Over 100 Artists Added to 2019 National Folk Festival Lineup / by Kylie Cobb

Added to the 2019 National Folk Festival Lineup today L-R: Kittel and Co.(USA), Fanny Lumsden (AUS), Edgelarks (UK), Little Quirks (AUS), Mission Songs (AUS), The April Verch Band (CAN/USA), The Cope Street Parade (AUS), John John Festival (JPN)

Added to the 2019 National Folk Festival Lineup today L-R: Kittel and Co.(USA), Fanny Lumsden (AUS), Edgelarks (UK), Little Quirks (AUS), Mission Songs (AUS), The April Verch Band (CAN/USA), The Cope Street Parade (AUS), John John Festival (JPN)

Australia’s longest running major folk festival, the National, today rounds out a robust 2019 lineup announcing an additional 116 artists taking the tally up to more than 180 performers over a massive five days this Easter.

The best and brightest in folk from around the globe will converge on the nation’s capital, Canberra, 18-22 April, with world-class performers hand-picked from 14 countries including Japan, Portugal and Italy, with a strong local component to boot.

“The 2019 lineup is so diverse with acts spanning the full gamut of folk, from contemporary and trad to bluegrass, celtic, country, blues, dance and more - we have it all!” said National Folk Festival director, Pam Merrigan.

“Today’s international additions see an exclusive debut from Scottish duo Ross Couper and Tom Oakes, USA’s award-winning Kittle and Co. for their only East Coast show and Japanese folk trio, John John Festival returning to Australia after a very successful debut in 2017.

“We’re equally excited about the incredible quality of Australian artists on offer too.

“Whether you’re a die-hard folkie or trying it out for the first time, you will love getting your folk on at the National this year!” she said.

The National Folk Festival’s 53rd year will continue its tradition of championing homegrown talent with another 90 Australian artists joining the lineup today, from award-winning country singer, Fanny Lumsden to bottleneck slide guitarist, Anna Scionti and Lloyd Spiegel (recently named one of our top guitarists of all time by Australian Guitar Magazine) to Shortis and Simpson, who will be premiering  ‘Happy Little Copyrights’, a thought-provoking show about the art of song borrowing; contemporary folk-pop trio Little Quirks, who are already establishing themselves as ‘ones to watch’ with a support slot for The Preatures next month; Redgum’s John Schumann, Goanna Band’s Shane Howard and The Red Rockin' Dirt Band drawing on the politically charged folk roots of the 70’s and 80’s; and so many more.

Young emerging trio, The Little Quirks say folk festivals are “so important for young people to experience.”

“Folk is for all ages,” said 18-year-old guitarist and singer, Abbey Toole, ”It’s one of the rawest and most real styles of music where you can hear very personal stories you can relate to in songs.”

“There’s just something different about folk that we know other young people will love if they give it a chance.”

Alongside the 100+ newly added acts, festival goers can look forward to unforgettable sets from artists already announced such as the inimitable Irish Mythen (Canada); a rare appearance by The Fagans, one of Australia's first and favourite folk families; Victoria’s Freya Hollick, Luke Plumb & Kate Burke; plus a very exciting new collaboration between the acclaimed Glenn Skuthorpe and Canada’s First Nations artists on The Homelands Tour.

National Folk Festival will also see Canada’s The Once and our own John Flanagan wrap up the ever popular Festival of Small Halls Autumn regional tour.

With more than 750 shows throughout 20 venues over its five days, a kids festival, themed bars, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and an engaging, multi-discipline arts program, it’s easy to see why the National Folk Festival is the longest running event of its kind and Australia’s home and heart of folk.

National Folk Festival is held over the Easter long weekend, 18-22 April 2019 in Exhibition Park, Canberra.

Are you ready to get your folk on? Final release early-bird tickets are on sale now at folkfestival.org until midnight January 31. See 2019 lineup at folkfestival.org/2019-performers

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  • 2019 lineup so far

  • Artist Images & Bios

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2019 LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

In alphabetical order
(artists in bold are new additions)

19-Twenty (AUS)

40 Degrees South (AUS)

ABRASKA (AUS)

Afro Moses (AUS)

Ali and Tom's Musical Wheelbarrow (AUS)

Andy Nelson

Anna Scionti

The April Verch Band

Australian Morris Ring

Ballpoint Penguins (WA)

Banat Amar

Bella Donna Gorgonzola

Belswagger Morris Dancers

Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show

Black Joak MorrisBlack Mountain String Band (ACT)

Bluegrass Parkway (AUS)

Bob Fox

Bonniedoon

The Bottlers

The Britannia Morris

Brothers On Fire (NSW)

Bruce Cameron

Bush Capital Band

Bush Traditions Concert

Bush Traditions Settler Music Sessions

Canberra Scottish Country Dancers

Candice Mcleod (NT)

Charlie & Jensen

Chris Matthews

Ciaran O'Grady & Aifric Boylan with Graeme Newell

The Cope Street Parade

Cue and Do

Dances of the North

Darol Anger And The Republic Of Strings (USA)

Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners

Dividing Range Dancers

Dru Yoga Australia

Drummers not Plumbers

East Row Rabble (ACT)

Easter Sunday Church Service

Edgelarks (UK)

Electric Tommy Johnston

Ella Belfanti

Enda Kenny

Evergreen Ensemble

The Fagans

Fair Maids of Perth & Sons

Fanny Lumsden

Fascisimo

Festival Bush Orchestra

Festival Choir

Fiona Ross

Flamenco Centre Canberra

Freya Josephine Hollick (VIC)

Friends Among Friends

Gawurra (NT)

Girl on the Hill

Green Mohair Suits (NSW)

Greshka (QLD)

Gudrun Walther & Juergen Treyz

Guyy & The Fox (ACT)

Irish Joe Lynch (QLD)

Irish Mythen (CAN)

Jacob DiamondJan “Yarn” Wistzky (VIC)

Jan and Bruce Clark of the Canberra Scottish Country Dancers Strathmannan

JigJam

Jimmy Bay (SA)

Jodi Martin

John John Festival

Johnn Schumann + Shane Howard and The Red Rockin’ Dirt Band

Jumptown Swing

Kate Fagan

Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Kim Yang (ACT)

Kimberley Wheeler & Roadside Holiday

Kittel & Co.

KUD Razigrana Makedonka

Lily and King

Little Quirks

Lloyd Spiegel

Loosely Woven

Lucy Wise (VIC)

Luke Plumb & Kate Burke (TAS/NSW)

Mad Tatters Morris

Malumba

Manran (SCOTLAND)

Margaret and Bob Fagan

The Martins

Matthew Lykos

Melbourne Colonial Dancers and Coral Eden

Melbourne Comhaltas

Melisande [Electrorad]

Mission Songs Project

The Mouldy Lovers

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (UK x AUS)

NFF Percussion Experience

Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet

Noel Gardner & Alex Bridge

Nuala Kennedy, Gerry O'Connor & Eamon O'LearyO'Neill's Folly

Ordinary Elephant

Paverty Bush Band

Penny Davies & Roger Ilott (QLD)

Perth International Dance

Phil Bates

Praashekh Quartet (WA)

Quaker Meeting for Worship

Raduga Trio

Raio De Sol Canberra Community Samba Band

Rhubarb

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (ITALY)

Richard Perso

Roger Holmes and His Beautiful Assistants

Roguery And Brooke Friendly (USA)

Ross Couper & Tom Oakes

Roving Unicycles

Salmiakki Pelimannit (NSW)

Saplings Sessions Bush Music Club

Sarah Humphreys & Loren Kate

Señor Cabrales

Session Experience

Short Dented Potts

Shortis and Simpson

Songs From the Australian Tradition

Sparrow Folks (ACT)

The Spooky Men's Chorale

The Squeezebox Trio

Strange Weather Gospel Choir

The String Contingent

Stu Tyrrell

Surly Griffin Morris

Sweet Mona's Choir

Sydney English Country Dance

Taylor Pfeiffer

Telenn Tri

The Amazing Drumming Monkeys (AUS)
The Dead Maggies (TAS)

The Dorsal Finns (WA)

The Exciting McGillicuddies (VIC)

The Homelands Tour Ft Glenn Skuthorpe (AUS x CAN)

The Marios Papadeas Ensemble (GREECE x AUS)

The OnceThe Tango Social Club of Canberra (ACT)

The Vegetable Plot (AUS)

Tiffany Eckhardt (TAS)

Trioc

Truman Smith Band

TSDAV Dance Composers' Competition

Ukestral Voices

Ukulele Republic of Canberra

Uptown Brown! (AUS)

The Verandah Band

Vila Navio (PORTUGAL)

Worldly Goods Choir

Zackerbilks


APPROVED IMAGES + ARTIST BIOS

From this announcement….

ANNA SCIONTI (VIC)  Melbourne blues songstress Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a singer/songwriter guitarist and bottleneck slide player. Scionti’s uninhibited foot stomping blues is honest and raw. On cigar box guitar, resonator, lap steel and stomp you will be deeply immersed into her world of electrified rhythmic tunes. Playing emotionally charged songs from her new album, Anna tell stories of loss, love, laughter and tragedy.

ANNA SCIONTI (VIC)
Melbourne blues songstress Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a singer/songwriter guitarist and bottleneck slide player. Scionti’s uninhibited foot stomping blues is honest and raw. On cigar box guitar, resonator, lap steel and stomp you will be deeply immersed into her world of electrified rhythmic tunes. Playing emotionally charged songs from her new album, Anna tell stories of loss, love, laughter and tragedy.

ELLA BELFANTI (QLD)   Winner of 'Best Guitarist’ at Bluesfest Busking Comp 2017 and hailed as "The next big thing!" by Yumi Stynes (of ABC podcast ’Ladies, We Need To Talk'), Ella Belfanti is a solo artist with a sound as full as a band. Brandishing her guitar, stompbox and loop pedal, she takes the audience on a journey through folky ballads, to groovy atmospheric blues, largely instrumental percussive guitar pieces, and fast-paced heralds to the confusing human condition.

ELLA BELFANTI (QLD)
Winner of 'Best Guitarist’ at Bluesfest Busking Comp 2017 and hailed as "The next big thing!" by Yumi Stynes (of ABC podcast ’Ladies, We Need To Talk'), Ella Belfanti is a solo artist with a sound as full as a band. Brandishing her guitar, stompbox and loop pedal, she takes the audience on a journey through folky ballads, to groovy atmospheric blues, largely instrumental percussive guitar pieces, and fast-paced heralds to the confusing human condition.

EDGELARKS (UK)  Winners of the BBC Folk Award for 'Best Duo', Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) combine astonishing instrumental virtuosity, genre-bending material, warm personalities and achingly beautiful voices, telling tales of myth, history and legend. They combine incredible dobro and harmonica and lilting violin interwoven with mesmerising harmonies. This extraordinary UK duo have performed at Woodford, Cygnet Illawarra, Port Fairy and Blue Mountains folk festivals to an overwhelmingly warm reception.

EDGELARKS (UK)
Winners of the BBC Folk Award for 'Best Duo', Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) combine astonishing instrumental virtuosity, genre-bending material, warm personalities and achingly beautiful voices, telling tales of myth, history and legend. They combine incredible dobro and harmonica and lilting violin interwoven with mesmerising harmonies. This extraordinary UK duo have performed at Woodford, Cygnet Illawarra, Port Fairy and Blue Mountains folk festivals to an overwhelmingly warm reception.

THE APRIL VERCH BAND (CAN)  While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Sometimes she sings, steps, and fiddles all at once with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance. Her live show is a beautiful companion to her music: versatile robust and masterfully executed.

THE APRIL VERCH BAND (CAN)
While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and far beyond for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Sometimes she sings, steps, and fiddles all at once with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance. Her live show is a beautiful companion to her music: versatile robust and masterfully executed.

BOB FOX (UK)  One of the UK’s finest exponents of storytelling through song, Bob Fox is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham. For over 40 years he has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit.

BOB FOX (UK)
One of the UK’s finest exponents of storytelling through song, Bob Fox is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song prevalent in his native County Durham. For over 40 years he has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit.

THE FAGANS (AUS/UK)  The Fagans are one of Australia's leading folk music families. They are loved internationally for their high-energy shows, stellar repertoire and close harmony singing and are delighted to reunite for the National, their heartland festival. The 5-piece includes founding duo Margaret and Bob Fagan (who for decades have been central to the Australian folk scene), folk-roots songwriter Kate Fagan, and renowned UK-based fiddle and bouzouki duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan. They are an act not to be missed.

THE FAGANS (AUS/UK)
The Fagans are one of Australia's leading folk music families. They are loved internationally for their high-energy shows, stellar repertoire and close harmony singing and are delighted to reunite for the National, their heartland festival. The 5-piece includes founding duo Margaret and Bob Fagan (who for decades have been central to the Australian folk scene), folk-roots songwriter Kate Fagan, and renowned UK-based fiddle and bouzouki duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan. They are an act not to be missed.

FANNY LUMSDEN (AUS)   Western NSW raised Fanny Lumsden is hitting new highs with her second album ‘Real Class Act’. Released on her own Red Dirt Road Records label, the album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Country Chart and won Country Album of the Year at the 2018 AIR Awards while the 6th Annual Country Halls Tour throughout 2017–18 was Fanny’s biggest tour to date. It’s no wonder the words ‘I love Fanny’ are on everybody’s lips.

FANNY LUMSDEN (AUS)
Western NSW raised Fanny Lumsden is hitting new highs with her second album ‘Real Class Act’. Released on her own Red Dirt Road Records label, the album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Country Chart and won Country Album of the Year at the 2018 AIR Awards while the 6th Annual Country Halls Tour throughout 2017–18 was Fanny’s biggest tour to date. It’s no wonder the words ‘I love Fanny’ are on everybody’s lips.

GUDRUN WATHER & JUERGEN TREYZ (GER)   Walther & Treyz are founding members of the band Cara. They have released two albums: 'Deitch', a mix of German dance music and traditional songs and 'Heimat', which explores the cultural exchange between German and Celtic traditions. Their live shows are spontaneous and inventive – they listen to each other intently, react to each other’s ideas within split seconds and never deliver the same show twice.

GUDRUN WATHER & JUERGEN TREYZ (GER)

Walther & Treyz are founding members of the band Cara. They have released two albums: 'Deitch', a mix of German dance music and traditional songs and 'Heimat', which explores the cultural exchange between German and Celtic traditions. Their live shows are spontaneous and inventive – they listen to each other intently, react to each other’s ideas within split seconds and never deliver the same show twice.

JIGJAM (IRE)   JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as 'CeltGrass', their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

JIGJAM (IRE)

JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as 'CeltGrass', their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

JOHN JOHN FESTIVAL (JAP)   John John Festival is fast becoming the most popular Irish/Celtic three-piece fiddle/vocals, guitar/vocals, and bodhran & tajibourine-light (original tambourine) band in Japan. With rhythm, melody and emotion in a genuine groove they have a mutual ease and a 'music makes the audience and players both happy' mind set. They played Celtic Colours (Canada 2016) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia 2017–2018).

JOHN JOHN FESTIVAL (JAP)
John John Festival is fast becoming the most popular Irish/Celtic three-piece fiddle/vocals, guitar/vocals, and bodhran & tajibourine-light (original tambourine) band in Japan. With rhythm, melody and emotion in a genuine groove they have a mutual ease and a 'music makes the audience and players both happy' mind set. They played Celtic Colours (Canada 2016) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia 2017–2018).

JOHN SCHUMANN, SHANE HOWARD AND THE RED ROCKIN’ DIRT BAND (AUS)    Shane Howard (ex Goanna) and John Schumann (ex Redgum), two of the most influential Australian singer-songwriters of our age, simply can’t stand it anymore. They’ve written and recorded a song together, fittingly titled TIMES LIKE THESE and will perform it with The Red Rockin' Dirt Band at National Folk Festival .

JOHN SCHUMANN, SHANE HOWARD AND THE RED ROCKIN’ DIRT BAND (AUS)

Shane Howard (ex Goanna) and John Schumann (ex Redgum), two of the most influential Australian singer-songwriters of our age, simply can’t stand it anymore. They’ve written and recorded a song together, fittingly titled TIMES LIKE THESE and will perform it with The Red Rockin' Dirt Band at National Folk Festival .

KITTLE & CO (USA)  Kittle and Co consists of Jeremy on violin and vocals, Joshua Pinkham on mandolin and Quinn Bachand on guitar. Jeremy Kittel is an award-winning American fiddler, violinist, and composer. A master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, Kittle is gifted in fusing and revitalising these diverse styles. He has worked with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and My Morning Jacket and has also been a guest artist with several symphony orchestras.

KITTLE & CO (USA)
Kittle and Co consists of Jeremy on violin and vocals, Joshua Pinkham on mandolin and Quinn Bachand on guitar. Jeremy Kittel is an award-winning American fiddler, violinist, and composer. A master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, Kittle is gifted in fusing and revitalising these diverse styles. He has worked with Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and My Morning Jacket and has also been a guest artist with several symphony orchestras.

LITTLE QUIRKS (NSW)   The Little Quirks are a young all-girl family trio from the Central Coast, NSW. Their sound is dominated by their vocal harmonies and their own brand of indie-folk quirkiness comprising mandolin, guitar and drum kit. Starting out as buskers just three years ago they have recently released their third EP and played festivals such as Bridgetown, Mountain Sounds, Port Fairy, Nannup and more. Their influences vary from traditional folk to Mumford and Sons!

LITTLE QUIRKS (NSW)

The Little Quirks are a young all-girl family trio from the Central Coast, NSW. Their sound is dominated by their vocal harmonies and their own brand of indie-folk quirkiness comprising mandolin, guitar and drum kit. Starting out as buskers just three years ago they have recently released their third EP and played festivals such as Bridgetown, Mountain Sounds, Port Fairy, Nannup and more. Their influences vary from traditional folk to Mumford and Sons!

LLOYD SPIEGEL (VIC)   Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and is one of Australia's most recognised guitarists. Australian Guitar Magazine recently named him in its list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time and he is nominated for Best Blues Album 2018 at the Music Victoria Awards. His show blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a complete concert experience.

LLOYD SPIEGEL (VIC)
Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and is one of Australia's most recognised guitarists. Australian Guitar Magazine recently named him in its list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time and he is nominated for Best Blues Album 2018 at the Music Victoria Awards. His show blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a complete concert experience.

MISSION SONGS PROJECT (VIC)  Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences can gain a deeper understanding about the history of elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss.

MISSION SONGS PROJECT (VIC)
Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences can gain a deeper understanding about the history of elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss.

NICOLA HAYES & HÉLÈNE BRUNET (FRA)  Nicola & Hélène have been making music together for fifteen years. Their ardent take on Irish jigs and reels, old-timey breakdowns and Cajun two-steps summon audiences into a universe where “the only proper way to react to the inner animal’s tunes is to dance to them”. Their first album, 'Travelling', released in September 2011, drew enthusiastic responses from reviewers and public alike. 'The Inner Indian', recorded live in Australia and Brittany, appeared in 2016.

NICOLA HAYES & HÉLÈNE BRUNET (FRA)
Nicola & Hélène have been making music together for fifteen years. Their ardent take on Irish jigs and reels, old-timey breakdowns and Cajun two-steps summon audiences into a universe where “the only proper way to react to the inner animal’s tunes is to dance to them”. Their first album, 'Travelling', released in September 2011, drew enthusiastic responses from reviewers and public alike. 'The Inner Indian', recorded live in Australia and Brittany, appeared in 2016.

NUALA KENNEDY, GERRY O’CONNOR & EAMON O’LEARY (IRE)  Singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy and Irish fiddle legend Gerry O'Connor return to the NFF from Dundalk, Louth where they have played music together for many years. Their repertoire draws from the ancient kingdom of Oriel in the North East of Ireland and there is a great lively spark to their dance music. Eamon O'Leary is one of Irish music's foremost accompanists as well as an accomplished singer/songwriter.

NUALA KENNEDY, GERRY O’CONNOR & EAMON O’LEARY (IRE)
Singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy and Irish fiddle legend Gerry O'Connor return to the NFF from Dundalk, Louth where they have played music together for many years. Their repertoire draws from the ancient kingdom of Oriel in the North East of Ireland and there is a great lively spark to their dance music. Eamon O'Leary is one of Irish music's foremost accompanists as well as an accomplished singer/songwriter.

ORDINARY ELEPHANT (USA)   Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Crystal and Pete Damore are a nomadic husband and wife duo from the US, living full-time in a van taking their music wherever they go. Winners of the International Folk Music Awards '2017 Artist of the Year',

ORDINARY ELEPHANT (USA)
Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Crystal and Pete Damore are a nomadic husband and wife duo from the US, living full-time in a van taking their music wherever they go. Winners of the International Folk Music Awards '2017 Artist of the Year',

ROSS COUPER & TOM OAKES (UK)  Hailing from polar ends of the UK Ross Couper (Shetland) and Tom Oakes (Devon) have been dazzling audiences with their fiery driving rhythms and shared passion for the infectious melodies and grooves of Celtic Music for the best part of a decade. Their highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility delivered with warmth and humour leaves audiences exhilarated

ROSS COUPER & TOM OAKES (UK)
Hailing from polar ends of the UK Ross Couper (Shetland) and Tom Oakes (Devon) have been dazzling audiences with their fiery driving rhythms and shared passion for the infectious melodies and grooves of Celtic Music for the best part of a decade. Their highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility delivered with warmth and humour leaves audiences exhilarated

SHORTIS & SIMPSON (ACT)  John Shortis is a songwriter with a passion for politics and history. Moya Simpson is a singer who uses her considerable vocal range and comic flair to bring Shortis’ songs and scripts to life. Together they are Shortis and Simpson, Canberra-based performers of original shows that are always humorous, poignant, and informative.

SHORTIS & SIMPSON (ACT)
John Shortis is a songwriter with a passion for politics and history. Moya Simpson is a singer who uses her considerable vocal range and comic flair to bring Shortis’ songs and scripts to life. Together they are Shortis and Simpson, Canberra-based performers of original shows that are always humorous, poignant, and informative.

SARAH HUMPHREYS & LOREN KATE (NSW/SA)  Sarah Humphreys and Loren Kate, two of Australia's finest female singer/songwriters, renowned for their beautiful, raw and honest songwriting and storytelling will join together with Liz Frencham and Melanie Robinson for a rare and intimate collaboration. Their harmonies are some of the sweetest, their stage presence warm and inviting.

SARAH HUMPHREYS & LOREN KATE (NSW/SA)
Sarah Humphreys and Loren Kate, two of Australia's finest female singer/songwriters, renowned for their beautiful, raw and honest songwriting and storytelling will join together with Liz Frencham and Melanie Robinson for a rare and intimate collaboration. Their harmonies are some of the sweetest, their stage presence warm and inviting.

TRIOC (VIC)  Trioc is a collective of young Victorian instrumentalists performing Irish traditional music. They received the 2018 Peter J Daly Memorial Award in recognition of their previous National Folk Festival appearances.. Their repertoire includes jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs in inventive and sensitive arrangements. Trioc’s sound is at once earthy and ethereal, reflecting the band members’ respect for the torchbearers of the Irish musical tradition as well as their own unique musical vision.

TRIOC (VIC)
Trioc is a collective of young Victorian instrumentalists performing Irish traditional music. They received the 2018 Peter J Daly Memorial Award in recognition of their previous National Folk Festival appearances.. Their repertoire includes jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs in inventive and sensitive arrangements. Trioc’s sound is at once earthy and ethereal, reflecting the band members’ respect for the torchbearers of the Irish musical tradition as well as their own unique musical vision.



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