2017's Performers

Tommy Chandler and the Continental Drift

dave hellens2dave hellens3dave hellensdave hellens4Tommy Chandler is straight from the USA, born and raised in the heart of Bluegrass, North Carolina. Tommy started learning the banjo at the age of 11 and transferred his skills and knowledge to guitar at the age of 20. He has a wealth of knowledge about Bluegrass music as a whole, which has been gained from countless collaborative projects with bluegrass pickers, old and young, including his father Luther Chandler, mandolin player for The Lincoln County Partners, who were one of the major bands on the fast growing bluegrass circuit in the 70's and 80s. Tommy has won multiple awards for guitar, banjo and bluegrass band at competitions throughout several states. After performing with various bands over the past few years, he is excited to be playing with our Aussies again!
Josh Grundy is from the hills of north east Victoria it was always inevitable as the son of banjo player luthier Laurie Grundy that he would ingot that completely and take up the mandolin. A former Davidson Brother and mandolin player for Monroe's Mill, Josh is now a member of the Kissin Cousins and Molly's Dream.
Classical fiddler since the age of 6, Wen-Tjen turned to bluegrass 10 years ago due to his love of its great melodies and raw rhythms. He has played with various bluegrass bands in Wollongong and Sydney, and also loves to keep in touch with his classical roots, playing in the Steel City Strings Orchestra. Wen-Tjenl Loves all the style of old-time and bluegrass music. A big fan of fiddlers such as Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks, and bands such as Kentucky Thunder and the Bluegrass Album Band.
David Hellens - 5 String Banjo - Played in Bands such as Harddrive Traditional Bluegrass to the Lawnmowers -progressive and with Bruce Mathiske. Playing an Australian Timber "Hellens" Banjo, he like a clean driving style.

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