First Round Of Artists Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016

Mary Black
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It looks like we’re well and truly into that time of year when the major folk festivals start announcing their lineups. The next cab off the rank is the Port Fairy Folk Festival, arguably one of Australia’s top folk events, which next year will be held from the 11th to the 14th March.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival enters its 40th year in 2016 so as you’d expect the lineup is going to be huge. The first round of artists did not disappoint either – announced this time around were Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK) with plenty more to come.

Tickets for the 2016 Port Fairy Folk Festival are already on sale. Check out the official web site for more information.

Blue Mountains Music Festival Announces First Lineup

Xavier Rudd
Image Courtesy of Xavier Rudd

The Blue Mountains Music Festival, which will be held from the 14th to the 16th March next year, is one of our favourite events throughout the year. Close enough to Sydney that it’s accessible (we’ve been known to watch the last act on a Sunday and then catch the last train back) yet far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away from it all, the Blue Mountains Music Festival has the best of both worlds.

The first lineup for the 2014 festival was announced this week and as usual it’s the perfect combination of folk, roots, indie and world music from Australia and around the world. Heading up the festival will be Xavier Rudd (above), Ash Grunwald and Lior, who will be joined by the likes of Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Blair Dunlop, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, The Mae Trio and many many more.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. For more information check out the official web site here. The full lineup so far is below:

Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Lior, The Good Lovelies, Rory McLeod, Eleanor McEvoy, Hanggai, Chipolatas, Blair Dunlop, Swamp Thing, Peter Rowan Band with Richard Greene, Rose Cousins, Eric Bogle, Jeff Lang, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Flap!, Roesy, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Grace Barbe, Sunas, The Woohoo Revue, The Pigs, The BordererS, The Tiger And Me, Benny Walker, Jack Carty, Mustered Courage, George & Noriko, Hat Fitz & Cara, Dan Parsons, Equus, Circus Solarus, Allan Caswell, Rachael Brady, Snez, Andrea Soler, The Mae Trio, Cole And Van Dijk, Belle Jar, Wagana Dancers, Gregg Borschmann’s Heartland Conversations, Poets’ Breakfasts

Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre Launches Second World Music Season for 2013

The Woohoo Revue
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The folks behind the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre in Adelaide have just announced the program for their new season of live World Music kicking off at the end of September. Featuring music from the likes of The
Revue (above), Adam 
Page, The Hushes, Jeri Foreman and more.

The Nexus World Music Series takes place every Friday night at the Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre from the 27th September right through to the 1st November. For more information check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

Beat the drum, drink the rum feat. The Woohoo Revue and Bortier Okoe
Friday 27th September – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

2013 Nexus World Music Series Commission; Series II feat. Elyas Alavi (Poet), Chris Martin (Piano) and Derek Pascoe (Saxophone)
Friday 4th October – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Sounds of Aotearoa feat. Adam Page
Friday 11th October – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Kabul to Cordoba feat. Flamenco Areti presents La Guitarra Flamenca and Sufi Soul
Friday 18th October – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

A puzzling new adventure feat. Monkey Puzzle Tree and Laura Rose
Friday 25th October – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Tales from the Appalachian Mountains feat. The Hushes and Jeri Foreman
Friday 1st November – Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 19th July


This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney alt-country troubadour Boy Outside has revealed details of his debut self-titled EP. Details here

– Brisbane local Vancouver Sleep Clinic has a new Bon Iver inspired single “Vapour” that we’re really digging. Details here

JamGrass have added The Morrisons and The Rusty Spring Syncopators to their Sydney showcase next month. Details here

– The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival revealed their 2013 lineup including Alanna & Alicia Egan, Andrew Clermont, Chaika, Fig Jam, Jack Carty, Julia & the Deep Sea Sirens, Loren Kate, Mal Webb, Penelope Swales, Phil Garland, Stiff Gins, Totally Gourdgeous and many many more. Details here

Bears With Guns released their new EP Only the Quick and the Hungry yesterday and have a new video for the track “Wandering Soldier”. Details here

Gemini Downs combine folk music and marriage equality in their catchy new video “Will You Marry Me?”. Details here

– Adelaide’s The Timbers will be releasing their new single “Gallantry” at the start of next month along with a residency at The Grace Emily Hotel. Details here

– Gypsy party band The Woohoo Revue have announced a massive 22 date tour starting next week. Details here

The Tiger & Me are heading out on the road to celebrate the release of their new single “Jack Middle of the Broken Heart”. Details here

– Australian songwriting legend John Williamson releases his best of album A Hell Of A Career today. Details here

Little Features in Sydney announced their July lineup including Son of Sun, Chris Neto, Dominic Youdan, Charlie Gradon and headlined by Emma Beau. Details here


“What defines me most is songs that have an honest, raw truth from what I feel and think through my songs. There’s no real intention to go out and try and capture one thing, it’s all about whatever feels right at the time. And that was the mantra for this album – if it feels right then that’s what it is” – Wes Carr from Buffalo Tales talks to Gareth Hugh Evans. Interview here

Releases This Week

Bears With Guns
Only the Quick and the HungryBears With Guns

Elephant Eyes
Elephant EyesElephant Eyes

John Williamson
A Hell Of A CareerJohn Williamson

I'm a Bird
I’m A BirdSam Buckingham
Official Store

Timber and Steel Presents

Buffalo Tales
Buffalo Tales
Friday 19th July – The Elsternwick Hotel, Elwood, VIC
Saturday 20th July – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Official Site

Pierce Brothers
The Pierce Brothers w/ Five Mile Town
Sunday 21st July – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on the Door

Gigs Next Week

Alison Avron
Saturday 20th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Bears With Guns
Friday 19th July – The Railway Hotel, Parkes, NSW
Monday 22nd July – The Phoenix, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 25th July – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 23rd July – The Corner, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 24th July – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW

Folk Club feat. OXBLVD, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Breaking Hart Benton
Wednesday 24th July – The Soda Factory, Sydney, NSW

Fraser A Gorman w/ Tim Neilson (The Death Rattles)
Wednesday 24th July – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC

Grizzly Jim Lawrie
Thursday 25th July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Isaac Graham
Friday 19th July – Yours And Owls, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 26th July – The Bunker, Coogee, NSW

Laura Marling
Monday 22nd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Tuesday 23rd July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Wednesday 24th July – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney NSW
Thursday 25th July – Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide SA
Friday 26th July – St Joseph’s Church, Perth WA

Paul Kelly
Tuesday 23rd July – Civic Theatre, Cairns, QLD
Wednesday 24th July – Civic Theatre, Townsville, QLD
Friday 26th July – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, QLD

Sam Brittain
Saturday 20th July – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 21st July – Secret House Gig, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 26th July – The Wheatsheaf, Adealaide, SA

Sam Buckingham
Sunday 21st July – The Bird, Northbridge, WA

Sarah Blasko
Monday 22nd July – The Playhouse, Canberra, ACT
Tuesday 23rd July – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW
Wednesday 24th July – City Hall, Newcastle, NSW

Splendour in the Grass
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July – North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

Sweet Jean
Friday 19th July – Singing Gallery, McLaren, SA
Saturday 20th July – Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA
Sunday 21st July – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA

The Tiger & Me
Thursday 25th July – The Basement, Sydney, NSW
Friday 26th July – Blue Beat, Sydney, NSW

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW

Thelma Plum
Thursday 25th July – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Friday 19th July – The Hi Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Three Drunken Maidens” – Planxty

I’ve probably posted this song as a FFF before but I just listened to this version from 1973 and just had to repost. Love this song – both to listen to it and to sing it!

The Woohoo Revue Announce Massive 22 Date Tour

WooHoo Revue
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Balkan-gypsy-party band The Woohoo Revue are about to hit the road for a massive 22 date tour around the country this July, August and September. The Pure Decadence will dip into every State and Territory and promises to give fans a glimpse of some of the new material The Woohoo Revue have been cooking up for a new album in 2014. Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 26th July – The Hot Club, Blackheath, NSW
Saturday 27th July – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 1st August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Friday 2nd August – White Eagle Polish Club, Turner, ACT
Saturday 3rd August – Murrah Hall, Bermagui, NSW
Friday 9th August – The Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 10th August – The Joynt, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 17th August – Prince of Wales, Bunburry, WA
Sunday 18th August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Saturday 24th August – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Sunday 25th August – Brookfield Vineyard, Margate, TAS
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 6th September – Venue 505, Surry Hills, NSW
Saturday 7th September – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Alice Springs Desert Festival, Alice Springs, NT
Saturday 14th September – The Railway Club, Darwin, NT
Saturday 21st September – Escape Arts Festival, South Coast, NSW
Friday 27th September – Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 28th September – The Loft, Warrnambool, VIC

The National Folk Festival Announces Three Irish Icons

Andy Irvine
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In the last couple of weeks the National Folk Festival has confirmed it will be hosting three icons of the Irish folk scene at this years event: Paul Brady, Andy Irvine (above) and Finbar Furey.

Irvine and Brady are well known as collaborators, particularly on their self titled 1976 album, and while they are appearing at the National as solo artists you never know what might happen if you wish hard enough.

Finbar Furey will be making his first solo appearance at the National Folk Festival this year. The All Ireland Uillean pipe and whistle champion, singer-songwriter, banjo player and guitarist has stepped out from fronting the Furey Brothers for the last 30 years and is currently pursuing a solo career.

Also added to the lineup yesterday were world/gypsy/party band The Woohoo Revue and Irish trio Southbound. The National Folk Festival is held over Easter from the 28th March to 1st of April. For more information check out the official site here.

The Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2013 Lineup

Illawarra Folk Festival
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One of our favourite regional folk festivals is the Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli, NSW which is to be held again from the 17th to 20th January 2013. This week the Illawarra Folk Festival released its 2013 lineup featuring over 150 artists from Australia and across the globe – and we’re pretty impressed.

Our pick of the lineup includes Gregory Page, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Rory Mcleod, Christine Anu, Jeff Lang, Barry Skipsey, Big Erle, Cj Shaw & The Blow Ins, Lime & Steel, Mal Webb, Fred Smith & Liz Frencham, The Lurkers, Handsome Young Strangers, The Go Set, The Woohoo Revue, The Simpson Three, Mustered Courage and so many more. The full 2013 lineup can be found here.

For more information on the festival including ticket prices and the annual “Music Train” to get you to the festival from Sydney check out the official web site here.

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Unveils First 2012 Artists

The WooHoo Revue
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October may still feel like a long way away but that doesn’t mean we’re not excited about the first artists announced for this year’s Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival. Held from the 19th to the 21st October in Kangaroo Valley, NSW (naturally) the folk festival has a reputation for having one of the most beautifully natural settings of any event of its type.

So far just five artists have been announced for the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival but if this is a taste of what’s to come then we’re very excited. The confirmed acts include twin sisters Alanna & Alicia, the legendary Danny Spooner, the medicinal folk of Doctor Stovepipe, Le Vent du Nord with their wonderful take on French Canadian traditions and the ever amazing Woohoo Revue (above).

For more information on the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival including earlybird tickets make sure you check out their official website.

Illawarra Folk Festival Announces 2012 Program

The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats
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While the summer months see some of the nation’s biggest festivals strut their stuff it’s the little regional folk festivals that really shine in our books. One of our favourite regional festivals roles around every January – The Illawarra Folk Festival in Bulli just north of Wollongong, NSW.

Being within spitting distance of both Sydney and Canberra the Illawarra Folk Festival manages to attract some amazing national and international talent and is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. The 2012 festival will be held from the 12th to the 15th January and boasts a program featuring the likes of Dougie Maclean, George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano, The Beez, Andrew Winton, Cj Shaw, Evelyn’s Secret, Get Folked, Jack Flash, Lucy Wise & The B’Gollies, Margaret & Bob Fagan, Martin Pearson, The Quarry Mountain Dead Rats (above), Skipping Girl Vinegar, The Bearded Gypsy Band, The String Contingent, The Woohoo Revue, Big Erle & the Limb Looseners, Jane Aubourg and of course Wongawilli.

The program for the event has just been released and is available on the official Illawarra Folk Festival web site – which is also where you can get the full lineup and all the information on how to get tickets. Looks like our January is planned then.

Review: Saturday @ Snowy Mountains of Music Festival, Perisher NSW

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 
Photos by KT Bell

When they called the festival, “The Coolest Festival in Australia,” they really weren’t kidding. Set in the snow resort of Perisher, the third annual Snowy Mountains of Music festival (SMoM) was set for an exciting long weekend with a huge range of music on offer, but with a massive dumping of snow coating the mountain in white, this year’s festival had a whole other level of excitement to it.

Originally started three years ago as a way to support the businesses and resorts through the often snowless ski season opening weekend, by all accounts, the patronage of the festival has been steadily growing each year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now, I haven’t been to Perisher since the late 90s and I don’t have many significant memories of the snow resort, though I have now been to my fair share of music festivals and this one bore no resemblance to any festival I’ve ever been too. With multiple performances strewn throughout various bars and venues across the Perisher and Smiggins resorts, SMoM had very little ‘outdoor’ elements but created intimate and cosy indoor stage settings topped off with some gluwein to warm the physical soul.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011Given it’s a bit of a drive from Sydney, we arrived in nearby town of Jindabyne quite late at night and bundled ourselves in to bed to recover from the drive. Saturday morning saw us catching a lift up the mountain to the Perisher resort and straight inside to grab our wristbands and out in to the snow to start trudging between stages. Our first stop was the Smiggins stage, a short 5 min shuttle trip away, where we found the old world gypsy infused Woohoo Revue kicking off the festival with an outdoor performance in front of the new outdoor ice skating rink which Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Bradbury had just officially opened. Now I was dressed in head to toe snow gear and was toasty warm in the glorious sunshine, how violinist Sarah Busuttil didn’t freeze her butt off in her signature corset, short skirt and fishnet stockings is beyond me. But after the one outdoor song, it was time for them to take over the Smiggins indoor stage. Toe tapping and infectiously catchy instrumentals from this group impressed the crowd, but clearly at a lunch time slot, there wasn’t enough alcohol inspiration to get the audience up on their feet. But no matter, it was a solid performance full of energy and style.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011With so many acts to see at so many different venues, there was no choice but to duck out of acts before they were finished… or miss the start of the next act I guess. We ducked back over to Perisher to Basil’s Bar to catch Orange Blossom, an act we chose simply because of the name. A delightful trio of gals singing in harmony and playing a variety of guitars, violin and something that looks a bit like a mandolin and backed by two amiable blokes on double bass and banjo really captured the audience and held us mesmerized… well except for the knitting ladies who kept steadily at it through the set, almost knitting in time to the songs. The band weren’t afraid to have a bit of banter with the audience, including the aforementioned knitters. Definitely an act I would catch again.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 Back on the shuttle and we were off to see Doc Jones and the Lechery Orchestra which I had been anticipating after Spotlighting them in the lead up to the festival. In a slightly pared back line up, this bunch of chaps took to the stage and created an all encompassing sound with some of the most intriguing lyrics to take your daydreams to a whole new level. Though they had an excellent set filled with a variety of tunes, “The Phoenix Hour” really was the highlight of the set for me. The flautist and clarinetest (whose names escape me) really added a boyish flare to the ensemble and often drew they eye, somewhat because of their good looks, but often for their enthusiatic and captivating performance. We had the opportuntiy of attending a workshop with Doc Jones and the Lechery Orchestra straight after their set which explored songwriting and more interestingly, arranging songs. To watch the group demonstrate just how layers were added to songs and accents added throughout to create light and shade was intriguing and to hear of Doc Jones’ writing of songs on public transport was encouraging for all aspiring performers who attended.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 We managed to resurface from the basement workshop in time to catch the last few songs of the Bearded Gypsy Band, a band somewhat unable to even grow a beard between them it would seem. But no matter their age, their skill and verve for the music made them a real highlight in the line up. Their musical prowess gave them the authority of a band who has played far longer than any of them have been alive. They did play their first song to ever have lyrics, whether they continue in that vein will remain to be seen, but they certainly could create a dynamic set of their instrumentals with lyrically based songs peppered throughout and fans would be well pleased.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 This year was the first time The Manor had a stage, so it was a great honour for the April Maze to be the very first act to ever tread the boards as well as open the main concert for the evening. I had been looking forward to this act ever since I interviewed them some weeks prior. As a duo on a large size stage, there was potential for them to be absorbed and lost, but their strong stance and presence rooted them firmly in the audiences’ attention and hearts. They need little flair or stage antics as their music moves you and seeps deep in to your soul, staying with you for days and weeks to come. It was such a delight to speak with them after their set as it reinforced what a genuine couple of humans they are, no pretense or artistic pride about them, just enthusiastic performers who like to connect with their fans (or hug fans as Siv does in particular).

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 We did take some time out to have dinner in one of the nearby lodges with my family, but as the meal ended, we all rugged up again and trudged back down the snowy slopes to The Manor for the rest of the main concert. Skipping Girl Vinegar had the crowds up and dancing within a song and looked like they were all having a rollicking time together on stage. The enigmatic lead singer kept up a friendly banter between songs and really engaged the audience throughout. The whole set had an easy flow from song to song, a consistent energy throughout and left the audience with a sense of lightness and well-being by the end, oh and there was the signature baked goods for all from Amanthi.

 At some time during the set, Todd and Sivan (The April Maze) came and joined our table, just like any other punter and spent the break between acts chatting with us and our friends about the festival, the Australian music scene, life the universe and everything. We heard the somewhat haphazard story of how they came to be named The April Maze and all sorts of interesting things about their lives. The next act to take the stage is no folkySnowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 act, but a stunning performer none the less. I first saw Dallas Frasca at Corinbank and have enjoyed her album ever since. Her gravelly voice and signature orange dreadlocks  teamed with a wicked set list makes her one of the most exciting acts to see. Before starting the set, Steven Bradbury took a moment to introduce her management to the stage who appeared holding two large framed awards to present to the band, one was The National MusicOz Awards Best Blues and Roots winner for 2010 and the other declaring Dallas Frasca as MusicOz Awards Artist of the Year. Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 The crowd were suitably thrilled with the accolades and the set kicked off with a beaming Dallas at centre stage. Her grungey blues rock filled the Manor and every person in the room moved to her music. Dallas is famous for taking it to the audience, micrpohone in hand and actually wandered all the way to the back of the crowd before returning to the stage. She asked for people to move the seats away and dance, and the crowd obeyed without the batt of an eyelid. A seasoned performer, Dallas told of the Chinese Visa woes that had forced them to leave the festival that night to drive back to Sydney and fly out to New York the next day and implored the audience to buy a CD to help with the visa debacle cause. I saw a lass wandering around selling the CDs at the end of the set and people flocked too her, proof that the set was a terrific musical experience. The crowd had loved it so much that they came back for another couple of songs and the band hung around afterwards to chat with fans while the headline act prepared.

In the cold, dark night, with fire twirling happening and some crazy tobboganers trekking up the slope to try and gain the maximum speed for a late night slide, the outdoor deck was a refreshing spot to catch some very fresh air between acts. The hubbub of people, both smokers and drinkers discussing the acts, the festival and the snow conditions, the night was filled with happy laughter, boasting snow tales and an occassional muso, whether on the bill or not, meeting and greeting new fans and old friends. The air was electric with joy and anticipation.

Snowy Mountains Of Music Festival 2011 Bluesy roots rocker Ash Grunwald has been very busy this year appearing at a number of festivals and when he was announced as one of the headline acts for SMoM, we knew it would be a special show. Pared down to just him and percussionist come dj Fingers Malone, Grunwald looked incredibly relaxed, happy and at home in such an intimate venue. In comparison to his Bluesfest crowd, the gathered audience was just a drop in the ocean, but a mighty eager drop! Anticipation was at an all time high as Grunwald lit up the stage with a huge bluesy opening and the audience erupted in cheers and dancing. His set was full of energy but his delivery was so warm and friendly, it was clear he absolutely loved being there. Although he now lives on the far north coast of NSW, Grunwald is a snowboarder and had hit the slopes earlier that day, retelling of his snow day wearing a huge grin between songs. Throughout the set he changed instruments, from a foot stomping drum and guitar, to shakers and rhythm makers and even taking to the on stage drum kit standing and playing drums, cymbals and singing through the cymbal mic. Grunwald’s performance was a huge pleasure to witness and by the end of the set, late in the night, the room was still packed full and audibly buzzing. 

As we caught the shuttle back to Perisher to catch the festival bus back to Jindabyne, our fellow shuttle and bus mates were all chattering, grinning and humming refrains from songs at the main concert. The entire trip down the mountain was marked with sometimes drunked comments on the greatness of the acts witnessed and stories of new acts discovered. Although wound up from an amazing and packed day, sleep was not far away as we’d be back up the hill the next day to do it all again, though the anticipation of the next days’ line up did creep in to our dreams that night.

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