2018 GUILDFORD BANJO JAMBOREE PERFORMERS
Applications have closed for this year’s Jamboree. We have some exciting performers booked and more in the confirmation process. Here are some of our wonderful performers for 2018. More names will appear as all details are confirmed.
Two wonderful acts combine this year to feature on our Saturday night Chalkboard Concert. They will be mixing it up to provide a bracket of superb songs and music.
Cat and Clint play old timey music and songs, featuring sweet vocal harmonies, clawhammer banjo and driving fiddle tunes. Predominantly traditional Old Time music from the Southern States of America, they mix it up with a few original songs, a touch of blues and some vintage country.
Crooning troubadour and old time folk singer, William Alexander (the kid from Bourke), brings back the songs of hillbilly and country music’s greatest figures as well as his own songs of the new world and all its trials and tragedies. If heart touching (breaking) tales from the Appalachian mountains interest you, or the stories told through early Australian and American country music inspire you, then perhaps William Alexander is your man.
Slim Dime are an acoustic folk duo. Their music is contemporary and urban, but woven through with the simplicity and space of old time mountain music. Listen close: you can hear fog soaked valleys, mountain ash forests and the grit of gravel road.
Featuring: Jen Land on vocals & tenor guitar and Chris Taylor on vocals, guitar & banjo
What do you get when you put together 3 string virtuosos, Oz’s top jug player, a soulful Blues Harp, and a witty Washboard broad? One helluva toe tappin’ Jugband whoopin’ it up! This lovable combo reinvent the pizzazz of Jugband music from the 20’s Speakeasy era plus originals. Their repertoire covers the 1920s to the jug band revival of the 1960s, with Tony, Teana, Mick and Brent all alumni of 1960s jug bands.
Featuring: Brent Davey on banjo and vocals, Tony Dunn on Jug, Teana Amor on washboard and vocals, Mark Smith on guitars and vocals, Barry Martin on harmonicas and tea-chest bass, Mick Fleming on mandolin, banjo-mandolin and banjo.
Moosejaw Rifle Club are a four-piece folk/country/bluegrass band with four-part harmonies and hooks galore. Their rollicking rhythms have gained attention in every concert venue they’ve played – including our Jamboree audiences. Their original song-smithery melds effortlessly with their more traditional influences appealing to a diverse audience of music lovers. Members: Mick Bourke, Jared Boyle, John Collins, Aaron Robins.
Fine purveyors of Western Swing and cowdy music. Channelling Bob Wills, Hank, Patsy Montana, Frankie Laine and other fine saddle pals too numerous to mention. This mob has stepped right out of your Kreisler stereogram, with boots, hats & High Fidelity – and yodeling like ya ain’t never heard before! Featuring Mick Coates on vocal & banjo, James Rigby on vocals & fiddle, Pete Gavin on vocal & double bass, Merrin Torpy on vocal & piano accordion, Del Widdowson on vocals, Geoff McArthur on vocal & guitar, and Steve James on slide guitar.
The Duck Downpickers play acoustic-zyda-Jug-holy-billy-blues, a little tongue in beak! They cite among their influences Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers, The Skillet Lickers, R Crumb and The Cheap Suit Serenaders and the Old Crow Medicine Show.
Trio consisting of Gerry McDonald – Vocals, 5 String Banjo and Foot Percussion; Clayton Jacobson – Vocals and Double Bass; and Jonathan Ashley – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar and Harmonica.
Nine Mile Creek is a bluegrass band playing traditional and original bluegrass, with a touch of swing and Americana. Long time fans of the bluegrass genre and those appreciating the joys of good acoustic music are embracing Nine Mile Creek’s fresh approach.
Featuring: Andrew Barcham, Doug Wallace, Colin Weight and Mark Pottenger.
Most bands start by doing a series of 3-song obscure open mic sessions, and slowly build up from there. Fearless or foolish, Mysterious Mose’ first gig was a 2 hour set at the 2010 Melbourne Ukulele Festival ! Arghhh! Nothing has been so scary since!! The Mose continue to scrape, rattle, whine, hoot, honk & holler their infectious brand of good-time, toe tapping jug band music into the stages (and hopefully hearts) of Melbourne and Central Victoria. Expect some classic jug songs, some classic jug band instruments, some unorthadox dress sense, some cheeky patter and lots of fun!
Featuring: All on vocals, with Ric Pec on slide guitar & uke, Gail Horsley on uke, washboard & kazoo, Wendy Dwyer on guitar, John Ross on string things, Tony Allan on harmonica, uke & mandolin, and Mike Fenton on banjo & uke.
The Undertones came together after a particularly raucous jam session at the Guildford Banjo Jamboree, Victoria. Influenced by a shared love of traditional bluegrass and jazz grazz, Jim Golding (banjo), Don Gula (bass), Heath Joyce (mandolin) and Tom Wales (guitar) have quickly found their own unique style which encompasses bluegrass and progressive jazz music. Based in Melbourne, Australia, forming in early 2018, The Undertones have already left a lasting impression as a band to watch.
Appalachian Heaven Stringband perform Southern Appalachian old timey mountain and modern Americana music with gusto and authenticity, much of it learnt directly from the masters during visits to USA festivals and band camps. The group features driving and sensitive fiddle tunes, dance tunes with curly toes, cheeky songs & disarmingly touching ballads … delighting audiences young and young-at-heart!
The band’s latest CD “Hold Your Lying Tongue” was released at National Folk Festival Canberra, Easter 2017.
The band features: Ian Alexander (clawhammer banjo, vocals), Sally Taylor (fiddle, vocals), Kimberley Wheeler (bass, vocals), Graeme Fletcher (guitar, autoharp, vocals) and Claire Alleway (cello).
Devil Goat Family String Band, first formed in 2005, is a Brunswick based five piece band, whose members play high-energy bluegrass and fiddle tunes like they’ve never gone out of style! Their contemporary arrangements of traditional tunes utilize some mighty fine vocals along with the twin fiddles of Kate Conner and new member Grace, banjo of Gus Macmillan (Blue Grassy Knoll), guitar of Luke Byrnes and double bass of Fran Evans. They traverse the old timey and new-grass traditions, and generate a lively energy that is truly infectious to music-lovers of all generations. They will have a new CD out for the Jamboree, and will be touring nationally to promote it. They are already huge favourites at festivals across the country and we are delighted to be able to welcome them to Guildford this year.