Each year, the Koonya Garlic Festival features a sensational line up of musicians, showcasing some of Tasmania's best local and regional talent.
2019 Festival Musicians
Saxophonist Danny Healy learnt his craft while training at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. During this time he was given the opportunity to learn from and gig with some of the Australian Jazz greats, including bassist Geoff Kluke and pianists Tony Gould and Bob Sedergreen. Danny has a wide range of musical influences from Dexter Gordon to Stravinsky and is both a dedicated instrumentalist and composer.
A nomadic multi-woodwind instrumentalist, he has spent the majority of the last decade living and working abroad as a musician. This lifestyle allowed him to reside in Shanghai, making a strong imprint into the music scene there, working at well known clubs including Club JZ and CJW. Healy spent time touring parts of the UK where he was based in the Birmingham Jazz scene. On returning to Australia, he worked in and around Melbourne at various music venues prior to moving to Hobart where he continues to work as a professional musician.
Healy has performed as a solo artist as well as part of projects for the Mona Foma (MOFO) Festival in Tasmania. His own project, titled 'Duke Deconstructed' was commissioned for the synaesthasia event at MONA and continues to evolve to this day. For another MOFO, Healy spent a series of days playing under and on Bridges around Hobart for 'The Bridge - a tribute to Sonny Rollins' as well as performing new arrangements of Rollins tunes with his trio.
In 2013 Danny Healy toured and recorded with the Tom Vincent Quartet. He released both his Trio Album and a Live recording of ‘Duke Deconstructed’ in July of that year and also toured with The Violent Femmes in late December After a further three year adventure, living and performing in China and Vietnam, he returned to Hobart. Since this return he has rekindled musical relationships and formed a series of new projects, mainly concentrating on Jazz from the 1920's - 50's. He is a founding member of the Gypsy 3-o (Three-o) his trio performs weekly at The Den in Salamanca.
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.
The stragglers is a three piece country folk & bluegrass outfit, guitar, banjo & violin and lots of vocal harmonies.After coming to Tasmania on tour from Victoria, THE STRAGGLERS car broke down, and they never left. This female three-piece band deliver ratbag bluegrass and booze-soaked country-folk, they have been busy with festivals since their southern immigration including; Falls, Dark Mofo, Cygnet and Panama. www.thestragglers.bandcamp.com
The Porch Syndicate
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 and Caitlin Vertigan
Teresa Dixon A velvet landscape, oceanic; coloured blue, yellow, and orange by the waning evening light. Accept no substitutes, for this image is nothing less than home for Teresa Dixon, a Hobart based multi-instrumentalist with the earth in her veins. Teresa sings songs of visceral sadness, careful optimism, and the things we do to pull ourselves together, get up, and get on with it. She has recently returned to Tasmania after a tour celebrating the release of her debut solo album "Bass Strait", now available on Bandcamp, Spotify and itunes. www.teresadixon.bandcamp.com
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
Mathew Dames & 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
The Unknown describe their music as some where between rock and Indi pop.. Their influences include Midnight Oil, Foo-Fighters and Nirvana. They are making a name for themselves with some really interesting originals that reflect a maturity well beyond their age range of 9 to 13.
Martin Tucker playing the African Kora Image and biog to come
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