Hailing from the rich musical landscape of Southwest Victoria, John Hudson is considered one of this country’s most versatile guitarists. John’s musical diversity, be it Jazz, Blues, Country, Classical, etc. has allowed him to perform both as a solo artist, and as a member of various ensembles, here and internationally. Most recently, John has been touring with iconic singer/songwriter Shane Howard (Goanna). John will also be conducting a guitar workshop (SUN 1pm) that may or may not involve various aspects of guitar…ladies ,a plate please…
Mark Atkins is one of the world’s greatest didj players, recognised for his collaborative projects with leading composers and musicians. A descendant of WA’s Yamitji people, and of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark has incorporated the didgeridoo sound into orchestral works, theatrical productions and dance performances. Mark is a performer, storyteller, songwriter, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker. He creates and paints didgeridoos and has exhibited his traditional and contemporary artwork internationally. Mark is founding member of Black Arm Band, featuring Australian legends of indigenous contemporary music.
Wishful is a 5 piece band from Victoria. Originally a trio, sisters Maddy and Memphis met third member Sam at Queenscliff Music Festival, where their love of playing and watching music brought them together. Later joined by Harley and Caleb, Wishful write their own original music, creating an interesting indie folk style with edgy pop melodies and euphoric harmonies.
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.
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.