Here’s a taste of the 2019 Program
We’re very excited to announce an appetite-whetting program for Fairbridge Festival 2019. What can you expect? With a bit of a focus on Americana, which includes a stunning Celtic-bluegrass crossover band, we have some of the UK’s and USA’s most searingly hot and entertaining acoustic players.
There’s a sweet Mediterranean breeze wafting through to cool it all down with an Italian icon of world music, a much-loved Australian-Italian folk singer and a joyous band of gentleman musicians who play gorgeous European folk music.
Throw in a couple of return visits by some of the festival’s most adored acts, some Kimberley rock stars and a quirky aviator/inventor/adventurer musician wandering the streets, and you have one heck of a program under the trees and stars at Fairbridge Festival 2019.
Below’s program does not include the festival’s Special Events, curated moments where the festival artists converge and fuse their musical influences, skill, and passion to create special presentations, workshops and in-conversations. To see Special Events program, please click here.
Freeform ecstatic dance, dance your heart out as you connect to self and others, move like no one is watching to great music!
David Rastrick World-Folk Trio play an eclectic mix of folk styles with influences from around the world such as Eastern European, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, Australian and New-Orleansian with a swag of catchy, danceable original tunes.
A tunesmith, guitarist and teller of tall tales from the road less traveled but long toured, David Ross Macdonald is an acoustic amalgam part late 60's English folk and part Americana songwriter traditions.
Diggin' the Jig is a Celtic dance band from Denmark, WA. They showcase the vitality and energy of traditional and contemporary Celtic fiddle tunes, plus some favourites from the Americas and our original collection.
Using professional quality materials and learning some handy tips, festival goers can spice up their vibe with a splash of funk in the form of body paint using inspiration from psychedelia.
Who doesn't love rainbows? From simple to elaborate, teens are invited to come along and make their very own sun-catchers!
Winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin combine hauntingly beautiful vocal harmonies, astonishing instrumental virtuosity, with genre-bending material telling tales of myth, history and legend.
Empire Blues is an established, dynamic blues-power trio whose influences come from the British Blues invasion of the 1960s. Initially the band took its material from this period, but over time has moved to performing more original material, believing that for blues music to evolve, you can’t keep just repeating the past.
Father, singer, scientist, activist, social entrepreneur. Ewan is a melody-machine, singing the human experience with the welcoming warmth of a life-long performer. You might have caught him with band Public Son at the festival last year!
The Family Shoveller Band, also known as the FSB Trio, have come a long way with entertainment and fun. They've played performances in the middle of the bush, beach and, all around the country-side.
Traditional heart racing Irish tunes and songs, singer songwriter classics and originals performed by the incredible Val Cutler on fiddle, Jon Edwards on mandolin and bouzouki and Fiona Rea on vocals and guitar.
Flats and Sharps are a high-energy bluegrass band from England, known for their own highly original songs, as well as their blistering renditions of bluegrass classics.
Fairy Sandie and her beautiful night fairies and elves will touch your hearts with a night-time blessing. Look for a glimmer of magic as they light up at dusk.
Frank’s Fish Tank is Frank plucking the clawhammer banjo, Racoo on fiddle, and Jason Snook adding his sweet intermingling bluegrass and blues style mandolin melodies to the fish tank equation.
Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will capture your hearts through songs and storytelling in rare Noongar (Aboriginal) language. Combining guitar brilliance and incandescent vocals it’s an extraordinary musical journey.
Glenn Swift is the storyteller and parade jester at Fairbridge Festival. This year Glenn delivers Bedtime Stories, Kidz Kaperz, Parachute Games & Balloon Animals to keep your young ones entertained the whole festival.
David De Santi has been accumulating ‘good’ tunes for over 30 years and wants to share them! Be ready for a musical tour around Australia, Italy, Quebec, Scotland, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Ireland, England and beyond! Sheet music available or use your ear to join in.
Award-winning Grace Barbe hails from the sunburnt Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles, where a colourful history of slavery pirates coups d'etat and coconuts have produced a unique Kreol rhythm language and culture.
In this creative, hands on workshop, we'll walk through the folding and sewing techniques to make your own special handmade books.
With Hot Potato Band, anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, this energetic 10-piece brass band has been putting smiles on the faces of audiences since 2009.
Be transported with I Viaggiatori to forgotten fishing villages, moonlit olive groves, and a hard life under a hot sun where peasants play music to celebrate life with a fierce sense of humour.
The voices of six women combine for heavenly harmonies traversing the worlds of folk, gospel and contemporary a'capella.
Jack Davies is a songwriter based in Fremantle, who weaves suburban Australiana and intimate poetry into thundering folk-rock ballads. Formed by friends,The Bush Chooks quickly grew Jack's songs,and were nominated for 3 WAM awards. Debut EP out May
Dry full bodied sound, medium folk aromas, sad flavours with hopeful undertones. Well balanced music.
Jamilla combines haunting soul vocals, self-produced R&B beats and chill-wave synths, to create a beautiful and seamless brand of nu-soul music
With a collective age exceeding that of the whole of the Melbourne Youth Chorale, Jane and The Rain deliver what only age can guarantee: wit, self deprecating humour and sore knees.
Jesse is a Perth based hip hop / street dancer who brings an exciting, exhilarating, upbeat workshop for all ages and abilities!
JigJam is a multi-award-winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana, in a new genre which has been branded as 'CeltGrass'. Their onstage energy, along with their virtuosic musical ability, has captivated audiences throughout the world.
John the Sandman is an extrovert engineer (he stares at other people’s shoelaces!) who lays down the words of songs, poetry, inspirational reminders, images and cheeky quotes on the ground at our feet, for us to read as we walk, with our minds in the sky.
Kat Wilson’s beguiling voice is entirely her own. Combine that with songs that fuse pop, coastal blues and a dash of folk, and the ability to shred on her guitar with the best, and you may just understand what Wilson was put on Earth to do.
Healthy, hands-on cooking workshops for young foodies! Kids in the Kitchen is the perfect way to fuel your next festival adventure. Come and join the fun, learn a new recipe or two, and gobble it up at the end, in a nurturing atmosphere. Book early to secure your place.
Kimber’s Men were formed in 2001 to sing songs of the sea and shanties, mainly acapella, but also with a variety of instruments. The line-up has changed over the years but the dynamism, power, harmonies and humour abound. They have performed to great acclaim in Europe and throughout the UK.
Walking the line between Americana and British folk music, Fremantle folksters Kings and Queens are quickly becoming one of Western Australia's most beloved duos.
Fronted by acclaimed American violinist Jeremy Kittel (formerly of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet), Kittel & Co. inhabit the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities.
Spreading an idea of inclusiveness, respect and acknowledgement of our history, the group of young musicians performs and learns songs in Nyoongar as well as music written or performed by Aboriginal artists.
Jane Cornes presents a curated one-hour performance of original music and spoken word that looks at what it means to be human.
With a combination of lyrical honesty and charming melodies, Lizzie Flynn writes songs that blend a little satirical storytelling, with a lot of joyful emotion. Her latest album, 'You & The Open Sky', is a collection of original songs, which weave audiences through toe-tapping country to tender ballads with songs of lessons learnt and love lost.
In a voice rich with humanity, Lois Olney sings of joy, pain, love and longing. With her remarkable but gentle voice, she distils these emotions and gets to the very heart of what it means to be human.
Come along and create your own unique flag to mark out your campsite! Using second hand fabrics, we'll assist participants to design and then sew a camp flag.
Man Sandal is a five-piece band from Perth. You may remember them from a couple of years ago when they won the Act-Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest competition, under the name Belgrade.
Tinikling Bamboo Dance will teach Fairbridge Festival audiences how to dance in between two poles, with grace and speed.
Variously tagged as ‘folk-rock’, ‘trad-rock’, ‘Celtic-rock’ and even ‘grown-up folk-rock’, Mànran’s music has always defied easy labelling due to the eclectic mix of influences on the band and the alchemy that melds them.
Displays of scintillating virtuosity, fearless interpretation but making simplicity the ultimate goal, Joe and Mardae create a potent mixture of serenity and excitement.
A performer on a cornucopia of wind instruments, Mark Cain has been a mainstay of the Perth world and new music since the early 1980s (former Ethnic Music Centre/Kulcha and Evos/Tura New Music) and has played at many Fairbridge Festivals. For over two decades he has toured with Musica Viva and Nexus Arts, and has a wealth of experience performing in Australia and overseas.
Martin Pearson has the ability to take a humorous, or even a serious song, and make it his own. He also has the ability to tell stories that engage and entrance his audiences.
Four Perth-based saxophonists join together to create new music, old music and re-imagined music.
Mick Thomas and the Roving Commission hit the road with their much anticipated 'Coldwater DFU’ album. Like its predecessor, 'The Big Don’t Argue' - the album made famous by 'Weddings Parties Anything' thirty years ago, this record will find its identity on stage to crowds across the country.
Dancing between intricate, rhythmic cello lines, compelling lyrics and heart-tugging harmonies, Monique Clare is an innovative powerhouse in the contemporary folk scene.
Sete and Marcio invite all kids, of all ages, including adult kids, to come along to dance to Funky music by Marcio. All families are encouraged to join in help each to groove through some dance challenges!
Fremantle Arts Centre's Renae Martin facilitates the creation of unique and mystical mosaic mirrors or ornaments from recycled broken crockery, costume jewellery, stained glass, buttons, shells and other objects.
The Kooks meet the Chilli Peppers. After Mt. Cleverest is a five-piece indie rock band from Perth.
New Nausea's sound alternates between subdued and ornate, and discordant and chaotic. with the ultimate aim of shaking you up, without entirely ruining your day.
Playback Theatre engages with you to bring creativity, laughter and emotions to life.
Powerkeg brings you music from the 80’s and 90s… the 1880s and 1890s that is. A joyful and uplifting repertoire of vintage swing, hard-bitten blues, rollicking rags and gypsy-infused jazz tunes, they'll leave you wanting more.
Perth electro-pop duo PRISCILLA deliver an eclectic fusion of feel-good riffs, power drums and visceral vocals. After a huge year coming off some smashing supports with The Presets, Haiku Hands, EDEN, Wafia, Woodes and Matthew Young the band is ready to bring you more powerful breakneck bop.
A relatively new gospel choir that has taken Fringe World by storm for the last three years with their shows 'Gospel at the Movies', 'Oh Freedom' (gospel in the civil rights movement), and this year's #blessed, gospel music for the tough times.
Stripped back, emotionally charged song-writing that will either hug you tightly or accidentally break your heart.
Original compositions, instrumental virtuosity, precious rhythmic blends and refined arrangements make up the stylistic element of Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana that with its light and cheerful music, has enchanted the audiences at the most important folk and world festivals.
A one-man soul-band, poet and storyteller. A modern travelling troubadour wielding guitar, harmonica, trombone, spoons, stomp box, tap shoes, a big heart and a cheeky wit.
Fiddle meets guitar. Foot-tappingly banging. Ear-pleasingly melodic. A beautifully rich combination of string on string that oozes with charisma. Ross and Tom keep their music simple: spine-tingling tunes with a sprinkle of banter.
SONU is a musical journey that celebrates Italian folk music in Australia. Beautiful songs, stories and voices from the National Library of Australia's collections. come alive in this powerful, emotional and life affirming show.
Sambanistas have been around (including a number of years at Fairbridge Festival) since 1990. They've been energising festivals, parades and events with their Brazilian-style percussion and dance.
'Sasa' is a Samoan group dance performed by men and women to express and to celebrate the achievements of their community. Dance artist, Sete Tele will share basic elements of the dance, inviting participants to then develop their own 'Sasa'.
Art workshops focussing on the Japanese embroidery tradition known as Sashiko, running stitches are sewn into repeating geometric shapes and fluid patterns
Want to keep dancing but need to sit down after a big weekend? We’ve got you covered! Camille Spencer will guide you through easy phrases and improvisational exercises that stimulate creativity and the imagination.
A flash of creative rollerskating entertainment whilst cleaning the dancefloor between other acts.
Interactive, creative and down-right silly, the Pixels+Fibre Slow Mo Video Booth is complete with lighting, backdrop, smoke machine and fibre props. Once you bust some moves, we'll provide a creative edit of all the best moments to be projected on the night.
Soukouss means “shake it” - Get ready for an unforgettable night of African music and dance!
String: the foundation of so many craft projects. Participants will learn how to make string from scrap fabrics, a highly meditative pastime. Explore the possibilities that string making opens up.
Tanya Ransom’s natural talent with words and melody, delivered by an effortless, blues tone voice, accompanies her laid-back guitar perfectly. On stage, her unassuming warmth and personality holds audiences attentive with stories of love, loss and life under the open Kimberley skies.
Teeny Tiny Stevies, kids’ music that RULES! Their songs and beautiful animations can now be seen on ABC Kids Television, and their sophomore album has been nominated for an ARIA award.
Dusting snow off their shoulders after a Scandinavian visit, a trio of fiddle / nyckelharpa / cello play traditional Scandinavian dance music fit for the Nordic gods.
The Little Stevies have an uncanny knack of captivating an audience by being delightfully and unapologetically themselves.
A four piece possé, The Long Johns come together to play spooky country with that old timey swing, peppered with the spiciest of flavours to deliver songs of hope, loss and hauntings.
The Lost Quays are an eleven voice vocal and instrumental group, based in the port of Fremantle. They perform sea shanties and songs of the sea.
Award-winning The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) are sisters Maggie (banjo, guitar, and vocals) and Elsie Rigby (violin, and vocals) from Melbourne, Australia.
The Mejadra Project is the result of a year-long collaboration between percussionist Imogen Thomson and pianist Austin Salisbury. Their original compositions bring together their unique musical backgrounds in a melting pot of modern Jazz and Afro-Cuban inspired grooves. To record the music, they enlisted the help of local legends Alex Reid on drums, Jeremy Thomson on guitar and Alistair Peel on acoustic bass.
The Struggling Kings are a Perth-based alternative Indigenous rock band, hailing from One Arm Point community in remote WA, they share their Kimberley heritage on stage with Bardi language and a laid back authentic stage presence that will entertain all ages.
What's a Weird Ticket? A bit of a clown thing, unqualified and doing it anyway, a bird that keeps flying into your window, the alchemy of 25 years of the diverse performing background of Perth-based artist Hardey McMurrick that comes out a little weird! But in a world that demands we be normal, weird is refreshing!
Born through a love of movement, play and creative expression, Unicorn Yoga allows adults a space to reconnect with their inner child, find joyful self-expression and celebrate their creativity.
Uptown Brown! is a singing gentleman-adventurer who performs on a self-invented one-man band. Performing a program of 1920s -1930s jazz and blues, this charming one-man band is ready to hit the streets of Paris, Marrakesh or Wagga Wagga.
Watch a short demo, and then join in to learn the first few moves of the Taoist Tai Chi set. Set yourself up mentally and physically for the day.
Unadulterated Australian acoustic music from father and son team, Phil and Josh Gray. Song and verse from then 'til now.
An infectiously happy combination of loud Rio-style percussion, rainbow circus samba costumes, light extravaganza and the joy of many passionate community member!
Kimberley-based folk roots/rock musician, described as a modern Dylan with a story to tell...