Performers 2018

We’re really excited about the 2018 line-up, which features a rich mix of folk legends, festival favourites and  emerging new talent.  The 2018 program book is HERE and you can check out all the performers below:

1917 Strike

“1917 Strike” is a fascinating and entertaining story of one of Australia’s greatest class struggles – the 1917 great strike. To mark its centenary, AWGIE award-winning writer PP Cranney has more〉〉

Alanna and Alicia

Twin sisters, Alanna & Alicia, charm audiences with their original folky/jazz songs, sweet harmonies and onstage warmth, wit and fun. At our festival, they are launching their beautiful new album, more〉〉

Alistair Brown

Alistair covers the field from comic ditties, big ballads, songs of struggle (usually unsuccessful) and against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality. Of course there are also more〉〉

Andy Irvine and Luke Plumb

Lauded as masters of the bouzouki and mandolin, the legendary Andy Irvine (Planxty/Mozaik/Patrick Street) combines with the brilliance of Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) to present one of the most anticipated collaborations more〉〉

Annie Bryant

Storyteller and children’s songwriter, Annie Bryant, takes you on a musical story journey through the garden, around the farm and into the Australian bush. Annie’s heartwarming stories and sing-along family more〉〉

Benny Fowler

Benny’s music draws on islander flavours fused with the reggae and African roots of his past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies. Add to this more〉〉

Black Joak Morris

Black Joak Morris performs the traditional folk dancing of the bucolic English Cotswolds. Their Morris dancing is fresh and varied, friendly and skilled, danced to live music provided by talented more〉〉

Bluestone Junction

Bluestone Junction are exponents of traditional Bluegrass music. Sometimes fast and furious, sometimes slow and sweet, their Bluegrass music is performed like in the old days – without pickups or more〉〉

Bruce Watson

Joyful, thought provoking, totally engaging, Bruce is an icon of the Australian Folk scene and a major songwriter and performer. He has won a swag of awards and had his more〉〉

Chris While & Julie Matthews

With 22 years of unrivalled musical partnership gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, English Singer/Songwriters, Chris While and Julie Matthews Julie are more powerful than ever more〉〉

Christine Collister & Michael Fix

She draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. He has both the dry deserts of Australia and a more〉〉

Chrysoula K & Púrpura

This all-woman band from Greece, Púrpura took their name from the Latin word for “purple”, a colour that is the symbol of spirituality, of mystery and of nostalgia for a more〉〉

David Ross Macdonald

The son of an ex jazz trumpeter/dentist, David ditched geology to fail at jazz college then took up washboard to join The Waifs over a Port Fairy Guinness before falling more〉〉

Deep River Choir

This well known Eurobodalla group featuring singing, dancing and drumming presents a fun and uplifting show with songs of peace and freedom along with stunning harmonies and rhythms from Africa. more〉〉

Den Hanrahan and the Rum Runners

Den Hanrahan’s music is a compendium of ballads, laments and reckless dirges from his songbook of the open road. He puts a very Australian stamp on his love for Americana more〉〉

Ego Lemos

Ego Lemos, a musician, singer songwriter and environmental troubadour, is a remarkable man, with a remarkable voice in more ways than one. He is the Winner of the 2009 Screen more〉〉

Eric Bogle

The word “legend” fits with ease on the shoulders of Eric Bogle, internationally known and respected singer/songwriter who, along with his long term partner in crime, John Munro, has been more〉〉

Fiona Ross and Ken Nicol

Traditional singer Fiona Ross joins forces with guitar maestro Ken Nicol (ex-Steeleye Span & Albion Band) to deliver a captivating and dynamic set of Scottish songs, including material from the more〉〉

Fuego

From a scarily young age, the Holden boys have been playing with fire. From their home in Candelo, about 40 minutes down the road from Cobargo, they honed their skills more〉〉

Georgia State Line

Georgia State Line is an alt-country collective hailing from various parts of small-town Victoria. Fronted by singer-songwriter Georgia Delves, their music is a blend of old-time country, entwined with today’s more〉〉

Gleny Rae and Her Playboys

Swing not bling, grease not dust, laughter not tears, beer not whiskey, two step not boot scooting. Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys – Sam Martin (bullfiddle), Robbie Long (guitar), more〉〉

James Matthews

With a powerful, gritty voice and dexterous guitar playing, Matthew Burrows is a singer/songwriter with strong roots in Blues and Folk music. His passion and vulnerability are reflected in his more〉〉

Jane Thompson & James Rigby

Delightful, insightful, warm and engaging, Jane’s pure singing voice and award-winning song-writing, combined with James’ intricate guitar and strong harmonies, capture the essence of Australia’s heart and soul, landscape and more〉〉

Jed Rowe

Making a return trip to Cobargo, Jed Rowe is an acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. His music walks the line between folk, blues and country, and his 4th album more〉〉

John McSherry, Donal O’Connor & Niall Hanna

Hailed as one of the finest uilleann pipers of his age, John McSherry has been a major figure in Irish music for almost 20 years. A founder member of top more〉〉

Judith Browne

From The Crossing Youth Stage to the Festival’s main stages, Judith Browne is a sixteen-year-old Bega High School Student who loves to play guitar and sing. Wonderful, enchanting original songs more〉〉

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton are one of Australia’s favourite festival acts, renowned internationally for their vocal harmonies and exceptional musicianship on guitar and banjo. Their latest album “Declaration” is more〉〉

Leah Flanagan

Leah Flanagan has been capturing hearts for almost a decade and after the success of 2016’s release SAUDADES, now she offers her enchanting third studio album, OCEANIC SESSIONS. Recorded over more〉〉

Lily & King

Lily and King describe themselves as “a quirky, musical junkyard from Melbourne”. Their aim is to make music using all of their limbs at the one time. Lily and King more〉〉

Mal Webb & Kylie Morrigan

Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beatboxing songwriter, Mal sings his brain provoking songs using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording more〉〉

Maypole with Molly

Festival regulars and favourites, Maypole with Molly audience participation sessions encourage children and adults to dance around the maypole or play percussion. Dancers will learn how to make a Barber’s more〉〉

Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows

When Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows step onto the stage, they take children (5 to 12 years) and adults alike on a high-energy adventure full of spontaneous creativity, crazy more〉〉

Neil Murray

Another most welcome return act. Neil Murray was a founding member of the pioneering Warumpi Band, and has since released a string of remarkable solo albums – the latest being more〉〉

No Such Thing

No Such Thing will get you up dancing with their diverse collection of Australian dance tunes. The name came about in an act of Aussie cheek, after a Scottish musician more〉〉

Oud Vibrations

Oud, darabuka, voice and wind instruments blend seamlessly in a sparkling demonstration of instrumental unity. Melodies from Asia Minor and the Middle East combine with original compositions and extraordinary improvisation more〉〉

Pete Wild and the Only Ones

Pete Wild’s first piano was rescued from a bulldozer at a demolition site. Combining his theatrical background and idiosyncratic honesty, Pete’s performance is deeply compelling as he moves from quirky more〉〉

Quaama Singers

The Quaama Singers hail from just a few kilometers down the road from the festival site. They will ‘pop up’ at various times and places around the Festival site singing more〉〉

Reflejos

Reflejos draw on many travels and collaborations to create music rich with Latin American rhythms, vocal harmonies and instrumentations, peppered with moments of Spanish and Eastern European folk tradition. Bonnie more〉〉

Steve Wilson – The Man with the Concertina

Steve Wilson is on a mission – to restore appreciation of the concertina as an instrument for accompanying singing. His concertina style is refreshing and his songs, an eclectic mix more〉〉

The Awesome

From Mallacoota on the Victorian/NSW border The Awesome, feature regularly at concerts and venues along the vast stretch of the coastline and in places like Canberra. Singer/songwriter Mili Cifali trained more〉〉

The Fuelers

The Fuelers come at you like a cross between a cereal box cowboy band and a TV game show scripted by Frank Zappa. Describing their swinging, hot-rodded brand of country more〉〉

The Martins

Mike and Lindsay, musical tarts who have graced the concert stage and the street corner in a range of line-ups, have been playing music together for many years. Their current more〉〉

The Northern Folk

A huge hit at last year’s Festival, they’re back by popular demand. Hailing from Albury, and now based in Melbourne, The Northern Folk are a collective of eleven musical talents, more〉〉

The Somedays

From just over the border in Eurobodalla Shire, The Somedays are a captivating seven-piece Folk and Country Band with grooves to fill the dance floor and emotional heart wrenching ballads more〉〉

The Swamp Stompers

The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Featuring local favourite Corey Legge on vocals and guitar, the band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler more〉〉

Whoa Mule

Whoa Mule brings you old time country ballads, original songs, and driving triple fiddle dance tunes. Inspired by the rapid weather changes of the Blue Mountains and the bustle of more〉〉

Zoe Ryan

Zoë Ryan is a wandering singer-songwriter, who hails from Western Australia. Enigmatic and ever changing, her live show is made up of upbeat and down-tempo acoustic folk-roots, known for a more〉〉