Performers 2020

Performers 2020

Miss Ohio

Mae Napier-Traeger (fiddle/vocalist) and Gage Stead (multi-instrument/vocalist) are Miss Ohio. They radiate a warmth and intimacy through genre-bending material, hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumental skill. Having immersed themselves in the music of the Americas and anchored by a deep love of folk tradition, Miss Ohio will captivate you with an honest musicality that will take you on a journey through life, death and the space in between.

Miss Ohio

The Memphis Suns

The Memphis Suns are a three piece traditional Rockabilly band playing popular Rockabilly tunes. They’ve released an EP Make My Night, a single As I Am , and a full album released in 2018, Old Fashioned Fool, all originals available on Spotify, and iTunes. They are receiving rave reviews in Slap That Bass, the UK Rockabilly magazine in 2018-19. Their album Old Fashioned Fool is getting radio air play out of Tennessee on syndicated radio. They’ve performed alongside Gina Haley (Bill Haley’s Daughter) Linda Gail Lewis (Jerry Lee Lewis’s sister) as a support. They have played to crowds of over 30,000 at Adelaide city events. Additionally, they have performed at many national music festivals in Australia, as well as being asked to tour Belgium and Holland. Traditional Rockabilly never sounded better!

The Memphis Suns

Crooked Road

Adelaide’s very own Crooked Road join us at Wirrina. A bluegrass-oriented band, Crooked Road play harmony-driven originals and a few pieces by their favourite musicians. Bluegrass, folk, country, gospel—their influences all come out in their music. In their long history with bluegrass in Australia and New Zealand, Crooked Road’s members have individually toured and recorded many albums. Songs about trains, whisky, death, relativity, love, despair, roadkill, rain and lost car keys. Over time, and with different bands the members of Crooked Road have made 13 albums, many TV and radio shows and several national and international tours.

Crooked Road are:

Phill Parker—guitar and vocals
Andrew Hook—vocals, mandolin and guitar
Dave Taylor— vocals, double bass and guitar
Leonard Cohen— vocals and dobro.

Crooked Road

The Cherry Pickers

The Cherry Pickers are always popular on the Wirrina stage. A contemporary bluegrass band, they play your favourite tunes from today and back in the day. Coupled with their love of traditional tunes and their original songs, the Cherry Pickers make for an exciting and refreshing bluegrass experience. They appear regularly around Adelaide and have played at many festivals around the country including the National Bluegrass Festival, Mountain Grass, the Kelly Country Pick, JamGrass, the Fleurieu Folk Festival, Healesville Festival, Cullulleraine, Groundwater, Dorrigo Folk Festival and the Wirinna Bluegrass Festival. In 2016, the Cherry Pickers toured the US including playing at AmericaFest in Nashville Tennessee.

The Cherry Pickers are:
Mark Bandick: guitar, vocals
Lou Evangelistis: mandolin, vocals
Paul Cooper: banjo, vocals
Gage Stead: bass, vocals
Mae Napier-Traeger: fiddle, vocals
Rob Cooper: dobro, vocals

Website: www.cherrypickersband.wordpress.com/music/
Facebook: facebook.com/cherry.pickers.7

The Cherry Pickers

Tennessee Travels

Emlyn & Jodie O’Regan with Matthew Lykos and Amber Evans

Concert: Emlyn and Jodie O’Regan have come back from two years in Nashville Tennessee with stories to share. On their adventures they played renaissance music with a lutinist, wrote for and sang in a southern church choir, jammed in a room filled with mountain dulcimer players and sang old style harmonies in an accapella quartet. Now they’re home, they’d love to share some of the music they found and made on their travels in Music City. Emlyn and Jodie are thrilled to be joined by singers Matthew Lykos and (as long as she can get here from Qld) Amber Evans to present the quartet pieces.

Emlyn and Jodie O’Regan have arranged and performed a range of acappella roots and celtic folk songs at festivals and workshops around Australia. They both have a background in choral and classical music and are often sought after to run festival choirs and singing sessions.

An alumnus of The Elder Conservatorium of Music, multi award winning Matthew Lykos combines his formal training with the life-embracing experience of his lifelong participation in the folk music community to weave performances of great richness and extraordinary beauty and energy.

Amber Evans is a vocalist, composer and conductor based in New York and Brisbane. Amber has premiered over thirty new vocal works and became well-versed in modern contemporary classic works of the last few decades. She has a Masters in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a choral conducting degree at University of Cambridge.

Tennesse travels
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