2018 Performers

Ali Hasan & Kamiran Gharib

HasanGharib 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 and plays the tanbur, a traditional stringed instrument, while Kamiran plays the darbuka. Having a very long association as musicians, their playing together is masterful. Their performance will be a wonderful opportunity to experience Kurdish traditional music, very close to the source. This music crosses language barriers to touch your heart, with expressions of love, longing and respect for their culture, country and experiences. And don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to leap up and start dancing!

STAV

Stav Solo portraitThe 2018 Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year', soulful and honest, multilingual singer-songwriter STAV. STAV continues her story of migration, one that began long before her conception. Soaring melodies and bursts of rhythmic fire, she has a compelling ability to tell a story in song. An expressive voice and a natural affinity for guitar, live performance brings this songwriter's introspection, playfulness and raw passion to life. Her new song was premiered on Triple J radio. She released her debut album 'The Horizon Line' in 2016 with an East-Coast Tour and shows in Barcelona and France. Having grown up in Bellingen, she is delighted to come back up the mountain to perform at the festival for the first time. With Isaac Gunnoo on double bass (Lucy Wise), this emerging songwriter is unmissable.