Souvenir Program $2
14th Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival 18-20 Oct 2019 Presented by Shoalhaven Folk Club Inc kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au
Next Festival 16-18 October 2020 2
Keeping It Green
A big thank you to the following supporters of the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival is aiming to be the Greenest Folk Festival in Oz. Visitors are encouraged to bring along their 'keep-cup' to buy coffee to kick start the day. Free water will be provided (no need to buy those pesky bottles that get used once). Bring along your water bottle or buy one of our exclusive KVFF bottles to use throughout the festival. The bar will have re-useable middy's and wine glasses, getting rid of single use cups! Kangaroo Valley is Australia's first mainland plastic bag free town. Let's make it a waste free festival'.
Shoalhaven City Council Jaqualine Lenz, Showground Caretaker KV A&H Society Osborne Park Committee Edmiston Jones Architects Jing Jo Café Restaurant Pioneer Motel Glenmack Park Kangaroo Valley Chamber of Tourism & Commerce Kangaroo Valley Voice Kangaroo Valley Public School St Joseph’s Church Church of the Good Shepherd Randall Sinnamon, KVFF Resident Artist Mike Gorman, Kangaroo Valley Electrical KV residents who billet performers
Festival Information Noise
We need to consider residents who live close to the showground and have a right to a good night’s sleep. Please keep sessions after midnight reasonably quiet, with definitely NO DRUMMING. Quiet sessions around the campfire at Glenmack Park will be allowed, but please consider other campers.
There is a St John first aid post between the Hall and the Pavilion. The St John members are volunteers, so be nice to them. They also love to have a chat if you’re passing.
Please note that camping is not allowed in the showground, apart from performers, volunteers and stallholders. Anyone who is not booked in at Glenmack can go to Bendeela, where camping is free and there are no official noise restrictions. A free shuttle bus runs to and from Bendeela on Saturday.
Alcohol Our liquor licence is restricted to the fenced off bar area. Consumption of alcohol is not allowed in the venues or anywhere else in the showground. Please do not bring your own supplies into the showground.
Smoke Free Festival Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the festival site. Dogs are allowed in the festival site, but please do not bring them into venues and ensure they are on a lead and supervised at all times. Do not leave dogs tied up outside venues since they can easily become distressed.
Parking Patrons are encouraged to use the off-street parking provided in the dog show area of the showground. The entrance is through the public car park next to the police Station. If all the parking in the main street is taken up with festival-goers, it can affect local shopkeepers.
Access to Oval
Chill Out Tent
To avoid the steep steps, the venues on the Our dedicated youth venue for performers up oval can be accessed via breaks in the fence to 20. See some up-and-coming young talent just below the Tantric Turtle and along the or add your name to the blackboard. road to the Pony Club, the “yellow brick road” Koori Camp
At venue Mudgingal. Indigenous displays and There is no CD shop at the festival. Performers activities all weekend. It’s also the venue for the Kids’ Festival . will be selling their own CDs at the venues.
Special Events Outdoor Gospel Service
Blackboard on the Verandah
In the bar area, 11am-5pm Saturday, 11am-to 4pm Sunday. Get there early to add your name to the blackboard.
An hour of southern USA gospel singing, led by a visiting singer. People will be invited to Dance Till You Drop sing along to some songs. It's free and all are With dance workshops all weekend and dancwelcome to attend. es every night. Good Shepherd Anglican Church opposite Ukulele Muster & Singalong primary school, Sunday 10.00 am in the Pavilion, Saturday and Sunday morning Lunchtime Concert at 8.30, for 90 minutes - aiming for 24 songs each day. You don't need a uke, you can just In Betty’s Bar, past Hampden Bridge sing or whistle or bring your kazoo or other Enjoy slow cooked BBQ lunch while listening appropriate instrument (maybe a mouth trumto live performers Nerds & Music, George pet). Sheet music supplied. Bishop and Burralow Tai Chi with Pamela Sat 11.30 - 2.15pm
Poetry Galore Poets’ breakfasts Saturday 8.30 & Sunday 8.00 The Wombat Poets’ Brawl Sun 12-1pm La Petite Grande
Junior Poetry Performer of the Year For youth 12 years and under. Saturday 9.30 Wombat
Reciter of the Year Competition for the best performance of a poem (original, contemp0rary, freeform or traditional). This is a walk up event, see Allan Stone to enter. The winner will receive custody of a beautiful hand crafted red cedar trophy for one year, a certificate and two weekend passes to come back and judge next year's winner. Sunday 12.00 – 1.30 La Petite Grande
Saturday 8.30am and Sunday 8.15am in the Hall.
Meet the Performers with Gudula Gudula Dornseifer is a counsellor and mediator in her daytime job. Generally being interested in peoples’ stories and lives Gudula loves to find out what makes people tick , how they got to where they are now , what were their challenges and how did they grow from that. Gudula will interview some of our musicians, providing a great opportunity to bring musos and audiences closer. Guest performers are Fred Smith, George Mann and The Royal High Jinx Saturday 1.45pm Wombat
Workshops In the Pony Club The Session Experience provides a welcoming accessible place to play music in a session-like environment. We love playing music with others but find just "joining a bar session" can be intimidating, so we started running slow sessions at festivals where we hope everyone feels welcome. Sat 10 - 11am, Sun 9.30 - 10.30am
Shanty Singing With the Canberra Shanty Club. While some singers have a history with choirs and singing groups, others have no experience at all. Whatever your singing experience - once the song begins and the voices swell everybody finds a way to contribute. Even first-timers with no idea of the words or tunes will end the session having joined in the choruses and calland response-sections of every song. Sat 11.15am - 12.15pm (also Sun 12 - 1pm in the Bar)
Mandolin Family Workshop Charlie & Jensen offer an informative, high class Mandolin Family workshop discussing the history of the Mandolin family, including Mandola, Mandocello (modern American versions and Traditional Italian versions of the instruments), as well as playing examples, mandolin playing styles and approaches. 11.15Sat 12.30-1.30pm
How Do Choirs Work? With Bondi Sings. A brief introduction to how choirs work including a performance of a popular song. Sat 4.15 - 5.15pm
Body Percussion With The Rhythm Hunters. Body Percussion is perhaps the easiest way to have fun with Rhythm. It’s fun, funny and for all ages and levels. Sun 10.45 - 11.45am
Simple Uke Tricks With Niq Reefman. Spice-up your ukulele world with some simple tricks! Demonstrated through a song per technique, we cover plucking, muted notes, percussive elements, strumming patterns and jazz chords on the ukulele. These tricks can keep you inspired and you'll be busy trying them out when you get home!! Sun 12 - 1pm
Harmony Singing With The Dixie Chooks. Arrangements on the fly – brief vocal warmup, and work up harmonies with the group for a rousing chortle. No specific level required. This is a very inclusive and accessible session. Sun 1.15 - 2.15pm
Songwriting With Skinner & T’witch. Steve Skinner has been a professional songwriter for theatre companies in England. Sun 2.30 - 3.30pm
Learn Some Irish Tunes With Wayne & Johnnie. At a slow pace, dots provided. Sat 1.45-2.45pm
Where Do Songs Come From? George Mann & Scott Cook trade off songs and the stories of where/how they came from. Mostly original songs, but perhaps an old folk classic or two that people don’t necessarily know the “backstory” on. Sat 3 - 4pm
Themed Concerts The Convict Voice With ReCollected. The traditional folk repertoire relies heavily on broadside ballads for a representation of the transportation era but the songs presented in this workshop powerfully relate the real experiences of convicts in their own words, from Macquarie Harbour, the Female Factories and Norfolk Island. Historical and contemporary images are used to illustrate the songs. . Fri 4.30 - 5.15pm Hall
Unsung Heroes of Australian Women’s History With The Dixie Chooks. Original songs with visual backdrop telling stories of some of the women who have helped building this nation since white occupation. Fri 6.30 - 7.30pm Hall
The Soul of a Poet The power and pathos in Henry Lawson’s writing still resonates strongly with readers today. The Roweths invite you to join them in savouring this extraordinary man’s work. Some works are transformed into songs with arrangements by the duo, and Chris Kempster amongst others, while other poems are recited with the sensitive musical accompaniment the Roweths have pioneered in recent years. Sat 10.45 - 12.15
So Wrong It's Right
Classic songs from the 60s and 70s singalong session with Trilogy. Sat 6.15 - 7.15 Pavilion
Pete Seeger 100 Year Tribute Legendary US folksinger, songwriter, political and social activist, Pete Seeger, passed away in 2014. This year, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. This concert is a celebration of that anniversary. Towards the end of his life, when asked how he’d like to be remembered, Pete said, “I’d like to be remembered as someone who helped folks learn how to sing together.” Come join Mike & Ruthy as they lead the crowd through some of Pete’s most enduring sing-a-longs and lesser known musical jewels. Sun 11.15 - 12.15 Pavilion
The Cabbage Tree Hat The Illawarra was a centre for the production of the Cabbage Tree Hat, the most common head gear in Australia from the 1790s until the Depression of the 1930s before the Akubra and the Panama. They were worn by everyone from bushrangers and bullockies to royalty but this folk-craft has now largely disappeared. ReCollected tells the story of the hats - how they are made, who wore them and their place in our history through traditional songs, photographs and demonstrations. Sun 1.15 - 2.00 La Petite Grande
Joan Baez Tribute Concert With Suzette Herft Sun 3.30 - 4.30 Pavilion
Performers AJ & Jenny Their appreciation of classical music, Tin Pan Alley tunes, Tropicana and music from films combined with AJ’s love of historical fact and Jenny’s classical flare to present concert goers with a musical experience that crosses time zones - combining timeless melodies with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. Friday 7.45pm Pavilion Saturday 2.45pm Wombat Saturday 5.45pm Hall Sunday 2.30pm Pavilion
Allegra Dunning is the Junior FFNSW Young Folk Artist of 2019 at her young 10 years of age. She is a singer songwriter from The Blue Mountains. Allegra performs a mix of rearranged covers and her originals. She writes songs about experiences, emotions and things we fear, with a distinctive Folk/Americana feel. She performs with her trusty guitar yet is a multi instrumentalist and plays Drums, Piano and Ukulele. Friday 5.15pm La Petite Grande Saturday 11am La Petite Grande Saturday 4.15pm St Josephs Church
Anna opting for the violin, the ultra talented performers somehow make two instruments sound like one. Saturday 2.45pm La Petite Grande Saturday 8.30pm Pavilion Sunday 10am Mudgingal Sunday 1.45pm St Josephs Church
The Barren Spinsters They look like a two piece, sound like a five piece, and move like a hair piece. Frontman Brendon Houlahan plays guitar with his hands, bass with his feet, and sings with his face. Matt Tennant belts the drums really hard, sings a little bit, and wears really dumb shirts while doing it. Friday 11pm Marquee Saturday 11.15am Marquee Sunday 11.45am Marquee
Bleeding Gums Murphy
1/2 pastiche, 1/2 panache, and 1/2 improper fractions, Bleeding Gums Murphy are a cosmic collision of wry and racy comedy, rich vocal harmonies and ample interstitial banter. A musical coup de grace that will tug your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone all at once. Friday 5.30pm Hall Andsome Friends sing contemporary a cappella music with a Saturday 12.15pm Mudgingal clear view of the past. Whether a suite of Irish Saturday 4.45pm Hall slip jigs with Australian lyrics, a Baroque Sunday 3.15pm La Petite Grande fugue about recycling, or a mash up of 1960s Bondi Sings Community tv themes, their music provokes smiles, oohs, Choir aahs, and fevered requests to know ‘when are We bring passion to every event! We have a you releasing your album?’ large repertoire covering many different styles Saturday 9.45am Hall from Gospel to Classical to World Music, AfriSaturday 2.45pm St Josephs Church can, Jazz and Pop! Our Musical Director, Mr Saturday 8pm Pony Club Gary Smith is classically trained (at the Con) Sunday 3pm Wombat and has been a highly sought after act around Anna and Jordan Sydney for many. Indeed we boast a number Triple j Unearthed duo Anna & Jordan are the of professional singers and musicians in our epitome of original Australian folk. Their gen- group. tle acoustic sounds paired with their incredibly Saturday 2.50pm Hall well written songs and unique talent for tech- Saturday 4.15pm Pony Club nical music result in a performance that is Sunday 1pm St Josephs Church truly hypnotising. With Jordan on guitar and
Burnt Roast Band
romantic songwriters. Together they have penned and orchestrated a collection of stories from living on the road and around the Blue Mountains. The band’s timbre teeters between acoustic and electric as they swap and blend traditional folk with pop instruments throughout their set. Saturday 3.45pm Hall Saturday 1.30pm Betty's Bar Sunday 2.30pm St Josephs Church
A fine collection of seasoned musicians arising from the ashes of the Canberra chapter of British masterchef. Turn up the heat, play with Playford, and discover what a rant is, English Ceilidh style. If you like your English dance music ”well done” or perhaps even “crisp”, then this band is for you. They've earned a solid reputation for high energy English dance music so prepare to dance your socks off with the hottest band since Hades! Bush Music Club Saturday 10am Anglican Hall Founded in 1954 to collect, publish and popuSaturday 4pm Bar larise Australia’s traditional songs, dances, Sunday 10.15am Hall music and folklore the Bush Music Club is Australia's oldest folk club. We have been acBurralow is an indie folk outfit fronted by two hopeless- tively promoting Australian folk traditions to
young and old since then and will continue to that has helped to forge our national identity. do so into the future. Friday 9pm Marquee Saturday 10am Verandah Saturday 2.30pm Marquee Saturday 11am Bar Saturday 9.30pm Pavilion Sunday 10am Verandah Sunday 11.45am Hall Sunday 11am Bar
The Bushwackers are celebrating their 47th year of performance, with a long and proud history of performing at festivals and events around the country since their inception in 1971. The Bushwackers perform their exciting brand of Australian music featuring the Lagerphone of frontman Dobe Newton, along with a band of stellar musicians. The music is all-Australian with the stories, humour and sense of history
Canberra Contra Club
Friday 6.15pm La Petite Grande recreates the exhilarating and inspiring contra Saturday 10.45am Hall dance scene from northern America. With Sunday 2pm Wombat diverse – dare we say eclectic – music from the Appalachians through to Quebec, contra is a social dance style that anyone can do. With world-renowned callers teaching and calling all the dances, Canberra Contra Club will be a highlight of your Festival experience. Saturday 1.30pm Anglican Hall Saturday 8pm Hall
Canberra Shanty Club is a community singing group that runs a fortnightly session at pubs around Canberra to sing our favourite sea shanties and folk songs. All singing levels welcome and we'll teach you the parts you need to sing. So if you can stamp and shout and show some passion join us for a tune or two. Saturday 11.15am Pony Club Sunday 12pm Bar
Dear Violet Dear Violet are a young Australian trio from the Illawarra. Their enchanting harmonies accompanied by acoustic guitar are beautifully unique. They are known for their covers of traditional folk songs and keeping folk alive for the next generations.
Friday 5pm Wombat Saturday 10am Mudgingal Charlie & Jensen is a musical conversation Saturday 5.15pm Pavilion between acoustic artists Hunter Beasley and Sunday 11am La Petite Grande Luke Wright. They journey through genres, The Dixie Chooks shifting from vocally charged original songs, to Wendy Ealey and Moira Tyers are Melbourne virtuosic instrumental tunes. They take a based multi-instrumentalists and purveyors of stripped-back, raw approach to music and fine country blues/folk roots. They possess a performance mixing bluegrass, gypsy jazz, penchant for intricate harmonies and a quirky country and spontaneity. Their musical chemtake on golden standards. So the Chooks- ‘not istry is evident in their debut album ‘Whiskey Chicks’ have a versatile range of stage perforBefore Breakfast’, a collection of single take mance from whimsy and fun to poignant and recordings, unedited and undeniable. powerful. Come join us! Friday 5.45pm Marquee Friday 6.30pm Hall Saturday 12.30pm Pony Club Saturday 10.45am Wombat Sunday 1pm Wombat Saturday 5.45pm La Petite Grande Sunday 1.15pm Pony Club Chloe & Jason
Charlie & Jensen
Drawing their inspiration from the warmth of old-style bush entertainment and folklore, the Roweths work with vibrant arrangements of new and old traditional Australian ballads and work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, weaving together and carrying forward many threads of the Australian tradition.
East Row Rabble delivers a slick mix of funk, ska, blues and soul with heavenly horn lines that will get your booty shakin' and your feet shuffling. Addressing a mixture of world issues and daily curiosities, their songs explore the varied elements of any situation with honesty, hope, and cheekiness.
Friday 10pm Marquee Saturday 4.15pm Pavilion Saturday 8.45pm Marquee Sunday 12.30pm Pavilion
Folklines present Bush Dance 2.0 injecting new zing with the best of the collected Australian tunes and a mix of newly composed and old style dances. Dancing your socks off is optional but dancing with FolkLines is both compulsive and compulsory. Share our passion for the music with FolkLines in Session. Play by ear or follow the dots.
bad vibes and protect the innocent. He plays guitar with both hands at the same time.
Saturday 12.30pm Betty's Bar
George Mann has produced albums featuring such folk music legends as Utah Phillips, Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton and produced national tours of the US and Australia in honor of the Almanac Singers (2013) and Joe Hill (2015). George brings his experience as a union organizer and educator to his concerts-- stories and songs about real events and the struggle for a better life.
Sun 2.30pm Hall Look for them in the Bar
Friday 6.45pm Marquee Saturday 3pm Pony Club Food of Love Choir Saturday 10.30pm Pavilion Uplifting, inclusive and lighthearted Food of Sunday 4pm Wombat Love has been celebrating the thrill of the human voice in harmony for 20 years. When you have a community event that needs the musical touch , Food of Love is the choir you call. We love songs with a sweet tune from any tradition.
Saturday 10.15am St Josephs Church Saturday 2.15pm Hall
Fred Smith Band “...one of our finest lyricists...he shows true mastery of crafting melodies and marrying them to the words without recourse to a shotgun...” John Shand, SMH. Songwriter, comedian, raconteur and author Fred Smith joins forces with an all-star band to present songs from his rich back catalogue and his new album “Warries".
Friday 9.45pm Pavilion Saturday 12.45pm Wombat Saturday 7.45pm Marquee Sunday 12.45pm Marquee
George Bishop Burning white hot, George forges South Pacific Island Folk, Australian Desert Folk, North West Coast Folk, South American Andes Folk and the classic Nowra Folk into super strong, sharp as a samurai sword songs to cut through
Gone Molly With their eponymous album winning three titles in the Australian Celtic Music Awards 2018, Gone Molly are truly unique folk storytellers. Breathing life into colourful characters and tales imagined or discovered, ‘The Mollies’ will lead you on a journey through the grimy streets of London, over ghostly battlefields and down into the faerie dells of Anglo-Celtic history. Delivered with a joyful energy and a hint of the theatrical, their live performances are not to be missed! Friday 6.45pm Pavilion Saturday 2pm St Josephs Church Saturday 7.45pm Wombat Sunday 1.30pm Pavilion
Gregory North With lots of hats and voices, he’s a wonder to behold, a writer and performer – three-times champion, we’re told. Bush poetry performance makes him come alive, you see; it’s dinkum Aussie culture that will fill you full of glee. So come along, experience his characters in rhyme come climb the slime and grime, no crime, it’s prime, a time sublime! Saturday 7.45pm La Petite Grande
Gudula Dornseifer is a counsellor and mediator in her daytime job. Generally being interested in peoples’ stories and lives Gudula loves to find out what makes people tick, how they got to where they are now, what were their challenges and how did they grow from that. Gudula will interview some of our musicians, a great opportunity to bring musos and audiences closer.
den have been playing in Irish ceili dance bands for many years and are steeped in the traditional dance music of Ireland. The band members are all versatile musicians who love playing the exciting up-tempo music needed for Irish ceili dancing. Friday 10pm Hall Saturday 11.15am Anglican Hall
Kira Dowling and Stringfiddle Come and join in the fun of Scottish Country Dancing with a special program of dances sure to get everyone up on the floor! You’ll have your toes tapping to the fantastic music of lively jigs and driving reels as you enjoy this fun and social form of dance. Stringfiddle is Bob McInnes on fiddle and Jane Ellis on keyboard. Saturday 4pm Anglican Hall Saturday 8pm Hall
KV School Choir Most people agree that the Kangaroo Valley school choir is the most talented school choir ever to have performed at the Kangaroo Valley folk festival. They are wonderful. Saturday 10.30am Marquee
is a duo comprised of singer-songwriters Gina Graham and Sam Schroder. The duo have been producing an ever-expanding repertoire Saturday 1.45pm Wombat of songs which span genres, tempos and The Honeybees moods - folk, jazz and pop-rock - but always is a well known a cappella choir with a love of with the intimate vocal style which is Gina’s the uplifting and passionate quality of the gos- own and Sam’s creative guitar. pel genre. Our repertoire includes traditional Saturday 11.45am St Josephs Church gospel songs as well as modern gospel- Saturday 6.45pm Wombat inspired numbers which draw on related mu- Sunday 1.45pm Marquee sical styles such as soul, R & B and jazz. Under the dynamic direction of Stephen Clarke the Luke Robinson choir will inspire audiences with uplifting and With carefully-crafted lyrics and a powerful bass voice, Luke's rousing anthems and contoe tapping music. templative ballads range from our First PeoSaturday 1.05pm Hall ples to refugees, fracking, war, drug addiction Sunday 12.15pm St Josephs Church and some light hearted commentary on modKangaroo Ceili ern life. Now living in the NSW Northern RivJames Palethorpe, Eoin O'Keeffe & Ian Hay- ers, he has recently released his debut album
"A Better Way".
Friday 3.45pm Pavilion Saturday 1.15pm St Josephs Church Sunday 10am La Petite Grande
Madis and Tiina Alvre will present a variety of Estonian, Finnish and Swedish folk and social dances, suitable for beginners as well as more experienced dancers, and ranging from circle and formation dances, to couple and progressive dances. Saturday 2.45pm Anglican Hall Saturday 8pm Hall
has toured with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko among others, as well as touring extensively on her own in Australia and Europe. Melanie recorded an album in French, which was funded by the highly successful Pozible campaign and gave Melanie a six month residency in France, writing songs with poet Alain Rivet and pop icon Helena Noguerra. Melanie has also written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television. Friday 9pm Wombat Saturday 11.45am Wombat Saturday 4.45pm La Petite Grande Sunday 4.15pm La Petite Grande
Mike & Ruthy Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar are a husbandand-wife duo setting the Americana/Folk scene ablaze, as a duo or with their five-piece band, The Mammals. Singers, songwriters & storytellers, social & environmental activists,
Margaret & Bill Winnett Recipients of the 2018 National Folk Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, Margaret and Bill Winnett, love nothing better than teaching people to do Irish dancing then see them put their skills to the test at a Ceili. Their workshops are always fun and full of energy, the Ceili even more so! Friday 10pm Hall Saturday 11.15am Anglican Hall
Maypole With Molly and her lively accordion will have kids dancing and creating intricate ribbon patterns or playing percussion. Emphasis is on fun audience participation where adults are invited to join in. Erika Cleaver (Molly), an experienced early childhood teacher and her helpers enjoy sharing music and dance with kids. Saturday 11.15am on the Oval Sunday 11am on the Oval
poets and parents, they tour with their children in tow, embodying a down-home approach to Americana. Ruth is carrying on her family tradition, being the daughter of legendary fiddler/composer, Jay Ungar ('Ashokan Farewell'). Friday 4.45pm Marquee Saturday 1.45pm La Petite Grande Saturday 6.45pm Hall Sunday 11.15am Pavilion
Nerds & Music
consists of two cyborgs assembled by some deranged mechanic in his back shed in Newcastle. Their repertoire ranges from sea shanties about the national broadband network to meditations on the colour brown. Audiences have been rendered dumbstruck by their weirdness, witticisms, wordplay, and alliteration.
is well known for dancing down a darker, more industrial path, but is cheeky, colourful and fun when dancing in the light. The troupe performs a range of choreographies in their own fusion style of bellydance traditions with modern industrial styling added to the mix along with dance motif influences from Goth, burlesque and flamenco.
Saturday 11.30am Betty's Bar Saturday 4.45pm Wombat Saturday 9.45pm La Petite Grande
Saturday Verandah Saturday 7.30pm Hall Sunday 9.15am Hall
Pamela Wilson is an experienced tai chi instructor who has designed sessions to suit all levels. Let her prepare your body and mind to enjoy the rest of your day. Saturday 8.30am Hall Sunday 8.15am Hall
Paul Greene A powerful and passionate performer, masterful songwriter & story teller with heart on his sleeve.
Friday 6pm Wombat Saturday 12.15pm Pavilion Electro-folk, klezmer-fusion entertainer Niq Saturday 5.30pm Marquee Reefman is an incredible one-man-musical. Sunday 2.15pm La Petite Grande Drawing curiosity globally with his eclectic tale-spinning songs he's also the BEST IN The Peppercorns THE GALAXY at playing trumpet and accordi- are Craig Sinclair (guitar, vocals) and Lara on simultaneously. His songs fuse jazz chords, Norman (violin, mandolin, vocals). Hailing folk lyrics & pretty melodies with a splash of from the south coast of WA, this duo bring together a wealth of musical influences on comedy, into an artwork of ear candy! their bluegrass, swing and old-timey inspired Friday 3.45pm Marquee folk tunes. Using a traditional single microSaturday 1.15pm Mudgingal phone approach, their delicate string arrangeSaturday 8.45pm La Petite Grande ments, soaring harmonies and timeless lyrics Sunday 12pm Pony Club create a unique sound, both intimate and powerful. No Such Thing They were originally called The Greatest Bush Saturday 11am St Josephs Church Band in the Universe, until they were told they Saturday 10.45pm Wombat were No Such Thing. Still, they are good Sunday 3.45pm Marquee enough for a pretty good dance or a session in Peter Willey the bar. With a name like Peter Willey, what else could Friday 8pm Hall he be but a comedian? Peter is a seasoned Saturday 12.30pm Bar
stand-up and accomplished singer / guitarist with an arsenal of sharp tongued stories, jokes, impressions, poems, original songs and irreverent reworking of famous tunes. He has performed at countless folk and comedy clubs, and too many clubs and pubs. Hilarious!
Friday 8.15pm La Petite Grande Saturday 3.15pm Pavilion Saturday 10.45pm La Petite Grande Sunday 11am Wombat
Saturday 8.30am Pavilion Sunday 8.30 am Pavilion
With his trusty ukulele by his side, Rob will be leading the Ukulele Muster and Singalong each morning. It’s not strictly for Ukes. Bring your kazoos, mouth trumpets … whatever, and be ready to sing.
Take a tantalising trip through versatile verse with livewire poet Robyn Sykes: frolicking Don and Sue Brian excavate diaries, journals folk, powerful protests, serious stories, rollickand old newspapers looking for songs, poems ing rhymes. Authentic Aussie entertainment. and old crafts. They then tell the stories in Saturday 8.30am Wombat illustrated workshops and demonstrations. Sunday 8am Wombat They have presented workshops at the National Folk Festival, Australian Folklore Conference, local history groups and to Norfolk Island history tours.
Friday 4.30pm Hall Sunday 1.15pm La Petite Grande
The Royal High Jinx
Rhythm Hunters A dynamite force in world roots music, adored for their frenetic drum choreographies and infectious dance grooves, Rhythm Hunters bring cutting edge physical percussion, western horns, Asian flute, deep grooves and electro beats, making them one of Australia’s most exciting festival acts. Friday 7.45pm Marquee Saturday 12.15pm Marquee Saturday 6.30pm Marquee Sunday 10.45am Pony Club
Melbourne’s mesmerising contemporary world music inspired band, The Royal High Jinx have burst onto Australian festival stages with originality virtuosity and theatricality. Their songs and tunes are inspired by European traditions peppered with Gypsy Jazz Latin, Balkan & Swing grooves with a pinch of cheeky cabaret. Join a world of celebration and thrills when The Royal High Jinx launch their highly anticipated album 'Murder Motel,' at this year’s Kangaroo Valley Folk Fest. A live show not to be missed! Friday 10.45pm Pavilion Saturday 4.30pm Marquee Saturday 10.45pm Marquee Sunday 10.45am Marquee
Shoalhaven Community Choir
Colourful and award-winning, Ruido harness authentic rhythms, songs, and gestures from the world of flamenco and drive them into Australian hearts. While Ruido love reviving forgotten songs from Spain and Latin America, more than half of their songs are composed by the troupe. Come enter the world of Ruido!
welcomes everyone - no auditions are necessary. Our aim is to spread the word that singing is extremely good for health and group singing is the most exhilarating of all. We are a welcoming, supportive choir, singing a wide range of music genres. Our Festival program celebrates the traditional folk music of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Sunday 12pm Mudgingal Sunday 1.15pm Hall
Scott Cook and the She'll Be Rights
Saturday 1.40pm Hall
Skinner & T’witch
Canadian balladeer and veteran road warrior Scott Cook returns with a new intercontinental stringband, consisting of fellow prairie boy Bramwell Park on banjo, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. Sturdy songs, equal parts introspection and insurrection. Friday 8.45pm Pavilion Saturday 1.30pm Marquee Saturday 3pm Pony Club Saturday 7.30pm Pavilion Sunday 2.45pm Marquee
An original, contemporary folk acoustic duo from England, performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs. ‘A pair of comic geniuses’. Session Experience provides a welcoming accessible place to play David Chamberlain, Blues and Roots Radio music in a session like environment. We love www.skinnerandtwitch.com playing music with others but find just Friday 7.15pm La Petite Grande "joining a bar session" can be intimidating, so Saturday 9.30am Marquee we started running slow sessions at festivals Saturday 3.45pm Wombat where we hope everyone feels welcome. Sunday 2.30 Pony Club Saturday 10am Pony Club Sunday 9.30am Pony Club
The Shining Wits
The Somedays Get in the festival mood with the intoxicating original music of The Somedays. An eclectic mix of seasoned musicians sharing the music love. From folk to jazz, blues to country, reggae to rock and lots in between, they even have a sea shanty sailor song. One not to be missed!!
Funny folk who play some pretty funny Folk music - Ken Smith and Russell Neal are smart fellers who write songs that use puns and jests, satire and irony, spoonerisms, witticisms and aphorisms to amuse and entertain their audiences. Always good natured and even in good Friday 10pm Wombat taste, their songs contain jokes that predate Saturday 2.15pm Pavilion the oldest folk tunes. . Saturday 9.45pm Marquee Sunday 12pm Wombat Saturday 10am La Petite Grande
is a Sri Lankan born, Melbourne based con- Nowra sisters Joy, Kathy and Robin Sharpe temporary troubaare Trilogy, whose repertoire extends from dour whose songs are Celtic folk to 1970's kitsch. If there's a three medicine for your part harmony out there, we'll find it - and we soul. She is a captilove to hear you singing along. vating performer Saturday 12.30pm St Josephs Church who shines with a Saturday 6.15pm Pavilion natural grace and The Water Runners presence. "Suzette play a unique blend of bluegrass-infused Aussings from her soul, tralian folk. Engaging stories, tight harmonies she glows when she and strong musicianship combine to produce sings... every song is an unforgettable entertainment experience. plucked with precision from her heart". With a brand new album to show off in 2019, Friday 7pm Wombat come see why this band has been wowing Saturday 10.15am Pavilion crowds at venues and festivals far and wide. Saturday 6.45pm La Petite Grande Friday 8pm Wombat Sunday 3.30pm Pavilion Saturday 1.15pm Pavilion Saturday 3.30pm St Josephs Church The Sweet Sorrows bring Celtic charm and edge together with soft Sunday 4.45pm Marquee harmonies to create an Americana/Celtic/ Roots fusion. Based in Co. Wexford, Ireland, The Sweet Sorrows are veteran Irish singersongwriter Sammy Horner and his Australian wife Kylie. They tour globally with their blend of original and trad music delighting audiences with their humour and vocal harmonies. Sammy’s guitar and bodhran is matched well by Kylie’s whistles, melodica and accordion.
Wayne and Johnnie
Friday 5.45 Pavilion Saturday 3.30 Marquee Saturday 8.45 Wombat Sunday 10.15am Pavilion
Johnnie Spillane and Wayne Millar will run a workshop on Irish Folk Music. John will provide an insight into the Irish whistle, and then, together with Wayne, lead Irish tunes at a reasonable pace for all musicians to take part and enjoy. All levels of experience and all instruments welcome. Saturday 1.45pm Pony Club
Crooning troubadour and old time folk singer, William Alexander (the kid from Bourke), brings back the songs of hillbilly and country Tim Woodz music’s greatest figures as well as his own Winner of the Maldon Ministerial award, tour- songs of the new world and all its trials and ing with iconic musician Tex Perkins and tragedies. Ruckman for the Rockdogs, Tim Woodz is “all Friday 4.45pm Pavilion grins and silly anecdotes” as he performs Jazzy Saturday 3.45pm La Petite Grande folk tunes with a quirky narrative. Tim’s songs Saturday 9.45pm Wombat provoke beautiful, nostalgic and charming Sunday 9.45am Marquee imagery with energetic musical warmth. Friday 9.15pm La Petite Grande Saturday 11.15am Pavilion Saturday 5.45pm Wombat Sunday 1pm Mudgingal
Wollongong Welsh Choir
A lively four-part rendition of traditional and modern material in welsh and english Saturday 12.30pm Hall
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