Australia’s best-known, best-loved bush band led by the mighty Lagerphone of Dobe Newton have been performing for over 45 years. There’s been 75 members, 20 studio albums, four books, tours, awards and enough stories to fill a dozen books. Playing Australian music, much of it based on the traditional working songs from the early 20th century they have taken their unique brand throughout the country and around the world.
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 Sandford Bush Festival on 6th – 8th of March 2020 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 Royal High Jinx
The Royal High Jinx write, play and sing music inspired by European traditions, shaded with gypsy jazz and a pinch of classical virtuosity, while sporting a spectacular wardrobe combining dapper suits and burlesque exuberance.
Sarah (Violin), Silas (Piano, Drums), Jen (Guitars) and Terry (Mandolin) formed the band in Melbourne Australia in 2014 as a way to explore their musical roots and bring their favourite spicy instrumental music and classic continental standards into the modern age.
Their most recent album “Wheel of Poor Choices” was released in March 2017. It features their most popular tunes from their live shows and captures their enthusiasm, craft and cheekiness.