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Wielding fiddles, accordions, mandolins, guitars, bass, and drums this great team of musicians have shared their spirit and energy with festivals, clubs, pubs, schools and events. Their Bushdances in the late 70’s and 80’s had thousands of people doing the Heel and Toe and Strip the Willow and there’s scarcely a schoolkid who didn’t learn a bit of bush-dancing to the music of The Bushwackers.
The Bushwackers are renowned for their energetic live shows that have had thousands of fans dancing in the aisles. Legendary performances at the The Port Fairy Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Gympie Music Muster, Woodford Folk Festival, The Americana Conference (Nashville) The National Celtic Festival and countless other events have cemented their place in Australian music history.
In 2017 The Bushwackers released their 24th studio album ‘The Hungry Mile’ featuring several singles released to radio around the country.
The Bushwackers are coming to the inaugural Sandford Bush Festival on the 9th and 10th of March 2018 and will perform over two nights. A Bush Dance event, which includes all the toe tapping bush dances Australia grew up with like the Heel and Toe, The Barn dance and Queensland Backstep and they’ll be performing a concert featuring their great blend of Australian classics and popular original songs.
The Cherry Pickers
The Cherry Pickers features banjo, dobro, mandolin, upright bass and guitar, and their love for bluegrass and acoustic music shines through in every performance. The band has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Harrietville Bluegrass Festival, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival and the Healesville Music Festival. The Cherry Pickers second recording, ‘Hand Picked’, is a collection of Australian songs uncovered in bluegrass.
The Cherry Pickers are: Mark Bandick on guitar and vocals, Paul Cooper on banjo and vocals, Rob Cooper on Dobro and vocals, Lou Evangelistis on Mandolin and vocals, Gage Stead on Bass and vocals.
The Crooked Road Boys are: Phill Parker on guitar and vocals, Andrew Hook on vocals, mandolin and guitar, Dave Taylor on vocals, double bass and guitar, Leonard Cohen on vocals and dobro. They will be delighting audiences in the big marquee on Saturday and Sunday.
Andrew Clermont is a chameleon multi-instrumental musician from Bluegrass to Indian, Scandinavian to Old time. He is a 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champion and a Director of the Golden-Fiddle Awards in Australia!
Jude enjoys performing as a violinist and singer in a variety of musical ensembles in the Great Southern region including Heartstrings and the Heartstrings Jazz Trio. She has performed at Fairbridge Folk Festival and National Folk Festivals including Tamworth, Woodford and Yarra Junction. In 2015 and 2016 Jude featured at Tamworth’s Golden Fiddle Awards.
Stumpy Gully is a fun band that was formed to support community events and raise funds for local charities and community groups. The group plays a mix of bush, folk and bluegrass often interrupted by spontaneous outbursts of bush poetry or lively banter.
Stumpy Gully will be playing on Saturday and Sunday.
Quentins’ love of music began as a percussionist with the South Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has been a songwriter and album producer for a wide range of artists through his music Studio in Norwood, including Dianna Corcoran (Golden Guitar winner). Quentin is the co-composer of the Port Adelaide Football Club Song (Power to Win) and many iconic advertising jingles. He continues to perform on piano and guitar in concerts and at festivals around Australia and internationally.
Family group Glenn, Andrea and Morgaine Delahoy have a unique sound and style which never fails to delight. Their timing and harmonies, supported by Glenn’s guitar are a wonder to behold.
The Delahoys will be featuring on Saturday and Sunday.
Andrew Namok, aka DREWZ, is a singer/ songwriter / musician from the Torres Strait Islands. He recently relocated back to Melbourne after a stint performing in the Central Coast, NSW and North Queensland. Prior to moving he spent 6 years performing both Melbourne and Adelaide and entertaining passengers on the Down Under Dive (Cairns) cruises to The Great Barrier Reef. During his career he’s toured both nationally and internationally. He performs a mix of contemporary music including soul, reggae, R & B, funk, pop and originals.
As a 3 year old Sarah went missing at a festival and eventually turned up in a costume on stage. Apparently she had gatecrashed a group preparing for their act and they didn’t have the heart to chase her away. She still loves to perform but these days she doesn’t have to gatecrash other people’s acts. Sarah sings and plays piano/keyboard at pubs, clubs, corporate events and parties.
You can catch her performing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Kimberley is working hard to make a name for herself as a talented and versatile young singer-guitarist.
She will be performing at various times over the weekend.
Singer guitarist Peter Nolte is known locally as Casterton’s answer to Slim Dusty. Peter has been entertaining at pubs, clubs and festivals for longer than he cares to remember and his laid-back Aussie country music style is easy on the ear and soothing on the soul. Occasionally he has been known to don the funny hat and slip into one or two vintage Chad Morgan numbers. You can catch Peter onstage in the big tent on Saturday.
In Your Dreams String Band
Adelaide Hills-based In Your Dreams String Band bring a refreshing line-up of traditional and modern tunes. Spanning genres from Scottish to Irish, Old-Timey and Bluegrass, their repertoire never fails to get the toes tapping and has been known to inspire joyful outbursts of dance.
In Your Dreams regularly perform as part of the Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club and are fresh from recent performances at the Frances Folk Gathering, Palmer Open Mic Night and busking on street corners.