50 years ago the BBC TV broadcast Farewell the Seekers live to 10 million fans around the world. The Beggars Sing The Seekers follows The Seekers story as they ride a rollercoaster of hits from the 1962 Melbourne cafe scene, to London, the swinging centre of the pop universe, and their eventual 1968 TV breakup special. Presented in wonderful harmony by internationally acclaimed Adelaide folk sensation The Beggars.
“The best Australian vocal band since The Seekers” Normie Rowe
Henk Groot with Ashley Turner violin and Neil turner bass
Community singing event with live band, lyrics on the big screen, guest acts. Where you are the stars. New theme each month. Sing along to your all time favourite songs. Door prizes, bar facilities, snack platters provided. Theme for May relates to History Festival - lots of Australian songs old and new everything from Daddy Cool to Slim Dusty to Paul Kelly to trads and anons
Moving between the lines of country-infused folk and blues, Courtney Robb’s charged live delivery demands something of her listener as the imperfections and fragility of her stories reveal themselves.
Robb has been a mainstay on the Australian folk scene for many years. This show sees her joined by a full band to unleash her fourth studio album, You Are Not Alone. The album was recorded live over two days in the Adelaide Hills by Mick Wordley and is a leap forward creatively and professionally. Robb and her band; Chris Parkinson, BJ Barker, Snooks La Vie, Mark Seddon, Emma Woolcock, Ashley Turner and Marta Bayly; have captured something honest and stirring.
It has been nearly 4 years since Robb’s last studio album, and it is clear she has used the time well. This new album sees a more confident and mature artist emerge, with stellar performances of finely crafted songs. At times gutsy and confronting and other times intimate and delicate. One Adelaide show only, not to be missed.
John Flanagan Trio (VIC) + Loren Kate
Australian folk band ‘John Flanagan Trio’ are set to release ‘Honest Man’, Flanagan’s 3rd album and his first time recording with his regular Trio band mates. Fast becoming a favourite on the Australian Folk Festival circuit the group manages to transcend the sum of its impressive parts.
Award winning songwriter, John Flanagan has been compared to James Taylor and Paul Kelly for his warm vocal delivery and engaging storytelling “one of Australia’s finest lyricists” -Timber and Steel; Liz Frencham has a remarkable stage presence and a creativity in her double bass playing which has seen her play alongside artists of international renown; Dan Watkins is recognised as one of the finest young bluegrass pickers in the country on guitar and mandolin and has toured extensively around Australia and the US. Together they combine 70s folk singer-songwriter influences with a range of contemporary Americana styles, from bluegrass and country to blues and jazz.
With soaring 3-part harmonies and tight arrangements they deliver a dynamic and energetic live show that can vary from humorous and uplifting to moving and thoughtful.
Golonka + The Skanky Hoedown – Good Beer Wheaty
Golonka – Making beautiful music with a wild gypsy heart.
Their songs speak of the stars and the moon, of pussycats and preachers, of love and death, and their live shows are sweet, menacing and danceable in equal doses!
With special guests – without Quincy and Belinda.
The Skanky Hoedown – Ska Country Jazz Original – infamous Wheaty regulars last decade – reunited and expanded to support their friends and doppelgangers in Golonka.
Moonta Street Euro/Asian World Music from Adelaide
Moonta Street is the heart of Adelaide’s Chinatown, where the lions stand guard on the street and the music of this new group perfectly reflects that synergy of East & West/Ancient & Modern.
Moonta Street brings together five diverse musical forces to create a music that spans continents but is uniquely Australian. Celebrating the traditional music’s of both Asia and Europe, Moonta Street presents a rich full blend of traditional music with a very contemporary sound. The songs are sung mainly in English and some are very old songs and ballads, poems and stories with a timeless feel that suits the blend of both traditions. Moonta Street also presents some brand new original songs that bring together traditional folk, blues, reggae and jazz. Ambient, hypnotic and timeless music in a modern soundtrack that talks about the modern world where East meets West..
Moonta Street is:
Zhao Liang Guz Heng Chinese Zither (Director Adelaide School of Chinese Music)
Satomi Ohnishi Jazz drummer and percussionist
Mary Heath Vocals & Guitar
Keith Preston Santoor (Indian dulcimer) & Guitar
Shivani Preston Keyboards & Melodica
Zhao Liang is a virtuoso player of the Guz Heng and is founding director of the Adelaide School of Chinese Music. Originally from Singapore, she has performed widely throughout SA and recently travelled to China for masterclasses.
Satomi Onishi is a percussionist/ drummer with high credentials from Japanese schools of music and performs with a range of acts in Adelaide including the acclaimed Jazz shows, Take Five & Swing with Brendon Fitzgerald. She has coordinated world drum projects with the Migrant Resource Centre and plays with a number of active SA bands.
Mary Heath is a well known SA folk-singer, coordinates a community choir and is highly regarded for a strong authentic voice for traditional music.
Keith Preston is an experienced world music performer and arts project coordinator. He has played and toured with a range of music groups in SA such as Sikh music group Dya Singh, Bengali music group Shoor Jahan, Afghan music with Sufi Soul and recently as songwriter/coordinator of the acclaimed Adelaide Songs project.
Shivani Preston is a talented young 17 year old pianist and keyboard player, already highly experienced in music performance for theatre and a very accomplished folk music artist in music and folk-dance. A rising star.
Dunstan Playhouse Harmony Day Concert for Migrant Resource Centre SA
Nexus Arts Adelaide Fringe
Nexus Arts Umbrella Music Festival
The Jade Launch of www.folkmadsa.com
Wayville Showgrounds Whole Body Expo Cultural Festival
Unley Gourmet Gala Tour Down Under Event
Oz Asia Festival 2017 Elder Hall performance for Confucius Institute
The Moonta Street connection for this group is Zhao Liang, the Principal of the School of Chinese Music and Arts based in Moonta Street, Adelaide, the heart of Chinatown. The other part of the puzzle, in terms of connecting the dots towards this rather eclectic ensemble, is HATS – the Heritage Arts and Traditions, who have a number of different musical things going.
Walking into Nexus, to see Guzheng (Chinese harp) next to an Indian Santoor, electric guitar with pedals, percussion kit, acoustic guitar and electronic keys, one is not quite sure what to expect, either for repertoire or for the sounds on offer. Then to see the line-up of folks on duty – particularly the multi-talented Keith Preston, daughter Shivani, Mary Heath and the effervescent Satomi Ohnishi – a better drummer is hard to find!
In terms of songs, many were Celtic, there was also a quite raucous Greek drinking song (a couple of props and a bottle of ouzo might have helped this one!). In terms of the sounds, at times we had call and response from Guzheng and Santoor which was a delight to the ears, others with bends of the Guzheng notes being echoed by the tremolo of electric guitar. Mary did a great job with the vocals and general introductions etc.
There is some great local music happening and some of this with unusual instruments! There are also some master instrumentalists crossing several lines into cross cultural collaboration – with some results that will prick your ears up! These HATS projects are well worth getting to see. Clayton Werner –The Clothesline 26th Feb 2017
Steve Charles and Luke Swinburne (both emerging – play 10mins ea 1st)
Georgy Rachow (Student at the Conservatorium)
Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy infused bluegrass, she has been awarded with radio success and accolades for her talent. Recently signing with bluegrass label Mountain Fever, Kristy is set to release her brand new album ‘Ricochet’ at the beginning of 2018. Her latest release ‘Part of Me’ was nominated for three 2017 Australian Country Music Awards for Female Artist of the Year, Bluegrass Recording of the Year and Alternate Country Album of the Year, and saw her take home her second Australian Country Music Award for her track ‘Another Weary Mile’. The first was for her single ‘One Heartbreak Away’ from her 2015 album ‘Living For the Moment.’
With a string of number 1 hits on Radio and Country Music Television in Australia, Kristy has also been making headway on the USA bluegrass charts. Both her album and singles charting throughout 2016 on the National Bluegrass Chart, the Bluegrass Today single and album chart and the Sirius XM Bluegrass radio most played list, the success seeing her booked for many festivals across the USA including the highly acclaimed Merlefest.
Kristy Cox stepped it up a notch with the release of ‘Part Of Me.’ (2016). The album was recorded between Nashville TN and Arden, NC, with returning producer Jerry Salley. It features a stellar line up of seasoned acoustic musicians who bring to life the eleven songs, five written by Kristy; including the cracking bluegrass tune ‘I’m No Stranger To This Lonesome Road’ and heartfelt tribute to her family ‘Young Love Never Grows Old.’
Credited for her performance and song writing capabilities, Golden Guitar winner Kristy has been shortlisted in the International Bluegrass Music Awards the past four years for New Artist of the Year. From a young age, Kristy has captured attention with her distinct singing style and positive outlook, seeing her go on to open shows for major acts and appearing on Television and major Festivals across Australia, Europe and the USA, including an official showcase at the International Bluegrass Music Convention in the USA in 2015.
The Weeping Willows, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.
2015-2017 saw The Weeping Willows nominated for 4 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ awards, 4 x Country Music Channel (CMC) awards, supporting Iris DeMent, Kinky Friedman, Hayes Carll, Eilen Jewell, Shane Nicholson and Bill Chambers and completing a national tour in support of their sophomore album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’ (2016), which received four-star reviews in Rolling Stone, The Australian and The Music.
Over the years Australian country music has produced some great voices but not all have embraced the path of the new traditionalist like Travis List. Hailing from South Australia, now a Nashville resident, Travis List has soon become known as one of Australia’s premier male country artists. His songs resonate with authenticity, his voice holds its own with the best of them, and his live shows leave fans remembering why they first fell in love with country music. His main influences range from his father, a true Australian balladeer, Ian List to Merle Haggard and Slim Whitman. Travis perfectly demonstrates what a modern country ought to sound like, thoroughly contemporary yet completely country.
Growing up in One Tree Hill in South Australia, Travis has been performing on stage since the age 7 first touring with the family band and later had success touring with his sister for 5 years
Two acclaimed Australian singer/songwriters Steve Appel (aka King Curly) & Melanie Horsnell will return to the road to tour Australia and Europe in 2018 – an intimate showcase of their songs presented together, with a new album created from the seeds of their 2017 European tour. Steve Appel comes with a Letter Of Introduction from none-less-than Australian music legend Paul Kelly himself. While Melanie comes as a returning troubadour to a loving fanbase who have welcomed her many times before. They recently recorded an album together in Paris which will be ready for release and their follow up tour to Europe and Canada in Sept 2018.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains NSW, King Curly is the invention of local singer/songwriter Steve Appel – a long time enigma of original Australian music. Over 15 years this chiefly acoustic ensemble has been capturing the hearts of music lovers and some of biggest names in the business while remaining virtually unknown to commercial airwaves, After a long absence from the stage, designing and building alternative-design mud houses, Appel has re-emerged to showcase a new King Curly EP, “Calling For Fire”: songs imbued with apocalyptic foreboding, inspired by the inflammable nature of the Australian bush and the wider world at large. Appel is a true creative. His songs and his buildings are beautiful and relevant to the times. King Curly has toured by invitation with acts as diverse as k.d Lang, Paul Kelly and The Cat Empire throughout Australia, Europe and the US.
Melanie has been described by the Sydney Morning Herald as having a voice of ‘the utmost delicateness’ , as a ‘songwriting gem’ by The Australian. Based in Candelo in southern NSW, Melanie has recorded ten albums and EPs including her latest single and video clip, ‘I Learned How To Love From Love Songs’. Melanie’s critically acclaimed album The Cloud Appreciation Society was long-listed for the 2013 Australian Music Prize, Quatre Chemins for the 2015 Australian Music Prize, and she was nominated for an APRA award in 2011. She has toured with Glen Hansard and The Frames, Jason Mraz, Bernard Fanning, Lou Rhodes, Slaid Cleaves and Sarah Blasko among others, as well as touring extensively on her own in Australia and Europe. Melanie recorded an album in French, which was funded by the highly successful Pozible campaign and gave Melanie a six month residency in France, writing songs with poet Alain Rivet and pop icon Helena Noguerra. Melanie has also written songs with Wendy Matthews and Catherine Britt, and for film and television.
Australia’s favourite electric string quartet, FourPlay, return to the stage with a rocking new single, Bound, and stack of national tour dates to celebrate.
With five studio albums and a double-CD remix under their belts, FourPlay began their career wowing audiences at festivals and sell-out headline shows with radical reinventions of popular songs, covering everyone from Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine to Sufjan Stevens and Leonard Cohen. Their last release (2014’s This Machine) was the first to feature 100% original material composed by the four members: brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge, and Shenzo Gregorio.
Bound is classic FourPlay, inspired by Jack White and Beyoncé with a big dirty riff that pushes and pulls, urgent and soaring vocals, a deeply melodic chorus, and a crazed viola solo to push everything over the edge.
Don’t miss FourPlay for this special live appearance! Every ticket purchase includes a free download of Bound. Buy the track from any digital outlet to receive three archival remixes of songs from the band’s Now To The Future album, unreleased to this day.
They have toured the world, playing the album Pet Sounds with Brian Wilson, collaborating with Plaid (Warp/UK) on a live filmscore to the animated feature Tekkonkinkreet, creating live comic books scores, performing at three TEDx Sydneyevents, and most recently collaborating with wildly popular author Neil Gaiman.
A FourPlay performance features epic soundscapes, rock ‘n’ roll, chainsawing violas, jazz, eastern influences, pop songs.
The four members (brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenzo Gregorio) have lived their lives together, played at some of the world’s most famous venues and festivals, and spent countless hours writing and jamming together — all of which has created a rare synergy and an unspoken understanding in how they go about their work.
“Nothing short of magnificent” The Scotsman
“Forget anything you ever thought about string quartets. This is the future” Drum Media
“Just perfect… the rock band of string quartets” Neil Gaiman (author)
You can read about what these amazing musicians get up to out of FourPlay here http://www.fourplay.com.au/about/