Festival Program (at 3 April 2022)
And its Final! Click on the button to download the program for the day. And check out the details below to find out more about the performers and activities happening at the Tilba Festival 2022.
John "Ako'' Atkins is an Australian rock and country guitarist, cover artist, singer and songwriter. Touring Australia for over 30 years, with newly remastered album "In The Raw Remix" Ako will be rockin' the earbuds, loud sound system or roof off the pub or event near you, in 2021.
Captain Ablit and the Bluetrassh
Captain Ablit & The Bluetrassh is a 4 piece band based in Central Tilba.
They offer up a wide mix of cover songs, both new and old, with an upbeat country, bluegrass feel. Band members are locals to Tilba playing regularly at The Drom, Tilba Winery and other venues in the surrounding areas. Muz, Scott and Steve have played Tilba festival previously as part of other groups, Captain Ablit is their newest project.
A Tilba Festival Favourite! Rolling a Cheese is harder than it looks...
Chris specialises in old time acoustic blues, using tried and true fingerpicking and bottleneck guitar techniques. He can make songs from 1920s and 30s blues masters sound as if they were written yesterday. His material ranges from driving delta blues to sparkling ragtime and his own wry songs and bottleneck instrumentals , inspired by artists such as Tommy Johnson, Tampa Red and Lemon Jefferson. He has represented the Sydney Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2014 and 2019.
Donut Eating Comp
Another messy Festival Favourite, just for the kids! First to finish the donut on the string without using hands, wins the prize!
At only 16 years of age, Felicity Dowd has the wisdom and understanding of a much more mature singer-songwriter. Instead of focussing on teenage angst and matters of the heart, she uses her voice to speak up about cultural, moral and governmental issues that affect her deeply and concern her future as a young Australian. She has a passion for blending her various influences of Country, Folk, Blues, Jazz and Pop into her acoustic repertoire of modern classics and original compositions. Felicity Dowd is the NSW Folk Federation 2020 ‘Young Folk Artist of the Year’, 2020 Tamworth Songwriters Association talent quest winner and a current student within the 2020 Talent Development Project.
I am a single artist, Singer songwriter playing guitar, uke, banjo and harmonica. I perform cover songs as well as original material. My original songs are about the environment and aboriginal issues. I have released many CDs and as well recorded in the Tilba area with Richard Cook at his studio. I have released many popular radio singles as well as educational material, one in the Local aboriginal Language ( Durga) called Eurobodalla.
The KidsZone has activities to keep kids of all ages entertained throughout the day. With Putt Putt Golf, Giant Family Games and the ever popular Donut eating competition just for starters. You can also check in with the great team from the Tilba RFS and be Insta-worthy at our Selfie Spot!
A South Coast-based mix of world fusion utilising instruments from all over the world. Handpans (Switzerland) Didgeridoo (Indigenous Australia) Flutes (South American/Indian) all combined together to form such an Ethereal vibe that captivates the listener guiding them on a journey separate to anything else.
Richard is an accomplished multi instrumentalist/singer/entertainer that has a catalogue of over 150 standards that he can perform at your function or venue. Former Drummer for legendary Aust. Punk band the Lime Spiders, Richard Lawson is releasing another EP, called Airs and Graces in August 2021. Richard has released 7 albums in the last 12 years covering every musical base from Electronica to Folk and Soundtracks. A seasoned performer and multi instrumentalist of over 20 years, he has played hundreds of gigs at Pubs, Clubs, Cafes, Restaurants, Markets, Wineries, Art Galleries and Festivals.
Scaramouche are five locals who have come together to bring mischief, trouble and magic from deserted places and candlelit clown cars. Upfront we have Jacqui Holmes, whose voice is a force to be reckoned with and has the attitude to match. Holding down the low end is Cobargo bass slinger Shane Monohan. His disturbing bass lines are juxtaposed with his deeply calming smile. Tilba local Max Tucker is the man with the golden horn. His trombone lines combine jazz with the wonderment of swing and rock. Flying in on his magical carpet (or his mum's car, whichever works for you) is the baby of the band, Braedon Welsh-Jones. Don't let this kid fool you, he plays music with a maturity lost on musicians thrice his age. Finally on lead guitar we have Sats Kramer. A man who once traded his big toe for a guitar pick. Don't worry kids, the toe grew back!
Melbourne based duo. Dyllon Mackie on vocals and Madeleine Johanna Turewicz on piano and backing vocals. Unique, instinctive and creative approach to a range of styles including pop, rock, blues and soul and originals.
Soul Stories is the fusion of performers based on the beautiful NSW Far South Coast to perform and record singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Cooke’s original songs. His music fits losely into the alternative independent genre featuring poetic narratives of life, the environment and social commentary. The material is progressive folk rock mixed with strains of celtic blues, latin, reggae and alternative rhythms.
The Spindrift Saga are an independent Australian act renowned for their tight live shows, “catchy rhythms, bright licks” and big alt funk rock sound. In the last few years The Spindrift Saga have toured extensively and supported the likes of The Living End, Thirsty Merc, The Rubens, British India and other music industry heavyweights. The band’s debut full length record “Badnormous” has received airplay around the country and cemented The Spindrift Saga’s unique place in the alternative rock scene. The band have recently released four singles “Batsh!t Bay”, “Musical Theme”, “Smile” and “In and Out of Love”. In July 2017 The Spindrift Saga played their first international shows in Japan.
STITCH are the current Australian National Busking Open Champions. Described as "the most unique duo on the South Coast". Tilba's very own Stitch are the most unlikely fusion of bitchin banjo and classical bassoon, playing a veritable patchwork of covers from vintage jazz through to retro pop, stitched up like you've never heard them before!.Add into the mix tight close-harmony singing and scalding and you will be saying "what the ?"and "I love it" in the same breath.Both professional musicians from remarkably different backgrounds, these days Bev Long and Zoey Pepper are neighbors and regular gigging partners in crime !.
The Great Zamboni
Zamboni is a playful, fun and astonishing professional magician who has performed his enthralling show for thousands of people. His whimsical act involves lots of audience participation, crazy comedy and amazing magic. His performance will leave both children and adults laughing with delight and wonder.
Featuring a foot-stomping Kiwi girl and a Riverina country boy, We Mavericks create music that is more than the sum of it’s parts. Lindsay Martin’s masterful strings and vocal meets Victoria Vigenser’s mesmerising voice, with driving rhythms and a connection you have to hear to believe. They're folk that resemble everything else- With captivating originals, entertaining stories and incredible energy, this award-winning new duo pack emotional punches but have songs to heal the scars. The trademark tightness and strangely gritty, evocative performances have seen them on a steep and fast rise to festivals and shows in both home countries; Nominated “Best Folk Artist 2020” in the Aotearoa (NZ) Music Awards and recipients of the 2020 Troubadour Foundation Award, We Mavericks’ organic blend of lyrical pop and acoustic folk vibes has echoes of soulful Americana and Celtic roots amongst the harmonies. Now with their keenly-awaited 2021 debut album “Grief’s a Gardener” this duo bring connected and grounding original songs in the sort of show that’s sure to leave your tank topped up.
Wolf Stone is the musical endeavour of local musician Mitch Broadhead, aided via his offsider Papa Wolf (Murray Broadhead) they bring to life mitches original tunes along with some carefully selected cover tracks. Drawing from a love of Blues/Rock, mixing it up with a touch of Singer Songwriter and a topping of Soul, blends into an energetic thought provoking collection of tunes.