David Bridie has been pushing boundaries in the Australian music scene for many years. The award winning songwriter and composer has enjoyed a distinguished career as one of Australia’s most innovative artists. Whether as an international soundtrack composer; a leading expert on and producer of Melanesian music; as a uniquely Australian songwriter and piano player; and as singer with bands Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake – Bridie has certainly stamped his mark. His songs are intelligent observations of the Australian experience, ranging from wry – and often bleak – comments on the politics of daily life to the beauty of a simple love song.
ARIA award winning ensemble Zulya and The Children of the Underground conjure exquisite original music presented in transformative concerts. Haunting and nuanced, Zulya’s smouldering vocals enriched by accordion, trumpet, guitar, double bass and percussion transport the listener to another realm: a scene from an Emir Kusturica film, a basement cafe in Moscow circa 1955, a circus band playing the funeral of the fallen trapeze artist, Berlin between the wars.
Irish dynamite Wallis Bird’s expressive vocals and driving guitar rhythms are being compared to artists like Ani DiFranco, Fiona Apple or the young Janis Joplin. Her exceptional voice moves from delicate whispers to explosive power songs, while her music fuses elements of traditional folk music, blues and funk with an energetic handmade rock sound. Now based in Berlin, in the last 7 years Bird has played over 600 shows in Europe and won two Irish Music Awards (Meteor award). Her refreshingly honest, passion and self-effacing manner has endeared her to audiences worldwide.
“Frank and endearingly tender, a tsunami of emotion… Magnificent.”
~ MOJO, UK
“The sheer visceral energy of Wallis Bird could kick-start an entire economy.”
~ Irish Times
“It’s her humour and bold honesty that makes Bird so special.”
~ The Guardian, UK
This 8-piece ska band from Amsterdam explodes onto the stage, delivering their super-charged shows with zeal, heart and soul. Performing like their lives depended on it, they take audiences by storm, whipping themselves and all within earshot into a joyous frenzy aimed straight at flailing limbs and dancing feet!
First Australian tour ~ March 2017, performing at Port Fairy Folk Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival.
This Chicago-based blues and roots music duo makes an unforgettable impression. Their jaw-dropping virtuosity creates more layers of sound and feeling than can be summoned by most full bands. Joe Filisko and Eric Noden are ultra-rhythmic performers with a wonderful synergy on stage. Their high-energy live shows are both dramatic and subtle. Their story-telling with harmonica, voice and resonator guitar is charming, moving and hilarious. Drawing on 1920s-40s American styles of blues, folk and ragtime, and influenced by blues legends Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Bill Broonzy, Joe and Eric’s captivating performances continue to delights audiences across the USA and Europe.