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Artist biographies are listed alphabetically by the first name and ignoring “The”. Performance times listed are correct at time of printing.

Program times may be subject to change and updates will be posted at venues or the Festival Office.


The Old Empire Band brings you a steampunk

dance to celebrate the glory days of Old

England. Formed in the early 1980s by

a ragged bunch of ten pound poms, and

otherwise lost colonials, the band gathers

to pump and pluck out those great English

dance sets with enthusiasm reminiscent

of the old empire. In full flight, they are a

sight to behold with reeds, strings, brass,

and percussion, spurring on the dancers

with reels, jigs, rants, hornpipes, polkas and

waltzes. It’s the orchestra from hell with

music from heaven!

Friday 9:00pm Brolga (dance)

Saturday 8:30pm Brolga (dance)

Sunday 1:45pm Narira (w’shop)


Legends of Australian folk music, Penny and

Roger have been singing, playing, recording

and writing together for more than thirty three

and a third years. Their concerts are intimate,

humorous, and wholeheartedly entertaining,

drawing on their love for this colourful and

diverse land and its people. Warm harmonies

and ringing strings in the colours of Australia.

Saturday 12:00 noon Gulaga

Saturday 4:00pm Yuin

Sunday 3:00pm Magpie


Pete Wild learned to play on a piano rescued

from the bucket of a bulldozer at a demolition

site. With The Only Ones, Pete presents

fresh, contemporary small-town Australian

indie-folk-pop, played beautifully on an

upright piano. The Only Ones are Robyn

Martin, Anna Martin, Jay McMahon and Kate

Burke. Pete’s first album was featured by

Radio National’s breakfast programme as

Album of the Week, and he brings a newly

minted album to this year’s Festival.

Friday 11:00pm Magpie

Saturday 6:00pm Magpie


The Pie Eaters are Alan Musgrove and Robert

Stevens. Alan is an award-winning fiddler and

has spent 40 years collecting and performing

Australian traditional music. He plays fiddle

in a unique bush style as well as playing

guitar and singing. He is accompanied

on vocals, piano and accordion by Robert

Stevens, who can claim 30 years’ experience

on the Canberra and Melbourne music

scenes. Their music has a snappy style that

retains the essence of traditional music.

Saturday 11:00am Magpie

Sunday 9:00am Mumbulla

Old Empire Band

Pete Wild

Penny Davies & Roger Ilott