PERFORMERS 2017

“Rachel Eddy”was born and raised in rural WV just south of Morgantown, where her musical family inspired her to play and sing as a little girl. She grew up listening to local fiddlers, her father among them, going to old-time festivals, and attending square dances. The old-time bug bit her early in life and Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass.

‘The Gob-Iron String Band’
come out of Melbourne’s back-yard and beer-garden Old Timey scene. Forged on a shared obsession for early appalachian and cajun fiddle tunes, the incorporation of the harmonica (or Gob-Iron) gives this band a ‘honk’ that make folks want to dance. The Gob-Iron String Band are Nara DeMason, Charlie Sandford, Peter Graham, Moira Hanrahan and Tobias Hengeveld.
Gob-Iron publicity pic

‘Mollys Dream’
Molly’s Dream draws on everything, from the archaic sounds of the Appalachian Mountains to the modern contemporary bluegrass styling of Alison Krauss and Union Station.
The sweet melodic vocals of Paton accompanied by the baritone vocals of Grundy and the ever solid McLean, combined with the groups instrumental prowess make Molly’s Dream a must see outfit.

‘The New Holland Honey Eaters’
The New Holland Honey Eaters is an old-time string band made up of Stan & Rebecca from Launceston and Steve & Jane from Cygnet, Tasmania. Formed in 1988, they specialise in traditional music from the southeastern United States – including Anglo-Celtic and Afro-American traditional music, minstrelsy, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley tunes and songs, rural hymnody, Cajun music, gospel, jug band music, faux-Hawaiian music, cowboy music, western swing and blues.

‘Two if by Sea’
Trent Arkleysmith and Rachel Johnston both started their musical lives studying classical Cello and then took dramatically different paths- Trent running away with the circus and spending many years performing in various touring productions around Australia and Europe, and Rachel studying classical cello at conservatories in the UK, Europe and USA before coming to Australia to play in the Australian String Quartet. Rachel and Trent have performed at most of the major music festivals across Australia in various formations, and since recently forming this duo have delighted audiences with their mixture of original and traditional tunes drawn from Celtic, Scandinavian, American and Eastern European styles, and with their tasty combination of guitar, mandolins, cellos and harmony singing.
Cello, mandolin

‘Kissing Cousins’
The Kissin Cousins hail from beautiful Northeast Victoria and play a combination of bluegrass and old-time music. A set would include two part fiddles, vocal harmonies, some completely random banter, Scruggly banjo and a driven grassy blur. Izzy Paton takes the most vocal responsibility with a voice somewhere between Hazel Dickens and Natalie Merchant, giving traditional old time and bluegrass a fresh Australian edge with sweet vocals,

‘Fruit Jar’
We’re very happy to have Fruit Jar back again this year playing ‘old timey’ string band music – when you hear them you will want to stomp your feet, dance, get drunk, and be young and stupid. Rob Cirelli-fiddle, Mick-Banjo, Campbell Shaw-Fiddle, John-Bass, Susan Shaw-Guitar

‘The Knott Family Band’
Knott Family band are four Melbourne musicians who play a finely curated selection of originals and bluegrass classics that reflect both traditional and contemporary influences.

‘Fish Ain’t Bit’n’
A complete new group consisting of Mandolin,Guitar,Banjo & a lady Fiddle player with her husband on double Bass.
Bluegrass with fine harmonies that cover various styles with hard driving bluesy sound.Songs from Tim O’Brien & Jimmy Martin & Union Station to the more modern Speak to the Sky.
band /group workshop or Jam

‘The Strzelecki String Busters’
this band of reprobates hales from Yinnar down Gippsland way They play many styles of music from bluegrass and western swing to country and the blues.Generally causing chaotic scenes wherever they appear, catch them regularly at the Yinnar Hotel, last wednesday of the month
strezlecki stringbusters

‘Lonesome still’
Lonesome Still play an eclectic mix of Americana Bluegrass and Celtic music. Blending strong vocal harmonies backed by acoustic instrumentation. Songs from some of the greats such as, Townes Van Zandt, Peter Rowan, Mary Black and other lesser know but amazing song writers. Lonesome Still is made up of Richard Atkinson (vocals, guitar and banjo), Leonie Reading (Vocals, Mandolin), Penelope Swales (Vocals, Irish whistles, Guitar), Ian Vaskess (Dobro and Vocals) and Andrew Barcham on Bass.

‘Whoa Mule’
‘Who Mule’ brings you Ol’time country ballards,original songs and driving triple fiddle dance tunes. Inspired by the rapid weather changes of the Blue Mountains and the bustle of Sydney Streets,these musicians deliver a performance characterised by both space and energy. With rich experience earned in bands such as Catgut and Golden Whistler, ‘Who Mule’ puts a kick into Ol’time music

‘Appalachian Heaven’
is well known for it’s tight, driving arrangements of tunes and songs from the southern Appalachian USA mountains. The Stringband is the precursor of Bluegrass, featuring fiddle, banjo and vocal harmonies transposed from the Celtic fiddle traditions, infused with African-American cultures, and rural sensibilities. The band first formed as a request to play at Kelly Country Pick 10 years ago,this year we will celbrate this with a special concert featuring many of the past players.
APP HEAVEN

‘Meridan Duo’
Meridian are Steve Vassallo (mandolin, vocals) and Mark Ballesi (guitar, clawhammer banjo and vocals).The music of Meridian traces a line back to the old time country blues and brother duo’s of the twenties and thirties. Their rich vocal harmonies and warm acoustic tones on mandolin, banjo and guitar weave together to create music that is both intimate and timeless.

‘The Burning Bridges’
With close country duo-style harmonies and classic early bluegrass instrumentation, “Burning Bridges” hearkens back to a traditional mountain sound. The band features 5-string banjo (Peter Somerville), tenor guitar (Fran Martin), guitar (Mark Wardle) and double bass (Jeff Arnold). Repertoire includes songs of The Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, Ralph Stanley, and the Delmore Brothers as well as contemporary artists including Old Crow Medicine Show and Gillian Welch.
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‘Slim Dime’
are duo from Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges. Their music references the simplicity and space of old time mountain music and bluegrass, fog soaked valleys and mountain ash forests: a blending of rural and urban. Jen Land & Chris Taylor have been playing together for the last 10 years making country tinged music in as bands such as The Original Smith Family and The Bitter Sweets.