The Koonya Garlic Festival has a sensational line up of musicians planned: for the 2018 Festival., Festival of Voices Matt Boden and Hannah May, described by MONA as the next rising star of Australian song and piano. PLUS another rising star, singer songwriter, Ange Boxall. The festival will also feature acclaimed Classical Spanish guitarist and composer Paul Gerard with percussionist Jules Witek plus talented young upcoming band 'Jarrod and the Hunters', Do not miss this! (please scroll down ...)
Matt Boden and Hannah May
Hannah May is bursting with talent, enthusiasm and positive energy. We need more like her in the music world.” – Brian Ritchie, Curator for MOFO, Violent Femmes Singer-songwriter pianist, Hannah May is a rising star among Tasmanian audiences. Hannah May has absorbed influences from both folk pop and jazz music, and her eclectic approach makes for entertaining sets of sensitively constructed and thought provoking material, often with a strong underlying rhythmic groove. Her songs, shaped in soulful style, have been compared to singers and songwriters Eva Cassidy, Carole King, Suzanne Vega, Norah Jones and James Taylor. Her performances major credits include performing alongside Clare Bowditch as part of her Winter Secrets tour in Hobart, backing vocalist for Damon Albarn (Blur) tour of Australia (Palais Theatre and Sydney Opera House) and touring the USA with the ARIA-nominated Southern Gospel Choir. She has supported Ian Moss from Cold Chisel, and worked and sung with artists including Monique Brumby, Bobby Flynn and Wes Carr. Hannah May performs regularly at leading music venues and festivals, including Falls Festivals, Festival of Voices, MOFO, and Cygnet Folk Festival. Hannah May is set to release her fresh new single 'Sigh' at the end of 2017 recorded and produced by Stewart Long, Matt Boden (Meow Meow, Goyte) and Rob Long (Bertie Blackman, Kate Miller Heidke). Her debut album, 'The Little Things' is set for an early 2018 release. www.hannahmaymusic.com.au
Matt Boden Matt Boden is a pianist, composer, arranger, orchestrator and producer originally from Hobart, Australia. Having lived and worked in Melbourne, Berlin, Ningbo and Paris, where he worked extensively as a performing and recording artist, Matt calls Hobart home once again. Matt has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and prizes from various festivals and industry bodies. In 2011 he won the Australian Jazz Bell award for Best Traditional Jazz Album, with Leigh Barker and The New Sheiks. In 2008 Matt placed 3rd in the inaugural Boris Vian Concours du Jazz in Paris with his trio. He was a finalist in the 2013 Wangaratta Jazz Festival National Jazz Awards. Matt’s performing credits include work with international artists Meow Meow, Gotye, Vince Jones, Michael Spiby, Doug de Vries, and Eddie ‘Boogieman’ Kirkland. Matt performs at leading venues and major festivals throughout Australia and internationally on a regular basis. These festival appearances include The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues, The Stonnington Jazz Festival, MONA FOMA, Dark MOFO, The Paris Jazz Festival, The Jazz Pas Grave Festival (Paris), and The Ascona Jazz Festival (Switzerland). www.mattboden.com
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
Jarrod Hunter Quintet The Jarrod Hunter Quintet is a fruitful group of young musicians from the Hobart area. They are Chris McGuiness Terry (drums), Kalen Robey (saxophone), Jaidyn Gluskie (Keyboards), Lucas Hills (bass) and Jarrod Hunter (guitar). They will be playing an enticing mix of instrumental jass, blues, fusion and funk. They are capable of setting a fantastic vibe and always have an enjoyable time playing great music and entertaining their audience. A love of music and the growing desire to play live and entertain brought these boys together in their high school years and now that they have developed into advanced young musicians with great potential, are able to put on an exciting show. They are without a doubt representative of the outstanding potential of the many young musicians in Hobart. The Jarrod Hunter Quintet is certainly a group to come and see and is sure to please a broad mix of crowds.
Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot perform a variety of Celtic, Americana and contemporary folk songs. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, indicate guitar work and dynamic Bodhran creates a sonic fusion not to be missed. The pair recently returned from Great Britain, where they performed in sessions from Dingle to Galway and gigs in Matthew's hometown of Cambridge. In 2018 Matt and Anna will be performing at the Cygnet Folk Festival and are planning another tour of Great Britain .soundcloud.com/matthew-dames-music/never-any-good
Bec and Jimi Bec and Jimi will entertain you with their eclectic accoustic covers of songs from the Deep South, to the pubs of Ireland, a dash of metal and some 80's power ballads. This newly formed and infectiously fun duo will leave you smiling and likely with some unexpected ear worms for a long time after..
The St Kilda Uku -ladies Flying in all the way from Melbourne, to share their infectious humour, the Uku-laides: Helen Flint, Rosemary Atherton, Janet Walker, Michele Moore, Merren Ricketson, Trish Fauverelle, Mia Silver and Deb Hollingsworth will not only bring a smile to your face, but showcase their own versions of popular tunes from a variety of music genres.. The Uku-ladies formed in 2015 just for fun - friends of friends and like-minded ladies - and get together weekly for singing lessons. and fortnightly, to practice their ukeleles at someone's house - the sessions always filled with laughter and chatting.. The Uku-ladies are excited to be part of the Koonya Garlic Festival and cannot wait to share their own specially prepared version of 'The Garlic Song'!