CANDELO VILLAGE FESTIVAL LINE-UP, 2019.
MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Hailing from regional Victoria, Indigenous singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for the land, the people, summer vibes and deep grooves are the elements that reach the soul.
Recent offerings SAVE and Oh No You Don’t shot to No. 1 on the AMRAP charts; the latter earning him four NIMA 2016 nominations and the award for “Best Aboriginal Talent” at The Age Music Victoria Awards. His latest songs produced by Jan Skubiszewski mix Blues and Roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe.
Benny has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach, Blue King Brown, Tim Rogers and Vika and Linda Bull, and was awarded Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent in 2012. In recent years he has performed at some of the country’s best-loved festivals, including Moomba, Woodford, St Kilda Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival, and has also taken the plunge into the Canadian festival circuit.
An accomplished solo performer, Walker is regularly joined on stage by his band, where he replaces his acoustic guitar with a Stratocaster and indulges his passion for the big blues-rock sound.
If Ellen DeGeneres and Tracy Chapman had wanted Johnny Cash for a sperm donor, the result would have been Kerryn Fields. As it stands, she grew up, surfing her parent’s vinyl collection, addicted to the radio, and trying to make light of the dark with her irrepressible humour.
“A joyous presence” – The Music
Kerryn Fields poignant and powerful songs, baritone brilliance and unassuming string-plucking virtuosity leave audiences transfixed, crying, hysterically laughing and dipping their fingers into all the layers of the universe - after which they lick them in public, because this life is kind of delicious.
MIC CONWAY & ROBBIE LONG
In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek humour as lead singer of The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, there’s also juggling, fire-eating, magic and mayhem. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… this is surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.
Based in Sydney, Australia, Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera singers. In the 1970s, he and his brother were founding members of CIRCUS OZ. Mic has toured across Australia, Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Asia delighting audiences of all ages. He has written and recorded many albums and worked in theatre, music, cabaret, television and film. He is also front man for the 5-piece ensemble – Mic Conway’s National Junk Band.
THE NEW GRACES
Guitar, fiddle, double bass. Interwoven harmonies of three distinctly unique voices.
Melanie Horsnell, Kate Burke & Robyn Martin are seasoned identities in the Australian Music Scene.
Their lives have intersected through the magnetic musical pull of Candelo Village on NSW's far south coast.
The three now join forces, weaving tales of farmers, hippies, mothers, sea farers, history, lovers, the ordinary and the mysterious.
Outspoken and understated, down to earth and other-worldly, honouring tradition and heralding that which is yet to come, the New Graces are not to be missed.
Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. The Melbourne based band that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of the folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, heaps of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” Over the last three years, the band has played nearly 200 domestic shows and close to 100 shows internationally. They have sold out venues in both Melbourne and Sydney; and have performed at numerous festivals throughout the country including Falls Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Boogie Festival, CMC Rocks The Hunter, Festival of the Sun, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sounds on Sunset Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Recently signed to Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia), Mustered Courage is a band on the rise that, as Rhythms Magazine contends is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”
THIS WAY NORTH
Recently taking out Best Outer Suburban Act 2018 at The Age Music Victoria Awards, it’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create an explosive energy and expansive sound, that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage. This Way North bring their love affair with the road and big sound, to Candelo 2019, inviting you to turn up the volume and let loose.
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes have built their reputation on storytelling. Over the past nine years they have released four records, sold out venues across Australia, Europe and the USA, shared stages with Americana and country heavyweights and picked up a string of awards and accolades.
New album "Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music" is Lachlan and band's most accomplished work to date, finding critical acclaim not just at home, but also in the UK and Europe. In the words of the Songwriting Magazine's Lisa Redford, the record is a "ragged, poetic alt-country gem". The record was long-listed for The Australian Music prize earlier this year.
Lachlan has recently returned from a three week tour of the USA with East Nashville legend Amelia White, and the band is currently in the middle of their 'Friends and Acquaintances' national tour, before heading back to the UK and Europe for the 2019 Maverick Festival and a bunch of sideshows.
Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her “On A Clear Night” tour. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay.
And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.
BENJI & THE SALT WATER SOUND SYSTEM
Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.
Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.
The artists in Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have had the honour of playing at acclaimed festivals including; Woodford, the National Folk Festival, Summer Sounds, the Dreaming Festival, Granite Town, Peak Festival, Palm Creek, Corinbank, Sydney Blues Festival, and Illawarra Folk Festival just to name a few.
“An unrivalled debut offering from anyone else of their ilk. It’s painfully catchy and demands a repeat listen.” - Jake Wilton - AAA Backstage
La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.
The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.
Pete Wild’s first piano was rescued from a bulldozer at a demolition site.
Highly regarded as a performer and songwriter on the NSW South Coast, Pete’s debut self-titled album was featured as album of the week on Radio National. His song Mars 1 won the 2018 APRA/AMCOS Cygnet Folk Festival song competition.
Combining his theatrical background and idiosyncratic honesty, Pete's performance is deeply compelling as he moves from quirky theatrical absurdities to unexpected poignant and passionate expression.
He has worked closely with several highly regarded Australian musicians, performing and recording with Heath Cullen, Jackie Marshall, Sam Martin (Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen), Eamon McNelis (Flap!), Mike Martin (The Strelley Project), Melanie Horsnell, and Kate Burke (Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton, Trouble in the Kitchen).
Pete’s freshly pressed indie-folk pop album Calm presents a collection of vibrant vignettes which read as 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 One colonisation project...
The String Contingent
Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre. Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive. 2017 sees the launch of their fifth album, Iterations, recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Windsong Pavillion at Four Winds, Bermagui NSW. Holly, Chris and Graham embarked on a two-part residency at Four Winds to explore different creative approaches to music-making. The resultant album features music that they developed at and between the two sessions, and live free improvisation, which they collectively and spontaneously created in concert.
California-born singer/songwriter Michael Menager has an ear for the common threads in our human experience: pitfalls and disappointments, insights and epiphanies. A man with a globe-trotting musical past , Michael is now based in Tantawangalo, Australia, where his debut album, Clean Exit, was recorded in 2014. Michael’s second album, Not the Express (2015), produced by Candelo’s Heath Cullen and recorded in LA with an all-star cast, has received acclaim both in Australia and overseas.
THE ILLEGAL BOOTLEG BAND
The Illegal Bootleg Band will be backing CHARLIE BEDFORD in his show at the Town Hall.
The Illegal Bootleg Band comprises professional musicians from Canberra and South-east New South Wales: Chris Harland - vocals and guitar; Lucy Fisher – vocals; Paul (Paulo) Leeder – bass; Gary Dahan – drums; and Jackson Fisher - keys. This outfit was created not only to back touring artists but also to perform in its own right. There is no lack of talent in this band and, whether supporting feature artists or in their own show, every performance is sure to please.
Mojo are based in the Bega valley and have established a firm following as a great entertaining band. Their repertoire is a mixture of covers & originals covering all genres from rockabilly country to rock. Mojo features;
GARRY CARSON JONES - Garry has backed well know legends such as Normie Rowie, Leo Sayer, Sharon O’Neil and performs with Frankie J Holden in their band The Stumbling Wilburys. Garry began his music career at the age of ten and wrote his first song at the age of fourteen. An accomplished musician and singer/songwriter Garry has accumulated a vast repertoire of original songs. Entered his first talent competition in 2001 and won both singer/songwriter and recorded songwriter sections. The following year he took part in the Merimbula Country Music Talent Quest and came out outright winner. During 2003 Garry made the pilgrimage to Tamworth, buoyed by his local success, and entered the amateur section of the Tamworth Songwriters’ Assoc. Tiara Awards, and was rewarded with a berth amongst the finalists. That same year he was a finalist in the Steel City Champion of Champions in Newcastle and came third in the National Champion of Champions showcase in Canberra. In 2005 Garry again entered the Tamworth Songwriters’ Assoc. songwriting contest and again was reward with two songs amongst the finalists..
SHAYNE JONES - On drums is Garry’s brother, Shayne, who has supported him through all his bands over the last three decades drumming and singing harmonies. The Jones Boys are well know all over the Monaro district for their music in bands such as -the TJ’s, Foreplay, Hot Ice, Slice of Ice, Chill, The Poddydodger and Mojo.
SAM MARTIN - Sam Martin is a performer most notably known as the bass player for Mikelangelo and the Black Sea Gentlemen. He outstanding ability and talent on the bass guitar earns him respect as one of the best players on the Far South Coast. His experience in the music/theatre industry ranges from performing at world-class level to many years as a theatre technician.
FRANS PETERS - Frans Peters is well known in the area for his amazing vocals and keyboards. He performed in well known bands such as Jack Tar, Yellow box and Slippery. His harmonies add a another layer of brilliance to Mojo.
WRACK AND RUIN
Songs of fear & loathing, bitterness & bile, with the occasional chirpy piece of warped optimism and thwarted desire thrown in for good measure. All this and more to rhythms of a sophisticated late fifties dance party featuring the stylings of Xavier Cugat and Harry Belafonte. Harmonies? Yes! Cowbell? Yes!!
Driven by the rhythm section of erstwhile Praguian Bachelor Russell Cook on drums and Novella fella, Myoung Jae Yi on bass. Finessed with blowtorch sublety by Andy Zarins on multifarious keyboard thimgummyjigs. Phil Moriarty bashing away on guitar and squeezing out some suavely savage vocals. You’d be crazy to miss this!!
Charlie Bedford is an 18-year-old guitarist/vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase" in Memphis 2017, 2018 and has just returned from playing in 2019 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society!
He’s played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Nick Charles, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the scene, representing the next generation - keeping the blues alive! He'll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!
RED HEART BLUE
Red Heart Blue first presented their show as a five piece ensemble at the last Candelo village Festival in 2017. Again at the Candelo Blues Club and the Eden Whale Festival in 2018. They will be joining forces again at the Candelo Village Festival 2019 and the Merimbula Jazz Festival 2019. After winning first prize from the Capital Country Radio’s walk up performances, Jackson and Corine have been invited back to Toyota Hats Off to Country Festival in July 2019.
With Jackson Fisher on lead vocals, piano, guitar, harmonica and joined by Corine Masliah's beautiful vocals/harmonies and light percussion, Chris Ralfs on bass, Steve Faggotter on lead guitar and Ben Smith on drums.
Together, they complete Red Heart Blue ❤️💙
Steve Wilson- Concerman performs an eclectic repertoire of folk and beyond to include original compositions, political satire, humorous ditties and covers of popular songs, all with concertina accompaniment. His passion for the concertina is infusing and his performance certainly entertaining.
AILSA WILD (AUTHOR)
Ailsa Wild grew up in Candelo and did a stint as an acrobat and whip-cracker before she ran away from the circus to become a writer. The first six books in her Squishy Taylor series (for 6-9 y/o) were released to much excitement in 2016. Squishy Taylor (real name Sita) is a ninja-daredevil and a mystery-solver who launches into all kinds of adventures with her bonus sisters. Word on the street is that kids are staying up too late reading the Squishy books – and that the series has a few more to come! Ailsa also collaborates with Small Friends Books to create award-winning science-adventure stories with artists and scientists. Her memoir pieces have appeared in Meanjin and the Monthly and her plays have been performed in the Sydney Children’s Festival, at La Mama for Kids and in small country towns around Australia. Ailsa loves collaborating with kids to write stories together.
GABBIE STROUD (WRITER)
Gabbie Stroud is a freelance writer, novelist and recovering teacher. Her critical commentary of Australia’s education system was published in Griffith Review’s Edition 51 Fixing The System. Links to the essay went ‘viral’ on social media and the essay was viewed 24 000 times within the first two weeks of publication. "Teacher" is Gabbie’s memoir, expanding on that essay and bringing readers into today’s challenging classrooms. She is a passionate advocate for change in Australia’s education system and has been a guest on The Drum, Conversations with Richard Fidler, Studio 10, Sunrise, Sixty Minutes and Q&A.
KATE LISTON-MILLS (AUTHOR)
Kate has a Bachelor of Education (Primary), a Bachelor of Creative Writing, a Freelance Journalism Certificate and has recently completed a Master of Education (Teacher-librarian). Kate has been published in TIDE, Prowlings, The Writing Junction, Writer’s Edit anthologies Kindling I, II and III and The South Coast Writer’s Centre anthology Seeking Horizons. Her journalism has been published in regional Fairfax newspapers, and Indulge magazine features in the Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Waterfowl Are Drunk! is her first major creative work.
Currently Kate is penning a young adult novel, which is near completion, and another collection of short stories.
Matt Christison - Curing Meat (WORKSHOP)
Local butcher Matt Christison presents a 1 hour workshop on cured meats. Matt will demonstrate the process and essential ingredients in creating and curing meat for the long haul.
Matt has been working with the farmers and folks of Candelo for 18 years and has a great deal of experience in his trade. A true local with an iconic sense of humour and good taste.
Introduction into Acting and Vulnerability-BRIANNA SHAW (workshop)
Brianna Shaw is a 21 year old local Candelo girl who recently completed her Bachelor of Performance at Wollongong University. She is currently perusing her career as an Actor and is trained in a variety of fields including Movement, Singing and Voice.
Introduction into Acting and Vulnerability will include a variety of different acting technique’s to learn the basic skills on how to perform. Through exciting games, improvisation and task based activities it will introduce the notion of being comfortably valuable among others and in different performative situations. It will give festival goers the chance to meet new people, gain confidence in one’s self, branch out and try new things that can be used in any environment. No experience needed this is a chance to release you inner actor and have a play all in a safe and fun atmosphere.
Sass the Patriarchy
Celebrating and Empowering Gender Equality in the Music Industry - This Way North (WORKSHOP)
The conversation around the subject of women and gender diversity in the music industry over the past year has been incredibly exciting and has started to have a real effect on the movement towards equality. Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy (This Way North) chat about their event Sass the Patriarchy. An event where music meets empowering discussions that focus on strategies to continue to improve equality in the music industry. Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 2018, Sass the Patriarchy has been held in Perth, Western Australia, Auckland, New Zealand and Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada. This workshop will discuss specifically focus on the year that has been, what improvements have been made and what new and positive strategies can be devised to continue to help the movement progress. A discussion panel will include artists performing at the festival and some festival organisers.