Unsung Heroes of Australian History – A powerful journey through Australia’s history; celebrating in story, song and images those ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. This exciting and innovative production presented by Moira Tyers, Wendy Ealey, Bruce Watson, and Neil Robertson explores what makes us who we are today. Complete with audience interaction and the gratuitous distribution of Anzac biscuits!
We ask the big questions: Who shot Ben Hall? What was Henry Lawson’s mum like? Who’s got a glacier and a rat named after him? What does the Franklin River flowing have to do with the Russions invading Lithuania?
So many people have quietly made their mark and helped to form this fortunate nation. We invite you to join us to meet some of them.
Flap! will be taking a break from their national tour supporting ‘The Cat Empire’ to bring their joyous, energetic and unique original musical stylings to Port Fairy for the fourth time. Their music is thoroughly and indescribably their own. If you were to break it down, you’d hear its roots in trad jazz, folk, and gypsy, with elements of latin, calypso and pop peeking through, however the music is so much more than genres can describe. Flap! play cranking dancing music for celebration and fun times, with gusto and exceptional talent. Banjo Ukulele, Trumpet, Trombone, Double Bass, Drums, some sweet singing and 5 friendly faces will have you smiling, dancing and hopefully smiling some more.
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Twin sisters Alanna & Alicia charm audiences wherever they play with their original folk/jazz/roots infused songs and their onstage warmth and humour. Their fine band features talented musicians, Damien Neil on guitar and Matiss Schubert on violin and mandolin. They are excited to be launching their much anticipated third album at the festival and will also sing songs from their previous albums, “Two in a Book” and “Funny She’s So Much Like Me’.
With the release of his first full-length album ‘Thank You For Giving Me The Blues’, Shaun is taking the ‘one man show’ concept to an exciting contemporary level with his charming style of boogie blues and soul. Surrounded by a stomp box, tambourine, high hat, cymbal, kick and snare drum, Shaun’s flair for playing six percussive sounds with his feet, whilst delivering quality guitar and blues- harmonica performances, is undeniably impressive!
A compact duo with big sound, Siskin River (sisters Shalane & Tullara Connors from Ramornie NSW) set out on the road in the December summer of 2011. Writing, composing, and gigging as they go, they haven’t stopped since, and now call their car “Home” as they tour between festivals. Known for their unique blend of percussive guitar tapping, evocative lyrics, and stomping groove factor, these sisters redefine the term “sibling rivalry”. Their self-titled debut EP was released in May 2012 with an album in the works for June 2013.
Jackson’s new EP “Walk Along The Wire” shows this 21 year old emerging singer-songwriter has a rare talent. His song writing is often deeply contemplative and yet at other times he seems to simply be celebrating the beauty to be found in everyday life. There is an honesty and depth in his lyrics and in his performance that promises to make him a compelling storyteller in many years to come.
Born under a Long White Cloud, setting forth from the now mystical Te Awamutu, Tim Finn has sailed upon a sea of surging fans swept up in his music from Split Enz, Crowded House, The Finn Brothers, ALT and myriad solo voyages. As a live performer—be it stripped back acoustic or leading a full-band assault—Tim Finn remains mercurial and magnetic: his pure tenor voice plaintive and yearning; his ethos always to engage and entertain. And so he has for more than 35 years now with over 20 albums and counting. Tim’s odyssey has been our own; his uncanny songwriting ability has given us a lifetime of songs to sing to; to cling to: songs to live and die by.
Expect to be overwhelmed and uplifted by indie darlings, Skipping Girl Vinegar. Celebrated songwriters; their recent acclaimed sophomore album ‘Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey’ received extensive play on Triple J, ABC… and made many album of the year lists both here and the U.S. SGV deliver their own hobo-pop sound rich with melody and classic sing-along choruses. Wowing audiences in the U.S and at many of Australia’s premier festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Woodford F.F and now returning home to Port Fairy Folk Festival where it all began. This heart-warming band is a must see experience.
This virtuosic instrumental trio composes music of sparkling beauty and originality, performed with virtuosity, finesse and a light-hearted twinkle. Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass) with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) have a unique sound that reflects their musical backgrounds in Celtic, classical, jazz, metal, and bluegrass. Since beginning their touring career in 2010 they have played many major acoustic festivals in Australia and New Zealand, released three albums and a live EP, including their latest offering Talk.
This 3 piece outfit unites the raw energy of foot-stomping rock and blues with bluegrass, alt-country, folk and world music sounds, providing the perfect backdrop for the band’s evocative, subtly layered storytelling. Fronted by singer-songwriter Jed Rowe, the band fuses Rowe’s electric, acoustic and lap slide guitars with a rock-solid rhythm section in double bassist Michael Arvanitakis and drummer Michael DiCiecco. Their second album “The Ember and The Afterglow”, produced by Australian roots music great Jeff Lang, has reached new audiences through national radio exposure.