Gramophone Man resurrects all those great sounds your grandparents used to love on 78. Using genuine His Master’s Voice wind up gramophone players, the GM plays all the songs from the 20′s 30′s and 40′s that you don’t know you love, and some that you wish you’d never heard. Combine this with his over excited dancing and suave between song patter and you have a unique and often hilarious show.
Since his birth in July 2011 he has delighted audiences all over Europe, Scotland, Singapore and in South Korea. Shark Bouy is a comedy show featuring incredible circus stunts. It concludes with a bizarre audience participation story featuring rubber ducks and a shark! Shark Bouy is surprising and delighting audiences around the World with his absurd, improvised comedy extravaganza! This show is a tribute to the great Australian tradition of the shark attack. Shark Buoy: Take a Bite…NOW!!!An extroadinary juggler; one of Australia’s most bizarre and amusing contemporary clowns; and a Port Fairy favourite, Benny B returns!
Red is one of the gurus of the great tradition of clowning and a legend of the genre in Australia. With his humour and skills he has brought much happiness to our world with magical illusions, juggling, unicycle antics, songs and strories a-plenty. With Red at the helm as host, the Childrens Folk Circus comes to an extraordinary place of smiles all round. Thank-You Red!!
Suzette is a captivating songstress with a bunch of heartfelt and award winning, contemporary folk /Americana songs in the style of Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris. Suzette has received many accolades for her moving and brilliant solo tribute to Joan Baez, and is a well-known facilitator of wonderful singing and songwriting sessions in Melbourne. She has been described as having a ‘golden, velvet voice’ and a ‘charismatic’ stage presence. Don’t miss this contemporary troubadour who will be complemented by the vocals and instrumental genius of Patrick Evans (fiddle and guitar) and Chris Lazzaro(mandolin, banjo and guitar). Suzette has released 3 cd’s and will release her new cd ‘Roses’ in 2014. Previous cd’s include ‘Never too Late’, ‘A Place to call Home’ and ‘Both Sides Now’.
Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice are all there in his compelling new album ‘Uncle’ – released in late 2014. Although he’s lived in Adelaide for many years, Frank’s spirit belongs to the heart of Australia. Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, “wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from”.
Yamma’s deadliest album to date could not have arrived at a more opportune time. 4 1/2 stars.
Countryman is an absorbing and immensely moving listening experience.
Frank Yamma is going to break your heart, wipe away your tears, then make you cry some more… In the most enjoyable way possible.
[Loud n Local]
In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent”.
“I’ve played Passerby on repeat, for months it was the only album I wanted to listen to.” – Matt Berninger (The National)
“Zoe’s lyrics are remarkable…she and Steve make musical magic. She has that kind of voice that, when it’s wrapped around the right words, can make you cry. It did me.” –Lucinda Williams
“Gorgeous and refined…timeless” – Rolling Stone
“Luxuriant vocals…emotionally compelling…4/5” – MOJO
“This year’s most addictive record to date…5/5” – Bust
“Deliberate impeccability” – NPR
“Gloriously entrancing” – Clash
“I played it again and again, and finally I was like ‘who the hell is this person?’ “- Joe Boyd, producer (Nick Drake)
”Dear Hamlyn’ is the most beautiful record I have heard in 10 years’. Peter Blackstock (founder/editor No Depression Magazine)
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, SGV are returning to Port Fairy Folk Festival where it all began. This heart-warming band is a must see experience.
Inspired by the likes of Andrew Bird, Django Reinhardt, The Bearded Gypsy Band play an eclectic mix of tear away original tunes with Celtic, jazz, blues, roots and Gypsy influences. They exhibit masterful performance skills and play with a musical authority seemingly beyond their years.
Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fiona’s singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive. Her Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the ‘muckle sangs’ – the big ballads. These traditional songs are blended into an engaging set along with contemporary gems written by some of Scotland’s finest songwriters. Fiona will be performing with a band of outstanding Melbourne musicians –Ken Maher on guitar, Michelle Doyle on harp, and Angus Downing on fiddle – whose sensitive arrangements bring new life to the old songs whilst capturing the traditional style.
Best known for his hit “Up There Cazaly”, Mike Brady has made his mark on the Australian musical psyche since the 1960’s. Mike will be performing songs from his new album ‘Bloodlines’, with his band ‘Greenspot” as well as a selection of his extensive back catalogue.