Festival Program (at 22 March 2021)
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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.
Its been one crazy worldwide adventure for "changoTRee", a unique male/female combo from the deep south of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Formed 3 years ago they “Jet lagged the globe” heralding the release their album “Postcards From Tomorrow”.
It is the culmination of recording, writing, touring & performing international shows & festivals in Australia , New Orleans, Ireland, UK, NYC, France and Canada. ChangoTRee have captured a real global/local essence in the “Muse” with the merging of swampy-roots-blues- grooves, funky-folk, surf-rasta with soaring vocals. It all started rolling when changoTRee’s debut album “Home” had a number 1 on the AMRAP, AirIt charts in 2017.
ChangoTRee is, she, Ree Liddell, the elegant waxing Vocals dobro, mandolin acoustic guitar & he, Ian Treloar, the surf dog carving Vocals, 8 string acoustic-electric. guitar-synth. Driving the bus is Simon Dewar on drums percussion & harmony. As Rhythms Magazine head writer/review Tony Hillier declared “changoTRee are -blessed with chameleonic vocals to gutbucket blues to slide--drenched Bonnie Raitt passion"
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Corey Legge plays heartfelt Alt-Country and Folk-Rock, drawing influence from his wholesome upbringing amongst the fertile pastures surrounding Bega (NSW). Corey has released two albums in two years, 'Driving out of Eden' (2019) and 'Some Days' (2020), landing him high rotation on ABC Country, and regular airplay on KIX Country, Double J and Triple J. Perhaps Corey's most popular single to date, 'Fireball' landed at #3 on the AMRAP regional charts and #8 on the Australian Country Radio charts, debuting just behind Keith Urban. Corey’s music has also been shared by the legendary James Taylor.
The critically acclaimed ‘Driving out of Eden’ was released in February 2019, and was listed as one of the best records of 2019 by Henry Wagons (Double J). His follow up album, ‘Some Days’, was released on September 1st 2020. ‘Some Days’, features the singles ‘Last Night I Dreamt of You’, ‘Fireball’, ‘Some Days’ and ‘I Don’t Know What I’ve Got Myself in For’, and has been warmly received by the media and fans alike. Corey is set to tour Europe once COVID-19 blows over, and is currently touring NSW to launch ‘Some Days’.
Dyllon Mackie is versatile Singer Songwriter from Melbourne. Drawing influences from various Alternative Rock, Blues and Folk artists he has blended these genres to create a moody, grunge vibe with heavy blues and folky overtones. Honest lyrics and belting vocals round out this unique sound.
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.
Sixteen year old local, Jakob, has been delighting crowds with his covers of classics, old and new.
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!
Performing as a solo instrumental guitarist, I play unique versions of 1960s/70s classic hits, as well as original blues and jazz-flavoured compositions. I perform regularly at Canberra’s iconic Old Bus Depot Markets and NSW South Coast music festivals, markets and special events. Familiar riffs, finger-style rhythms and cool grooves designed to entertain an all-ages audience. Also a bass player over many decades, I have performed, toured and recorded with a range of blues and jazz artists including Col Bernau, John Van Buuren, Tex & The Blues Healers, Three Bop, John Beland (Flying Burrito Brothers) and Bruno Cunha (Brazilian expat) - also supported international artists Suzi Quatro, Cheap Trick and Alan Lancaster (Status Quo).
Rhys the Trickster
Rhys Davies – The Trickster – was given the gift of magic on his 10th birthday. Quickly mastering some magic, he went on to learn juggling, started street performing and added a few gags into the mix. He’s been a regular at local markets and festivals throughout the Bega Valley. After spending time with a circus in New Zealand and travelling internationally, Rhys brings his experience to the Tilba Festival. His magic, comedy and street performance will give you plenty of moments to forget life’s troubles.
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!
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.