Candelo Village Festival April 26-28 2019
Description

The Candelo Village Festival is a biennial celebration of the village culture and arts in Candelo. This year the format is very similar to the previous festival with the option to purchase per show for our arts events in the Town Hall. Admission to the Town Hall, General Store and Candelo Hotel venues require a ticket. Events in the park and around town are free for the festival goer.

Venue

Candelo Town Hall
William Street
Candelo, New South Wales 2550

Contact Details:

casproduction@cas.org.au

Sessions

Sessions Description Status

Village Festival Pass - $120

The Village Festival Pass is for the dedicated Art Society aficionado. There are only few of these in existence, so it is a get in early purchase. This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events at the festival. It is a very prestigious ticket to hold. It is the Candelo Arts Society’s version of a concession ticket. Buy now, Quick!

Village Festival Pass Open

Village Fringe Pass - $50

The Village Fringe Pass is a bang for buck access to the festival ticket.

This ticket secures the holder entry to festival fringe events throughout the weekend. It includes admission to 

- Friday Opening Night Music and Variety Party (7pm – 12midnight)

- Saturday Candelo General Store and Candelo Hotel Program

- Saturday Literary Events

- Sunday Morning Yoga

- Sunday General Store and Hotel Program

bar and food will be available at all events, No byo.

Village Fringe Pass Open

Saturday Only Pass - $85

This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events on Saturday at the festival.

Festival Fringe Program 

All programmed event and artists at the General Store and Candelo Hotel on Saturday including, Red Heart Blue (Album Launch), Wrack and Ruin, This Way North, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Kerryn Fields, The New Graces, Mojo, Mustered Courage.

La Busca  DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am - TOWN HALL SHOW: 12 Noon

La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.

The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.

​DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am

TOWN HALL SHOW: 12 Noon

 

The String Contingent TOWN HALL SHOW: 2pm

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre. Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
 

 

The Literature Lounge TOWN HALL FORUM: 3pm

Writers, Teachers, Adventurers  - a conversation about young people and word-crafting. 

Ailsa Wild, Kate Liston-Mills, Gabbie Stroud

 

Mic Conway and Robbie Long  TOWN HALL SHOW: 5pm

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek humour as lead singer of The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, there’s also juggling, fire-eating, magic and mayhem. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… this is surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera singers. In the 1970s, he and his brother were founding members of CIRCUS OZ. Mic has toured across Australia, Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Asia delighting audiences of all ages. He has written and recorded many albums and worked in theatre, music, cabaret, television and film. He is also front man for the 5-piece ensemble – Mic Conway’s National Junk Band.

 

 

Nikai Stewart TOWN HALL DOORS OPEN 7:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 27

Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school country song. Her music and voice are wholesome and her understated delivery is captivating. Nikai has drawn much inspiration from her family in particular her Nan who encouraged her into the limelight as a performer. She has performed around the south east and has worked with local musician Colleen Spillane in developing her own style. Nikai is a young acoustic talent not to be missed.

Chelsy Atkins

Chelsy Atkins is a Yamaji Widi woman from the Mid-Coast of Western Australia.
From a family of seven Chelsy grew up in the bush near Tamworth. Her father and first inspiration is acclaimed didgeridoo virtuoso, Mark Atkins – story-teller, song writer, composer and painter. Being exposed to this artistic brilliance and culture has influenced Chelsy’s unique sound of Indigenous folk – rockin’ – pop. Her captivating, melodic songs weave tales of life and truth, enhanced by her hypnotic guitar playing and a powerful voice that bends and flicks like the sounds of a didgeridoo.

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide.

Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t a song that shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart was soon followed by another No.1 with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards 2016 last November. September 2017 Benny releases new single GHOST from even newer EP Undercover; both debut at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.

Crowned 2016 BEST Aboriginal Act of the Year Award

Coming direct from the 2019 Byron Bay Blues festival, Benny and his band will be indulging in his passion for a big blues-rock sound.

 

TOWN HALL DOORS OPEN 7:30PM

Saturday Festival Pass Open

Saturday Brunch Workshop and Concert - $30

La Busca

La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.

The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.

​DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am

SHOW: 12 Noon 

 

The String Contingent

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre. Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
 

SHOW: 2pm

 

 

 

Saturday Brunch Concert Open

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Single Concert - $20

This pass allows the holder to attend one of the following concerts.

Tickets are available for collection from the Box Office located at the Candelo Town Hall during the festival.

Mic Conway and Robbie Long - Saturday 5pm

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek humour as lead singer of The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, there’s also juggling, fire-eating, magic and mayhem. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… this is surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera singers. In the 1970s, he and his brother were founding members of CIRCUS OZ. Mic has toured across Australia, Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Asia delighting audiences of all ages. He has written and recorded many albums and worked in theatre, music, cabaret, television and film. He is also front man for the 5-piece ensemble – Mic Conway’s National Junk Band.

 

Mustered Courage Bluegrass Breakfast - Sunday April 28 12noon

Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. The Melbourne based band that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of the folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, heaps of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” Over the last three years, the band has played nearly 200 domestic shows and close to 100 shows internationally. They have sold out venues in both Melbourne and Sydney; and have performed at numerous festivals throughout the country including Falls Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Boogie Festival, CMC Rocks The Hunter, Festival of the Sun, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sounds on Sunset Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Recently signed to Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia), Mustered Courage is a band on the rise that, as Rhythms Magazine contends is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System - Sunday April 28 2pm

Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.

Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.

 

Jackie Marshall - Sunday April 28 4pm

Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her “On A Clear Night” tour. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay. And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.

 

Charlie Bedford - Sunday April 28 6pm

Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase” in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society!

He has played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation – keeping the blues alive! He’ll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon (1hr) Open

Saturday Evening Concert - $40

A stunning collcetion of artists that were featured at last years Giiyong festival come to Candelo for special night of song and story

Nikai Stewart

Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school country song. Her music and voice are wholesome and her understated delivery is captivating. Nikai has drawn much inspiration from her family in particular her Nan who encouraged her into the limelight as a performer. She has performed around the south east and has worked with local musician Colleen Spillane in developing her own style. Nikai is a young acoustic talent not to be missed.

Chelsy Atkins

Chelsy Atkins is a Yamaji Widi woman from the Mid-Coast of Western Australia.
From a family of seven Chelsy grew up in the bush near Tamworth. Her father and first inspiration is acclaimed didgeridoo virtuoso, Mark Atkins – story-teller, song writer, composer and painter. Being exposed to this artistic brilliance and culture has influenced Chelsy’s unique sound of Indigenous folk – rockin’ – pop. Her captivating, melodic songs weave tales of life and truth, enhanced by her hypnotic guitar playing and a powerful voice that bends and flicks like the sounds of a didgeridoo.

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide.

Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t a song that shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart was soon followed by another No.1 with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards 2016 last November. September 2017 Benny releases new single GHOST from even newer EP Undercover; both debut at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.

Crowned 2016 BEST Aboriginal Act of the Year Award

Coming direct from the 2019 Byron Bay Blues festival, Benny and his band will be indulging in his passion for a big blues-rock sound.

Saturday Evening Concert Open

Sunday Festival Pass - $60

This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events on Sunday at the festival.

Mustered Courage Bluegrass Breakfast - Sunday April 28 12noon

Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. The Melbourne based band that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of the folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, heaps of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” Over the last three years, the band has played nearly 200 domestic shows and close to 100 shows internationally. They have sold out venues in both Melbourne and Sydney; and have performed at numerous festivals throughout the country including Falls Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Boogie Festival, CMC Rocks The Hunter, Festival of the Sun, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sounds on Sunset Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Recently signed to Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia), Mustered Courage is a band on the rise that, as Rhythms Magazine contends is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System - Sunday April 28 2pm

Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.

Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.

 

Jackie Marshall - Sunday April 28 4pm

Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her “On A Clear Night” tour. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay. And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.

 

Charlie Bedford - Sunday April 28 6pm

Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase” in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society!

He has played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation – keeping the blues alive! He’ll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!

Sunday Festival Pass Open

Village Festival Pass - $120

The Village Festival Pass is for the dedicated Art Society aficionado. There are only few of these in existence, so it is a get in early purchase. This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events at the festival. It is a very prestigious ticket to hold. It is the Candelo Arts Society’s version of a concession ticket. Buy now, Quick!

Village Festival Pass
Open

Village Fringe Pass - $50

The Village Fringe Pass is a bang for buck access to the festival ticket.

This ticket secures the holder entry to festival fringe events throughout the weekend. It includes admission to 

- Friday Opening Night Music and Variety Party (7pm – 12midnight)

- Saturday Candelo General Store and Candelo Hotel Program

- Saturday Literary Events

- Sunday Morning Yoga

- Sunday General Store and Hotel Program

bar and food will be available at all events, No byo.

Village Fringe Pass
Open

Saturday Only Pass - $85

This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events on Saturday at the festival.

Festival Fringe Program 

All programmed event and artists at the General Store and Candelo Hotel on Saturday including, Red Heart Blue (Album Launch), Wrack and Ruin, This Way North, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Kerryn Fields, The New Graces, Mojo, Mustered Courage.

La Busca  DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am - TOWN HALL SHOW: 12 Noon

La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.

The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.

​DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am

TOWN HALL SHOW: 12 Noon

 

The String Contingent TOWN HALL SHOW: 2pm

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre. Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
 

 

The Literature Lounge TOWN HALL FORUM: 3pm

Writers, Teachers, Adventurers  - a conversation about young people and word-crafting. 

Ailsa Wild, Kate Liston-Mills, Gabbie Stroud

 

Mic Conway and Robbie Long  TOWN HALL SHOW: 5pm

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek humour as lead singer of The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, there’s also juggling, fire-eating, magic and mayhem. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… this is surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera singers. In the 1970s, he and his brother were founding members of CIRCUS OZ. Mic has toured across Australia, Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Asia delighting audiences of all ages. He has written and recorded many albums and worked in theatre, music, cabaret, television and film. He is also front man for the 5-piece ensemble – Mic Conway’s National Junk Band.

 

 

Nikai Stewart TOWN HALL DOORS OPEN 7:30PM SATURDAY APRIL 27

Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school country song. Her music and voice are wholesome and her understated delivery is captivating. Nikai has drawn much inspiration from her family in particular her Nan who encouraged her into the limelight as a performer. She has performed around the south east and has worked with local musician Colleen Spillane in developing her own style. Nikai is a young acoustic talent not to be missed.

Chelsy Atkins

Chelsy Atkins is a Yamaji Widi woman from the Mid-Coast of Western Australia.
From a family of seven Chelsy grew up in the bush near Tamworth. Her father and first inspiration is acclaimed didgeridoo virtuoso, Mark Atkins – story-teller, song writer, composer and painter. Being exposed to this artistic brilliance and culture has influenced Chelsy’s unique sound of Indigenous folk – rockin’ – pop. Her captivating, melodic songs weave tales of life and truth, enhanced by her hypnotic guitar playing and a powerful voice that bends and flicks like the sounds of a didgeridoo.

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide.

Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t a song that shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart was soon followed by another No.1 with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards 2016 last November. September 2017 Benny releases new single GHOST from even newer EP Undercover; both debut at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.

Crowned 2016 BEST Aboriginal Act of the Year Award

Coming direct from the 2019 Byron Bay Blues festival, Benny and his band will be indulging in his passion for a big blues-rock sound.

 

TOWN HALL DOORS OPEN 7:30PM

Saturday Festival Pass
Open

Saturday Brunch Workshop and Concert - $30

La Busca

La Busca is the passionate sound of an all female tango ensemble, backing the enigmatic Argentinean singer and tango dancer, Juan Veron de Astrada, who hails from the thriving milonga scene of Buenos Aires. "Gorgeous, sparkling and ebullient tangos from the 1930s Golden Era, a dash of Piazzolla, lyrical and nostalgic Porteño vocals; all eruditely and expertly executed. A hush fell over the audience in the milonga triste" - Andrew James, pianist/founder, Colectivo29/Tango Collusion Trio.

The sextet are a danceable, orchestral tango experience who specialise in traditional tango from the early 20th century Argentina plus original compositions. The ensemble have close ties with the Australian professional tango dance scene and regularly perform at large dance and cultural events.

​DANCE WORKSHOP: 11am

SHOW: 12 Noon 

 

The String Contingent

Renowned acoustic chamber-folk trio The String Contingent have toured extensively in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Scandinavia, with their unique sound that confidently walks the line between folk, classical, jazz and bluegrass. Australians, Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass), with Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) share a musical ethos that showcases the individuality of each musician and eclipses genre. Young stalwarts of the Australian acoustic music scene, TSC are equally comfortable rocking a festival stage or playing for an intimate crowd. In performance, their camaraderie and cheeky banter shines through, as does their passionate musicianship and instrumental skills; a joyful combination of precision, refinement and beauty, balanced with visceral energy and drive.
 

SHOW: 2pm

 

 

 

Saturday Brunch Concert
Open

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Single Concert - $20

This pass allows the holder to attend one of the following concerts.

Tickets are available for collection from the Box Office located at the Candelo Town Hall during the festival.

Mic Conway and Robbie Long - Saturday 5pm

In a circus of comedy, music and magic, Mic Conway and flat-picking guitar champion Robbie Long present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. Best known for his tongue-in-cheek humour as lead singer of The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, there’s also juggling, fire-eating, magic and mayhem. Stripped back, irreverent, and shameless… this is surreal vaudeville for crooning and swooning.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Conway was born into a family of vaudeville theatre and opera singers. In the 1970s, he and his brother were founding members of CIRCUS OZ. Mic has toured across Australia, Britain, Germany, USA, New Zealand and Asia delighting audiences of all ages. He has written and recorded many albums and worked in theatre, music, cabaret, television and film. He is also front man for the 5-piece ensemble – Mic Conway’s National Junk Band.

 

Mustered Courage Bluegrass Breakfast - Sunday April 28 12noon

Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. The Melbourne based band that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of the folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, heaps of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” Over the last three years, the band has played nearly 200 domestic shows and close to 100 shows internationally. They have sold out venues in both Melbourne and Sydney; and have performed at numerous festivals throughout the country including Falls Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Boogie Festival, CMC Rocks The Hunter, Festival of the Sun, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sounds on Sunset Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Recently signed to Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia), Mustered Courage is a band on the rise that, as Rhythms Magazine contends is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System - Sunday April 28 2pm

Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.

Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.

 

Jackie Marshall - Sunday April 28 4pm

Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her “On A Clear Night” tour. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay. And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.

 

Charlie Bedford - Sunday April 28 6pm

Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase” in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society!

He has played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation – keeping the blues alive! He’ll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon (1hr)
Open

Saturday Evening Concert - $40

A stunning collcetion of artists that were featured at last years Giiyong festival come to Candelo for special night of song and story

Nikai Stewart

Nikai Stewart is a young Yuin nation songstress. She has been moved by music since she could walk and has a love for old school country song. Her music and voice are wholesome and her understated delivery is captivating. Nikai has drawn much inspiration from her family in particular her Nan who encouraged her into the limelight as a performer. She has performed around the south east and has worked with local musician Colleen Spillane in developing her own style. Nikai is a young acoustic talent not to be missed.

Chelsy Atkins

Chelsy Atkins is a Yamaji Widi woman from the Mid-Coast of Western Australia.
From a family of seven Chelsy grew up in the bush near Tamworth. Her father and first inspiration is acclaimed didgeridoo virtuoso, Mark Atkins – story-teller, song writer, composer and painter. Being exposed to this artistic brilliance and culture has influenced Chelsy’s unique sound of Indigenous folk – rockin’ – pop. Her captivating, melodic songs weave tales of life and truth, enhanced by her hypnotic guitar playing and a powerful voice that bends and flicks like the sounds of a didgeridoo.

Benny Walker

Yorta Yorta singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side such as those on album Through the Forest through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide.

Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 New Talent of the Year, Best Song, Best Cover art and Best film clip for Oh No You Don’t a song that shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart was soon followed by another No.1 with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards 2016 last November. September 2017 Benny releases new single GHOST from even newer EP Undercover; both debut at No.1 on the iTunes Blues Chart.

Crowned 2016 BEST Aboriginal Act of the Year Award

Coming direct from the 2019 Byron Bay Blues festival, Benny and his band will be indulging in his passion for a big blues-rock sound.

Saturday Evening Concert
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Sunday Festival Pass - $60

This pass allows the bearer to participate in all programmed events on Sunday at the festival.

Mustered Courage Bluegrass Breakfast - Sunday April 28 12noon

Mustered Courage breathe new life into the Australian roots music scene with a diverse sound that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike. The Melbourne based band that Music Australia Guide describes as “the link between Bill Monroe and Mumford & Sons” has risen to the top of the folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and albums that have won them glowing reviews, heaps of radio support and a trophy at the 2015 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards for Instrumental of the Year – “Candle Creek.” Over the last three years, the band has played nearly 200 domestic shows and close to 100 shows internationally. They have sold out venues in both Melbourne and Sydney; and have performed at numerous festivals throughout the country including Falls Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Boogie Festival, CMC Rocks The Hunter, Festival of the Sun, National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sounds on Sunset Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. Recently signed to Lost Highway Records (Universal Music Australia), Mustered Courage is a band on the rise that, as Rhythms Magazine contends is “guaranteed to soon be on to bigger things.”

Benji and the Saltwater Sound System - Sunday April 28 2pm

Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots. The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.

Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.

 

Jackie Marshall - Sunday April 28 4pm

Renowned for her gutsy but tender vocal style (which Jackie has jokingly referred to as ‘Dolly Parton meets Patti Smith’), Jackie was hand-picked by Missy Higgins to support her on the sold-out QLD leg of her “On A Clear Night” tour. Jackie also performed for iconic QLD concert series Women In Voice at the QLD Performing Arts Centre and featured on SBS Television’s much-loved ‘RocKwiz’ dueting with Australian music legend Colin Hay. And it’s not just Australia that’s fallen in love with her, over the past few years Jackie’s performed extensively throughout Europe, the UK and Japan.

 

Charlie Bedford - Sunday April 28 6pm

Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase” in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society!

He has played with & been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues such as, Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation – keeping the blues alive! He’ll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!

Sunday Festival Pass
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