2018 Performers

Megan Roweth

Megan Jason Roweth2At 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 her reciting and her original poetry.
"Megan Roweth’s delivery of this collection of classic Australian poetry is brimming with wit and a depth of perception beyond her years. One of her own poems, ‘Home’, heralds the beginning of what will no doubt be a long and marvellous career in soulful, truthful words and ideas. And besides, the lively and honeyed tones of her voice make for beautiful listening." - Kim Kelly (Writer) in response to Megan’s CD, ‘Saturdays in the Casual Room’.

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!