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
Jesse McCormack – Celtic bouzouki, vocals
Often mistaken for a family band, the members of Velvet Sledgehammer are from just about as diverse a range of backgrounds as can be found in any Tasmanian musical group. Comprised of an eccentric multi-instrumentalist a crooning English export, and the finest ‘warbler’ in the west, the inter-generational trio boasts a whopping 46-year age-gap between its oldest and youngest members and yet delivers a surprisingly comfortable blend of vocal harmonies described by critics as “stunning” and “refreshing”. Their debut EP Singing Their Choices was released in January 2016.
Kerrie Maguire – vocals
Jesse McCormack – vocals, dumbeg, whistles, Celtic bouzouki
Matthew Dames – vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele