Often mistaken for a family band, inter-generational trio Velvet Sledgehammer have been singing together for almost nine years, including at such events as Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), the National Celtic Festival (VIC), and the National Folk Festival (ACT), at which audiences were fist-fighting over copies of their EP Singing Their Choices! Their repertoire includes plenty of traditional and contemporary folk songs, a sprinkling of gospel and 60s pop covers, and a selection of original compositions about the history of the West Coast of Tasmania (most of which feature on their forthcoming studio album King Billy is Ablaze), all delivered with the trio’s surprisingly comfortable and mellifluously potent vocal harmonies.
Kerrie Maguire – vocals
Jesse McCormack – vocals, Celtic bouzouki, whistles
Matthew Dames – vocals, acoustic guitar
A majestic hall lined with opulently carved white marble pillars. Lush red velvet upholsters the furniture and hangs in rich curtains hemmed in gold trim. Atop a perfectly creaseless tablecloth, the finest porcelain is laid, paired with expertly polished silverware. The scene is set for a glorious evening of dignified grandeur and sophistication…but suddenly, in barge the peasants in their muddy boots, emitting a joyful cacophony of beautifully imperfect merriment. This is the sound of Zoukin.
Emily Sheppard – violin, viola, vocals
Jesse McCormack – Celtic bouzouki, vocals
The Rolling Waves
Hailing from the vibrant south-east of Tasmania, The Rolling Waves are a trio of friends who simply enjoy making music together. They showcase original compositions, enlivening tune sets, and delightful interpretations of classics with their neat selection of instruments and warm three-part harmonies. Having performed at events such as Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS) and Wintermoon Festival (QLD), they create a captivating experience of toe-tapping rhythms and melodious inspiration emblazoned with plentiful singalong opportunities and cheerful fun.
Jesse McCormack – vocals, Celtic bouzouki, whistles, harp
Jane Palfreyman – vocals, whistles
Mike Shegog – vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin
Silver birch groves. Picking blueberries. Icicles, cross-country skiing, snow falling from pines. Coffee. Reindeer. Trolls. Steaming sauna, frozen lakes. More coffee. Narrow cobbled streets. Elderflower trees. Even more coffee. This South Australian/Tasmanian duo will evoke these memories and transport you to the Nordic lands.
Ingrid Wangel – hardingfele, nyckelharpa
Jesse McCormack – Celtic bouzouki, whistles, vocals