Amazing Drumming Monkeys
The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and overseas for the past 14 years! Their show combines a unique blend of puppetry, live drumming grooves, comedy, and heartwarming themes, to deliver a fun filled interactive show for the whole family. The show has cute and funny monkeys for the kids, great drumming for the adults, variety segments for all ages, and a message for the world.
Big Tops & Tiny Tots Circus Show
Calling alll Tiny Tots and Future Superstars! Luth's on an action-packed circus adventure, but she needs your help! She's looking for giggle-ready 3 to 6 year-olds to help solve a whole host of fun circus challenges in this five star circus show made just for preschoolers. After 45 minutes of endless giggling, they’ll be somersaulting out the door with excitement, ready to set off on their very own circus adventure.
Black Joak Morris
Black Joak Morris performs the traditional folk dancing of the bucolic English Cotswolds (Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire). Morris dancing is fresh and varied friendly and skilled danced to live music provided by our talented and knowledgeable musicians. The origins of Morris are lost but have been linked to ancient English rituals connected to hunting and harvesting traditions. The Joakers are an energetic side from Sydney who couple athletic display with bright costumes and loud bells to delight.
Mr Beep and Ellie
Daryl Peebles (aka Mr Beep) is a playwright, poet, comedian, magician, ventriloquist, speaker and MC. Daryl regularly appears at events, festivals, conferences and conventions engaging audiences of all ages with his silly songs, stories and banter. Especially for the younger set, Daryl morphs into Mr Beep and, with his partner Ellie, presents a fun-filled show of magic, ventriloquism, music and madness. Ideal for children aged from four to ten.
Peter and Mary have been travelling as the duo Rhubarb. They have told stories and sung songs and entertained children and adults around the world – and met astonishing people along the way. It has been a privilege and a whole bunch of fun. Rhubarb is now joined by two much younger people, the fabulous Katie Charlton-Jones and her fabulous husband Danny Priestley, two established musicians who have seamlessly slotted into the world of storytelling.
Sarah Humphreys, Loren Kate & Liz Frencham
Sarah Humphreys and Loren Kate will join together with Liz Frencham for a rare and intimate collaboration. Three of Australia's finest female singer/songwriters, renowned for their beautiful, raw and honest songwriting and storytelling. Their harmonies are some of the sweetest, their stage presence warm and inviting. Loren and Sarah have released a children's album titled 'Little Wonders' and will be showcasing this at the Festival.
Spooky Men’s Chorale, The
The Spooky Men's Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. They seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male, armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.
Squeezebox Trio, The
Armed with a thirty-year old accordion, violin and acoustic gitane The Squeezebox Trio will get you up and swinging with their energetic performances. The boys bring a unique flavour to the gypsy swing tradition of the 1930s forged by the two remaining fingers of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. They haven't played the National since 2015 and are thrilled to be releasing their debut album.
The 2018 Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year', soulful and honest multilingual singer/songwriter STAV. (@soundofstav), continues her story of migration with soaring melodies and bursts of rhythmic fire. She released her debut album 'The Horizon Line' with an east-coast tour and shows in Barcelona and France. Her newest single was premiered on Triple J in 2018. "She has this sense of wonder" – Triple J. "Definitely stands out from the crowd" – MAV.
Award winning guitarist Stu Tyrrell plays acoustic metal, Celtic roots and original Australian folk. Breathing new life into traditional English and Celtic folksongs, Stu re-imagines them into stomping, roots-infused arrangements interwoven with acoustic heavy metal to deliver something completely original. Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Granny Smith Festival, and National Celtic Festival. He also won the 2016 Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition with his instrumental arrangement 'Celtic Medley'.
Surly Griffin Morris
The Surly Griffins are Canberra’s local Morris side. They challenge neatly defined conventions by bringing together the best of Border and Cotswold Morris styles with a dollop of Yorkshire Longsword for good measure. They dance in a relaxed, laconic, yet vigorous style and revel in entertaining crowds. Look out for their distinctive black costumes with vivid baldrics and vibrant tatter coats.
Vegetable Plot, The
The Vegetable Plot is an award-winning live music act that has been spreading its funky roots all over Australia. Serving up a big wriggling heap of catchy tunes, colourful characters, quizzes, dances, jokes and truly rotten puns, these veggie superbeings are on a mission to change the way people think about both vegetables and “kid’s music”. Come and join Aspara Gus, Ru Barb, and Sir Paul McCarrotney for a ride on the soil train!