By now you might have seen the Woodford Folk Festival programme, but chances are there are a number of artists who’s names you’ve never heard of. According the Woodford programme team- that’s a good thing! A big part of the Festival ethos is the element of discovery. Spend a bit of time getting to know this list, and be sure to check out their exceptional live performances at Woodford. By the end of the Festival, they’ll be as familiar as your favourite boots.
The Weather Station
The Weather Station is the musical project of Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman, who makes her Australian debut with her new album ‘Loyalty’, hailed by many as the best folk album of the year. A songwriter’s songwriter, Tamara has earned the highest accolades for her delicate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, complex metaphors, and rich details of the everyday.
This hip-hop-psych-soul/dream-tronica project started life as an outlet for a couple of musical experiments, a kind of soul petrie dish and a testing ground for new sounds. It’s absolutely working and it seems these boys from Sydney have a fun ride ahead of them.
The East Pointers
This adrenalized, roof-rattling trio’s free-wheeling instrumental jigs, stomps and exhilarating reels and heart-breaking harmonies have made them torchbearers for a new wave in traditional music. Their debut album ‘Secret Victory’, penned mostly in Australia in early 2015, was released in their native Canada, the UK and Australia in October.
Described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt, Marlon Williams is a 2-time New Zealand Music Award winning singer-songwriter whom Rhythms Magazine called their ‘artist to watch’ in 2014. Williams released his debut self-titled album in April 2015.
Montaigne’s fresh and powerful vocals showcase talent beyond her 19 years. The Sydney-based songstress has spent the last year touring with Megan Washington, San Cisco and Japanese Wallpaper, as well as selling out her own national headline tour and being named FBi Radio’s ‘Next Big Thing’ in 2014.
Astronomy Class are an Australian hip-hop / reggae group from Sydney. The group comprises Ozi Batla, Sir Robbo and Chasm. Kennedy is a member of The Herd, whilst Roberts is a member of Frigid and prog, downtempo and Krautrock band Tooth. Astronomy Class’ album ‘Mekong Delta Sunrise’ is a journey through Cambodian history and a tribute to the ecstatic music of golden age Phnom Penh featuring Srey Channthy (Cambodian Space Project).
This is a collaboration born out of an Australian connection with the Rajasthani Folk Festival, bringing some truly excellent results. Jeff Lang is a stalwart on the Australian blues and roots scene. His live show is always exceptional. Collaborating with Maru Tarang brings a whole new dimension to blues. An Exquisite fusion of Indian Folk and Australian Blues
Hailing from Tsolo, South Africa,Bongeziwe’s sound has a rhythmically grass- roots vibe, while fusing elements of traditional Xhosa music, Mbaqanga, soul, hip hop and dub. He has created a matchless Afro-folk sound, over which his soulful voice delivers in both Xhosa and English.
Legendary Canadian musician Harry Manx has been dubbed an ‘essential link’ between the music of East and West. Having lived in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil, it was his five-year tutelage with the renowned Rajasthani musician Vishwa Mohan Bhattthat forged his now east meets west style of music, infusing traditional American earthy 12-bar blues with a subtle hint of mystic Indian sounds. Playing lap-slide guitar, harmonica, cigar-box guitar, banjo, stomp box and the 20 stringed Mohan Veena,
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