2018 Performers

There is an extraordinary line up of Folk, Bluegrass and Old-Time Artists from around Australia and overseas performing at the 2018 Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival.

Have a look at our full line-up here.

Featured Performers

Bryant & Brown

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This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states…

Dosca

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Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca - the energetic sixpiece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, fiddle,…

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

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“Dripping with honeyed beauty and glowing with heartfelt warmth, this landmark album is a triumph. Singer-songwriter Gina Williams and guitarist Guy…

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

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Bluegrass in the West is known for incorporating progressive influences, but few bands have perfected a blend of deep tradition and trailblazing like…

John Reischman & Eli West

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John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of…

Luke Plumb & The Circuit

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Luke Plumb and The Circuit bring Luke's latest album Turn & Return to the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. Turn & ReTurn is the first new body of…

Some of the Artists joining us in 2018

Aine Tyrrell

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‘Tyrrell’s incredible journey is one you’d be well advised to follow... A purveyor of elegant yet seductively psychedelic folk songs....’ - Iain…

Ali Hasan & Kamiran Gharib

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Ali & Kamiran are Kurdish musicians who, because of the current war, had to flee Syria with their families, and now live in Coffs Harbour. Ali sings…

Anna Smyrk

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Travelling songsmith Anna Smyrk comes to Dorrigo all the way from Honiara, Solomon Islands. Her live show takes you on a journey around the world,…

Appalachian Heaven Stringband

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Southern Appalachian old timey mountain and modern Americana music played with gusto and authenticity, learnt directly from the masters during visits…

Blue Ridge Broadcasters

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Start with some of the most hard-driving and blue ribbon winning younger old-time musicians on the scene. Add their time spent visiting and learning…

Bluegrass Junction

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Bluegrass Junction, South Australia's premier bluegrass band, developed from several lifetime's obsession for old-fashioned, hard-core, three-chord,…

Bryant & Brown

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This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states…

Cameron DeWhitt

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Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Philadelphia. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool, which features…

Cat and Clint

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Cat & Clint are an Old Timey Duo featuring sweet vocal harmonies, 5-string banjo, fiddle and guitar. They are inspired and driven by Traditional…

Charlie & Jensen

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Charlie & Jensen is a musical conversation between acoustic artists Hunter Beasley and Luke Wright. They journey through genres, shifting from…

Chloë & Jason Roweth

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Chloë & Jason Roweth (vocals, electric guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina) have been researching, reinventing and presenting Australian music…

Dosca

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Since triumphantly bursting on to the folk scene at Celtic Connections 2015, Dosca - the energetic sixpiece ensemble of bagpipes, flute, fiddle,…

Enda Kenny

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Enda Kenny is a man of contradictions.“Simply the best folk singer-songwriter working in Australia” (Sydney MorningHerald), was born and raised in…

Evan Mathieson

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Evan Mathieson has been happily singing songs since Adam was a wee lad. Evan loves to share the songs of people and places- especially in the…

Fireside Celts & Friends

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“Fireside Celts” are a seven piece group that interweave Scottish Smallpipes with guitar, keyboard, fiddle, cello, whistles, harmonium, banjo, vocal…

Flying Engine Stringband

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Craig Woodward’s ‘Flying Engine Stringband’ is the current incarnation of the band formerly known as Headbelly Buzzard who held an almost 20 year…

Georgia State Line

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Georgia State Line are a Melbourne based collective hailing from various parts of small town Victoria. Fronted by singer-songwriter Georgia Delves,…

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse

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“Dripping with honeyed beauty and glowing with heartfelt warmth, this landmark album is a triumph. Singer-songwriter Gina Williams and guitarist Guy…

Honey and Knives

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Honey & Knives are a 5-piece folk band driven by vocal harmonies and a visceral energy. Based in Bellingen, we have featured at folk festivals up and…

Hoot and Holler

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Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft. They…

Jane Germain

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Jane Germain’s musical journey has taken her from her hometown, Sydney, to Western Australia and all the way back to her Chinese heritage (her…

Jaron Freeman-Fox & Simon Nyberg

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Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives you no choice but to take…

Jason Roweth

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A natural storyteller, Jason Roweth presents a dynamic combination of new and old Australian traditional poems, songs and yarns. He’ll take you on a…

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

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Bluegrass in the West is known for incorporating progressive influences, but few bands have perfected a blend of deep tradition and trailblazing like…

Joe Newton

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Born and raised on the escarpment of Dorrigo NSW, it is clearly evident that Joe Newton grew up with his guitar always by his side. Drawing…

John Flanagan Trio

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Australian folk band ‘John Flanagan Trio’ are set to release ‘Honest Man’, Flanagan’s 3rd album and his first time recording with his regular Trio…

John Reischman & Eli West

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John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of…

Kate Burke & Luke Plumb

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Kate and Luke share a love for 1970s Irish folk revival music, having obsessively absorbed the music of the era - in particular Planxty’s…

Kazoobafak Jug Band

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Evan Mathieson joined by Barry and Teana make up this lovable, slightly eccentric combo playing sassy goodtime music from the Jook joints of…

Knott Family Band

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Knott Family band are four Melbourne musicians who play a finely curated selection of originals and bluegrass classics that reflect both traditional…

Lali & John

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Lali is the younger sister of the Perch Creek Band and an excellent Claw-hammer Banjo player and singer. John plays fiddle, mandolin and sings with…

Liam Gerner

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“Liam is an extraordinary musician. Both as a songwriter and performer Liam is a force to be reckoned with.” Ryan BinghamSteeped in blues and country…

Lucy Wise

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Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling, and intricate ukulele and…

Luke Plumb & The Circuit

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Luke Plumb and The Circuit bring Luke's latest album Turn & Return to the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival. Turn & ReTurn is the first new body of…

Mandy Connell

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Connell presents a voice of startling honesty, with guitar skills and anecdotes which have her well loved around the east coast. David Francey calls…

Megan Roweth

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At 11 years of age Megan Roweth already has 5 years of experience presenting poetry at Australian festivals and other events. She has won awards for…

Mike Compton

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Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin...one of the most recognizable…

Montgomery Church

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What people are saying about Montgomery Church...”Soaring vocals”...”Spellbinding Dobro”...“Stunning harmonies”..Cielle Montgomery and James Church…

Peter Daffy

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Peter Daffy plays solo at Dorrigo this year, with original songs & classic numbers from the Bluegrass, Honky Tonk Country and 50's Rock and Roll…

Pitts Family

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The Pitts Family will impress, surprise, and touch you (in more ways than one…) employing spectacular circus, quirky characters and more child labour…

Red Grenadier

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Elly and Missy are children of the folk world, following their adopted music around the festivals. They appear together by festival fireside, bar or…

RhodeWorks

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RhodeWorks are an award-winning bluegrass folk band who play fast paced, high energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well-loved…

Sally & George

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In the town where country music was born--where two states come together on one street--a spark lit and a duo was ignited. At the 2012 Bristol Rhythm…

Shelley's Murder Boys

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Turn off the highway and head into the hills with Shelley’s Murder Boys – a band that brings a new verve to the Old-Timey music of the…

STAV

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The 2018 Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year', soulful and honest, multilingual singer-songwriter STAV. STAV continues her story of…

The 'Johnny Can't Dance' Cajun Trio

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Melbourne’s own The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Trio is one of Australia’s leading Cajun/Creole music acoustic ensembles and dedicated practitioners…

The Neon Effect

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Harpist Michelle Doyle, cellist Catie Martin and oboist/fiddler Jessica Foot meld their rich sonorities with eclectic craftsmanship to explore the…

The New Macedon Rangers

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The New Macedon Rangers are a dynamic string band featuring members based in North Carolina and the Macedon Ranges of Victoria. Their compelling…

The Sinners

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SAFETY IN NUMBERS (SINners)Have you ever wanted to join in but don’t know where to start? Got an instrument hiding in the car boot? Love to sing,…

The String Contingent

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Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their…

Tom & Jerry

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Tom and Jerry play tunes and songs of old with a fresh approach to instrumentals and harmony singing. Jeremy Marcotte, now residing in Melbourne, is…

Two If By Sea & KLOK

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In 2016 Rachel, Trent, Roman and Joerg first collaborated for a one off performance in Vienna combining the varying influences of their individual…

Whoa Mule

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Whoa Mule are thrilled to release unto the wonderful people of Dorrigo their first album, Get Your House in Order. Recorded on Gundungurra and Darug…

William Alexander

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He's been called many things in his short but full life, including titles such as the 'Gentleman of the Bush' , 'The kid from Bourke', 'Young…

Willing Ponies

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The Willing Ponies play a unique brand of acoustic bluegrass-based country they term “acousticana”. Their set contains original, inspirational songs…