Brunswick Music Festival offers something for everyone. Congratulations to all of the Festival artists and organisers who have worked so hard to bring to life this year’s truly exciting program. Councillor John Kavanagh Mayor of Moreland



for you and also add considerably to our general efficiency in ticketing administration. It also allows us to retain out ability to offer our excellent discount packages, which will operate online and through the booking office but only until the 20 February. So all you long term audience members who take advantage of the packages please remember to get your bookings in early. Also new in the program this year is a new venue, the Phoenix Public House, a newly refurbished band room at 133 Sydney Road. Our program this year is eclectic as Welcome to the 24th Brunswick Music Festival and the 18th Sydney Road Street ever, presenting a balance of artists well known to you and a selection of artists Party, and I’m delighted once more to new to the festival and some new to bring to you our festival program. Australia. They are bound by our long held As you read this you will be aware of policy of covering our traditional genres, our new program design and layout, offering opportunities to see some of I hope you find it pleasing to the eye the best in the world in Traditional and easy to use, we’re always proud and folk, roots, world and indigenous of our program and this year I think our performances. I’d like to highlight what I designers have excelled. Also when consider an exceptional line up of female you book your tickets online you will artists. From the northern hemisphere we find a completely new booking system have Krystle Warren, Abigail Washburn, which will deliver a better service


April Verch, Chris While & Julie Matthews and from Australia Kristina Olsen, Sara Tindley, Marta Pacek and Jenny M Thomas, many of whom have never performed at the festival. Also be sure to check our Sydney Road Street Party program I think its one of the best for years, featuring some high quality local performers. Also all you bike riders, some temporary bike racks will be available in Victoria Street and in Wilson Street, both located close to the event site, so please make use of them. I would like to conclude as always by thanking the many people who make this festival a reality each year; the board of Performing Arts Moreland, our public partner the Moreland City Council, our advertisers and supporters, our staff and crew and especially the fabulous performers, many of who have traveled many miles to be here. On behalf of all I would like to welcome you to our 24th Festival and as always urge to enjoy a program dedicated to artistic excellence and cultural diversity. John McAuslan

Music for the People

1.00 pm I nteractive session: Underbelly Dance with the Lebanese Dancers for Peace! 1.30 pm Judge Pino and the Ruling Motions Music for the People takes the Brunswick Music Festival opening 2.10 pm Interactive session: Kolo event to an exciting new outdoor Serbian Folk Dance Group location. In 2012, Music for the People 2.30 pm Madre Monte promises to delight with a program of activities and entertainment that reflects 3.15 pm Interactive session: Asanti Dance Theatre the whole of Moreland’s distinct and 3.40 pm The Shljivovitz Orchestra culturally diverse communities. 4.25 pm Interactive session: The program offers something for Tumbarumba with everyone with a selection of world Beebop Arts Samba music and interactive sessions, children’s activities and market stalls. 4.45 pm The Public Opinion So pack a picnic; gather family and Afro Orchestra friends and come along to enjoy this Presented by Moreland City Council FREE celebration of cultural riches For more information phone 9240 1111 on the lush lawns of the picturesque or visit Shore Reserve in Pascoe Vale South. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Free opening event


Saturday 25 February 2012, 1 pm – 5.30 pm Shore Reserve, corner Melville Road and Reynard Street, Pascoe Vale South (Melway ref: 29 C2)


Sydney road Street party

Save your skin. Be Sun Smart. Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen.




Community Stalls ‘Enviro-alley’


Café Brunswick Licensed Area Information and First Aid Mechanics Institute Toilets

Please note: all information was correct at time of printing but may be subject to change.

Glenlyon St

Brunswick Town Hall Counihan Gallery Toilets

Edward St

Northbound – at Union Street Southbound – at Blyth Street A bus replaces trams from Blyth to Weston Streets via Lygon Street.

Road Closure

Getting there

Transport and traffic detours

Dawson St

Union St

Union to victoria streets Sunday 4 march, 12 – 7 pm 508 Bus Moonee Ponds to Alphington. Upfield Line Train: to Jewell or Brunswick Stations. Tram service will be replaced by bus service all day.

Micheal St

Jewell Railway Station (Upfield Line)



Sydney Road Brunswick Association (SRBA) Ph: 03 9380 2005

local & Live


Roots Stage supported by: Road Closure

Community Stalls

Principal public partner

Victoria St

Albert St

Phoenix St

Brunswick Railway Station

Market Stalls

Street Theatre 1 pm Punk Cockies/ Seagulls 2.30 pm Havana Palava 3.30 pm Barb Wire

3.45 pm Punk Cockies/ Seagulls 4.30 pm Havana Palava

Moreland City Council has a local law that prohibits the consumption and possession of alcohol on Sydney Road. Consumption of alcohol is therefore restricted to licensed areas only.


Union to victoria streets Sunday 4 march, 12 – 7 pm The friendliest party in town. Nothing compares to the atmosphere and good vibe of the Sydney Road Street Party when the good citizens of Moreland reclaim the street for one of the biggest multicultural gatherings in Melbourne.

12 PM

Tim Scanlan

12.30 PM 1 PM 1.30 PM

Brunswick Secondary College Ensemble Sal Kimber and the Rolling Wheel

2 PM 2.30 PM Dream Boogie 3 PM 3.30 PM

Community Stage Afro-Iramoo Stage Michael Street Glenlyon Road

Phoenix Brass Project – Moreland City Band Brandragon Northwest Clog Morris

Welcome Ceremony* One Africa

Yung Warriors

Sounds of Polynesia King Kadu and the Sunshine Sisters

Madre Monte

4 PM

Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band

4.30 PM Sounds of Polynesia

Akoma Beat

5 PM JVG Guitar Method

Azura’s Oasis, Bellydance Andy Alberts and the unexpected…

5.30 PM 6 PM 6.30 PM Saskwatch

7 PM


Baro Banda

Akoma Beat – Ghanaian Highlife

* Womin-ji-ka Tanderum and Mayors Welcome

Sydney road Street party

Roots Stage Edward Street

Mechanics Institute PAC

Children’s Stage Local & Live Stage SYDNEY ROAD BRUNSWICK Phoenix Street Albert Street ASSOCIATION Stage

12 PM

Cotton Sidewalk Little Feet Music band Luigi Zucchini – ‘Spaghetti, Spaghetti’

Mustered Courage Valanga Khoza

Westside Circus

Westside Circus

12.30 PM

Sing-A Long Kids Competition 8 – 12 yrs

Little Feet Music Band

Valanga Khoza

Blunt Paper Massive

1 PM 1.30 PM

Singer Songwriters – Youth Competition 12 – 17 yrs

Captain Groove Brendan The Balloon Man

Luigi Zucchini – ‘Spaghetti, Spaghetti’


Singer Songwriter – ‘Silliest song ever written’

Luigi Zucchini

2 PM 2.30 PM 3 PM

Valanga Khoza

3.30 PM 4 PM

Madness Method

Singer Songwriter – Competition Open

4.30 PM 5 PM

Jack on Fire

Frank Jones & the Big Folk

Jack on Fire

5.30 PM 6 PM 6.30 PM 7 PM

SRBA Singer-Songwriter Competiton – download applications at Registrations close 24 February.

10 / Acts

Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch Cat Moser & Clint Dylan O’Gradey

Kai Welch and Abigail Washburn

Cat Moser and Clint Dylan O’Gradey

Wednesday 14 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Boo ki n g Full $32/ Concession $26


If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one’s model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She – a singing, songwriting, Illinoisborn, Nashville-based claw hammer banjo player – is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before. Abigail is well known from her time in the reputation building line up of Uncle Earl, where along with Rayna Gellert they fronted one of the best of new wave of young American bands getting back into the tradition in a very contemporary way. City of Refuge is her third album and melds the forces

of Washburn’s classic songwriting and old-time storytelling aesthetic with collaborator Kai Welch’s indie rock influence & classical training, resulting in a collection of beautifully enigmatic songs. Abigail will perform songs from City of Refuge as well as a fresh and magnetic array of original & traditional songs alongside songwriting collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch. Cat Moser and Clint Dylan O’Gradey are two young musicians who have been involved in several rootsy Brunswick bands over a number of years and started performing as a duo in early 2009. They play their own brand of old-timey blues music, featuring vocals, fiddle, banjos, slide banjo, guitar and banjo ukulele. Their music is the result of a very close musical relationship and years of knowledge in their craft. The music is woven with harmonies, lively fiddle and banjo tunes, soulful blues and folk.

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Nano Stern & The Sindicato Back by popular demand, Nano Stern is a world music virtuoso and Chilean rising superstar. Outside of Chile, he has firmly placed his stamp on the burgeoning Latin folk/world music scene in Australia, Europe and the UK and is on his way to North America in 2012. It is his incredible technique, musicality and authentic delivery of tender and delicate poems of love and loss that sit alongside political and anthemic tributes to his home and the world at large that has his audiences talking for days. His effortless style, energy and power inexplicably weaves threads of connection between him and his audience. A master at mesmerising the crowd, Nano can in an instant have the room on their feet – shouting for more. His songs  – sung mainly in his traditional Chilean Spanish – fuse with

stories eloquently delivered in English and come from the wide spectrum of life that befits such a social troubadour. This young artist now stands at an exciting point in his career. Nano Stern has gathered a faithful following by developing his career through talent, sheer determination and the unwavering belief in himself and the power of music. For his third appearance at the Brunswick Music Festival, Nano will be bringing a new member of the Sindicato; Manuel Merino, the musical director of Inti Illimani, Chile’s most celebrated traditional band. March 2012 also sees the release of Nano’s 4th studio album, Las Torres De Sal.

Nano Stern

Thursday 15 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

Boo ki n g


12 / Acts

Beoga The Simpson Three


The Simpson Three

Thursday 15 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute PAC Boo ki n g Full $32/ Concession $26


The unique sound of Beoga, the Irish five-piece traditional band based in County Antrim, features the twin duelling accordions of Seán Óg Graham and Damian McKee, four-time AllIreland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and pianist Liam Bradley along with the vocals of one of Ireland’s premier young singers, Niamh Dunne. With their signature mix of Irish traditional music with nuances of bluesy riffs, Astor Piazzola-style jazz, and a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, they are a band that like to have fun. With their new 2011 release how to tune a fish attracting fresh critical acclaim, Beoga are set to confirm their reputation as the most audacious Irish band rooted in trad today. With their unique blend of inventive arrangements, virtuosi instrumental talents and beautiful vocals, Beoga’s popularity continues

to flourish as they captivate audiences on a global scale. The Simpson Three are a trio of exceptional young trad musicians who perform Irish and Australian music in their own unique style. The three Simpson siblings, Rebecca, Clancy and Declan come from a strong music family background and between them they play tenor banjo, mandolin, fiddle, whistle, bodhran and guitar. They have been regular session players from an early age, and at the 2010 National Folk Festival they were awarded the Declan Affley Award for Excellence in Traditional Music, and in 2011 they won the Folk Alliance Youth Award for young performers.

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Tinpan Orange The Stillsons Six-foot front woman Emily Lubitz twirls her flaming red hair out across a complex and original musical creation, in which virtuoso instrumental performances and pulsating rhythms merge to form a wholly unique sound. Imagine Edith Piaf in the body of Mrs Jessica Rabbit, wandering through a landscape of suburban fairy tales and electric static clouds. Guitarist Jesse Lubitz thumps up dust from the floor of the stage, the drums rumble, the organ whirrs, and up over the top of everything floats the prodigal Alex Burkoy’s achingly sad violin. Since their early days as Australian folk darlings, brotherand-sister duo Tinpan Orange have evolved into a dizzyingly original musical force. Still evident is the lush song craft and lyrical depth for which they are renowned, but the landscape in which the songs are set has shifted.

Whilst they draw deep from the country roots well, The Stillsons encompass a full range of musical styles and colours. Their critically acclaimed debut album Circus (2009) is now followed by Earnest, their LP released in September 2011 through the FUSE Group. At the core of the band are singer-songwriters Justin Bernasconi (guitar) and Cat Canteri (drums) who met in late 2006 through a love of country guitar picking and harmony singing. Ben Franz (The Waifs) joined the band in January 2010, adding his deft touch on pedal steel guitar. Edmondo Ammendola joins them on bass. Over the past year The Stillsons have extensively toured Australia, released the film clip Charity and Ghosts (which addresses the Forgotten Generation) and the single Nobody Knows You Tonight.

Tinpan Orange

The Stillsons

Thursday 15 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Boo ki n g Full $24/ Concession $19


14 / Acts

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band Big Bug Trio

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band

Big Bug Trio

Boo ki n g


Friday 16 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

Grammy-award winner and five-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring. His band consists of three top class bluegrass musicians: Mike Munford – banjo & vocals, Paul Knight on double bass and vocals, and Michael Witcher on Dobro and vocals. This same line up is the nucleus of his brilliant recording Legacy released through Compass Records (along with special guests Del McCoury, Ricky

Skaggs, Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings and Tim O’Brien). The album contains some beautiful individual and harmony singing, hot instrumental licks, some of Peter’s most inspired song writing and was nominated in three categories in 2010 Grammys. This is the finest and best-credentialed bluegrass band ever to tour Australia. Melbourne bluegrass stalwart and our own dobro hero Pete Fidler has put together this knock out trio joining forces with NSW expats Dan Watkins on guitar and the fabulous Kat Mear on fiddle. With a folk-grass ethic, precocious picking and sweet harmonies to boot, the Big Bug Trio is the perfect entree for this bluegrass special. Workshop information for Mike Munford and Michael Witcher on page 37.

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Ben Sollee Ben Salter Ben Sollee is one of the most interesting and unusual artists to emerge in recent years from the US. He is a genre-bending cellist and vocalist known for his percussive playing style, genre hopping songwriting, wide appeal, and political activism. His music incorporates banjo, guitar, percussion and unusual cello techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, R & B and jazz. As one reviewer has stated, he “plays it like a rock star”; alternatively picking and bowing it so that it sounds like any number of different instruments. He also has a beautiful, soulful voice and a wonderful sense of pop melody, and proof of his virtuosity is in the fact that he has played alongside Bela Fleck. All this combined makes for the most uniquely talented young artist in acoustic circles today.

Ben Salter was brought up in Townsville and moved to Brisbane to follow his musical aspirations. He soon was part of the ‘intelligent hard rock’ band Giants of Science, then moved on to join the celebrated Gin Club and hence on to The Wilson Pickers. Amidst all this, he was constantly involved in many other band recording projects and in parallel he was writing and recording his solo material. He has recently arrived in Melbourne to pursue a solo career and has released his amazing debut album The Cat, his first under his own name, recorded and produced with Gareth Liddiard and Robert F. Cranny. The Cat will surely be marked as a huge milestone for Ben, as will his move into the ‘folk singer’ mode. His vocals are superb with a very impressive range (which allows for some very interesting covers when it suits him) and his writing among the most oblique, moving and honest you’ll hear.

Ben Sollee

Ben Salter

Friday 16 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute PAC Full $32/ Concession $26

Boo ki n g


16 / Acts

The Band Who Knew Too Much The Bearded Gypsy Band

The Band Who Knew Too Much

The Bearded Gypsy Band

Boo ki n g


Friday 16 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Full $24/ Concession $19

The Band Who Knew Too Much is a bona-fide foolproof floor-packing band. For over a decade they have branded their sound around the world; a highly energetic act that is at home singing on the festival stage, busking unplugged on the city streets, or anything in between! They are a genuine north of the river band, Northcote legends in fact, fronted by the energy sapping Dave Evans on accordion sharing vocals with the so cool Andy Reid on washboard and clarinet, and driven along by one of best credentialed back lines in the business, hot as hell!. The Band Who Knew Too Much only know one way, and that’s UP! An energy packed, floor jumping music experience that can inspire a mosh, a shimmy, a pogo or even an impromptu Charleston. Whatever your vice, The Band Who Knew Too Much can scratch the itch. Washboard/Accordion

driven anthems about spending the rent, hard rubbish nights and of course, the immortal BEER O’CLOCK!! It’s happy hour, energetic party music for everyone. Inspired by the likes of Django Reinhardt, Andrew Bird and folk music from around the planet The Bearded Gypsy Band’s eclectic mix of pulsing gypsy tunes will leave you exhilarated and hungry for more. These four young musicians exhibit masterful performance and original composition skills as they play with a musical authority and clarity seemingly beyond their years. BGB have had a busy year juggling studies while regularly gigging throughout Adelaide, touring eastern Australia, launching their debut album, playing the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Fuse Festival, Cool Summer Festival, the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, the Illawarra Folk Festival and WOMADelaide.

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Archie Roach Lou Bennett This show features two of our very best Victorian Koori artists; Archie Roach and Lou Bennett. Friends of the Brunswick Music Festival for many years, we’re particularly pleased to welcome Lou back to the Festival after a few years absence. Archie first appeared at the festival in 1990 and he’s been one of our most popular artists since that time. His recent life experiences have taken him down some rough roads, but 2011 has seen him go from strength to strength; in May he was awarded the prestigious Red Ochre Award for his lifelong contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts at both a national and international level; and his involvement with the Black Arm Band has seen both his music and his wonderful singing exposed to the world via several high profile shows both here in Australia and overseas. Archie’s generosity of spirit and his love and

support for his people, their culture and the land has been well recognized for years among his people so its pleasing indeed to see such wider recognition affirmed by the Australian Government. Lou Bennett first appeared at Brunswick as part of the fabulous Tiddas, whose early shows were in the company of the unforgettable Mills Sisters from the Torres Strait Islands. These shows which were truly legendary and instrumental in the success of both groups of sisters. Lou’s career since Tiddas saw her leading a favourite trio The Sweet Cheeks before finding her way into the Black Arm Band as vocal arranger and performer. The past year 2011 has also been an outstanding one for Lou when she was presented with the Australia Council for the Arts two year Fellowship Award for music to be trained up in Artistic Direction with the Black Arm Band.

Archie Roach

Lou Bennett

Saturday 17 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

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18 / Acts

Jeff Lang Spoonful

Jeff Lang


Saturday 17 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Boo ki n g Full $26/ Concession $21


Jeff Lang is another of Melbourne’s roots music heroes. His solo recording career began in 1994 and his latest album Carried in Mind is his 14th release as a solo artist. Over the years he has honed his art, his songwriting, his licks, his production nous and his performance craft until these days he can go with the best of them. And like all good artists he just keeps getting better. He’s a fabulous role model for young artists, an example of how hard work and dedication can in the end bring that elusive ‘over night success’. In recent years he has toured consistently playing big international festivals backed up by his long term top class rhythm section of Grant Cummerford on double bass and Danny McKenna on drums. On his most recent tour and on his album Carried in Mind he has also enlisted the charismatic and sweetest of pedal steel players Garrett Costigan and

together they will entertain in the most magnificent way, back in old Brunswick town for this special one off show. Spoonful are another of Melbourne’s finest roots, soul and blues specialists. If you’ve frequented one of Melbourne’s live music venues over the last decade, there is a good chance that you would have witnessed Spoonful in full flight. You may have danced with them in late night party mode, or recovered with them on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Their reputation as a live band means that punters always expect a highly charged performance and they always get it. Well known in the Brunswick area, when the Spoonful are up, there’s fire in the belly. Their show captures Spoonfuls love of the body moving, vocally tense stylings of Soul, the insistent beats of electric Rhythm and Blues and the good time shenanigans of Rock and Roll. And it’s always a lot of fun.

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Kristina Olsen Sara Tindley A superb multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, steelbody slide guitar, saxophone, concertina and piano) as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina Olsen has entranced audiences around the world. Her mix of powerful songs ranging from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling) makes for a diverse and satisfying musical experience, on stage and on disc. Born in San Francisco and raised in HaightAsbury during the 1960’s, Kristina’s approach to music and life was formed by that environment of vital cultural expression, social activism and diverse musical influences. Byron Bay based Sara Tindley is one of Australia’s best country/roots singers and songwriters with a wonderful gift for writing funny, true and tender songs and

a voice that sings straight to the heart. Her new album Time, co-produced by South Australian alt-country darlings The Yearlings, is the much anticipated follow-up to her critically acclaimed album Lucky the Sun (produced by Bill Chambers). A storyteller of the highest order, Tindley combines the emotional honesty of country music with the unadorned melodies and musicality of Australian roots and folk music. These are modern songs with a country lilt. “Tindley shows shades of Paul Kelly while sticking to a Lucinda Williamsesque sound that’s about as sweet as anything to come out of the country for quite some time…compulsory listening for all supporters of Australian roots music.” Time Off “Pure, affecting, honest and intuitive Australian country songs.” Rhythms Magazine

Kristina Olsen

Sara Tindley

Sunday 18 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $32/ Concession $26

Boo ki n g


20 / Acts

Fotis Vergopoulos Band With Polyxeni

Fotis Vergopoulos Band

Jenny Theologidis

Boo ki n g


Sunday 18 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute PAC Full $26/ Concession $20

Fotis Vergopoulos was born in Melbourne but grew up in the Greek town of Koroni. He developed a passion for Greek roots music with the encouragement of his father Niko who had been a member of the legendary Greek Australian band Apodimi Compania. Foti is a virtuoso on the six-string bouzouki and has a huge repertoire from the Rebetika styles that developed in the 1920’s and 30’s. He has been playing regularly in Athens this northern winter with some of the best current performers of old style rebetika including Marios Papadeas and Dimitris Mitarakis. Foti will be returning from Greece to perform at the Brunswick Music Festival with regular collaborators accordion ace George Butrumlis, Con Kalamaras on baglamas and guitarist Wayne Simmons.

They will be joined by two other fine Melbourne musicians from the new band Polyxeni featuring vocalist Jenny Theologidis and Achilles Yiangoulli on bouzouki and vocals. All six musicians are friends who share a passion for exploring acoustic Greek music and can be regularly heard playing together in various combinations in taverns around Melbourne.

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The Little stevies Immigrant Union Rarely will you see a band with the ability to connect with their audience as easily as The Little Stevies. Their unique blend of emotive and honest songwriting, combined with catchy pop melodies and beautiful three-part harmonies do what so many others strive to; they give their audience license to really identify with them, and to feel that they’re sharing something of themselves. The Little Stevies are made up of sisters Sibylla and Beth, and their childhood friend Robin. They descend from a long line of great Australian acts that includes the likes of Frente, The Waifs, and Paul Kelly, whose music retains a sense of fun while maintaining an emotional depth and maturity. It’s not uncommon to see people standing in a Little Stevies’ audience with a smile on their face and tears on their cheeks.

Charming lyrics, luscious harmonies and an overall uplifting aura are winning hearts throughout the world. Take one part Dandy Warhol, one part Lazy Son and one part Galvatron and you’ve got Immigrant Union, a new Melbourne-based act that more readily adheres to the Dylan/Young model of country-folk songwriting than any of those aforementioned acts. After meeting at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar and discovering their mutual appreciation for strumming classic country on acoustic guitars, the Dandy Warhols’ drummer Brent DeBoer and The Lazy Sons’ singer Bob Harrow recruited keyboardist Peter ‘Gamma’ Lubulwa of The Galvatrons to record together.

The Little Stevies

Immigrant Union

Sunday 18 March, 8 pm Phoenix Public House Full $24/ Concession $19

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22 / Acts

My Friend The Chocolate Cake

One of Melbourne’s most enduring and sophisticated bands My Friend The Chocolate Cake return to the Brunswick Music festival. An acclaimed live band with an imaginative and intensely colourful world and music with singer/songwriter and pianist David Bridie, alongside the glorious strings of Helen Mountfort’s cello and Hope Csutoros’ violin being high in the curious collision of elements that have made MFTCC a failsafe concert draw, triple ARIA winners and a vivid presence on countless film and TV soundtracks these last two decades. Their sevenalbum history is a multi-dimensional mural of modern Australia that illustrates its geography, its political mores and its predominantly suburban identity – all by the kind of stealth that makes the most haunting, exhilarating and enduring music. MFTCC will perform the whole show so be prepared for a head-on collision with the quiet achievers of Australian pop.

Wednesday 21 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Boo ki n g Full $38/ Concession $30


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April Verch Band Ruth Hazleton & Kate Burke April Verch, doesn’t just perform music, she exudes it. The internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step-dancer has a passion for performing and her goal is to touch the lives of those who are listening at any given moment. “The world is this amazing puzzle that we can’t fully understand and music is the joy that pulls it all together and helps us make sense of it”, says Verch, with a dynamic excitement and confidence that makes you believe her in a heartbeat. Dirk Powell, a multi-instrumentalist, who’s worked with Jack White, Joan Baez, Riverdance and on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain, is awed by April’s ability to play any kind of roots music as though it was her native tongue. “She’s so fluent in the language of music that she never needs to imitate”.

Ruth Hazleton and Kate Burke are one of Australia’s most exciting young folk acts. This show is by way of a come back performance as both took some time off to enjoy the pleasures of motherhood. Still one of the most natural and entertaining acts on the folk scene their trademark interpretations of folk songs have won them international acclaim and popularity. Their material draws on the music of Australia, the UK, Ireland and America. The duo are widely acclaimed for their musically captivating, warm, humorous and engaging performances. Ruth & Kate present songs of social commentary and cultural significance and are renowned for their vocal harmonies, imaginative and expressive arrangements and outstanding musicianship.

April Verch Band

Ruth Hazleton & Kate Burke

Thursday 22 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $32/ Concession $26

Boo ki n g


Bkg Event No. Wednesday 14 March 01 Cat & Clint, Washburn & Welch Thursday 15 March 02 Nano Stern & the Sindicato 03 The Simpson Three, Beoga 04 The Stillsons, Tinpan Orange Friday 16 March Big Bug Trio, 05 Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band 06 Ben Salter, Ben Sollee Bearded Gypsy Band, 07 Band Who Knew Too Much Saturday 17 March 08 Lou Bennett, Archie Roach 09 Spoonful, Jeff Lang Sunday 18 March 10 Sara Tindley, Kristina Olsen 11 Fotis Vergopoulos Band with Polyxeni 12 Immigrant Union, Little Stevies Wednesday 21 March 13 My Friend The Chocolate Cake Thursday 22 March 14 Kate & Ruth, April Verch Band 15 Graham Dodsworth, Conundrum 16 George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara Friday 23 March 17 Geoffrey Williams, Mark Seymour 18 Duck Musique, Pierre Bensusan 19 The String Contingent, Shooglenifty No.

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Buy 3 shows and save 10% Buy 4 shows or more and save 15% Early bird discounts are only available via the web site or through the festival booking office 03 9388 1460. They are not available on postal bookings and the offer ceases on close of business on Monday 20 February. Discounts do not apply to workshop presentations. Events must be purchased at the same time to qualify for the discounts. Discounts are subject to availability at the time of booking. Mail bookings: please complete this form, lift out and return to: Brunswick Music Festival Booking Office, PO Box 477, Brunswick Vic 3056 Fax booking form to: 03 9380 8234

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Saturday 24 March Fiona Ross, Battlefield Band Jenny M Thomas and The System, Chris While & Julie Matthews Yeo, Frankcolin Sunday 25 March Marta Pacek, Krystle Warren White Shadows – Mike Cooper Perch Creek Family Jugband, Truckstop Honeymoon MUSIC WORKSHOPS Saturday 24 March Pierre Bensusan Michael Witcher Mike Munford


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Presented by Folk Victoria

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Conundrum Graham Dodsworth


Graham Dodsworth

Thursday 22 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute PAC Boo ki n g Full $22/ Concession $17


For over 10 years Conundrum has excited diverse audiences across Australia delivering Celtic dance music with driving rhythm and youthful energy. Having performed at festivals and venues throughout Australia and New Zealand they are a well-tuned and top class outfit. Their live shows are energetic and will leave people dancing – albeit sometimes in their seats! The band creates depth and freshness in their rendition of traditional Celtic music without compromising the melodies and rhythms that are so impressive in the first place. Playing traditional music from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland and the Shetland Islands, they also write and perform original tunes adding to the rich cultural pool from which they draw their inspiration.

Graham Dodsworth takes us on a geographical tour through 19th & early 20th century Victoria with songs that tell stories of the way it was, including moving versions of Farewell to the Gold, Brunswick Road and Gentle Annie. Born in a brown coal mining town in rural Victoria, he began performing folk songs during his teenage years and has been performing at venues and festivals throughout Australia ever since. His feel for the Australian folk genre generates a welcome buoyancy to favourite bush songs and some of Australia’s finest contemporary compositions.

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Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano

Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson with their full on foot stomping blend of hill country and delta blues are a wonderful addition to the Australian blues scene. The combination of originals and classic blues tunes is given a startling and exciting new direction with Cara’s Irish roots. As well as showcasing songs from their critically acclaimed album Beauty and the Beast the charismatic duo will be performing a wealth of new material enhancing their reputation as one of the best live blues acts around. Fitz hails from Queensland, plays guitar and banjo whilst singing the blues with a huge physical presence that harks back generations to the blues greats like Son House and Charley Patton. Cara plays drums, flute, washboard and whistles as well as singing. Their own songs and tunes are crafted by them both to produce a sound totally original yet firmly rooted in many traditions that evokes raw and powerful emotions.

George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano met by chance in Melbourne and after uncovering the similarities between traditional Japanese music and blues began to explore the uncharted musical possibilities. The two styles crossed over amazingly. Both musicians were born and raised in Japan but have made their lives in Australia. They promote and retain their Japanese customs but embrace and welcome the music and arts of so many other cultures. Mixing well known blues songs with ancient Japanese music enables people to, not only through sound but also sight, experience first hand the coming together of traditional and contemporary.

Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson

George Kamikawa and Noriko Tadano

Thursday 22 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Boo ki n g Full $22/ Concession $17


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Mark Seymour Geoffrey Williams

Mark Seymour

Geoffrey Williams

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Friday 23 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

Acclaimed singer / songwriter Mark Seymour followed up his successful 18 years with Hunters & Collectors with a vibrant solo recording career. Mark’s song-writing ever evolves, he continually produces songs that resonate and permeate one’s consciousness. This evolution is due in part to the diversity in his activities which include composition of film scores, writing and performing music for a theatrical production and acting. Internationally regarded as one of Australia’s best singer / songwriters, Mark continues to draw live audiences with his intense passionate vocals delivered with a measure of wry humour. He will be performing this his first Brunswick performance with two of his present touring band, who also play on his latest recording Mark Seymour & the Undertow.

Geoffrey Williams is of English Caribbean heritage and is now a resident of beautiful Daylesford, Victoria. He has been writing, singing and producing music for 25 years since his debut album was released on the mighty Atlantic Records. He has toured all the major cities in Europe and had several hit singles in UK and Europe. He now performs solo with an acoustic guitar, a loop pedal and a whole lot of soul. He engages his audiences with his unique reggae roots and 60s/70s soul heritage and his style is classified by some as electro-acoustic soul. Think Marvin Gaye meets Joni Mitchell in a UK suburb over a pot of his mum’s Caribbean rice and peas! Geoffrey will be showcasing his brand new album, Yes is the Answer! at the show.

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Pierre Bensusan Duck Musique After becoming an instant hit with Australian audiences on his first tour in 2009, Pierre returns to Australia as part of a worldwide tour promoting his most recent release Vividly. Pierre Bensusan has long been acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic guitarists on the planet, a fearless improviser who constantly explores the depth of his own voice in a way that transcends his instrument. There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and improvisations, which continue to defy classification crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional folk and more. Pierre’s ground-breaking compositions and interpretations have also extended the use of various non standard guitar tunings in his work, and he is well known round the world for his use of the tuning known as DADGAD.

Pierre will also conduct a master class on his techniques and compositions. Duck Musique bring to the stage the wonderful music of gypsy swing, recreating the fiery brilliance of gypsy guitar player Django Reinhardt and violin maestro Stephan Grappelli. Father and son guitarists Steve and Caley Groves, violinist Michael Harris and Bassist Kain Borlase play an eclectic mix of swinging war time standards and finger busting originals, bringing the dance and romance back to jazz. The Manouche music of the European gypsies has spawned a whole diaspora of gypsy swing players and fans all around the world and Duck Musique represent the best of Australia’s devotees.

Pierre Bensusan

Duck Musique

Friday 23 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute PAC Full $32/ Concession $26

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Shooglenifty The String Contingent


The String Contingent

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Friday 23 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Full $32/ Concession $26

When Shooglenifty hit the Scottish folk scene with their first album Venus in Tweeds, they literally tore the place apart. ‘Shoogles’ cranked it up in a major way; the resulting sound marries original traditionally based tunes – primarily Scottish in style, but featuring a wealth of other world-music flavours – with rhythmic energy, inventiveness and sophistication. Most traditional music is dance music and the band’s own unique take has bred many attempts at contemporary branding including ‘hypno-folkedelic ambient trance’ and ‘acid croft’. However it is described, their music is adventurous, inventive, tight and fast. Two outstanding melody players interlocking and playing off against each other, backed up by four hot rhythm players featuring electric as well as acoustic guitar, samples and programming as well as ‘real’ percussion, regular banjo and their

customised hi-tech ‘banjax’. The band return to Australia this year with latest double album Murmichan. Instrumental trio The String Contingent compose and perform music of sparkling beauty and originality that explores the full spectrum of musical expression. Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass) with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) integrate disparate musical styles through their own refined acoustic sensibilities. Drawing from genres including celtic, classical, jazz and bluegrass, their multi-faceted approach results in highly accessible yet sophisticated music that captivates audiences from any genre, while retaining their own unique style. The band brought in the new year with a fabulous new album titled TSC II.

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Battlefield Band, Fiona Ross The Louis McManus Memorial Concert

Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today’s Scottish cultural scene, the Battlefield Band have led and been at the forefront of a great revival in Scottish music. Refusing to be limited musically by suffocating antiquarianism, or musical fashions, they have mixed the old songs and music with a new selfpenned repertoire, all played on a fusion of ancient and modern instruments – bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion. Named after the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four student friends in 1969, they have now been on the world’s roads for over 40 years, distilling their own unique form of the Scottish spirit and bottling it in concert and onto disc. The band will be touring with their brilliant new release Line-Up.

Born and brought up in Glasgow and spending part of her youth in the Outer Hebrides, Fiona Ross served her apprenticeship as a singer in Edinburgh’s vibrant song sessions of the 90’s. She quickly gathered admirers for her strong but sensitive interpretation of traditional Scots song. Fiona went on to perform with Scottish folk scene stalwarts Brian Miller, Gavin Livingstone and Duncan Woods in the band Handsel. The band delighted audiences at Scotland’s Celtic Connections and performed in folk clubs and festivals as far afield as Auchtermuchty and Moscow. A great enthusiast of the Scottish singing tradition, Fiona served as Vice-Convenor of Scotland’s Traditional Music and Song Association. She now lives in Melbourne.

Battlefield Band

Fiona Ross

Saturday 24 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

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Chris While & Julie Matthews Jenny M Thomas and The System

Chris While & Julie Matthews

Jenny M Thomas and The System

Saturday 24 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute Boo ki n g Full $32/ Concession $26


Its always a pleasure to welcome back to Brunswick one of England’s most enduring acts Chris While & Julie Matthews. Internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the British and European acoustic/ roots circuits. Their songs cover life as they see it, from the industrial wastelands of the north of England, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. Exceptional singers, songwriters, multiinstrumentalists and performers whose dedication to their craft knows no bounds, it is While & Matthews’ musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. Chris and Julie have seven duo albums and their latest Hitting The Ground Running is regarded by many as their best offering to date.

Described as “An arresting antidote to conventional takes on good old Aussie bush music’” (The Australian) their new album, Bush Gothic creates a genre all to itself: “Bold, inspired and beautiful in its intensity, Thomas, plus two, have taken the foundations of a folk library and built a new architecture.” – The National Times. Reclaiming lost Australian cultural territory songs of criminal women and convict men, treachery and transportation have been dragged out of the songbooks, ripped apart, then lovingly put back together as a reminder that our history never leaves us. Finding a cult following amongst those who like their folk, but are pretty keen on intelligent pop music as well, Jenny M Thomas and The System is a post-modern bush band with their feet planted firmly in the 21st century, and their souls always listening to the ghosts of the past.

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Frankcolin Yeo Francolin blend Motown pop and calypso with an ease and energy that awakens any sleepy crowd into dancing. The words of Swedish-born singer/songwriter Staffan Guinane are mad, happy, sad and strum strings of hearts young and old. Addictive guitar hooks, big beautiful trumpet lines, lotsa drum rolls and occasional yelling – it’s just music for everyone together, having a ball in summertime! In the past year Francolin have brought a growing and enthusiastic audience to bars, bars and bars, a sold out launch and festivals on Melbourne’s streets and in the Victorian countryside. Francolin’s inaugural studio release was produced at the ear of Nick Huggins (Two Bright Lakes – Oscar + Martin / Kid Sam/ Whitley) and will be released with a memorable launch party.

Joined by the ultra-talented Yeo, fresh from his Australian tour and release of his third album. Much to young for a midlife crisis, Yeo has seamlessly moved from funk to folk in the last year without forming a single cross genre (i.e fonk/fulk) – an achievement we’re all very grateful for. Hailing from Brisbane, Yeo’s metaphorically explosive set is as fun as a firecracker. Your mother will love him and your father will give you a knowing glance for it will be clear when you see him, that he is ‘the one.’ Yeo will be joining Francolin to kick hearts and take names.



Saturday 24 March, 9.30 pm Phoenix Public House Boo ki n g Full $10/ Concession $15


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Krystle Warren Marta Pacek

Krystle Warren

Marta Pacek

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Sunday 25 March, 8 pm Brunswick Town Hall Full $38/ Concession $30

After years busking and hustling in Kansas City, New York and Paris, Missouri-born singer-songwriter Krystle Warren is suddenly attracting attention both from the industry, her peers and an ever growing fan base. A startling performance last year on Later With Jools Holland, as well as plaudits from Rufus Wainwright and KD Lang have certainly helped the cause. Her recent Australian appearances last November in the Joe Boyd produced show ‘Way to Blue: the songs of Nick Drake’ blew everybody away with her intensity, her amazing vocal range and her consummate singing skills. She was undoubtedly the hit of the show. “The deep, smoky, boundless voice of Paris-based soul singer Krystle Warren was the revelation of the show.” Michael Dwyer, The Age, Way to Blue review, 15 November.

The Brunswick Music Festival is delighted to present Krystle. Book early this will sell out. Marta Pacek was born in Poland, grew up in Canberra, and began her career writing and recording with Mark Seymour, front man of iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors. (Mark is performing on Friday 23 March.) Since then this alt-folk songstress has taken the time to grow her craft, splitting her time between NYC & Melbourne. 2010 saw Marta open for US band Vinyl Station across the Midwest before opening for David Cassidy in Phoenix, AZ. Marta then went on to tour the European folk circuit including a concert with The Gala Orchestra of Milan in the historical Teatro di Sociale Lecco, Italy. Her newly released Rebel Baby was co-produced with Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith).

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Brunswick classic films

White Shadows (1928)

Directed by WS Van Dyke With sound track performed and composed by Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper unearths another gem of early Pacific film; White Shadows in the South Seas is a silent film adventure romance released by MGM in 1928 and is known for being the first MGM picture to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack and having won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Clyde De Vinna. Loosely based on a 1919 book by Frederick O’Brien, the film charts the denigration of the South Sea Islands and its denizens thanks to the intervention of white civilization. Monte Blue plays an alcoholic doctor who is disgusted by the negative effects of European colonization. He sails away to an island still untouched by ‘white shadows’, where he falls in love with native girl Raquel Torres. Enchanted by the idyllic lifestyle of the islanders, Blue reacts with horror when he sees a group of white men sailing into view, bringing their usual seductive trinkets of alcohol and cigarettes. Gorgeously photographed, White Shadows in the South Seas is a masterful blend of drama and documentary.

Sunday 25 March, 8.30 pm Mechanics Institute Full $22/ Concession $17

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Truckstop Honeymoon Perch Creek Family Jug Band

Truckstop Honeymoon

Perch Creek Family Jug Band

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Sunday 25 March, 8 pm Phoenix Public House Full $26/ Concession $21

Hollering with all their heart over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Touring across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie Euliss and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of Midwestern bluegrass and old New Orleans jazz, spiked with vaudeville wit and showmanship. The duo relocated to Kansas from New Orleans after the 2005 flood and their latest CD, Steamboat in a Cornfield, shows the influences of both the Kansas prairie and the Mississippi delta. “Tales of cheating spouses, bad attitudes, short  – change romances, endless asphalt and dodgy diners, all told with a ‘psychobilly’ sense of playfulness, ringing banjo and a bass as certain as a highway centerline.” The Herald, Newcastle

Brought up busking til the wee hours on the rowdy streets of the Gold Coast and Brisbane as children, the Perch Creek Family Jug Band learned to use their voices and multi-instrumental talents to pull a crowd and keep them there. Now they’re (nearly) grown up and have fine tuned their 5 part harmonies and unique style for their original and traditional repertoire that roves from bluegrass, old-time jazz, and country blues to whatever else they may just happen to fancy. The Perch Creek Family Jugband are a staple at music festivals across Australia. In 2010 they appeared on the ABC TV show Spicks & Specks, before jetting off on a three-month tour of Europe including Scotland where they were a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Featuring Australia’s top one-legged saw player, Who magazine’s “most handsome jug player,” the PCFJB sing and dance their unique music to young and old.

Workshops Pierre Bensusan – A class for finger style guitar

Pierre Bensusan will conduct a seminar for guitarists who have already gained a competent technical level. Pierre’s tuitions are based on the concept that, whatever the style, and whether the focus is on interpreting, improvising or composing, you first need to fulfil the function of playing and expressing music with your instrument. PREPARATION: Though its not required, preliminary work by practising l’Alchimiste (Album: Intuite/Favored Nations, book: The Intuite Guitar Book). You can download this piece from at no cost. You may wish to study the first page of that piece and go as far as you can into it.

Saturday 24 March, 10.30 am – 12 pm Mechanics Institute g Full $15/ Concession $10 Boo ki n


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Michael Witcher – Dobro in the bluegrass band

Growing up the youngest of five in a musical and artistic family in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Michael found his voice playing the dobro at the age of fourteen. In less than a year, he was playing with his father Dennis, and brother Gabe in their Bluegrass band, The Witcher Brothers. Michael has recorded or toured with Dwight Yoakam, Fernando Ortega, Laurie Lewis, Tyler Hilton, John Paul Jones, Sara Watkins, The Gibson Brothers, Dolly Parton, Joan Osborn, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show), and Chris Jones among others. Known for his rich tone and lyrical phrasing, Michael is also a highly sought after instructor. Saturday 24 March, 1 pm – 2.30 pm Mechanics Institute g Full $15/ Concession $10 Boo ki n


Mike Munford – 5 string banjo – the engine room of the bluegrass band

Since Mike Munford began touring with rising bluegrass star Frank Solivan and his band Dirty Kitchen, listeners around the country are finding out what fans and pickers in the Washington-Baltimore area have known for years. This is one amazing banjo player. Among the artists Mike has worked with as a freelancer are Tony Rice, Tony Trischka (Mike was one of the few banjo players that Trischka tapped for his ‘Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular’ tours), Dede Wyland , Lynn Morris, Larry Rice, Valerie Smith, and Frank Wakefield. He has backed up Peter Rowan many times since the 1980s, and played on Rowan’s Grammy-nominated Bluegrass Boy album in 1996. Saturday 24 March, 1 pm – 2.30 pm Mechanics Institute g Full $15/ Concession $10 Boo ki n


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Industry workshops – Presented by Music Victoria Meet me on Facebook: Building and Money for Nothing: How to engaging with your fan base with manage your financials and Social Media maximise your profits Panelists: Matt Kulezsa, Rat vs Possum Kat Cazanis, Nitty Gritty Digital Ben Strong, Darren Sanicki Lawyers Are you maximising your potential fan base through savvy use of social media sites such as Google Music, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Facebook, Reverbnation? This informative panel will educate musicians and people in the music business about the benefits of promoting your brand/band online with social media, knowing your rights around music distribution, and the process for setting up and maintaining a successful social media presence.

Panelists: Carlo Santone, Blue King Brown / Lion House Tom Harris, White Sky Music Serge Bolzonello, Director of accounting firm Banks Group With fewer record labels and managers investing in the careers and professional development of young Victorian artists, artists need to treat their bands as small business and their fans as customers. Issues that will be covered include recognising and breaking down income streams, bookkeeping procedures, tour budgets, GST issues, setting up band and business structures, insurance, managing profits and costs and maximising your tax return claims.

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Monday 19 March, 6.30 pm – 9 pm Mechanics Institute PAC 270 Sydney Road Brunswick Free entry

Tuesday 20 March, 6.30 pm – 9 pm Mechanics Institute PAC 270 Sydney Road Brunswick Free entry

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Lomond Hotel

Top class bar & bistro food available lunch and dinner, friendly family hotel environment, plus five free music sessions per week, Thursday to Sunday.

Live At The Lomond…

Superb music in the front bar, Folk, Blues, Roots and Country, every Thursday to Sunday. Special shows during the festival: Thursday 15 March, 8.30pm – Sean Kershaw & New Jack Ramblers (USA) Friday 16 March, 9.30pm – Ajak Kwai Band Saturday 17 March 9.30pm – Spectrum Sunday 18 March, 5.30pm – Nick Charles & Blue Strings Thursday 22 March, 8.30pm – Jesse & Hucklebucks Friday 23 March, 9.30pm – Louis Kings’ Liars Club (CD single launch) Saturday 24 March, 9.30pm – Dancehall Racketeers Sunday 25 March, 5.30pm – Monique diMattina Band

Monique diMattina

225 Nicholson St, East Brunswick Phone 03 9380 1752

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Community events The Volaris Music School Concert

Sunday 18 March, 11 am, Mechanics Institute Door charge of $5 donation to Royal Children’s Hospital. Special concert showcasing the talents of both students and tutors of the Peter Volaris Music Centre, 374 Sydney Road Brunswick.

Music For The People

Saturday 25 February, 1 pm – 5.30 pm, Shore Reserve, Pascoe Vale South, Melway ref 29 C2 New exciting location for the Moreland City Council annual free music event. A full day of music, stalls and workshops on the lush lawns of this beautiful Moreland parkland.

Credits Event Management Across The Borders Pty. Ltd. Festival Director John McAuslan Street Party Stalls Co-ordinator Peter Leman Production Manager Sandra O’Mahoney Office Management & Accounts Pam Krzywinski Bookings Office Naomi Boyle Festival Program Brochure Media Equation Pty. Ltd. Festival Web Site Design & Management Peter Leman Festival Publicists Sabina Reynolds Publicity Moreland City Council Service Arts & Culture Unit

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Moreland City Libraries presents a free event

Live at the library Featuring: Off the shelf – The National Year of Reading choir, African Drumming with Aliou Sylla, John Cabon and more... Made in Moreland is an innovative program to support and promote local musicians, writers and filmmakers. The Made in Moreland collection features over 300 CDs recorded by local musicians; these are available for loan from Moreland City Libraries.

Thursday 29 March, 7 pm Brunswick Library Corner Sydney Road and Dawson Street, Brunswick


MATERIAL CULTURE Lotta Apted | John Brooks | Michelle Browne | Penny Gale | Gina Gascoigne Kim McKechnie | PLUSH: Virginia Harrison, Pat Jones & Christina Turner Camilla Stirling | Ilka White Material Culture features new work by alumni from the RMIT Textile Design Program. Each artist takes their cue from the relationship between textile practice and fashion design to present a vibrant and vivid array of material form. Immersive, atmospheric and sculptural works reveal the scope and span of contemporary textile practice today, and visitors can expect an abundance of pattern, colour, sparkle and light, and a fusion of fibre and form. On Sunday 4 March, from 2 – 4pm the PLUSH collective (Virginia Harrison, Pat Jones & Christina Turner) are in residence at the Gallery working in their studio. Drop in and learn about their process. Image: John Brooks, The Object in flux (installation detail), 2010, cotton, fur, foil plastic, dimensions variable.

1 – 25 March 2012 Counihan Gallery (inside the Brunswick Town Hall) 233 Sydney Road Brunswick

Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 1 – 5 pm Note: The gallery is open until 6 pm Sunday 4 March 2012

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BMF2012 program