Healesville Music Festival 2017

We are delighted to be able to announce the line-up for the 2017 Healesville Music Festival, and we think that it's anothern fine one. It includes an international act, several major national acts, the cream of local talent and some up and coming young artists. There will be a few more to be included when they are confirmed.



Hailing from Albury, NSW and now based in Melbourne, The Northern Folk are a collective of eleven musical ambitionists spreading their unique brand of folk/pop/stomp/rock into the roots of small towns and big cities. Their five-piece brass section and tasteful rhythm section frame their massive vocals featuring multi-layered harmonies.
After leaving a lasting impression at the Healesville Music Festival in 2016, and returing to the area a number of times since, The Northern Folk have made a name for themselves, and return in 2017 to once again showcase their unique, energetic live show.

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A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Scott has already completed three tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Newstead, Illawarra, and Yackandandah folk festivals. He’s currently touring in support of his sixth self-produced album, Further Down the Line, and averaging over 160 shows and a dozen festivals as he has every year since 2007.  All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on."
David Francey, 3x Juno-winning Canadian songwriter

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Scott Cook

Lloyd Spiegel
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Lloyd Spiegel is an Australian blues master and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire who was named by Australian Guitar Magazine as one of the 50 top Australian guitarists of all time. His unique experience, command of his instrument, storytelling, and powerful stage persona have put him at the forefront of acoustic blues, re-inventing the style while maintaining a close relationship with its foundations and traditions.
Lloyd is delighted to announce the release of his ninth album ‘This Time Tomorrow’, an album written as he travelled through Europe, Central and North America. It delivers driving rhythms that return Spiegel to his gut bucket blues roots and is a return in fine form from an artist at the top of his game.
 “Australian blues and roots icon Lloyd Spiegel, in his first Bluesfest appearance, holds his own full house in the palm of his hand, just him and his trusty Cole Clark, a full swag of songs, a full tote of stories told with humour and aplomb, the man able to make his guitar do anything at all as he tells tales both tall and true, his own superbly written material marrying with blues standards in a way few others are able to manage. The man is a mountain, he’ll surely be back.” Sam Fell – Rolling Stone

Originally a side project to explore songwriting away from their five-piece outfit Perch Creek, this brother/sister duo have been steadily gaining momentum playing significant festivals and supports, including The Lumineers and NZ’s Gin Wigmore. Hailing from Northern New South Wales via Melbourne’s north, Eileen Hodgkins (guitar/vocals) and Lear Hodgkins (drums/mandolin/vocals) combine forces in their harmony-rich mix of rock, indie-folk and pop stylings, creating a dynamic show that is at once intimate and energetic.
‘Held By The Air’ is the first single from Miss Eileen and King Lear’s forthcoming EP. Showcasing the siblings’ effortlessly delivered harmonies, the stripped-back modern folk song features a melody that floats into the stratosphere above a nostalgic lyrical backdrop of 80’s suburbia. Co-written with Sydney musician John Healy, the song’s artfully understated craftmanship and simplicity soaks into your ears with sweet familiarity.
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Miss Eileen & King Lear

Frencham Smith Trio  Fred Smith & Liz Frencham have been described as ‘delicious, emotionally intelligent and entrancing folk  music for the 21st century’. Blending the songwriting and guitar of Fred Smith with Liz Frencham’s double bass and voice, they play songs rich in thought, warmth and humour. They will be joined on stage by multi-instrumentalist Carl Pannuzzo on piano and percussion, and presenting new material from their soon to be recorded 3rd album as well as classics from their solo and collaborative albums.
"There is no other folk duo in Australia which even comes close to this magical combination.” (Bruce Elder, SMH)

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Melbourne band, The Royal High Jinx write, play & sing music inspired by European traditions, shaded with gypsy jazz, Klezmer & a pinch of classical virtuosity, while sporting a spectacular wardrobe combining dapper suits and burlesque exuberance. Experience a world of colourful costumed ladies, Sarah Busuttil Palmer and Jen Hawley, and suited up gents, Silas Palmer and Terry Cole, rocking out on fiddles, keys, guitars, mandolin, bass and drums. They will drive their rhythms of passion through your soul, while seducing you with a cheeky smile. Come along, have a dance and grab a copy of their brand new album ‘Wheel Of Poor Choices.’ Hijacking a stage near you, this is a High Jinx show you won't want to miss!

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The Royal High Jinx

The Stetson Family
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Celebrating their 10 year anniversary in 2017, The Stetson Family continue to deliver spirited, free-wheeling, gritty alt-country, infused with lush harmonies and songs that take the audience on a journey down life’s joyous and sometimes crooked highway. Their third album, ‘True North’ further established the band internationally, breaking out of Australia onto US Roots/Americana charts and garnered stellar reviews in the UK, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Uruguay and everywhere in between. They were recently nominated for Best Duo/Group at the Victorian and National Country Music Awards 2016. They have appeared at numerous festivals including Out On the Weekend, Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass and the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
"They blend like one of the legendary bluegrass or country families…their best material yet.” Rick Moore, American Songwriter, LA.

Fast becoming a favourite on the Australian Folk Festival circuit, the John Flanagan Trio somehow manages to transcend beyond the sum of its impressive parts. Award winning songwriter, John Flanagan has been compared to James Taylor and Paul Kelly for his warm vocal delivery and engaging storytelling; Liz Frencham has a remarkable stage presence and creativity in her double bass playing; Dan Watkins is recognised as one of the finest young bluegrass pickers in the country on guitar and mandolin. Together they combine 60s & 70s folk singer-songwriter influences with a contemporary Americana/bluegrass sound. In 2016 John released his latest album, which was recorded in Nashville with producer Viktor Krauss and was nominated for best Folk/Roots Album in the Age Music Victoria Awards. With tight arrangements and soaring 3-part harmonies they deliver a dynamic and energetic live show that can vary from humorous and uplifting to moving and thoughtful.

John Flanagan Trio
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Yusupha Ngum & The Affia Band
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Colourful six-piece African fusion outfit, The Affia Band, is world-renowned Gambian singer/songwriter Yusupha Ngum’s newest creative undertaking. Born into the traditional griot (culture-sharing) lineage of Senegambia, Yusupha’s artistic expertise is embedded in the wisdom of ceremony and storytelling, for the passage of rites, human strength and community connection. Through The Affia Band, Yusupha builds upon the celebrated work of his late father, famed Mbalax singer Musa Afia Ngum, to deliver messages of peace, hope and unity through sweet, mesmerising song. Yusupha’s expressive style is a powerful musical force, with lyrics that are both heartfelt and historical. Through the development of a unique contemporary style, Yusupha Ngum and the Affia Band captivate audiences with soulful stories of peoples and places worldwide.
The band also features Ethiopian saxophonist Solomon Sisay and Cuban percussionist Rodolfo ‘El Panga’ Hechavarria, plus Stephen Khlentzos on keyboard, Hiroki Finn Hoshino on double bass and Felix Billing Kleinman on drums.

Sarah Carroll plays waltzes, two-steps, rhumbas, swing and rock; original songs with that sparkling quality only the ukulele can bring. She sings with a clear, passionate, honest voice about cars, crime, drinking, dogs and love, and is a well-travelled performer who counts Tim Rogers, Azo Bell and Mic Conway amongst her fans. Sarah’s new album ‘Star Parade’ was released March 2017 on Sugar Rush Records!

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Khristian Mizzi
Award winning singer-songwriter Khristian Mizzi wins audiences throughout the country with songs that explore humanity, social injustice, and hope. Even his darker subject matter is imbued with an overwhelming gratitude for life and love, inspiring and enlivening audiences wherever he plays. A folk sound that recalls the greats of the 1970s folk movements, Mizzi creates a connection with the past while offering a fresh new voice to the 'words and chords' tradition.

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Truthful and engaging storytelling through song, presence, distinctive yet borderless harmonies, piano, guitar or tenor ukulele. Penny Larkins (Good Girl Project, The Janes) and Carl Pannuzzo (Totally Gourdgeous, Fred Smith) create exceptional live events, intimately weaving the listener into trust with considered graceful sounds and infectious and engaging stage presence.
They are both exceptional songwriters and deliver their music with arresting honesty, peppered with a healthy dose of humility and humour, Penny and Carl work seamlessly together with world-class musicianship to blend sound and energy into light. Their borderless harmonies (both musical and energetic) provide an ever deepening truth to delicately hold you in their storytelling. “Light and depth on a musical highwire, pindrop and playful, breathes air into your lungs.”
“Penny and Carl singing together, the gods have not yet created a more sublime experience... I am always awed by yours and Carl's amazing musicianship and creativity” Kristina Olsen

Penny Larkins & Carl Panuzzo
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The one man excitement machine, Richard Perso has developed his own delivery blending multiple genres fused into a folky rocking roots and blues. Combining the worlds oldest instrument the 40,000 year old didgeridoo with contemporary instruments present a unique take on blues music. While Perso doesn’t seem to have enough arms, legs or lungs to pull off such a physically demanding performance he has didgeridoos, guitars, kick drum tambourine deep vocals to rumble the stage. The special take on blues has seen Perso play blues festivals all over Australia, Canada and USA.Perso continues to blaze a trail through the festival scene and Australia’s vibrant music venues, recorded his 2 albums in New York, toured USA and Canada including opening for the legendary BB King at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Now just 25, Perso has already amassed over 180 festivals. Now with the release of his 3rd album Perso is back on the road

Kurt Gentle is one of Melbourne’s (and Healesville’s) most loved heavy-blues-roots singer-songwriters. At 24 years of age, Kurt has released 2 studio albums, toured Australia, the Pacific Northwest of America and Canada, and performed at many of Australia’s top music festivals. His music is best described as alternate, blues-roots with a touch of rock. Think - White Stripes meets John Butler meets Jim Croce.
Fat, overdriven guitar riffs, with the stomp of electronic foot percussion, harmonica and passionate vocals. Kurt’s music is everything from, being in your face, to humble, to danceable. So come a long and dance!

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Kurt Gentle

Opal Ocean
Opal Ocean is a powerhouse instrumental duo that shifts paradigms of the acoustic guitar. Opening the borders of genre, Alex Champ & Nadav Tabak  fuse together rock, flamenco technique and progressive pop arrangements to create their own unique wall of sound.

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Swaying on indie pop and folk echoes, Iris artfully resists being boxed into a category. Having just released her 2nd EP ‘Between Dreaming & Daylight - Part 2’, she overflows with warm sweeping harmonies that wrap around haunting melodies and punchy hooks.
Over the last three years, Iris has toured New Zealand and Europe as well as back home to Sydney, regional NSW, VIC & QLD. She has featured on a string of festival lineups alongside the likes of Lior, Blue King Brown and Katie Noonan and won multiple awards for both her singles: ‘The Chase’ (ft. the picturesque Healesville heritage train station) and ‘Vertigo’

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David Ricciuti
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David Ricciuti is a gifted singer/songwriter whose talent is bone deep. David’s voice is like warm caramel, smooth and rich. His songs are imbued with life and energy, pulling lessons and inspiration from the everyday. David is a Yarra Valley local and is well known to many through his regular gigs around Victoria. His music is inspired by the outlaws, Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash, deferring to the Big O and Slim Dusty, tipping its hat to the classic sound of Cold Chisel and other Aussie greats. David has played numerous festivals and pubs around the country with much acclaimed band, The Blue Moon Lodge. Having just released his debut solo album ‘Oil & Water’, David shines with his current line-up, including multi talented musicians Dave Walker, Mark McNeilly, Nick Hunt and David’s own 16 year old daughter Rachel Ricciuti, who’s already released her first album.

The Knott Family Band are Stephen Hornby (bass, vocals), Lucy McKenzie-McHarg (violin, vocals), Vinny Russell (mandolin, vocals) & Thomas Kendall (guitar, vocals), four Melbourne musicians who play a finely curated selection of originals and bluegrass classics that reflect both traditional and contemporary influences.

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Humbuckin' Pickups
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Solid musicianship along with The Humbuckin’ Pickups genuine enjoyment and thrill at performing and roaring vocals translates into a truly great show. The Humbuckers are story tellers, grabbing tales from wherever they travel and bringing the stories to life through song. With an equally strong Americana influence The Humbuckers will also have you kicking up your heels and singing along to songs of drinking and dubious life choices.
Now boasting not only an award winning songwriter (Ewan Cloonan - Maldon Minsteral) but also multi award winning instrumentalist (Marcy Taylor -  Golden Fiddle Award, Australian songwriting contest and Nashville's International Songwriting contest), The Humbuckers are building a reputation of an energetic live show with fantastic musicianship and playful audience interaction. Currently working on their second album, the band has gathered a strong following and continue to be regulars at festivals and pubs throughout Victoria.  

Uke Frenzy is not your normal uke act. They are more musically up and more audience focused, their music styles coming from original tunes to jazz, swing and rock ‘n’ roll, not to mention their loud dress sense ..ha

Uke Frenzy

The Anecdote The Anecdote is a captivating, virtuosic, and fire-spirited acoustic trio. With cello, trumpet, percussion and soaring vocals, their music is a marriage of painstakingly sculptured songs, poetic lyrics, fiery improvising and spacious interweaving. Drawing from elements of folk, world music, reggae and jazz, The Anecdote are a dazzling and stunning live experience. The Anecdote released their debut album ‘Carved Upon The Air’ in April 2017. Impassioned in performance, The Anecdote is unique acoustic music lived and breathed... 

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Shearer's Tally is an entertaining bush band from Victoria. The trio consists of Gary Caulfield (vocals, tea chest bass, spoons & bodhran), Lionel Holt (fiddle, banjo & vocals) and Ian Tritt (guitar, fiddle, banjo, penny whistle & vocals. Gary, who was a founding member of The Black Velvet Band and left to form Shearers Tally Bush Band in the early 1980’s, is a singer of traditional bush songs, poet and dance caller. He’s always approachable and up for a chat.
Inspired by the likes of The Bushwackers, The Cobbers, Paradiddle and The Black Velvet Band, Shearer’s Tally Bush Band’s repertoire includes old bush favourites like Ryebuck Shearer, Shores of Botany Bay, Lachlan Tigers and, Home Among The Gum Trees. They also teach and call the great old dances like Virginia Reel, Six Hand Reel and Brown Jug Polka, as well as playing original songs like ‘Tell Me Things I Need to Know’ that tells the story of a pioneering family at Badger Creek and ‘My Home Town’ where life in a country town is explored.
Shearers Tally Bush Band

Didirri With gentle disposition and threadbare six-string, Didirri’s bittersweet melodies tumble between the bookends of his own biography. Spinning tales of joy and sorrow, his presence consumes listeners into the belly of contemplation, and washes the room with silence. Drawing influences from the genius of Joni Mitchell, Glen Hansard, Jeff Buckley, Stephen Fry, and Tina Fey, he is reluctant to seek shelter beneath the arrangements of symmetrical songwriting. Waxing lyrically the mutable boundaries of the soul, his music obsesses over fluid momentum, compounding dissonance with subsequent resolution. Didirri’s elegant composition spotlights his pervasive narrative, inciting emotive clarity harnessed by music’s most fabled storytellers. Formulating bottomless soundscapes, he skates between an optimism and poignancy that will draw you closer and betray your expectations.

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Do you love inventing things? Love making lots of noise? If so, you'll love this Workshop in which we’ll hit the scrap heap to make instruments to create our own Scratch Trash Orchestra. We’ll take recycled materials and invent new musical instruments. Then, we will join together to create the orchestra, combining our new instruments to devise a wild musical experience.

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Barking Spider Visual Theatre

Phoebe Like The Moon
Originally hailing from the northern town of Byron Bay, Phoebe like the Moon is now a Yarra Valley based folk musician, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, whose mesmerising voice and intricate melodies have won the hearts of all who hear her, in her ever commanding performances as leader and front woman of her duo. Her songs are stories, weaving a tapestry of haunting folklore and fairy tales like a map of her heart. With courage she explores the realms of human seeking, love and longing, as she bares her soul, raw and true. Phoebe's performances often soar through songs, storytelling, and shadow puppetry, with an air of other-worldly magic. Since the launch of her crowd-funded debut double album in August 2015 ‘Into the Wildwood / Bird Whisperer’, Phoebe and her musical partner Samuel Bear have been sharing music throughout Europe and Australia, playing as a folk duo.

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The Black Harrys are a young roots/blues/funk/reggae/folk trio who cut their teeth on the Melbourne busking circuit, and who currently enjoy a loyal following around Melbourne and beyond.
The group consists of Angus on bass, Connor on vocals and guitar, and Julian on drums. Without diminishing the obvious work that goes into crafting their repertoire of original songs, there is nothing forced about The Black Harrys’ music. The Black Harrys perform unpretentious, relaxed music, with warm guitars and soaring vocals, accompanied by virtuosic rhythms.

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Badger Creek Womens Choir The Badger Creek Women’s Choir began in the winter of 2013 with a group of women who wanted to meet, sing, laugh and bring a little harmony into their lives. There are now 20 plus members who meet Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm, at Badger Creek Primary School. The choir sings a variety of music from Elvis Presley to Stevie Wonder to Celtic Traditional with a hint of Andrews Sisters. Led by Badger Creek Primary School Music teacher, Jenny Legg the aim of the group is to join together and sing beautifully, learn a little and connect with each other through the joyous medium of music


Michael the Balloonologist has been a fixture at festivals, fetes, fairs and functions for more than fifteen years. From single balloon animals to multi-balloon creations Michael manages to enthrall his audience whether they are 2 or 102. Dogs, bears, flowers and fancy hats flow freely from his fingers. Come and claim a colourful creation. Michael The Balloonologist

Red Raven Morris Dancers
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Red Raven Morris Dancers are a Victorian-based folk dance group who perform the centuries old Morris dance in and around Melbourne, amusing ourselves, and occasionally the public, since we formed in 2004.
Morris Dancing is England's traditional folk dance, performed by a team of dancers wearing bells, and using handkerchiefs or sticks.  Red Raven dance two major traditions:  Cotswold Morris from the areas to the west of Oxford, and the more rustic Border Morris from the English–Welsh border country. Each Morris group has its own distinctive costume, so look out for us:  we are the group in various loud combinations of red, white, and black.


Strings and Things is an inclusive group of players and singers who meet for regular jam sessions. We have a lot of fun busking at local markets and events. This year we invite you to have some fun with us as part of the Healesville Music Festival. Come and join our “Not Too Late - Not Too Early” session on Sunday morning – BYO instrument, voice, music stand – we’ll provide the rest! Strings n Things

The Saxophone Ensemble from Healesville High School is made up of four students; Amber Holland, TaylahChipperfield, Eliza Hoiles and Alec Peterson. This ensemble has been playing together for around two years and earlier this year had the amazing experience of performing as a foyer item in a concert at Hamer Hall. The Saxophone Ensemble performs at many school functions and has also performed at local community events. The students rehearse once a week during their lunchtime and have a program of various styles of music. They are looking forward to performing as part of the Healesville Music Festival in 2017.

The steel band Pans on Fire was formed in 2009, after the devastating Black Saturday Bushfires that destroyed the town of Marysville. Most of the band members had lost their house and all of their belongings. It was formed as a music therapy project to help the people overcome the trauma and the problems of the long recovery process. With the exception of the project initiator, none of the members had ever played a steel pan, but all were ready to give it a go!
Since then, Pans on Fire has had an astonishing journey. Growing in numbers, it has developed a repertoire of varied styles such as calypso, latin, afro, jazz, folk and classical music and has performed at over 60 concerts at local community events as well as large stage-based music festivals. In December 2011 Pans on Fire released its first CD entitled ‘Recovery’
Pans On Fire

Little Yarra Ensemble The Little Yarra Ensemble is a group of student musicians and teachers who have come together to pursue their love of music and performance. Performances comprise instrumental pieces, vocal choir and solo voice in an exhilarating mix of youthful energy and refined sophistication which audiences find irresistible.The Ensemble taps the folk music traditions of the world, from the pulsating rhythms of Africa to the enchanting melodies of the Middle East, following the ancient musical heritage of the Gypsies into Eastern Europe and then on to Celtic Ireland, stopping off in the cathedrals of Western Europe for a touch of baroque elegance. Performances are lively and soulful, and the result is music that is inspirational and thoroughly enjoyable.

With over 25 years experience playing in bush bands and dance bands as well as playing solo, Rudy the One Man Band has a repertoire of over 200 numbers including Children’s Songs, Colonial, Classical and Blues, and regularly plays at Children's Days, Festivals, Schools, Restaurants, Markets, Fetes, Retirement Homes and Kindergartens.
He normally carries a drum on his back with Macadamia, or Macca, the monkey beating the drum, Pistachio, or Archie, a baby gorilla playing the tambourine, Nutmeg the Monkey sitting on a swing under the drum, and finally Mr P Nut, an adult gorilla, sitting on top of the drum playing the cymbals. Rudy plays piano accordion, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, zither, concertina, bongos and didgeridoo, as well as singing. Put him on a stage or within a crowd of people of all ages and soon everyone is joining in with actions and singing along.

Rudy The One Man Band

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