Dirtyfrank is an acoustic indie rock band, which formed at a party on Australia Day in 2013. They are renowned for creating unique, haunting, and distinctive acoustic music filled with raw emotion and continue to bring a riveting live performance to all ends of the country. They have gained a large fan base in a short period of time by playing regularly on the pub circuit. Following the release of Bones, Dirtyfrank’s debut EP release in late 2015, the band have played numerous shows around Australia including performances at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Laura Folk Festival, the Semaphore Music Festival, and the Melrose Music Muster. They will be touring Tasmania in November 2017.
Line up: Ash Jewers (vocals), Luke Walters (guitar), Morris Ewings (bass guitar), and Alan Cadman (percussion).
Paul Wookey has spent most of his life playing Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Country and originals. His influences range from Doc Watson to Eric Clapton, Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan and way more. He is renowned for his superlative flat-picking guitar style and a voice that could sing the birds from the trees. Paul’s life on the road has inspired many great original songs and reminiscences that have folks in stitches and tears, often at the same time. Philomena Carroll plays guitar, banjo and sings. GIT and Rank Strangers are among her former bands and she has a long history in the Bluegrass/Old Time scene in Australia. Together they perform a mostly traditional repertoire of songs and tunes of the mountains, the deep south and the old west, delivered with wit and great reverence for the musical history of a bygone era.
Line up: Paul Wookey and Philomena Carroll
Bowen & Clare
Husband and wife duo Bowen & Clare from Wheeny Creek NSW have a chemistry, humour and spirit that’s refreshing and down to earth. Like sugar and spice Lydia’s soft sweet vocals compliment Darryl’s bold earthy tones. Their authentic Aussie sound blends country, folk ‘n bluegrass with a celtic/gypsy twist. It’s toe tappin’ music that’s infectious, catchy and energetic. Their songs are haunting and soul stirring, funny and thought provoking.
Weeping Angels perform a versatile range and genres of highly energetic, toe tapping, dance till you drop style of originals and covers—beautiful songs and catchy instrumental tunes, blending Gypsy, Folk, Celtic, World musical cultures. Predominantly hailing from the pristine Semaphore Beach, South Australian coast, Weeping Angels have been morphed from previously well known South Australian Folk bands the Gypsy Junkies Collective and also The Infamous Dudleys.
Line up: Angie Starr (vocals & guitar), Sean Dempsey (flutes, whistles & harmonica), Keri Koutlakis (didgeridoo and doumbeleki),
Chris Astara (tamborine and shakers), George Stretan (percussion), and the late & great highly accomplished, Miss Jane Pennington (fiddle and mandolin).
Adelaide Hills-based In Your Dreams String Band team up with the coastal-dwelling, well-loved folk and bluegrass musician Tony Schick to bring a refreshing line-up of traditional and modern tunes. Spanning genres from Scottish, to Irish, Old-Timey and Bluegrass, their repertoire never fails to get the toes tapping, and has been known to inspire joyful outbusts of dance.
The team regularly meet and perform as part of the Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club, and are fresh from recent performances at the Frances Folk Gathering, Palmer Open Mic Night and busking on street corners.
Line up: Lucy, Daniel and Charles Kammermann, Tony Schick
Courtney Robb with Snooks La Vie
Adelaide songstress Courtney Robb bares her soul in her songs, sharing stories of love, belonging, heartache and failure. Her authentic storytelling takes the audience on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of life. Courtney’s husky vocals are interwoven with delicately played guitar, in a style verging on the edges of folk, country and blues. With four albums under her belt, Courtney is excited to be heading back into the studio next month to start working on a new EP. She is teaming up with blues/soul legend Snooks La Vie on harmonica for Wirrina.
Lasseter’s Gold brings a wealth of folk music experience to play at the Wirrina Bush Dance on Saturday afternoon. All members have played in the SA folk scene for many years in well known bands such as Kelly’s Revenge, Diddychwy, Tinkers and Tailors, Adelaide Empire Band, Fortuna and The Old Time String Band to name a few. Lasseter’s Gold plays a wide variety of folk music, including Australian, Celtic, English, American and contemporary styles. They specialise in running traditional Australian bush dances in which they teach all the steps. Bush dancing can be enjoyed by people of all ages and requires no prior experience.