The 2017 Koonya Garlic Festival has a sensational line up of musicians this year ....
Ange Boxall Ange Boxall embodies the spirit of the modern Americana star - with a 1970s singer songwriter heart. Her very own style of Country-Folk-Pop is crystal clear and wickedly catchy. Ange has lived and toured, written and recorded in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. "She's kind of 1 part English Rose, 1 part Tasmanian Devil and 1 part gin-soaked Southern Belle" - Lachlan Bryan, Musician (AUS)
Whilst traversing the World, Ange has performed with artists like Ron Sexsmith, JD Souther (Eagles/Linda Ronstadt), Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil), Icehouse and Tim Freedman (The Whitlams). She has showcased at festivals such as SXSW in Austin Texas, Folk Alliance in Memphis Tennessee, the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, London Calling, Maverick and Americana Fest in London UK and Popkomm in Germany. “There IS a Tasmanian sound. It's Ange Boxall. Wow!” - JD Souther (USA) "Ange Boxall is a tender-hearted optimist whose songs are delicate, honest and glorious. Pretty melodies meet considered, beautiful lyrics. And her voice. It's as lovely as her smile. Which is to say, it's electric." - Emma Swift, Musician / Double J / ABC Radio National. “Our very fave acoustic singer by a country mile!” - MONA, Museum of Old and New Art (TAS)
Festival performances include:Americana Music Festival, Nashville TN, SxSW, Austin TX, Folk Alliance, Memphis TN, Electric Picnic, Ireland, Maverick Festival, UK, Americana Fest, UK, Frankstock, UK, London Calling, UK, Popkomm, Germany, Brunswick Street Festival, Melbourne VIC, PAVE Festival, Emerald VIC, Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast, Hobart TAS, Falls Festival, Marion Bay TAS, Festivale, Launceston TAS, The Taste of Tasmania, Hobart TAS, Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet TAS, Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, New Norfolk TAS, Festival of Voices, Hobart, Festival of Voices Unplugged - supporting Shane Howard and Yirrmal, Festival of Voices Unplugged - supporting Dewayne Everettsmith, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth NSW. angeboxall.com
Paul Gerard Duo
. Paul Gerard Flamenco Guitar . Jules Witek all things percussive
The music of the Paul Gerard Duo explores the beautiful rhythms of Spain. The Spanish art form known as Flamenco has its roots deep in Andalusia – Spain’s southern region. It is said by many an aficionado that as an observer you don’t really see flamenco, you feel it.
Paul Gerard has been playing guitar professionally for over thirty years. Flamenco/ Spanish guitar became his passion after being introduced to the provocative rhythms by his mentor Fernando Da Costa, who was taught by the internationally known flamenco guitarist Nino
Ricardo. Paul’s interest in flamenco led him to complete a Bachelor of music in Composition. Paul’s music includes his arrangements of Spanish classics such as Concerto de Aranjuez and Ravels Bolero to his own compositions based on his extensive knowledge of Spanish music. Paul performances are a journey through Europe. Their music truly reflects the spirit, the moods of Life - on occasions, gentle and smooth, at other times pulsing, exuberant and harsh; ordered and restrained, or improvised and brand new in that moment. As with Life, the music of The Paul Gerard Duo has been shaped by the influences upon its members and is changed, constantly, by the events and people it encounters.
For the past four years, these two accomplished musicians have been taking listeners on journeys to a very different world - that of Spanish/jazz fusion. While they might use the term Spanish/jazz fusion to describe their sound, the musical influences upon the Duo have been so much more - to name a few, we can add classical, African, modern flamenco, Latin, rock, blues, folk and even Tibetan meditation to the more traditional flamenco and jazz ancestry. As a result, an Paul Gerard original might begin its journey in Spain, dance its way through Latin America and come to rest in the rhythms of West Africa
Max Savage Max Savage blends mystic lyricism with rock and roll swagger to create a live show that moves effortlessly between country, blues and soul. Evoking landscape, memory and a sense of the profound, his songs are filled with tenderness, heartache and the bitterness of loss. Savage was born in South Australia and started playing music as soon as he could stand. He began performing with the False Idols in 2011 and has been touring constantly since. He’s taken his songs to every corner of the great Australian landscape in the interim and notched up an astonishing number of live shows. In 2016 he was awarded most popular country artist in the SAM Awards, While the music is informed by a healthy respect of folk and Americana traditions the songs are bound inexorably to the Australian landscape and culture and sit amongst the lyrical tradition of Paul Kelly and the Go-Betweens. Max's solo acoustic performance will be a live experience that is both breathtaking and utterly unique.
Tony Waller, Hamish Pike, Rachel Page, Pete Gilbert & Jo Bethlehem. The Porch Syndicate is an eclectic group of musicians and mostly parents, who are united in their love of music. They have also confronted the reality that it is hard to see live music when you have a family and children. So the answer was to form a band; avoid late night pub gigs, drag the children along and invite families craving some good honest folk based music.
The Porchies as they are colloquially known not only fill this niche, they make some great music, with mostly originals from guitarist and singer Tony Waller. He is joined by Hamish Pike on Fiddle, Rachel Page on Cello, Pete Gilbert on drums and Jo Bethlehem on vocals. The bands sound draws influences from numerous genres, including bluegrass, country, blues and Australian folk.
This eclectic ensemble have been making some great music and sharing it with people at a variety of Tasmanian festivals this summer. There have been rumours that the garlic farmers of Koonya may also be immortalised in the great tradition of Australian rural folk songs! So fill your bags with garlic and your hearts with some fine music from The Porch Syndicate!
Ali Hart & Cait Vertigan
Talented Tasmanian singers, songwriters and musicians Ali Hart and Cait Vertigan have had a longstanding history of right place, wrong timing, but thankfully the past year has seen everything fall into place perfectly and they now play together regularly. Recently the duo supported Tex Perkins and his band, The Tennessee Four with Rachel Tidd at a concert held at Port Arthur Historic Site celebrating Johnny Cash’s legendary performances held at Folsom and San Quentin prisons in the late 1960s..
Ali and Cait's focus is on producing songs and sweet vocal harmonies that feed and comfort the soul. They will be playing their standard eclectic fare using a mix of keyboard and guitar.
Joel Kettleton Joel Kettleton is a Tasmanian musician that has been performing, writing and recording for over 15 years. Joel currently fronts the old-time/gospel duo, The Copping String Band. He plays clawhammer banjo, guitar, and sings. Week to week you can catch Joel leading music on banjo or guitar in one of his country churches (he's the local Anglican Minister in Koonya), or playing in a pub..
Sweet Potato Pie
Melanie Lunden, Jason Lunden, Rachel Meyers, Dave McNamara
Sweet Potato Pie.: Folk music for all ages! Sweet Potato Pie breathe new life into traditional Americana favourites as well as obscure gems that have been gathering dust. They will tickle everyone’s fancy (especially the little folk!) with their sweet honeyed harmonies and playful arrangements.