A carefully-curated series of events offer an enticing series of artist collaborations, interviews and workshops for you to revel in. Have a close look for some truly special moments with many of the very best of our 2017 artists.
4.30pm - Chapel
Join the girls from Iris as they prepare you with harmony and song for a glorious big sing in the Mandja venue for our 25th year celebration (Part one).
7.15pm - Mandja
Chipolatas 25th Birthday Party
They’ve been around as long as we have and first came to Fairbridge Festival 21 years ago. Yep, 21! Join the beloved ‘Chips’ for what will be a nostalgic and emotional birthday concert that will bring, as always, sheer delight if not a stray tear or two.
9.00am – Ruby’s
One more rehearsal Sunday morning and you are officially the 25th Year Fairbridge Choir (part two).
9.15 am - Retreat
Alexander Tecnique with Glenn B Swift
Misapplied effort is the surest way to hurt yourself in performance, whether you're a singer or instrumentalist. You can learn to spot and stop the simple triggers that create the complex problems of poor technique in performance (also useful for bad backs, stiff necks and performance anxiety).
10.00 am - Djindalux
What better way to start your Saturday, than finely tuning your ears to the sounds of our future artists? Starhaven was created as a celebration of the excellence of young artists and an opportunity for them to meet and perform together. Join Sean Gorman (Salary), Lucy Wise, Emily Wurramara and Open Swimmer. Uplifting and inspiring…don’t miss this one.
10.00 am - Clubhouse
Lucky Oceans with Junkadelic
Join Lucky Oceans and members of Junkadelic, as they investigate the Voodoo pantheon of saints and the traditions behind New Orleans street music.
10.30 am - Retreat
Praashekh Borkar Quartet
A workshop broadening audience understanding about the use of the sarod in Indian classical music and the Hindustani tradition, as well as innovations in transforming this instrument and repertoire into a more contemporary setting.
11.00 am - Clubhouse
Doug Spencer with Oi Dipnoi
Doug Spencer speaks with Oi Dipnoi about the traditional music of Sicily; its history, instrumentation and role of dance.
11.30 am - Mandja
Singers in the round
Looking like a meeting of the United Nations comes a concert that will take you from England to Fiji, across to America and Ireland. Songwriters par excellence, Daoiri Farrell, Kristina Olsen, Jack Harris and the Kirwin Sisters take us on a global journey of stories and songs.
11.40 am - Djindalux
Iris: CD launch
The women of Iris share a rare chemistry that has delighted festival audiences over many years. Brimming with lush harmony and delivered with a deep passion for their art, the release of a new Iris album is very good news for lovers of refined vocal music.
11.45 am - Retreat
Break down the elements of a song to what truly defines it; build it back to a form that remains true to its origin, and is a reflection of your voice.
12.30 pm - Clubhouse
Old School Audio - 1
What have we started here? Since its inauguration in 2015, OSA has gone crackers with artists and audience clambering for spots on stage and seats. Many have clearly loved music delivered via the warmth and intimacy of great microphones! OSA kicks off with the vintage swing mayhem of the Earl Street Rum Runners swapping tunes with the pin-up boys of bluegrass, Flats and Sharps.
1.00 pm - Retreat
The Lost Quays
Let the original Buoy Band lead you in learning traditional and modern sea shanties to delight all.
1.30 pm - Mandja
Global Trade Roots - 1
Tradition and innovation come together in an outstanding line-up of ensembles and duos performing classical Indian music driven by a young master of the Sarod; Sicilian traditional music played (and danced to!) exquisitely on accordion, bass and percussion; and a highly awarded Danish folk duo that explore the duo format like few can. Where else but Fairbridge Festival could you see that?
1.45 pm - Gus’s Bar
In the Bar: Scott Wise with Dom Turner and Phil Wiggins
What better place for a good yarn about the blues than Gus’s Bar. Join Scott Wise as he chats with Dom Turner and Phil Wiggins.
2.15 pm - Retreat
Inglorious Bardsters: One Minute Brawl - Part 1
Join the Inglorious Bardsters in a fun-filled workshop aimed at constructing and then performing a short poem in the notoriously funny Bush Poets 1 Minute Brawl. Writers, poets, general public, kids welcome to attend and participate.
3.30 pm – Retreat
Five traveling musicians, each carrying a very different life story and tradition, we represent a Denmark where people from around the world can meet, live together and all contribute to a sweetly simmering cultural melting pot.
4.00 pm - Mandja
Recognise: Panel discussion
RECOGNISE is the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there’s no place in it for racial discrimination. Join a panel of leading Indigenous speakers as they talk to this important moment in our shared history.
4.00 pm - Clubhouse
Old School Audio - 2
The rise of young Australian musicians steeping themselves in the myriad styles that form Americana, has seen a refreshing crop of artists dedicated to the art of performing acoustic music. Old School Audio exists to present artists like the John Flanagan Trio and The New Macedon Rangers. Come hear the joy.
4.45 pm - Retreat
De Cuba Son
Introducing the Cuban music and dance culture. Rumba, Guaguancó, Salsa, Changüí and Son Tradicional
5.30 pm - Clubhouse
Old School Audio - 3
A venerable and stellar line up of several of our very own WA acousticians get up close and personal. Bernard Carney, Peter Grayling and Rachel Armstrong team with Steve and Ros Barnes in a nostalgic glimpse of musicianship and artistry that has been forged in the fires of Fairbridge Festival over decades.
5.45 pm - Backlot
Come and get your a cappella groove on with the lovely ladies of Darling! We'll take you through some fun and lively warm ups before initiating you into our luscious world of harmonies, beautiful melodies, funky beats and rich gospel sounds.
6.00 pm - Mandja
Voodoo You Think You Are?
There’s a spirit world out there that is more familiar than you think! Junkadelic channel the full force of its 12-piece band to create a musical theatre representing Voodoo spirits of love, war, death, family, nature and more. Special guest “saints” will also come marching in.
7.00 pm - Clubhouse
It’s a secret of course, so you’ll just have to show up to find out!
9.15 pm - Hoopla
The Rogues with Junkadelic Brass
Rebellious folk-rock delivered as only The Rogues can do. They have a history of firing Fairbridge Festival audiences into a frenzied dance energy. Add in some of the tightest and hottest brass players from Junkadelic and who knows what is going to happen. Be there to find out!
9.30 pm - Clubhouse
Folkwits Comedy Club
Join in the fun as a gang of stand-ups do their thing. Fast-paced comedy action from award winning comedians and some cool cameos from festival artists.
8.30 am - Retreat
The New Macedon Rangers - banjo
We'll demonstrate and teach old-time banjo tunes from the traditional Appalachian repertoire. Focusing on Round Peak style, the workshop will address clawhammer as well as two-finger style. The role of the banjo in a string band will be discussed in addition to stylistic techniques such as slides, drop thumb, and pull-offs to help banjo players achieve a confident and nuanced old-time sound.
9.00 am - Chapel
Singing the Spirit
An evergreen and iconic Fairbridge Festival moment, curated by the evergreen and iconic Jenny Simpson. Singing the Spirit gathers a host of festival artists into one glorious Sunday morning of song. Be early and get a good seat.
9.30 am - Djindalux
Inglorious Bardsters: One Minute Brawl - Part 2.
Part 2 of the “brawl” workshop and not long now before you hit the big stage to strut your one minute of fame.
9.45 am - Retreat
Join the members of Soukouss Internationale for an introduction to Congolese rumba soukouss guitar. From the 1950s up to the present, the Congo has a strong and distinctive guitar tradition to rival any other.
10.00 am - Clubhouse
Steve Barnes with Jarlath Henderson and Daori Farrell
Steve Barnes engages a conversation with Jarlath Henderson and Daoiri Farrell on their contemporary approach to traditional music.
11.00 am - Clubhouse
Paul Gioia with Pugsley Buzzard
Get deep in the world of stride, boogie woogie and barrel-house piano as Paul Gioia walks the talk with Pugsley Buzzard.
11.00 am - Retreat
Nathan Ford and Adam Duffy
Pugsley Buzzard rhythm section Nathan Ford (sousaphone) and Adam Duffy (drums) demonstrate and discuss the basics and the intricacies of the secondline marching grooves and street beats that inform the rhythmic outline of popular music.
11.15 am - Chapel
Join the final rehearsal of the 25th Year Choir as you get tuned up for the big celebration sing in Mandja.
11.30 am - Hoopla
Mad Tatters Morris
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do Morris dancing? Come and join in with sticks and bells! All the dances will be explained. Laughter and fun is what it is all about.
12.30 pm - Clubhouse
Old School Audio - 4
There are more jokes about banjos and
bluegrass than we really need (maybe not) but it’s no joke when Bluegrass Parkway start playing. And no joke is left unturned when The Earl Street Rum Runners invade the stage, so look for lots of fiery note making and laughs a’plenty.
12.45pm - Djindalux
The One Minute Brawl
The ‘One Minute Brawl’ is fast, furious and pretty funny (and it’s all over in a minute). Under the highly dubious guidance of the Inglorious Bardsters, witness innocent punters attempt to produce a one minute poem on the big stage.
1.30pm - Retreat
John Flanagan Trio
From the contemporary bluegrass of Alison Krauss to traditional, old-timey mountain music, learn the sweet harmonies of the Appalachian Mountains with the John Flanagan Trio.
1.45pm - Clubhouse
Old School Audio - 5
Stuff like this just doesn’t happen anywhere else! Dom Turner, Phil Wiggans and The Ten Cent Shooters trading tunes? It’s like an encyclopaedia of blues on stage and the most entertaining history lesson you could dream of.
2.15 pm - Mandja
On the Stage - Dough Spencer with Daniel Susnjar
Doug Spencer interviews master percussionist Daniel Susnjar and band, and untangles the complex rhythmic structure and melodic trademarks of Afro Peruvian jazz.
2.45 pm - Retreat
Flats and Sharps
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between bluegrass, folk, country & pop, gaining recognition for performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of bluegrass classics. These five incredible young musicians have honed their skills during 400 live performances over five years, charming and wowing audiences along the way.
3.30 pm - Chapel
Round Singing for the soul taps into a huge collection of rounds old and new, easy and tricky, sacred and silly, all taught in an easy friendly manner resulting in joyous instant harmony and good singing fun.
4.00 pm - Mandja
Big Band Battle: Wasamba and Junkadelic
Witness two “big band armies”, led by their stilt-walking Generals, invade each other in a sonic war of Samba vs New Orleans street brass. Delivering alternate volleys of friendly fire this “band off” is sure to be one of the most entertaining and majestic collisions of sound you have ever heard at Fairbridge Festival.
4.00 pm - Retreat
The New Macedon Rangers - Mandolin
Explore the simultaneously melodic and rhythmic role of the mandolin in an old-time string band and share rhythmic insights as well as helpful chord shapes. Andrew will teach tunes from the heart of the fiddle tune repertoire and provide participants with tools to help them become more confident.
5.00 pm - Mandja
Massed Choir 25th Year Celebration
Sing a song in Noongar language, witness a massed community choir and experience a fanfare of brass instruments in some rousing big band tunes to propel us into the next 25 years
5.40 pm - Gus’s Bar
The Original 60's Concert
Join Phil Gray as he introduces a gathering of festival artists alongside others in a presentation of favourite folk/protest/drinking/anti-war songs from the '60s/'70s. Open mic, open-hearted and open to all.
5.45 pm - Retreat
A fun and informal songwriting workshop with an award-winning singer-songwriter. We'll look at the development of contemporary folk/roots songwriting, and how to apply the techniques and ideas we discover. Bring songs half-finished and never-started to be shared and discussed, or just come and throw some ideas about.
6.00 pm - Clubhouse
Bill Lawrie Holden Grey CD Launch
Join Tin Dog guitarist Bill Lawrie as he launches a gritty and poetic collection of beautifully written tales.
7.15 pm - Clubhouse
Ben Elton with Mark Naglazas
Festival Patron Ben Elton in conversation with former West Australian Newspapers and current ABC Radio Perth film critic, Mark Naglazas on his life, career, Australian arts and filming Three Summers at the wonderful Fairbridge Festival and Village last year. Ben will be happy to take questions from the audience.
8.30 pm - Clubhouse
Folkwits Comedy Club
More fun as the gang of stand-ups continue their thing. With undoubtedly a few more festival recruits to the line-up, dig in and enjoy some late night laughs. Bar open for Sunday evening.
10.15 pm - Clubhouse
A Shipload of Shantymen
The Clubhouse is set to have its roof blown off as dozens of shantymen rattle the rafters with exuberant songs of the sea. Perth’s Lost Quays and The Albany Shantymen lock cutlasses in a “shanty off” that many tales will no doubt flow from. Find your own rafter to swing from in a big, bold, beardy and beery tribute to the late Mike Horton, beloved Fairbridge Festival son, Spookyman of the spookiest kind and all round great bloke. The bar will be open!
10.00 am - Mandja
Three of the finest young groups at the festival grace the Djindalux stage for a morning of music that looks into the crystal ball of contemporary folk. The New Macedon Rangers, The Raglins and Miss Eileen and King Lear are already firmly implanted in the festival scene and here is the moment to see why.
10.30 am - Djindalux
The Kirwin Sisters: Fijian Stories and Songs
Andrea Kirwin is an Australian/Fijian singer-songwriter who grew up in Australia. When she was eight, Andrea lived in Fiji for a year with her family in her mother’s village on the Island of Matuku Lau. Andrea (with her sister Litia) shares funny stories from her time living in the village and teaches the audience how to sing in harmony to Fijian songs such as chulu chululu and the Fijian Alphabet.
12.00 pm - Mandja
Two Troubadours and One Trobairitz
Poetic, lyrical and musical – 12th Century troubadours spread out of France into Italy, Spain and Portugal looking for gigs! 21st Century ones spread out all over the globe doing exactly the same thing 1000 years on. Join Harry Hookey, John Flanagan and Lucy Wise, all of whom essentially embody a very ancient tradition.
4.15 pm - Mandja
Global Trade Roots -2
Another intriguing and scintillating line-up of world music acts from Denmark, the USA and WA. Danish duo sensation, Fromseire Hockings trade tunes with the “chamberfolk” virtuosi of Harpeth Rising and the global jazz fusion of Duende Indalo.
6.15 pm - Mandja
Big Blues Bonanza
Dom Turner, Phill Wiggans, Scott Wise, Dave Brewer, Les Karski and Andrew Winton. Now that is a lot of very fine bluesman all gathered on one stage. Get your blues lick ’o’ meter on this one because you’re going to clock up a bagful.
8.00 pm - Chapel
Sweet as an Apple in the Chapel
Join Lucy Wise, Daoiri Farrell and Jack Harris as they share poetic songs, folk lines and instrument skills of the highest order in the closing concert of the Chapel for Fairbridge Festival 2017.
8.15 pm - Gus’s Bar
Lez Karski's Blues Jam
Roll out of Mandja into Gus’s Bar and continue the blues with Lez and other festival artists.