Nanga Music Festival 2017

Nanga Music Festival 2017

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Friday 6 October - Sunday 8 October Various Times

Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup

Audience: All Ages

Ticket Prices: Various

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With just one stage and only 300 people, Nanga Music Festival is unlike any other festival experience. Acoustic music merges with the lush bush setting, giving you the opportunity to get away from it all while being part of it all. For the tenth year, Nanga Festival will be held Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October at beautiful Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup State Forest.

Earlybird tickets are open until 17 August.

The perfect backdrop for folk, blues, celtic, indigenous and world music, Nanga Bush Camp is a rustic lodge set against a canopy of towering forest. Music seeps through the native flora, with bush trails, a swimming hole and elusive blue wrens or friendly kookaburras literally on your doorstep.

Nanga Music Festival 2017 is conjuring up a stellar line-up of sure fire crowd pleasers.

Following wildly successful tours of the UK, Bush Gothic perform darker, stranger Australian folk. This most daring of bush bands re-imagine traditional songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold.

Performing their once-in-a-lifetime blend of flamenco, metal, rock, mariachi, blues and funk music, Kallidad is returning to Nanga Festival after touring Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Superb multi-instrumentalist as well as an award-winning songwriter with a big bluesy voice, Kristina Olsen will be playing her mix of powerful songs range from sassy bottleneck blues to lilting ballads to swing jazz to raunch and roll (as well as her hilarious storytelling). Kristina will be joined by her good friend and collaborator Peter Grayling.

Enda Kenny is an Irish-born singer and songwriter whose thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive land have struck a chord with festival audiences. His live performances are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. Enda’s recent compositions highlight his quirky sense of humour and add to an already impressive catalogue of songs

Fred Smith has been a favorite on the festival circuit for years, much loved for his gentle wit and gift for story and melody. Now the rest of Australia is catching up with Fred Smith. He was the subject of an Australian Story feature and his new book, The Dust of Uruzgan. Fred will be joined on stage by old mates Liz Frenchman and Carl Pannuzzo.

Liz Frencham is a rare bird. A warm, exuberant performer associated with multiple successful collaborations (FrenchamSmith, Jigzag & Dev’lish Mary) and a captivating soloist. Somehow, (without genetic trickery!) she also maintains a career as a respected accompanist, producer and arranger both onstage and in the recording studio; sought out by a diverse gang of artists both national and international.

Penny Larkins and Carl Pannuzzo create exceptional live events, intimately weaving the listener into trust with truthful and engaging storytelling through song, presence, distinctive harmonies, piano, guitar or ukelele.

Bernard Carney is one of the inaugural Patrons of the Fairbridge Festival in WA and a former Artist of the Year at the Port Fairy Folk Festival. Songwriter, storyteller, choir leader and Beatlemaniac, Bernard’s distinctive ragtime guitar style and songs of humour and emotional power have won him many fans and awards over his 42 year career.

Craig Sinclair is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Albany, on WA’s south coast. He has performed and toured extensively around the Australian folk music scene, on his own and with bluegrass band The Pepperjacks. Craig’s music is a sort of story-telling folk with a lyrical finger-picking guitar style and a nod to the blues and Americana traditions.

Winner of the Best Indigenous Act category at the 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 WA Music Industry Awards, Gina Williams (category winner at the 2017 West Australian of the Year Awards) and Guy Ghouse are thrilled to be returning to where is all started with their very special brand of contemporary Noongar language songs.

George Walley is a Noongar elder whose traditional lands encompass the Nanga Bush Camp. He is a performer and human rights advocate, and his song “Raining on Djilba” was a Western Australian Music Industry (WAMI) award winner. George’s music is played on NITV’s Volumes and on Noongar Radio. We are delighted to welcome him back  to Nanga, to present our Friday night Welcome to Country and share a few tunes on the main stage.

Kate Wilson wrote her first poem at the age of seven, sitting on her roof in Donnybrook. Kate is a three-time State finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam, and winner of the Bunbury Poetry Slam and Dardanup Bush Poets Competition. Her poetry has appeared in Pelican Magazine, Writing on the Wall and Recoil, and she runs creative writing and performance workshops for all ages. ​Kate has performed commissioned works for Fairbridge Folk World Festival and Southern Blue Dancers, and has collaborated with vocal ensembles Summerhouse and Vocal Evolution. In 2011, Kate was one of the first 100 women to be inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame.

Rose Parker is a much-loved singer-songwriter who has woven her magic through the Australian music landscape for almost two decades. As half of acclaimed gal duo The Velvet Janes, Rose toured from Sydney to San Francisco before embarking on her successful solo career. For the past year she has lovingly crafted a new album of 12 songs co-produced with David Hyams on guitars and long-time collaborator Roy Martinez on bass, both of whom will join her at Nanga. A dreamy, sun-drenched 1970s inspired road trip of an album, Under The Same Sun is hopefully due for release in time for Nanga. ​

The Spirit of the Streets Choir, led by Bernard Carney, have become a Perth institution, giving voice to the vulnerable and marginalised in our community, being openly inclusive of all comers and creating a family atmosphere through singing and performing. 2017 marks the choir’s 10th year of operation, and to celebrate they performed at the Perth Concert Hall in May where they launched a book of their members’ stories, and a DVD of the 2016 Sing for Health concert .”We are the choir and we belong!”

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