40 Degrees South
40 Degrees South (formerly The Roaring Forties) is a Sydney-based group renowned since 1988 for the powerful impact they make singing unaccompanied folk songs. They have a shipload of traditional maritime songs and some fascinating contemporary compositions collected on trips abroad. Don Brian, Thomas Hanson, Chris Maltby and Margaret Walters are strong individual singers who choose robust songs telling of real people, their lives and work. Whatever they are singing, choruses, harmonies and wit abound.
'Truly authentic' is the first idea that springs to mind when people see this incredibly experienced band strut their stuff. Bluegrass Parkway always has a great time on stage, leaving their audiences singing and laughing. Their single mic approach to traditional bluegrass is always a must-see ant any festival!
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour. The PK Wrigley Skifflejuggers
Billy Bragg recently wrote about skiffle influences in the UK, but what about Australia? From early music hall through jug and skiffle bands to early rock and roll there are stories of ‘home-made music’ in Australia. Many are recorded for the National Library of Australia collection. The ‘PK Wrigley Skifflejuggers’ (Seal, Willis, Browne, Cooper, and Nightingale) will bring these songs and stories to life. Bring your voices or kazoo and join in – you will know them!
Evergreen Ensemble bridges the gap between folk music and baroque music. Known for their virtuosic programs bringing together the best of Australia's early music talent and folk icons, they weave stories back through time, rediscovering the sounds of folk melodies performed on period instruments. The group launched a second album, 'Snow in Summer', in Oct 2018 with a tour through Victoria and NSW.