Make no mistake Normie Rowe & The Playboys were by no small measure the most successful Pop act in 60s Australia. Finding their way from the Town Hall dances of the Northern suburbs of Melbourne to Channel O’s “GO!! Show” they proceeded to produce a string of hit singles that remain essential moments on the soundtrack of a generation – “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “I Who Have Nothing”, “Que Sera Sera” and “Shakin’ All Over” are the most obvious. There a half a dozen others that will leap to mind instantly as you hear the song intros. Normie Rowe & The Original Playboys shows are rare and memorable shared experiences for all concerned; Normie, The Playboys and the audiences. Billy Billings (guitar), Peter Carrol (bass) and Graeme Trottman – “Trotta” (drums) were there in the beginning. Sadly, keyboardist Phil Blackmore passed away in the 70’s. Steve Kelson is the new boy – only 25 years. You’ll hear the original sounds through the original equipment. You’ll feel as good as you did then – just a bit different – and it will be difficult to stop the memories flowing and to get the smile off your face! As Stan Rofe might say – “We had so much fun then, we’re doing it again!”
Australia’s favourite little kids puppet show is coming back to Port Fairy! Aimed at 1 – 8yr olds, the 2 monkey puppets (Bongo & Congo) actually play the instruments, and lead the audience in all sorts of fun! The Monkeys have been reviewed as “Beating Hi-5 hands down” (Adelaide Advertiser), “The Next Wiggles” (NTNews). Famous all over Australia for it’s cute, funny monkeys, variety segments and positive messages for the world, this show is not to be missed
Red The Clown has been the magic ingredient at The Children’s Folk Circus for a “loonng loonngg” time. His humour and circus skills have inspired and entertained many thousands of wide-eyed children with clowning, juggling, unicycle, songs and stories. Red is one of the “Legends of Clowning” in Australia and certainly at Port Fairy.
Ding Dong, Meet Yvonne! An Aussie beautician on a Mission! A combination of circus and comedy served up with a good dollop of cheese, this is one Australian story not to be missed as Yvonne launches a new range of cosmetics ‘ManVon’, make up…for him, full of hula hoop, juggling, bad Magic and ridiculous humour.
The show was originally made as a street theatre commission for the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2009 and has since gone on to perform on the U.K/European festival circuits in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Some highlights have included Watch this Space – London National Theatre U.K (2009, 2011), Stockton International Riverside Festival – U.K (2009) and The Malmo Festival – Sweden (2011). Kate’s latest work is as one of the characters of ABC’s Hoopla Doopla.
The young local blues harmonica player and singer Eddy Boyle, has had some great musical highlights recently. Teaming with Tom Richardson at Blues on Broadbeach and then guesting with Jimmy Hocking, Jim Beavis, Trans Val Diamond, and Benny Walker. Renewing his musical friendship onstage with Joe Camilleri and the Blacksorrows. Also recording a new cd ‘Tin Sandwich Stomp’ with some of Melbourne’s best blues musicians. The cd contains eleven original tracks one of which was co-written and recorded with the great blues man himself Chris Wilson. Eddy and his band are ready to play some cool blues for you. The harmonica will be wailing through out the performance of original and blues classics. With Eddy on vocals and harmonica, Mark Halliwell on guitar, Tim Conlan on bass and Brenton Smith on drums the Warrnambool boys will bring the blues to you.
Ahoy! Look who just sailed into Port Fairy looking for adventure on the hoop-deck! H.M.A.S Heidi Hoops has plenty of nautical rope tricks and magical knots to tie. She also has loads of hula hoops to spin so she‚Äôll need to recruit some brave new sailors to help her out with her big stack of hula hoops! Be prepared to learn the ropes and with a heave-ho, and a yo-ho-ho!, Before you know it you’ll be saying “Aye-Aye Captain HMAS Heidi Hoops SIR!”
Gallie, originally from Dublin, has travelled all over the world with his music and now he calls Australia home. A recent live-to-air performance on ABC, sparked a huge listener response, and it’s easy to see why when you hear his song ‘Occoquan River’. http:// blogs.abc.net.au/victoria/2013/07/gallie-strikes-a-chord.html? site=gippsland&program=melbourne_afternoons
Hand picked by judges including Tom Waits as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, beating 16,000 entries from around the globe to reach the last fifteen. Now a renowned and respected live performer, Gallie’s interpretation of music is understandably soulful; deeply captivating; and powerful on every emotional level. Recently voted “Artist Of The Week” by New York DJ-BP Fallon 2012 “International Songwriter Of the Year” finalist, as judged by Tom Waits. Gallie has written songs for many artists including Renee Geyer and Stephen Pigram.a
Gallies new album will be released early 2014
Jill Meehan and Carol Reffold aka The Folksinger & the poette perform a brilliant variety of folksongs and poems in tandem, having gained much experience travelling around Australia, performing on the Ghan and in the Outback, they are known for their meaningful and also humerous and thoroughly entertaining performances. Their latest CD’s 2013 ‘The Folksinger & the poette will be available at the festival.
Kinetic Theatre is a street theatre company performing a diverse range of roving acts and installations, stretching from the beautifully surreal to the absurdly comic.
The company consists of a versatile troupe of performers, whose training includes mime, stage acting, physical theatre, clowning, and costume design. Their eclectic skills have combined to produce a variety of original shows, as well as creating several commissioned pieces.
Formed in 1996, and till recently based in Fremantle, Western Australia, Kinetic Theatre has now moved to Melbourne. The company has performed extensively both at home and abroad, having been invited to festivals and events in Europe, Japan, Canada, and New Zealand.
The only thing likely about this mob is their name. These Warrnambool musos came together recently to fuse an unlikely blend of traditional Irish, Scottish, reggae and jazz stylings underpinned by clever songwriting and solid musicianship. Their repertoire includes original, traditional and contemporary Celtic style- a likely festival pleasure.
Merran Moir- pipes, whistles; Glenn Hudson- guitar, vocals; Timm Conlan- electric and double bass