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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.

REBECCA WRIGHT AND

DONALD MCKAY

Their music has been likened to that of a

good Scotch whisky: delightfully smooth,

full of character and highly addictive.

Through traditional, contemporary and

original songs of highlanders, convicts,

sailors, love, hugs and chocolate cake,

Australian songstress Rebecca Wright and

Scots songster Donald McKay explore the

age-old experience of making a new life in a

new land. Together they have toured in their

respective homelands and have released two

albums,

Over Burns and Braes

, and

Joys

that Never Weary

. Accompanied by requinto,

cello, acoustic guitar and bodhran, their

performances promise to bring you back to

the heart of folk.

Saturday 2:00pm Mumbulla

Sunday 9:00am Gulaga

Sunday 1:00pm Yuin (w’shop)

RUIDO FLAMENCO

Ruido-Indie flamenco with a twist! These

musicians get up and dance. There are no

barriers in this amazing troupe. Their show

is an explosion of colour and passion, with

original music and interpretations of ancient

traditional songs. The rhythms complex and

the vocals powerful and expressive, Ruido is a

beautiful window on a magical world.

Saturday 2:15pm Brolga (w’shop)

Sunday 2:00pm Magpie

SAMINA AMAR

Sam has been teaching various styles folkloric

of Egyptian Bellydance and Oriental Dance

in classes and workshops since 2003. Her

workshops are encouraging, supportive and

lots of fun. Sam is the Principal Instructor

at Ghawazee Moon Bellydance in Canberra

and is a performer and choreographer with

the urban-folk Bellydance troupe, TABLA

Bellydance.

Sunday 10:45am Brolga

SEÑOR CABRALES

Señor Cabrales plays the energetic and

vibrant music of Asturias, Galicia and

Brittany and also draws influences from

Scottish and Irish traditions. The members

of Señor Cabrales have played Celtic music

in Australia and beyond for many years and

now focus on the music of Europe’s Atlantic

coast. The Señores have appeared at most of

the major festivals in eastern Australia and

the repertoire continues to expand, as does

enthusiasm for this exciting and distinctive

music. Instruments include fiddle, gaita,

bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, flute, whistle and

bodhran.

Saturday 5:00pm Magpie

Sunday 12 noon Mumbulla

SHEIKH OF THE SHAKE

The Sheikh of the Shake is disk jock Tom

Noonan; the Cobargo resident and vinyl

record fanatic behind the infamous Juke

Joint nights in the Wandella hills. Put your

trust in the Sheikh for a guaranteed dance

party of vintage soul, greasy R&B, jump blues

and early rock’n’roll all played on original

vinyl records.

Friday 9:00pm The Crossing

SHORTIS AND SIMPSON

Canberra cabaret duo, Shortis and Simpson,

specialise in musical, satirical, humorous

shows based on Australian and international

history and politics. They perform regularly at

Canberra’s cultural institutions, at festivals,

at cabaret venues, and in theatres locally

and nationally. Don’t miss their “take” on

Eurovision!

Friday 9:00pm Mumbulla

Saturday 7:30pm Gulaga

(Eurovision Show)

Sunday 12 noon Gulaga (Folkwiz)

THE SOMEDAYS

After the successful release of their first

self-titled CD in 2015, The Somedays have

been performing their infectious harmony and

hook driven original songs around the country.

Delivered with a sweet but sultry edge they

have been described as

“the creamiest

milkshake with a dash of Tabasco”

and

“Fun,

high energy band that you can’t help but

move to”

. This seven piece band is definitely

one act you’ll want to catch.

Saturday 11:00am Gulaga

Sunday 4:00pm Magpie

STEVE WILSON – THE MAN WITH

THE CONCERTINA

Steve Wilson is one of the finest exponents

in Australia of song accompaniment with

concertina. His concertina style is refreshing

and his songs an entertaining and eclectic

mix of folk, popular and original material.

Friday 4:00pm Magpie

Saturday 10:00am Yuin

Saturday 2:00pm Yuin

(Squeezers Circle)

Saturday 5:00pm Bunyip

(Kids Show)

STONEWAVE TAIKO

Stonewave Taiko beat their drums with

the hearts of children and the energy of

demons, bringing to the Wilderness Coast the

vibrant and thrilling art of taiko. Japanese

‘heart beat’ drumming or taiko is a visually

spectacular art form which electrifies and

unifies the players and audiences alike.

Stonewave Taiko evokes the ancient spirit

of traditional Japanese rituals and festivals

through their beautiful, mesmerizing

movement and rhythms, folk songs and

haunting traditional shinobue flute melodies.

Stonewave Taiko is led by David Hewitt,

an original founding member of Australia’s

internationally acclaimed TaikOz.

Saturday 10:00am Mumbulla

Sunday 4:00pm Mumbulla

Steve Wilson