Known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic blues and roots guitar music” and with over 25 years touring the world playing festivals and concerts and nearly a dozen critically acclaimed albums, Nick Charles’ music is a must for lovers of great blues and roots guitar music. Primarily the great acoustic blues and ragtime guitar masters of the 20’s and 30’s were Nick’s initial influences. Later and significantly, the brilliant country blues picking of Merle Travis and Doc Watson became ingrained in his style as well as numerous eclectic elements ranging from the jazz of Duke Ellington, the swing of Django and the more modern sounds of Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins. Nick’s latest album “Into the Blues” is a tour-de-force and a return to the fundamental elements.
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Marilla Homes is a Feldenkrais practitioner, remedial massage therapist, and an accomplished performer and classically trained singer. She runs the Opera Studio and Wellbeing Centre, where her clients range from elite performers to beginning singers, rehab clients and stroke patients, and teaches Feldenkrais to the Music Foundation students at the Victorian College of the Arts. She is the co-director of CrosSings choir. Her debut album Inner Whirl was released in 2011, and is a mixture of folk and bluesy songs. Her band Marilla Homes and the Housemen formed mid 2013 and has so far performed at Kilmore Celtic and Maldon Folk Festivals, while Marilla has performed and presented in her own right at Woodford Folk, Daylesford Singers and Tamworth Country Music Festivals already in 2014.
The haunting vocals of Brett N Clarke are accompanied by his extraordinary ability as a wordsmith and musician. He brings the love of his land and people into the here and now with a mix of modern folk lyrics, funky dance grooves and traditional ballads. Put all that with Sarah GunditjQueen Lovett – Madison vocals and you’ve got something you just have to see! Or rather must listen to as it will put you in that feel good mood for days!
Songwriter, poet, guitarist, singer, producer, and literary broadcaster, he has performed all over Australia, in pubs, clubs, festivals and stadiums including opening for the likes of Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello. He co-wrote ‘Snake Skin Shoes’, for the Black Sorrows and the ballad, ‘Changi Banjo’ for Lee Kernaghan scoring him a golden guitar at the ACMA. In the 80’s his bands The Agents and The Subterraneans were regulars on Triple J and community radio. In the ‘90’s, ABC 774, Classic FM broadcast the folk and contemporary ballad compilations, ‘Going Home’ and ‘Moon Over Melbourne’. Broadcasting included hosting the ‘Words’ literary interview program on ABC TV, ‘Australia Talks Books’ on ABC RN and presenting on Triple J. He now returns as a solo artist with a guitar and a bag of original, insightful songs, poems and stories about living in Australia. His current combined book and CD, ‘Songs For a Season at Ghost Town Bridge’ is an evocation of Australia via an imagined, and magical, country town.
The Hog Stompin’ Zydegators accordion and washboard driven musical madness is dynamic and uplifting transporting you to a Juke Joint in the Swamplands of Louisiana. Get on down the road where the moonshine flows, just let yourself go, with some Red Hot Aussie Zydeco.
With the Zydegators latest release ‘Itchin’ Scratchin’ Zydeco’ they have forged a melting pot of unique zydeco and swampy blues rhythms that defy you to keep your feet still and off the dance floor.
Join them for a Louisanna Zydeco Dance Party and Let The Good Times Roll.
Jane Thompson has been charming audiences for years in her bands Blackwood, The Rainmakers and Songs With Legs, singing songs addressing matters of the heart and issues of our time; playing whistle, accordion and maracas. Jane is now delighted to be launching her debut solo album ‘Here’, bringing her warmth of style, pure vocals and award-winning songwriting to the fore… This weekend she will be accompanied by great playing and vocal harmonies from James Rigby (guitar, mandolin) and Jim Green (guitar)… “Wow. It is a fantastic album. I am gobsmacked. I just love it. Great songs, arrangements, playing and of course, your beautiful singing” (Dave O’Neill, former Artistic Director, National Folk Festival)
Jane and James will also be leading the Festival Choir – come and sing with them on Saturday and Sunday, then take to the stage on Monday morning!
James & Jane will take festival patrons across the line to see the venues from the performers perspective. With fresh local and imported songs arranged just for the occasion and just two rehearsals participants will experience the buzz of a full blooded performance in one of Port Fairy’s main stages.
Back by “Popular Demand” after packed houses at the festival 2013, The Man They Call The Banjo explores the intriguing origins and exits of leading characters in the life of “Banjo” Paterson and his anthemic story of The Swagman of Waltzing Matilda.
Written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O’Keeffe – based on Dennis O’Keeffe’s highly rated Allen & Unwin publication, Waltzing Matilda – The Secret History of Australia’s Favourite Song.
This is great unmissable theatre with a marvellous cast showing at woolsheds and at this coming festival. Who was The Banjo and what really happened to The Swagman? Find out at at the Port Fairy Folk MUSIC Festival on March 8, 9. (Pic Credit: The Warrnambool Standard )
Miss Australia 1963 the loveable Louis Vuitton patron loves Port Fairy so much she has come back and bought with her her “Dingo”. Miss Australia 1963 aka Madge Allseasons is an interactive comedy show where you never know what might happen. Still on the road, suitcases, lipstick and powder packed, the irrepressible Madge AllSeasons is a hard act to tame. She’s worldly, savvy and beware, she’s not afraid to comment on your fashion. This queen of haute couture brings the audience to their knees with a handbag twirling finale.