Bluegrass Parkway celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2012 and are the longest continuously performing bluegrass band in Australia. What sets the band apart from others is the priority they have placed on presenting Bluegrass music in its most authentic form. Since early 1994 Bluegrass Parkway have performed around a single microphone, as was the norm for the pioneers of the genre in the 1940s. They are much loved in the Australian bluegrass scene for their relaxed on-stage humour and camaraderie – always a joy for their audiences. We are particularly grateful to have them attending their first ever Kelly Country Pick this year.
Ian Alexander,( fearless leader) Maggie Duncan, Evan Webb, Graeme Fletcher and John Boothroyd return again this year straight from the Hills of Virginia via Melbourne. With its origins in traditional music of Europe and Africa, “old time” music is aptly named, representing perhaps the oldest form of North American traditional music other than Native American. The band’s repertoire is from the rural south of the USA (Southern Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky).
The Rusty Pickers
In the winter of 2009 three like-minded souls got together to play a combination of Country, Bluegrass and Roots music. The emphasis was placed on getting a great live “back porch” sound that would make people tap their toes and smile while listening to songs they may not have even heard before! Whilst the line-up may vary from time to time, the core of The Rusty Pickers are: Maurice Clark Vocals Guitar Harmonica, Scott Andrew Vocals Guitar.
Having played in many clubs and pubs in their hometown of Melbourne, Australia, the debut CD ‘Long Journey Home’ was released in September 2010.
The Cherry Pickers are an exciting group of young performers from Adelaide. Formed in 2006, they play a mixture of traditional Bluegrass classics and other great songs in the style of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs. The band features all acoustic instruments and harmonies that are the hallmark of Bluegrass. This will be their first attendance at the Kelly Country Pick and we are looking forward to introducing them to our all night sessions.
Mark Bandick – Guitar, Paul Cooper – Banjo, Rob Cooper – Dobro, Lou Evangelistis – Mandolin, Max Wright – Bass
John Flanagan and the Begin Agains have impressed audiences at gigs and festivals around Australia with lush vocal harmonies and delicate acoustic textures on banjo, guitars, violin and mandolin. Their heartbreaking melodies and deeply honest storytelling have seen them compared to artists such as Alison Krauss and James Taylor. We are pleased to welcome to the Kelly Country Pick this year for the first time.
Ray Marshall and the Bluegrass Deputies
Ray Marshall has been playing bluegrass music now for over 20 years and has recently deputised a number of musicians from various parts of the country to particpate in this year’s Kelly Country Pick. Dressed to suit in fine style the bluegrass deputies will be bringing you a vast array of fine music.
Burnt Creek Deviation Bluegrass Band have been on the bluegrass scene for a number of years and although the line up has changed, they present a good mix of bluegrass from the likes of Bill Monroe, Tim O’Brien, Stanley Brothers and Paul Kelly and some original material too.
Phil Upton on mandolin and vocals, Gary Browne on guitar, Mark Burnett on Banjo and Ros and Peter Horton on Fiddle and Bass Fiddle. The band has been playing at a number of festivals and Sydney venues and you are sure to enjoy their Burnt Creek offerings.
Fruit Jar play old timey string band music – it’s very old music, but it doesn’t belong in a museum. It is very much alive, and when you hear it you will want to stomp your feet, dance, get drunk, and be young and stupid.
Rob – fiddle, Mick – Banjo, Campbell – Fiddle, John – Bass, Susan – Guitar
Johnny Can’t Dance (Cajun)
Exciting new Melbourne traditional Cajun trio ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ plays old time Cajun, Creole Two Steps, One Steps, Waltzs, Blues and Stomps from the Swamps. Featuring Craig Woodward (Cajun Accordion, Fiddle and Vocal) Sue Shaw (Guitar, Cajun Triangle and Vocal) and Campbell Shaw (Fiddle)
The local talents will be on display with this new line-up of Beechworth talent. Ex-members of ‘Orange Blossom’, Troy Humphreys on Guitar, Max Hyland on Banjo and Izzy Paton on Vocals, mando and fiddle, have joined with the fabulous fiddle of Bec Humphreys and Double Bass of Adrian Osborne. We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us this year, I’m sure it will be good.
We are very pleased to have the fabulous Breaking Heart Benton returning this year. “Breaking Hart Benton” makes reference to the tragic demise of one of the great 20th Century American painters but to define the band’s sound one has to reach far further back, to the traditional music of Britain and Ireland. Song-smiths Michael David and Lee James draw on their strong Celtic/Americana influences to present melodic, lyrically rich songwriting where Australian themes and observations can sit comfortably beside an old time murder ballad. One of the highlights of last year’s festival… not to be missed.
Cat & Clint play their own brand of Old-Timey, featuring sweet vocals, lively banjo and crankin’ fiddle tunes. The dynamic duo has nurtured a close musical relationship and years of knowledge in the tradition. They have performed at festivals in Australia and the U.S and are currently recording their second album.
On the folky side of bluegrass, the elder statesmen of High and Lonesome combine a rich history of Folk Music, Americana, Blues and Bluegrass in their playing. Good humour and great instrumental skills combined with smooth harmonies make this lineup fabulous entertainment at any festival.
The ever lovable and talented fellows of Coolgrass make musical mischief, not just with the bluegrass genre, but with several other genres as well – all in the name of good clean fun, and the disposing of a few sacred cows along the way.
High Times String Band
Featuring the talents and experience of folk that we could probably call the veterans and pioneers of the Old Timey music scene in Victoria. In particular we are talking about Ken McMaster on clawhammer (and general ribaldry), Norm Adams and Maggie Duncan on fiddle and Ray Chaber on guitar / fiddle. Quite possibly by default – that means Evan Webb on double bass too!