2019 Performers

Ballpoint Penguins

The Penguins are going out with a splash and this will be your last chance to join the colony at the National before they become extinct. Marking the start of their 12 month farewell tour these festival favourites will show you why they are the best a cappella comic trio in the country with well crafted lyrics soaring harmonies and a keen eye for the absurd. Catch them while they're still 'tinct.

Black Mountain String Band

The Black Mountain String Band is a celebration of string band music in all its forms. They combine multiple fiddles and banjos along with guitar and double bass to draw from the well of tradition while adding timeless original material. They cleverly arrange their material in a seamless presentation that will delight aficionados and new audiences alike. The band is Donal Baylor,Jacqueline Bradley, Matt Nightingale and Pablo Shopen. www.blackmountainstringband.com

Irish Mythen (Can)

Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live performances. She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey - as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after she’s left the bandstand.

Lucy Wise

Lucy Wise grew up in WA, performing in the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. She has since delighted audiences across Australia, NZ, USA and the UK with her soulful voice, and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing. Joined by Dan Witton (double bass) and Mischa Herman (accordion), Lucy will be performing songs about love, joy and sadness, friendship and the relationships people form with their environment.

Mànran (Scot)

Tagged as “Celtic-rock”, Mànran’s music has an eclectic mix of influences with a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs in both Gaelic and English that undergo the same musical mixology.

Penny Davies & Roger Ilott

After almost 40 years of writing playing recording and singing together Penny Davies & Roger Ilott create the kind of seamless musical persona as a duo that only a long and loving musical relationship can. Their evocative versions of Queensland poet Bill Scott's songs are classics of the genre.