Skip Gorman - USA
Skip Gorman - Mandolin, fiddle, guitar and Cowboy singer and raconteur, Skip will charm, delight and amaze with his extraordinary musicianship and vocal style steeped in the rich history of the cowboy and pioneer. Skip can deliver the saddest song, filled with pathos, about the dying boy on the 'Lone Prairie' that will have you in tears and a few minutes later, laughing so hard you'll cry...again! We are simply thrilled to have Skip coming to Australia for the festival.
Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar’s knowledge of the cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.
Whether solo or with his old time cowboy band, The Waddie Pals, Skip takes the music from one of the most romanticized periods of American history-the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion-strips away the Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations, and shows us the beauty of the music as it was sung and played along emigrant trails and in cow camps over a hundred years ago in the American West.
Skip is also an acclaimed Bill Monroe-style mandolinist and a fine oldtimey American and Celtic-style Fiddler.
Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings and at folk venues and Celtic music festivals throughout the US and Europe. He also frequently presents programs and concerts at schools and museums, educating and entertaining while playing period instruments. Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, has featured Skip’s music in LEWIS AND CLARK, BASEBALL, DUST BOWL DAYS and NATIONAL PARKS. Skip Gorman has released sixteen recordings on the Old West, Rounder and Folk Legacy labels. He is featured on many others.
“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman’s voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them.”
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Shane Howard Trio
Shane Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections. Shane has been a producer for the Pigram Brothers, Street Warriors, Mary Black, Archie Roach and the soundtrack for the Jimmy Chi musical, Corrugation Road. We are delighted to have this wonderful trio at CluneyTunes 2016.
Saoirse (Gaelic word for freedom) are a vibrant vocal and dance group from Melbourne. Saoirse delight their audiences with their beautiful renditions of traditional Irish ballads and original works, they will join hands to offer some spirited jigs and reels to get your feet tapping. Saoirse have performed at some great festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, and many other music venues throughout Australia. Saoirse currently have three albums, "Singin' in the Scullery", 2007, "Candlelight Sessions", 2009 and the multi-award winning 2013 release, "Music Evermore".e".
Multi Gold Guitar winner, Pete Denahy is a comedian and bluegrass musician hailing from Yackandandah in Victoria, Australia. He is a songwriter and singer whose show includes everything from serious ballads to ridiculous stories and songs with a twist. Pete wrote the "teenager song" Sort Of Dunno Nothin' which went viral on youtube and is seen as a Gen Y anthem, although people from all generations relate to the song. Pete's show is popular at music festivals and at his own shows because it contains a lot of variety and is a show suitable for people of all ages. Pete has toured with Slim Dusty, Sara Storer, Troy Cassar-Daly and Lee Kernaghan.
THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS
With seven albums under their belt, the Davidson Brothers have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. In recent years, the Davidson Brothers have toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in the USA in 2004 and 2009. They were later invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In June 2011, the brothers completed their first European tour and performed at the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands. Their latest album, Wanderlust was released in June 2014 and contains eleven original tracks, three of which are instrumentals. It features the Davidson Brothers' live band - Jacob McGuffie on guitar and Louis Gill on upright bass. Whilst Wanderlust remains steeped in bluegrass tradition, it contains a dash of folk and roots, and is patented with Davidson Brothers’ live energy.
peter daffy and luke plumb
Peter Daffy and Luke Plumb have enough versatility, brilliance and imagination for several bands. Playing guitar, mandolin, banjo and singing original songs and tunes as well as a wide variety of traditional repertoires including Bluegrass, World music, Celtic and folk styles. Peter is equally at home fronting his Rockabilly trio as he is playing awesome rhythm guitar on Luke’s original tunes. A look at his website will give you an inkling into the incredible energy and excitement that Pete’s performances generate.
With eleven albums and numerous other guest appearances under his belt, Luke has cemented his standing in the world of mandolin players. But he is equally at home playing melody on the banjo or accompanying on the bouzouki and guitar. His skills as a session musician have seen Luke playing with musicians from many genres around the world!
It will be an absolute treat to have these guys performing together at CluneyTunes – they are class.
HARD DRIVE BLUEGRASS BAND
Hardrive Bluegrass Band brings you the true & unique sound of traditional Bluegrass music....high lonesome harmonies and blistering instrumentals - Traditional Bluegrass at its best! That one sentence sums up 'Hardrive' perfectly. Nick Dear and the band have shown the way for more than two decades, delivering great traditional Bluegrass repertoire dug up from the most obscure corners of North America. The band has delighted thousands at Harrietville Bluegrass and OldTime Music Convention from 1989 to 2012. Nick and his wife Janet Dear, were responsible for creating and running the festival for those twenty-four years. In that time, they brought some of the greatest names in Bluegrass from the USA to an ever-growing audience of music-lovers, hungry for the excitement of such amazing virtuosity. Hardrive Bluegrass Band can stand proud alongside the best of them.
Patrick Evans has been making music his whole life. From his heartfelt original songs of Australian life to his unique treatments of traditional folk songs and fiddle tunes Patrick uses his music to take audiences on a journey through his musical heritage and experiences as well as a journey through some of Australian culture’s highways and byways. A skilled singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddle player and entertainer Patrick is also a senior guitar maker at Maton Guitars and recently had his song “This Old Guitar” played around the world as part of a promotion for the Biesse machines that Maton use to help make their guitars. His song “The Cooee March” was also featured on ABC Radio’s “Australia All Over” to help mark the 100th anniversary of this little known chapter of Australian history. He can often be found backing other musicians and has worked with a veritable who’s who of Australian folk music over the years including Danny Spooner, Ross Ryan, Hugh Macdonald, Marcia Howard, Janette Geri and Suzette Herft. Patrick has also been a member of many bands including Fiddlestix and The Wrenboys, both bands recording albums containing many of his original songs.
Web Site - www.patrickevansmusic.com
CAT AND CLINT
Cat & Clint play Old Time, featuring sweet vocal harmonies, clawhammer banjo and driving fiddle tunes. Predominantly traditional Old Time music from the Southern States of America, they mix it up with a few original songs, a touch of blues and some vintage country. Cat and Clint live in Blackwood, VIC which is fast becoming one of the Bluegrass and Old Time hot spots of Australia. They have performed together at various festivals across Australia and the U.S. including Floydfest (USA), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Brunswick Music Festival (VIC), Fairbridge Festival (WA), Harrietville Bluegrass Convention (VIC), Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival (NSW), Blackwood Festival (VIC), Jamgrass (VIC), Maldon Folk Festival (VIC), Newstead Live (VIC), Guildford Banjo Jamboree (VIC) to name a few.
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