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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!
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.
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.
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 !.
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.
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).
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.