PERFORMERS 2021

”The Willing Ponies”

Willing Ponies are from Sydney, Australia playing original songs using progressive acoustic instrumentation. Influences that include; bluegrass, folk, country, rock and pop music.

 

The Narrownecks

With American old time string band roots, the Sydney based Narrownecks feature fiddler David Hoffmann, (USA), Clawhammer banjo player, Harry O’Donovan, Brother John fingerpicking blues guitarist  and Cellist Jack Ward

Bluguru

A twisted tale of Indian, Blues, Celtic, Swing, Jazz, Bluegrass, and adventure. Fringe Award nominee Josh Bennett (Best Music) joins the genre-hopping antics of Andrew Clermont and the extraordinary vocals and dance of Parvyn (daughter of the renowned singer Dya Singh) to form BluGuru.

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,

‘Backwater’
Backwater features Rob Lewis on guitar and vocals, Mark Pottenger on mandolin and vocals, Peter Somerville on banjo and vocals and Maxine Sutcliffe on double bass, fiddle and vocals. Backwater plays the early traditional Bluegrass tunes made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley brothers with a smattering of Carter Family.
They also draw heavily from the best of the second generation of bluegrass 

Front Porch

A Melbourne based band with an individual and interesting sound, blending a variety of Americana styles. Front Porch’s musical style is Bluegrass heavy, keeping that traditional sound, but includes elements of western swing, Dixie-land jazz, ragtime and indie folk into their music, creating a totally new and fresh sound, but with nostalgic undertones.  inclusion of the trombone, guaranteeing a fascinating show full of catchy tunes and impressive musicality.

Steve Bird (Aka Brother Steve Porch)Mandolin: Rob Goodge (Aka Brother Rob Porch)Bass: Maxine Sutcliffe (Aka Sister Maxine Porch)Banjo: Peter Folino (Aka Reverend Pete Porch)Washboard/Trombone: Stephen Lebsanft (Aka Uncle Bonesy)

Colvin Brothers’
The Colvin Brothers are a harmony, mandolin and guitar duo with a love of bluegrass, and leanings to old time and country.

Corn Nut Creek
Danielle Vita (fiddle, vocals) and Tanya Bradley (fiddle, vocals, banjo) serve up the perfect mix of down-home Americana and traditional Australiana. This old-timey recipe, traditional and folky, will remind you of good times past, like long distance friendships or old thoughtful memories of your mother’s cooking.

The Burning Bridges
The Burning Bridges’ SOLID GONE show pays tribute to the songs of The Carter Family, striving for high fidelity to the original style to capture some of the elusive magic of the most influential group in country music history. Featuring P.P. Somerville on scratch guitar and banjo, Australia’s foremost autoharp maestro “Graebelle” Fletcher, Dr Fran on rhythm guitar, Mark “Chips” Wardle playing bass and young Junior Somerville on mandolin.banjo, 3 finger or clawhammer, autoharp, carter scratch guitar.

Colvin Brothers
The Colvin Brothers are a mandolin and guitar duo with a love of harmonies, bluegrass and with leanings towards old time and country. Featuring Vinny Russell (Knott Family Band) and Colin Weight (Nine Mile Creek), the Colvin Brothers made their debut at the GAP in 2018.

Fruit Jar

We’re very happy to have Fruit Jar back again this year playing Old Time string band music . Rob Cirelli (fiddle) Mick…,(banjo), Campbell Shaw, (fiddle),  John…,(bass), and Susan Shaw-(guitar) .

Night Owls

Stewart Porter (Guitar) Geoff Wright,(banjo),Dan Kerin, (fiddle), Peter Hisco,(bass), Jeannie Kleynhans-(Mandolin) .

Crow Mountain’

Crow Mountain are an Australian old-time country and folk group, performing original, traditionally
flavoured tunes of unnerving honesty and effortless beauty.Drawing on their Blue Mountains roots, Megan Legg (mandolin) and Ben Thomas (banjo and
guitar), performing alongside John Lee (fiddle) and Paul Abrahams (double bass),