• Tina Sparkle – Family Folk Circus

One of the freshest, friendliest and most colourful faces in the facepainting and children’s entertainment business is Melbourne based facepainter, Tina Sparkle. A regular at family style festivals around Melbourne, Christmas Carols and kids parties Tina Sparkle (aka Christine Meagher) is a whiz at painting kids faces and entertaining them.

Her designs satisfy nearly every request the children candream up – fairies, pirates, spiderwebs, rainbows, masks, butterflies, magpies, tigers and super heroes all done in bright colour and lots of sparkles.
When required Tina also doubles as The Fruit Lady, Princess Petunia, Pirate Jack and Disco Diva. Ring her 0423-506550 or  See her website for samples and contact details.

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• Bikerina – Street IN•vaderS

A professional German circus artist with more than 19 years of performance experience in over 13 countries. She began her remarkable career at a young age, competed several times at German and European unicycle championships, and perfected her circus skills at the Dutch Circus School ‘Codarts’. Ina has miraculously managed to squeeze all this experience and skill into one action-packed circus extravaganza – The Bikerina Show!

www.bikerina.com

• The TNT Show – Street INvaderS

Francisco fell into his first job as a children’s party clown in 1995 unaware that this first gig would be the beginning of a lifetime journey through clown, comedy and circus.
Since, he has studied in over five countries and performed in over 20 throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, independently and with companies. He is an accomplished traditional juggler learning from Antonio Benitez (Antoliu), Although now his style is dedicated to a more contemporary form of object manipulation and contact juggling – bringing everyday objects (tables, suitcases, umbrellas) to life and incorporating them in his juggling routines.

• LightnUp – Southern Lights Parades

LightnUp is a community based arts organisation based in Lismore, NSW, Australia. These travelling light workers create artwork inspired by light and shadow and collaborate with communities to celebrate their stories. LightnUp take their magic to festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest and regional festivals across NSW, Qld and Vic. Their premier event is the fabulous Lismore Lantern Parade held annually around the Winter Solstice in June.
www.lanternparade.com

The Grand Magoozi

The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry. Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

www.themastersonsmusic.com

The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry.
Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

The Grand Magoozi’s self-titled EP was recorded live over three days with Australian music luminary Nick Huggins. After meticulously placing vintage microphones across his living room, Huggins managed to capture the simple and heartfelt sound of The Grand Magoozi in eight original compositions. The Grand Magoozi is the first artist to be signed to Little Lake, the label founded by Huggins and Seagull frontman Chris Bolton.

Scurry began playing classical piano at a young age, where she developed a profound love of melody and mood. Her family’s sizeable collection of world, folk, soul and country music was also a founding influence on the particular taste and style evident in Magoozi.

In her early 20s, Scurry worked behind the bar at the Lomond Hotel in East Brunswick, where she was exposed to various barflies and local legends, and developed an obsession with old-time and country, which is an evident influence in The Grand Magoozi’s style.

Scurry has also played and sung for various Melbourne artists and bands which led her to meet and work with the collective of like-minded musicians that now play with The Grand Magoozi, including bass player Glen Walton, Jonny Wilson on fiddle and acclaimed songwriter Tobias Hengeveld (The Daylight Express/All the Lines are Down).

The first single of The Grand Magoozi’s debut EP, Pinkie Blues, is out now. The Grand Magoozi will release her debut EP on 24 March at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, followed by a tour of the East Coast of Australia with a collective of talented musicians.

The Morrisons

A sometime 7-piece band forging elements of alt-country, bluegrass and folk to create a unique and contemporary Australian sound. Highly accomplished pickers, singers and multi-instrumentalists, their stories are inspired by Aussie folklore and modern Australian life.

www.themorrisonsband.com

Winners of the 2014 folk/acoustic song of the year at the Australian Song Writers Association Awards, The Morrisons fuse Australian stories and sounds with the spirit and intensity of old time American bluegrass, country and folk. With high, lonesome singing, fast picking and original songs inspired by folklore, family and their lives as young Australians. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, washboard, harmonica, and 4 part harmonies, they deliver a live show full of raw energy and emotion. They released their debut single ‘Wild Eleanor’ (ASA Folk/Acoustic song of the year) in October of 2015 with a full-length album due for release in Autumn 2016. They have performed with highly acclaimed international artists Lake Street Dive (US) and Lindi Ortega (CAN), and their show, Man of constant sorrow: A tribute to the music of “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”, has sold out 2 years in a row, with cast featuring, Ngaiire, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tommy Dean, Luke Escombe and Brian Campeau.

 

The Morrisons play big band folk, like a mash up of both Inside Llewyn Davies and Oh Brother Where Art Thou’s T-Bone Burnett” – Concrete Playground

 

Oh Pep!

The sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking, multi-award-winning Melbourne act, Oh Pep!’s current EP Living has garned high praise from across the globe with NPR’s Bob Boilen saying: ‘…the Melbourne band’s music is infectious… Filled with Magic.’

www.ohpep.com

The Paper Kites

Melbourne’s much loved folk five-piece The Paper Kites have turned their viral music videos into a lifelong career, reaching #17 on the ARIA Chart for their debut album States, and selling out numerous national tours.

www.thepaperkites.com.au

Melbourne’s much loved folk five-piece, The Paper Kites enjoyed a whirlwind year after the release of their highly anticipated debut album States in 2013.

Following on from a successful national tour, the band embarked on a sold out headline tour of the USA and Canada as well as an illustrious support slot alongside Canadian singer- songwriter, City and Colour.

Reigning in at #17 on the ARIA Charts, debut album States received a number of impressive accolades for sophomore single, Young, including a J Award nomination for Australian Music Video of The Year as well as ranking 27th in Rage’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013.

Off the back of a #8 album and #1 Australian album chart debut for critically acclaimed sophomore LP twelvefour, 2015 has proven to be just as busy, with The Paper Kites completing a national tour followed by a headline tour of the US/CAN.

Written between the hours of midnight and 4am, twelvefour is the band’s most experimental record to date.

With a strong reputation for creating innovative and mesmerising video clips, the band are releasing a trilogy of videos for the first three singles off the album, all of which are also set between 12 and 4am.