Tony Smith is a full blooded representative of the Australian country way of life. Born and raised on the lower Darling Murray basin region at Balcatherine station 45 klms from the historic town of Wentworth. Tony’s life experiences are recorded in his songs, with tunes such as Shearer recorded by James Blundell and Little Desert which charted at 30 in the HOT COUNTRY 100 a few years ago now.
Category: Performers 2018
South Australian band Tamarisque will be back again this year at the fourth annual Cullulleraine Music Festival. Husband and wife team, Janet and Hugh Gordon will delight with their captivating music style.
The Hot Potato Band found their roots and musical inspiration in Sydney’s southern suburbs as street performers running over 120 shows a year all around Australia. A unique performance at a festival on the mid north coast of NSW opened the doors to new ideas and opportunities which were further realised after a collaboration with Dylan Wright in 2014 and furthermore with vocalist Ben Goldstein from 2017.
Anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, this 10 piece brass band is sure to put a smile on your face in an incredibly unique live show. The Hot Potato Band have become one of the most celebrated festival bands in Australia. Evolving from their roots as a roving band on the streets of Sydney, they continue to capture their unique energy and interaction on stage. The band has put an Australian edge to its ‘multi-genre’ music which is influenced by ska, blues, funk, pop, reggae, afro-cuban and folk, as well as the classic brass band sounds of New Orleans. Beware, as they make you the centre of their performance… literally!
Coming to Cullulleraine as the latest member of ‘The Maes’, renegade folk cellist and singer-songwriter Monique Clare burst onto the scene in 2017, launching her debut EP as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year. She weaves earthy cello and powerful vocals in a performance that dances between darkness and light. Her diverse career has taken her as far as Afghanistan as a performer and educator, and the USA on a grant-funded exploration into folk traditions; she’s led patrons up the Glass House Mountains for mountain-top sunrise concerts; and in her secret life as a classical cellist, she performed in the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and in Kate Miller-Heidke’s string quartet.
Her debut solo EP, By The Stars was released in August 2017, backed by a Pledgemusic campaign that went beyond its target and drew supporters all the way from the USA, UK, Germany and Japan. She toured the EP in Australia, and will be joining The Maes (The Mae Trio) as their cellist for national and international touring in 2018.
In 2016, Monique spent three months immersing herself in folk traditions in America, with the help of grants from the Australia Council and Queensland Government. She has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most exciting emerging folk cellists, having performed across Australia at major events including Woodford and the National Folk Festival. She has previously appeared in a number of projects, as a member of The Mulberry Collective and award-winning duo Rhiannon & Monique, and as a guest with Darol Anger, Kate Miller-Heidke, The String Contingent, Hanneke Cassel, the Viola Cloning Project and more. She is a passionate educator, and teaches at Sunshine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser’s Stringmania fiddle camp in Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in classical cello performance from the QLD Conservatorium, where she was the 2015 Vada Jeffries award winner for solo Bach performance.
Brod Smith’s latest album, ‘Unknown Country’ is a landscape of familiar features casting strange shadows. There’s a visceral echo of early rock’n’roll. The deep, dark twang of the swamp, the high and lonesome air of the mountains. There’s the blood of the broadsheet ballad, the weathered bones of back porch blues. Front and centre is a voice as rich, potent and quintessentially Australian as any this country has yielded. Broderick Smith has been homing in on this unique territory for nearly 50 years.
Smith’s masterful voice is but one key ingredient to his tenth solo album. His longstanding lap steel accomplice and co-writer Matt Walker to his right, guitarist Shannon “The Assassin” Bourne to his left, Unknown Country brings a new combination of passion, depth and texture to Australian roots music.
Drummer Laurie Ernst is another veteran of Smith’s floating combo, The Guild. American keyboard player Garth Hudson (The Band) is an older colleague, going back to The Dingoes’ late ‘70s residency in San Francisco.
Bassist Grant Cummerford, Celtic harp player Andrew Rigby and engineer / keyboard player David Manton complete a lean, empathetic line-up.
Read more about Brodick Smith here
Formed out of a love for the legendary partnership of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grapelli in the French Hot Club Quintet, and with a nod and a wink to Sigourney Weaver and fine red wine, Cigány Weaver is one of Australia’s most exciting gypsy-jazz ensembles, with a dedicated and passionate following around Australia.
Their sound is reminiscent of jazz Manouche, traditional swing and Romani music, interwoven with contemporary material from artists like Bjork, and the band’s reinterpretations of classics from popular culture.
Their virtuosic and energetic live performances, and the instinctive interplay between the musicians have invoked everything from subtle toe-tapping to spontaneous standing ovations and exuberant dance floor foot-stomping.
The band has performed at major festivals including The Woodford Folk Festival, MONA’s Dark Mofo, The Wallaby Creek Festival (FNQ), and closer to home, brought the audience to their feet at the OzManouche Festival (Brisbane Jazz Club), Ipswich Jazz and Blues Festival and Brisbane City Hall (Lord Mayor’s Concert Series).
With regular appearances in Brisbane’s most popular music venues, where audiences are often spilling out of the venue and dancing on the footpath, Cigány Weaver continue to make their stamp on the city’s vibrant live music scene, and cement their place as one of Australia’s must-see bands.
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Melbourne, Australia’s The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) bring their unique contemporary twist on folk music with their sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover.
Take Care Take Cover was awarded Best Folk Roots Album by The Age Music Victoria Award and has received rave reviews at home and abroad with The Australian calling it a “simply superb sophomore album”.
The Maes are sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin, and vocals). Elsie and Maggie grew up steeped in music playing in their family band and spent their childhood going to music festivals and camps, choir rehearsals and concerts.
Take Care Take Cover was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Erick Jaskowiak (Crooked Still, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, The Waifs). The album features guest performances by The Stray Bird’s Maya De’Vitry; Darrell Scott, The Time Jumper’s Jeff Taylor; Victor Krauss; Jano Rix; and Kai Welch.
The album follows on from their debut, Housewarming which earned them Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award and NFSA Folk Recording of the Year.
The Maes have brought their contemporary twist on folk music on the road across Australia, Canada, USA and Europe with performances at the Hydro Stadium at Celtic Connection, Glasgow, Americana Folk Festival, Nashville, Cambridge Folk Festival, UK; Edmonton Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada; Woodford, Port Fairy and National Folk Festivals, Australia.