Adelaide Scottish Fiddle ClubPerforming a varied program of contemporary and traditional music, the Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club is excited to be launching their long-awaited debut CD. Join this vibrant community group for toe-tapping jigs and reels, and haunting slow airs taking you on a journey from Scotland and Ireland to Nova Scotia, Scandinavia and even Australia! A stage full of fiddles joined by cellos, guitar, double bass, piano and harp is surely a sight and sound to behold!
Afro Moses (GHA/AUS)Afro Moses is an award-winning artist from Ghana, West Africa. His illustrious career features such accomplishments as being voted twice as Ghana’s Best International Music Ambassador and sharing the stage with highly renowned artists such as Ziggy Marley and Youssou N’Dour. Afro Moses delivers a high-energy show containing positive messages of unity and individual beauty. His music spans countless styles including African, reggae, funk and pop. He'll have you jumping and wanting more.
Aidan Connolly (IRE)Aidan Connolly is a master young fiddle player from Dublin and is considered one of the leading Irish musicians of his generation. His debut album, 'Be Off', was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and is considered one of the best fiddle albums of recent years. He has toured extensively in the USA and Japan and has performed in Sweden, France, Spain, the UK and Australia. Aidan is celebrated for his unique style of playing.
Alan Downes (NZL)Performing only his own original work, Alan Downes sings lyrical ballads about the good times we need to remember and how the bad times can give you the best yarns. They are (mostly) true stories of people and places told with careful observation, a good dollop of humour and a little nostalgia.
Alana WilkinsonDescribed as equal parts vulnerable folk singer and vitriolic poet, the shining beam of sunlight that is Alana Wilkinson has turned heads recently with stellar performances across major festivals such as Blue Mountains, Queenscliff, Woodford and Nannup. Combining delicate melodies with disarmingly insightful vignettes about the human condition, Wilkinson is a smiling assassin who leaves audiences feeling like they’re sitting in her living room, chatting about life over a steaming cuppa.
Alaska String Band (USA)The Alaska String Band brings the best of Americana. Winners of the Fame Awards – Bluegrass Band of the Year, this group is polished, with riveting harmonies that are totally off the charts. Groove along while this captivating four-member family band offers up American roots favourites … swing, jazz, rock, original, pop, folk and Bluegrass.
All Strings AttachedBlending elements of high energy Celtic punk, unpredictable gypsy strings, pirate shanty folk rock and a circus sideshow extravaganza, the genres used to describe All Strings Attached are endless. With soaring Eastern-European inspired violin melodies fused with hip-shaking rhythms, driving guitar riffs and layered vocals, they may be hard to describe but they are sure to leave you satisfied.
Amazing Drumming MonkeysAustralia’s favourite family puppet show is coming back to the NFF with a new character – “Kiiko” and her funky little drum kit! The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and overseas for the past 16 years with a clever combination of puppetry, live music comedy and heartwarming themes resulting in a funny and engaging show suitable for the whole family.
"*****Our favourite concert" (Rolling Music – Shanghai China)
AvaraAvara presents the passion, intricacy and excitement of music sourced from the Alevi and Turkish folk traditions. Avara is Paul Koerbin (Sirocco, The Renaissance Players), Philip Griffin (The Balkanics), Phil Carroll (Yalla! ) and Andy Busuttil (The Bridge Project). Avara blends the musical backgrounds of each of its players into a dance and audio performance experience that will leave the audience enthralled and energised.
Barkers Vale Brothers, The"Combining the ancient traditional sounds of bluegrass and old-time music with laconic, provocative songwriting and dry banter, these two brothers from northern NSW are slowly but surely developing a cult following on the Australian folk festival circuit.
Sharing a member with their sister act The Pitts Family Circus means Gareth and Vaughan will put on a show that you won’t forget.
Caution: Some tunes may contain partial nudity, inverted banjo playing and pyrotechnics."
Barleyshakes, TheThat the Barleyshakes manage to be at the forefront of traditional Irish music in Australia while breathing it new life is remarkable. Intense energy, beautiful harmony, and irresistible dance rhythms are what make them tick. Members contributed to the Lord of the Rings award-winning soundtrack; they also won the Queensland Music Award for world music.
Barren Spinsters, TheThey look like a two-piece, sound like a five-piece, and move like a hair piece. Frontman Brendon Houlahan plays guitar with his hands, bass with his feet, and sings with his face. Matt Tennant belts the drums really hard, sings a little bit, and wears really dumb shirts while doing it. Together, The Barren Spinsters deliver 70s blues rock with a modern thrashy twist. Much the same way that Wolfmother doesn’t.
Blackberry JamBlackberry Jam have performed for the delight of people all ages for the past 25 years! Be ready for an abundance of energy, expertise and fun as they take to the stage at this year's NFF. On stage, at a dance, or at the KidzFest, you’ll be tapping your toes to some of Australia’s finest bush music.
Bush GothicPerforming at some of the world's most happening festivals including Mona Foma, Festival # 6 (Wales) and R.I.F.F (India), Bush Gothic have developed a cult following amongst those who like their pop intelligent and their folk dark. Using tales from Australian history as their source material, their musical influences range from minimalist electro to experimental breakbeat. Best Music Weekly Award – Adelaide Fringe. BBC Music Magazine – 5 STARS.
ChaikaMelding the earthiness of folk with the dexterity of jazz and craft of classical, Chaika’s vast influences create superb genre-blending music that transcends labels. Described as “spine-tingling” (Rhythms) and “extraordinary” (Fine Music FM), Chaika’s musicians have worked with an impressive roster including Nicky Bomba, Monsieur Camembert and London’s Bulgarian Choir. The Sydney-based sextet surprise, thrill and move the unsuspecting listener, from environs of folk festivals to the world-class Sydney City Recital Hall.
Chloe and Jason Roweth with Matt Nightingale
Chloe and Jason Roweth with Matt NightingaleDrawing their inspiration from the warmth of old-style bush entertainment and folklore, the Roweths work with vibrant arrangements of new and old traditional Australian ballads and work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, weaving together and carrying forward diverse threads of the Australian tradition. Integral to the sound is the formidable and expressive double bass of Matt Nightingale.
CLOUDSTREETBringing fresh life to the best of the tradition, Nicole Murray, John Thompson and Emma Nixon have carved themselves a niche internationally as outstanding performers of acoustic folk music. They deliver a powerful and moving musical experience based on entrancing musicality stunning use of vocal harmony and above all a compelling sense of fun. cloudstreet will sing and play their way into your hearts.
Colum Sands (IRE)Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. With experience of countless performances and studio and broadcast work with young musicians and veterans like Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, Sands uses humour and sharp observation to celebrate what unites rather than what separates. His new album 'Song Bridge' includes songs written for his extensive environmental campaigning over the past two years.
Curtis Eller’s American Circus (USA)Curtis Eller is a banjo player, songwriter and rock & roll singer. Eller is a show business veteran who started his career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat. The American Circus has developed a devoted international following based on dynamic stage performances that incorporate a dreamlike view of American history and silent film style, physical comedy. The iconoclastic troubadour has spent a decade relentlessly touring the clubs, theatres and festivals of North America and Europe. The Band will be touring Australia in support of their latest, critically acclaimed album “A Poison Melody”.
Deline BriscoeDeline Briscoe’s live vocal delivery has the ability to change the weather, interweaving Wungabadi (Yalanji song) with folk/jazz/roots/soul infusion. She has toured with some of Australia's best vocalists like Archie Roach, Lou Bennett, Paul Kelly, Shane Howard, Emma Donovan, and Tiddas and collaborated with composers Iain Grandage and Andrea Keller. Deline has also toured worldwide with ensembles Black Arm Band (2008–2016) and Mission Songs Project (2017–2019) and is currently touring with her 2018 album 'Wawu'. The trio includes Airileke (drums) and Stephen Maxwell (keys/bass).
Elephant Sessions (SCOT)Creating a progressive blend of intricate tunes engulfing guitars with a bass and drum-heavy backline, Elephant Session' music combines the very best of trad funk and electronica resulting in a new and exciting sound. Gigging extensively around the UK they swiftly built a fan base and went on to release their debut album 'The Elusive Highland Beauty' in 2014 to critical acclaim.
Fay Hield (UK)Fay Hield’s choice of English folk material and the delivery of it, reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive.
She has released three solo albums on Topic Records and been nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Fay is also a founding member of the English folk super-group The Full English. "Unadorned and quite exquisite" * * * * – Uncut Magazine
Fiddle Chicks, TheThe Fiddle Chicks are Dee Trewartha (The Cow Patsys) and Emma Luker (Eric Bogle Band), who perform using only fiddles, voices and stomp boxes to create their unique sound and original tunes and songs. After six albums and nearly twenty years on the music scene they still have a passion for performing. Let them take you on a musical voyage through daily life and love, with a few laughs thrown in!
Freewheeler, TheIt's all the about the flow. The simple magic of The Freewheeler is to set the music loose, the tunes flying and the rhythm humming. The trio brings together Ado Barker (fiddle), Dougal Adams (flute) and Ben Stephenson (guitar), musicians who have been at the heart of Irish trad in Australia for a generation. This sound taps the music at its core, lifting and rolling with a rare freedom – not to be missed!
Georgia State LineHonest, and refreshingly self-assured, Georgia State Line’s unique brand of country-infused melancholy yields music that’s equal parts heartsick and hopeful. Combining some of Melbourne's best – Tom Brooks, Patrick Wilson and Laura Baxter – and fronted by lauded songwriter Georgia Delves, the band melds both vintage and contemporary sounds to craft songs steeped in Tennessee sunsets. Delves’ voice is effortlessly colourful and textural with a depth and grace to rival even the most revered of talents.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse – KoorlangkaKoorlangka (Children), a performance of rare Noongar language with strings has crystallised a project which connects one of the world’s oldest languages with our youngest generations. Koorlangka is a suite of children's songs and lullabies in Noongar language. Multi-award-winning duo Singer/songwriter and Balladong (Noongar) daughter, Gina Williams, and guitarist Guy Ghouse have created a suite of songs which incorporate both their current catalogue and some new pieces each highlighting the breathtaking beauty of Noongar language.
Good Girl Song Project, TheThe Good Girl Song Project anchors itself in great storytelling and original songwriting and features Penny Larkins, Penelope Swales, Helen Begley and Jamie Molloy. They present their stunning folk song cycles “Settlement” and "Voyage" which follow the experiences of new female immigrants to colonial Australia of the 1830s. The struggles and triumphs of new immigrants in an old world are brought to life with finely wrought folk arrangements and tightly scripted stories
Hat Fitz and CaraHigh-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are among Australia’s most talented roots music artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up 10 years of worldwide touring festival performances and album releases from their home base in the hinterland of South East Queensland's Sunshine Coast. They are showing no signs of slowing down, bringing their own mix of Blues and Gospel-infused roots. Their festival touring circuit takes in Australia, the UK and North America.
Hello Tut TutHello Tut Tut takes its audience on a high energy, stimulating musical safari shaped by the aesthetics of cultures from around the world. With members of Australian, Hungarian, Jewish, Polish, Czech and Swiss descent, the seven-piece draws upon sounds of klezmer, gypsy, Balkan and Latin musical traditions to craft original music that is contemporary, entertaining and highly danceable.
Hillbilly GoatsFestival faves and Bluegrass Golden Guitar finalists, The Hillbilly Goats are a “show” featuring stories and song combined with hard fiddle, fast harmonica, clogging bones and big harmonies… Drawing influence from trad folk tunes, their passion lies in the history and they love to seek out stories of songs almost forgotten and bring them back to life with boundless energy. Kicke yer shows off! These Goats are FUN and not to be missed!
Honey Dewdrops, The (USA)Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops – Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish – have long felt the push-and-pull between their original roots in the Appalachian mountains and their current home in urban Baltimore. You’ll hear it in their harmony-soaked songs and the mastery of their instruments’ acoustic tones, but also in their songwriting, which reflects the hard realities of today.
Jon Boden (UK)Jon Boden, best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, launched his solo career in 2016. Presenting self-penned songs from the albums 'Painted Lady' and 'Songs From The Floodplain' and his latest album 'Afterglow', material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden and his 'A Folk Song A Day' project, his critically acclaimed and enthusiastically received solo shows have confirmed him as one of the foremost names in English folk music.
Keith McKenryA leading member of Australia's small clan of folklorists, Keith doubles as a slightly crazy performance poet, the only person to have recited 'The Spirit of the People' in the Australian High Court, 'A Study in Linguistics' in the Sydney Opera House, and 'McArthur's Fart at the United Nations in New York. His acclaimed solo tour de force, 'Yet More Lies that Made Australia' is a hilarious thought-provoking entertainment simply not to be missed.
Kutcha EdwardsLaunching his new album ‘Circling Time’, Kutcha Edwards explores new ways of celebrating both his artistry and his Aboriginal ancestry. Kutcha’s beautiful voice and poignant songwriting with backing from his tightly knit three-piece band is a concert that actively engages the audience with songs and stories highlighting both modern issues and ancient lore. Kutcha maintains his life’s work as a traditional Songman in this modern era. His Songline continues its evolution.
Little QuirksSisters Abbey and Mia Toole joined their cousin Jaymi Toole in 2015 to form Little Quirks, a band in which they simply wanted to “write and play music that was fun to sing”. From busking at farmers' markets, the band quickly leap frogged onto stages supporting the likes of Tim Rogers, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Alex the Astronaut, Jack River, Busby Marou, and Xavier Rudd.
Littmus Steampunk BandLittmus Steampunk Band is a ragtag bunch of time travelers from the great Victorian Age of Exploration and Invention spreading the word about the joys of steam-powered machines made of wood, brass and clockwork gears. A mix of acoustic folk, pop, cabaret and tunes from the Age of Airships are all delivered by adventurers impeccably dressed in the grand style of 19th century London.
Liz Frencham Trio2018 Troubadour Award Winner and perennial festival presence Liz Frencham is stepping back into centre stage supported by virtuoso multi-instrumentalists Pete Fidler and Josh Bennett. She has a BRAND new album and a swag of new songs along with favourites from her 'Jigzag', 'Jimmy The Fish' and duet album days. Come and be warmed by that cheeky grin and cradled by her luminous, generous presence.
Lloyd SpiegelLloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and one of Australia’s most recognised guitarists recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time. His show blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice powerful songwriting and storytelling to deliver a concert experience launching him onto theatres and festivals around the globe.
Lucy Wise & Stephen TabernerLucy Wise and Stephen Taberner are both purveyors and afficionados of songs that mean something to them. Improbably, they are also capable of rendering them with the kind of perfect musical humanity that gives rise, in them and others, to what could be called a near life experience. They explore a bunch of highly necessary conversations: between the bass and the uke, between the resonance and the groove, between grand stupidity and grace.
Maggie Carty Band, TheMaggie Carty, banjo player and singer from the West of Ireland moved to Australia in 2017 and has been performing festivals around the region, including Port Fairy Folk Festival, National, Ceol Aneas, New Zealand, National Celtic Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival and venues across Vic and NSW. Now Melbourne based she has joined forces with Máirtín Staunton (flute/vocals), Ado Barker (fiddle), Gerry McKeague (guitar/vocals) and Thomas Botting (double bass) to form the Maggie Carty band. The group performs a mix of traditional Irish tunes and folk songs with three-part harmonies and jazz undertones. On stage the group has a natural ease and their enjoyment and sense of fun is palpable and infectious!
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura (NZ)
Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura (NZ)“A powerful show of stunning contemporary Māori music, dance, instruments, language, stories and costumes. The queen of live loops is back in force and this new show is her best yet”. Songlines Magazine UK, 2019. This is a fierce all-female Māori world-roots production showcasing the virtues of Indigenous feminine power and inspiring cultural identity. With ancient chants, intricate harmonies, traditional and contemporary instruments featuring women’s dance, haka, weaponry and martial arts the group delivers an inclusive, informative and inspiring cultural performance.
Mammals, The (USA)The Mammals are an Americana/folk/rock band fronted by husband-and-wife songwriting duo, Mike Merenda and Ruth Ungar, the daughter of fiddle legend, Jay Ungar. The Mammals joke that they’re “too folk for the rock show” and “too rock for the folk show”, but in reality they hit the critical emotional and sonic touchstones of both. Their performances are propelled by just the right amount of guitar grit, soothing harmony, barn-burning fiddle, retro grooves, and storytelling savvy.
Mark MoldreMark Moldre's new album 'Fever Dreams' contains some genre-hopping sonic bedlam, fractured Americana-hued ballads, jazz-tinged standards, folk, old-school Jungle Book style reggae and ramshackle/rollicking noir blues. An album that captures magic and mayhem woven into a loose rock ’n’ roll aesthetic. The fingerprints of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Chet Baker are buried deep in the DNA of 'Fever Dreams'. It is an exciting stage act fresh from a recent tour of France.
Megan RowethMegan began performing poetry when she was just 6 years old, and has loved doing so ever since. Now, aged 13, she has won multiple awards for her reciting, and recorded her first album of poetry. "Megan Roweth’s delivery of this collection of classic Australian poetry is brimming with wit and a depth of perception beyond her years.” - Kim Kelly, Writer
Muddy WolfeMuddy Wolfe is a new band on the Canberra music scene. Their debut album (released March 2019) was well received among blues fans and got airplay on Triple J with their song 'Life of a Working Man'. But it doesn't stop with the blues! Muddy Wolfe crosses over into the realms of folk, jazz and rock with vocal harmonies and a band full of young talent with musical sensibilities beyond their years.
New Graces, TheThe New Graces – Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke and Robyn Martin – are seasoned identities in the Australian music scene who bring you guitar, fiddle, double bass and interwoven harmonies of three distinctly unique voices. Their lives have intersected through the magnetic musical pull of Candelo Village on the NSW far south coast. The three now join forces, weaving tales of farmers, hippies, mothers, sea farers, history, lovers, the ordinary and the mysterious. The New Graces are not to be missed.
Paul McKenna Band, TheCalled “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” by the New York Times, award-winning Glasgow singer Paul McKenna is ranked among Scotland’s finest young songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience. Alongside Conor Markey (banjo/ bouzouki/ guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion), Paul McKenna draws on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic full-bodied array of original and traditional material.
Peppercorns, TheThe Peppercorns are Craig Sinclair (guitar & vocals) and Lara Norman (violin, mandolin & vocals). Hailing from the south coast of WA, this duo bring together a wealth of musical influences on their bluegrass swing and old-timey inspired folk tunes. Using a traditional single microphone approach, their delicate string arrangements, soaring harmonies and timeless lyrics create a unique sound both intimate and powerful.
Pete Wild & the Only OnesHighly regarded as a performer and songwriter, Pete Wild and his band, the Only Ones, are touring their freshly pressed album 'Calm', an indie/ folk/ piano/ pop roller coaster ride that lurches from heartfelt comedy to deep melancholy. A survival manual for contemporary small town country Australia, caravan renovations, insomnia-inducing anxiety, romantic beginnings on South Coast beaches, losing your lover to the Mars 1 colonisation project ... you will love this collection of vibrant vignettes.
Raglins, TheThe Raglins play traditional Australian folk songs with a contemporary twist. With driving acoustic guitar, beautiful vocals and stunning harmonies, The Raglins sing songs worth remembering. Twice runners up in the Folk Alliance Youth Awards, they have performed across Australia at nearly every major Australian folk festival, including most recently at Woodford Folk Festival.
RONDANIHANThe Rondanihan traditional Filipino plucked string orchestra in Rondalla tradition commenced in 2002 in Canberra and has performed in the Philippines, Qld, NSW and the ACT, with regular performances in Canberra and surrounding regions. Based in Canberra, the group performs at major cultural events festivals, diplomatic and public receptions. The repertoire combines traditional and popular music from the Philippines along with classical and popular tunes arranged for plucked stings. Performances are often accompanied by dancers.
Ruth Hazleton & DaisywheelDaisywheel is a lyrical voyage from the past through to the uneasy times in which we live. It’s also the much anticipated first solo project from multi award-winning traditional folk singer and songwriter, Ruth Hazleton. A stunning new sound brimming with originality and something to say, Ruth is joined on stage by a full electric band (guitars, banjos, drums, bass, mandolin, oud & yayli tambur).
SaijeSaije is a multi-instrumental folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories. They invite you on a journey from the depths of ancient forests to bustling French markets, weaving Celtic and French-gypsy flavours into their songs along the way. Their songwriting typically encourages connection to self, the Earth and each other. They are the Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year 2019–2020’.
ScrogginTrue to their namesake, Scroggin play an eclectic, high-energy mix of delightful morsels both savoury and sweet. Well-rooted in bluegrass standards, they also branch into celtic folk, Australiana, and western swing, with a sprinkling of country songs for more sombre moments. Scroggin embrace the contradictions of traditional music in the new age, playing country music for city folk, and old fashioned songs for the modern world.
SeanchasSeanchas (pronounced Shenehass) is the Gaelic for "folklore old tales ancient history tradition". Australian celtic folk at its best, this is a super-group of outstanding musicians – Rosie McDonald (guitar, Irish bouzouki and vocals), Fiona McVicar (vocals and fiddle), Ken O’Neil (Irish bouzouki and guitar) and Anthony Woolcott (vocals and bodhran). Exquisite instrumentation and multi-layered vocal harmonies bring a range of traditional/ celtic tunes and songs to life with the Seanchas touch.
Shelley’s Murder BoysShelley’s Murder Boys take you through the depths of Sydney to the hills of Appalachia. Playing energetic old-time favourites, dark folk classics and originals inspired by the trials and tribulations of our time, SMB will be sure to take you on an old-timey adventure.
Spooky Men’s Chorale, TheThese guys are renowned for a pleasing gravitas, anchored by the ponderance of eighteen years of vocal manboofery, leavened by touches of beauty which bring a small crinkle to the eye, and a delicate humour born of the necessity to see oneself as one is – a buffoon. They are festival legends, and will be singing classic songs of old and also many tasty morsels from a fairly fresh new album, "Welcome to the second half."
Stiff GinsStiff Gins combine stunning harmonies and wicked senses of humour to transport listeners to a world of joy, spirit and song. Their moniker is a reclamation of an offensive reference to Aboriginal women, a banner to guide their music in the direction of strength and pride. Three albums and countless breathtaking shows later, the name has become synonymous with musical excellence. 2019 marks Stiff Gins 20th anniversary.
Stowaways, TheThe Stowaways perform traditional music from the Celtic world and beyond, including sets of tunes and arrangements of songs. They also feature stories bringing out the richness of traditional composers and the journeys that musicians take. The band is multi-generational, combining the depth of years of playing of the two older members with the exciting raw talent of our young singer and bouzouki player.
Susan O’Neill – SON (IRE)All the way from County Clare, Ireland, the prodigiously gifted Susan O’Neill’s soulful and husky-voiced performances are truly something to behold. With a striking attitude, guitar, harmonica, trumpet, and a loop pedal, Susan delivers a timeless and powerful blend of the old soul with a new edge.
TaikozSince 1997 Taikoz has performed throughout Australia and internationally including Japan, USA, Paris and India where their collaboration with South Indian classical dance company Lingalayam was received with much acclaim. In 2017, Taikoz performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a major new work, 'Breath of Thunder' by Lachlan Skipworth. In 2016, Artistic Director Ian Cleworth received the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for his contribution towards promoting friendship and goodwill between Australia and Japan.
TangentKnown for lyrical playing and fearless improvisation on the fiddle and a driving and dynamic backup guitar style, Tangent (Kathleen Fownes and Everest Witman) is a force to be reckoned with in the North American trad scene. Their music draws on traditions such as bal folk and contemporary Scottish trad, as well as their roots as New England dance musicians. Marjolène Forest joins them as a contra dance caller and Québécois step dancer.
Tenzin ChoegyalA son of Tibetan nomads, Tenzin Choegyal feels a deep connection to the music of the wandering people of his homeland. He is a master of traditional Tibetan instruments the lingbu (bamboo flute) and the dranyen (3-stringed lute) but is best known for his extraordinary vocal ability. Tenzin’s cantering rhythms, soaring vocals and exquisite flute solos have enchanted audiences around the globe, including performances with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass at Carnegie Hall.
Teri Young and the RestlessTeri Young is fast becoming a leading voice in Australian social commentary songwriting, singing about the many kinds of love and tensions that unfold within communities, friendships and families. Nodding to traditions of bluegrass, Australiana and the great Irish balladeers, this Tasmanian folk band combine a clarion call with sweet groove. Everyone's invited.
"Her songs have wit, poignancy, strong narrative structure, and clear politics without being at all strident or self-serving." -Judy Small, Australian Folksinger