Born in Bourke, NSW, William grew up in the western country of New South Wales, forming in him a heart that feels and eyes that see the plains, trees and red dust stained skies of outback Australia as songs and stories. Early musical influences varied from his father’s love of 80s rock bands to his mother’s introduction to Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole. But it was the songs of country singers and folk singers such as Tex Morton, Woody Guthrie, Buddy Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams as heard on radio and through local elders that Williams family were close with that came through in the end. Though William’s family relocated to the Mallee country of North West Victoria when he was a young teenager, he maintained an intense physical and spiritual connection with the land of red dirt that he first came from.
Over the last few years, 22 year old William has played many concerts in cities, towns, bars and halls. Playing concerts and festivals across the country has gained many loyal fans and friends who encourage and inspire him. William plans to tour the country sharing his new record with people in 2019 once the harvest at the organic garlic farm where he works has ended.
Both beginning their musical adventures on the cello as children, Rachel Johnston and Trent Arkleysmith then took different paths that led Rachel to the world stage of classical music and found Trent on the street- fortunately as an award-winning Street Arts performer and musician in the international circus scene. Two If By Sea gathers together some favourite melodic souvenirs from their musical and geographical travels, drawing on the rich folk music traditions of Scandinavia, Bluegrass, Klezmer and the Celts to present a collection of harmonies that have already delighted audiences around Australia and across the seas.
A much-loved local choir
OLD DOGS NEW TRICKS
Two Ole’ Local Boys,With a Hankerin‘ for Gutsy Blues.
Played on Homemade Cigar Box Guitars (Solid Bods also) Terry ‘Tecka‘ Iredale and B/J Boom Boom Hunter have been doin‘ this Blues Duo for a couple of years now.
Luv‘ The Blues’,and we hope you do as well. Best of Blues To Ya’s. B/J & Teck‘
Led Jelly were an acapella staple in Victoria from 1994 to 2006. After a brief performance lull they are regrouping at Cullulleraine Music Festival in 2019 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Led Jelly performance. Career highlights include the Melbourne Acapella Festival, the Boite, the Maldon Folk Festival, the Port Fairy Folk Festival, the Benetook Room CD launch and three special concerts that featured local musicians at the old Methodist Church in Mildura.
Heather Crawley, Heather Humphreys, Jacqui Pasquale, Sandi Smith, Joyce Adolph, Carol Aylward, Hilary Thiele, Kerrie Banks, Deb Banks and Brenda Hornsby and more, have variously travelled from Northern NSW, the York Peninsula, Bendigo, Castlemaine and Mildura for this special reunion. If the zimmer frames hold up, they will dedicate their performance to all who were part of Led Jelly who couldn’t make the journey but who left footprints on their vocal chords.
In 1994, the ‘BUSHFIRE’ Band was formed in Mildura, Victoria home to most of its members, where Steve Curran and his wife Jo joined forces with the Harris, Rogers, Stewart and Tucker families (and many more) to share their love for playing music together. With original folk songs and Irish jigs and reels, the ‘Bushfire’ band is sure to create a lively and upbeat experience for everyone to enjoy. With a mix of Irish/Australian and English old time dances with a twist, get ready to swing along the old woolshed floor, feel excitement in the hall, choose a partner and meet and greet on the dance floor!
BluGuru sound like –“Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’ while dancing in Rio.” A twisted tale of Indian, Blues, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, and adventure. Fringe Award nominee Josh Bennett (Best Music) joins the genre-hopping antics of Andrew Clermont and the extraordinary vocals and
dance of Parvyn (daughter of the renowned singer Dya Singh) to form BluGuru.
STOP PRESS: Parvyn Bennett sang for India at the World Cricket in Melbourne this summer – perhaps that’s why they won 🙂 All bets are off when it comes to what will happen at each show, with the genre and instrumentation changing from one song to the next, but you can expect soaring vocal harmonies, blistering guitar and fiddle, and then ‘instrument guest appearances’ by such as sitar, tabla, tenor banjo, didgeridoo, assorted percussion and of course triple Mandolin!
Yo u t u b e
Signature Data & relevant sites
Totally Gourdgeous –
The Apostle String Band Tour –
Director to The Golden Fiddle Awards – of late purely the Golden Fiddle Show 10am Wed morning
Tamworth Country Music Festival at The Capitol Theatre – it sells out so book early!