Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Montgomery Church

Montgomery Church

Folk Duo

Snowy Mountains based duo, Montgomery Church treat audiences to a spacious, sensitive acoustic representation of original folk, americana, bluegrass and old-time music; consisting of spellbinding dobro, soaring vocals and stunning harmonies. Comprising of Cielle Montgomery & James Church, they are fast becoming known for their sparse, tasteful approach which might remind listeners of great folk and americana duos such as Gillian Welch and David Rawlings or a Union Station stripped down to Allison Krauss and Jerry Douglas.

The songwriting shows tinges of Patty Griffin, Joey Ryan & Kenneth Pattengale (The Milk Carton Kids), Lori McKenna and Tim O’Brien; but most of all, their combination is at all times enthralling in its dynamic intimacy.  Montgomery Church have toured extensively over the past 2 years, playing numerous sold out shows and festivals including Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival, National Folk Festival, Inland Sea of Sound Festival, St Alban’s Folk Festival, Maleny Music Festival, Hill End Arts Festival, Escape ArtFEST, Tamworth Country Music Festival as well as appearing at Woodford Folk Festival.

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Mar
10
12:15 PM12:15

Chaika

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World

Sydney sextet Chaika are sensuous, cinematic and irresistibly danceable. Their music is a rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental dialogues, drawing influence from the Balkans and jazz. They have toured extensively nationwide to great acclaim, performing at many high profile venues and festivals including opening for Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass festival in 2014, and in 2016 closing for the Jungle Love Festival. Their music has been described as “deeply touching and meditative” as well as “exuberant, virtuosic and uplifting”. Individually their members have written for and performed with artists such as Monsieur Camembert, Mara! & the Martenitsa Choir, Riley Lee, The Rhythm Hunters and The Song Company. Together they create music of spellbinding beauty and exhilarating energy.


It is easy to be enchanted - The Australian
Mesmerising… Extraordinary ★★★★ – Fine Music FM

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Mar
10
1:00 PM13:00

The Restless Legs

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Irish Music

Sydney has a long history of hosting some of Ireland's best Traditional Irish musicians, and the Restless Legs brings together three of the finest for a musical experience not to be missed. From toe-tapping jigs and reels, to powerful and soulful songs and slower pieces, they cover Irish music in all its variety and complexity. Hailing from County Laois, deep in the heart of Ireland, Fiddler Louise Phelan brings a rare lift and drive to her playing, and has been exciting audiences all over Australia since making Sydney her home 5 years ago. Louis is joined by concertina player Aisling Vaughan from County Cork, a part of Ireland (in)famous for it’s wild music. Aisling is a recent arrival to Sydney, and as a holder of multiple All-Ireland titles is a mighty addition to the local scene. Rounding off the trio is local lad Benno Stephenson on guitar and flute, who has gained quite a following both here and overseas with the award-winning Australian Irish band Trouble in the Kitchen.

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Mar
10
1:30 PM13:30

Nic Cassey

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Folk - Singer Songwriter

Nic Cassey is a Australian musician and singer/songwriter who writes beautiful soulful folk music; His live performances are inclusive, charismatic and emotional delivered by a voice that tears down boundaries. Nic's debut album ‘Where are you going I just collect some pellets’ was received with rave review receiving Brags indie album of the week and landing him supports for singer-songwriters such as Courtney Barnett and Ben Lee, as well as performances at the Townsville Cultural Festival and Folk in Broke Festival.

You can often catch Nic busking and playing drums on the street with bands such as Golden Orb, as well as collaborating and recording other song-writers on the Sydney music scene. Nic has built up loyal fan base and Fans are excitingly anticipating the release of his second LP (knots) due to be released in late 2015. The title of the Album refers to the knots that we tie in ourselves and expresses Nic struggle in working through them. As an artist Nic is aiming to get his creativity to a point where process meets end result. For the output of music to become a spiritual journey and not just a destination. Enjoy the sound that is Nic Cassey.

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Mar
10
2:30 PM14:30

Tángalo Duo

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Tango

Two of Australia’s premier tango musicians join forces in this fantastic duo. Well known for their work as part of Orquesta Típica Tángalo, Emily-Rose Šarkova and Owen Salomé between them combine flute, 2 bandoneons, piano and beautiful vocals to mesmerise and thrill audiences. From the alleys and cafes of the “Rio de la Plata” region in South America, tango is the ubiquitous sound of urban Argentina and Uruguay. Having studied and performed with some of the best living tango-music maestros (including Ramiro Boero, Pablo Estigarribia, Hugo Satorre, Adrian Ramírez, Nestor Vaz, Fabian Rodríguez and Paulina Fain), Šarkova and Salomé are able to capture the essence of this vibrant artform, bringing tango music to audiences all around Australia. The alluring sound of their music will transport you to the streets of Buenos Aires.

Tangalo Duo feature on the Henson St Stage.

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Mar
10
2:30 PM14:30

Celebrating Women in Song

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From Joni Mitchell's heartfelt story in song to the legendary melodies of Carole King, the Summer Hill Community Choir is presenting a very special program celebrating the great female songwriters of our past and present.

The set will feature special guest bands from the festival: Giffen and Whoa Mule!

If you are interesting in joining the choir for future seasons please subscribe here.

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Mar
10
3:45 PM15:45

Gary and Jimmy Daley

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European Classical/World/Contemporary

Renowned Sydney pianist and composer Gary Daley (The Catholics, Sanctuary Band, Bungaribee) teams up with his son, mandolinist, songwriter and singer Jimmy Daley (The Morrisons, Diamond Duck, AKA BAZ, Tawny Owl Stringband). This exciting new collaboration between father and son sees them explore the rich sound and history of the Mandolin and Accordion, a timeless and beautiful instrumental partnership. Performing works from Beethoven, Bartok, Bach and Italian mandolin maestro Raffaele Calace, they also include a range of contemporary repertoire and original compositions.

 

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Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

Workshop: Exploring Argentine Tango

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Workshop/Lecture

Learn some of the fascinating culture of tango music and dance from Argentina. What is that thing that's not an accordion? What is a golden age tango orchestra? What is an arrastre on the violin or cabaceo on the dance floor? Join Emily-Rose Sarkova, one of Sydney's leading multi-instrumentalist tango musicians and tango teachers, co-owner of Sydney Tango House. Be ready to discover a totally new world that is nothing like you expected!

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Mar
10
5:45 PM17:45

Giffen

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Nu Folk / Country

Giffen have been winning the affections of folk and country music lovers alike with their nostalgic reflections of youth and family, along with a lush instrumentation which includes rich Simon & Garfunkel-esque harmonies and multi-layered vocal textures, mandolin, double bass and beautifully placed percussion. 

"Heavenly three part harmonies.. Giffen are a standout act!"
      - Stuart Leslie, Director, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

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Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

IRISH DANCE Workshop and Ceili

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Traditional Irish Ceili Dancing with two of Australia’s foremost Irish dance teachers, Margaret & Bill Winnett.

The Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers have danced together for over 60 years and have travelled to Ireland on twenty-one occasions to collect and research the traditional Irish dances they teach during their workshops. Together they teach and lead the Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers, now in its 59th year, and their team of dancers is testament to the quality of the Winnett’s teaching and presentation skills. Margaret & Bill have the ability to teach dancing in a fun way yet have everyone dancing to an exacting standard and enjoying the experience.

Experienced and inexperienced dancers welcome! Inexperienced dancers are recommended to attend the workshop at 6pm, 7pm-9pm Irish Ceili.

Music is provided by Australian Irish legends The Restless Legs!

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Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

eüsh

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alt-country / cinematic pop

eüsh creates alt-country, experimental-folk rock, cinematic baroque-pop, mysterious-sea-shanty's. Daydreams about being a soul without a body - recalcitrant iconoclast. The use of their very experimental version of song writing and sound aesthetics, combined with a diverse variety of influences, combine together to create the uniqueness that they are known for, which is meditative whilst melodic. Having performed in the US 2012 - 2015, eüsh are now busy back in Australia with a new album and are currently performing regularly along the East Coast.


"...evokes something akin to Rachels jamming with Radiohead and Kate Bush and all that the pairing might contain." 
Musiczeitgeist Indie Artist Of The Month

"They will surely dim the lights and leave you wandering in the dark and getting lost in their songs." 
John Ritchie, Musicfeeds.com

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Mar
10
7:30 PM19:30

Roaring Forties - Singalong Session

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Stories in Song Singalong Session

Discover and share in the stories, history, fable and legend as the Sydney-based folk group Roaring Forties sing you through their stunning collection of traditional and original songs. Ever since 1988 they've been making a powerful impact singing unaccompanied traditional songs which include colourful sea shanties and other songs of maritime and industrial history and union songs within their large repertoire.

The group is made up of strong indiviual singers (Don Brian, Tom Hanson, Chris Maltby and Margaret Walters) and the vigour and interplay of their combined voices makes for a distinctive sound.

Share in the stories in song and be inspired to singalong if you want to!

 

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Mar
10
8:15 PM20:15

Whoa Mule

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Old-timey string band

Whoa Mule brings you old time country ballads, original songs, and driving triple fiddle dance tunes. Inspired by the rapid weather changes of the Blue Mountains and the bustle of Sydney streets, these musicians deliver a performance characterised by both space and energy. With rich experience earned in bands such as Catgut and Golden Whistler, Whoa Mule affectionately reimagines old time music.

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